Thu, 10/01/2013 - 09:50
Protesters against proposed cuts to Newcastle’s library service warned last night (9th January) that the cuts would leave Newcastle “a cultural wasteland”.
Newcastle City Council wants to close 10 of the city’s 18 branch libraries, as part of an attempt to save more than £100m from their annual budgets....
Wed, 09/01/2013 - 11:50
Libraries in York could be run by community or social enterprise, after the city's council agreed at a cabinet meeting last night (8th January) to explore the idea. The decision follows a six-week consultation last year.
The new structure...
Tue, 08/01/2013 - 14:34
I was angry about the closure of Newcastle’s libraries before I spent time at Cruddas Park; now I’m furious.
Cruddas Park is one of the libraries scheduled to close. It’s to the west of the city centre, part of an estate known for its deprivation. The tower blocks have been refurbished, but the small shopping centre...
Tue, 08/01/2013 - 14:25
Author Ann Cleeves has described herself as "furious" over Newcastle City Council's plans to close 10 libraries, in a written piece commissioned from the author by New Writing North.
The reading and writing agency has asked five writers from the North East, including crime writer Cleeves and children's author David...
Tue, 08/01/2013 - 08:30
Gateshead Council is calling for volunteers to take over the running of five of its libraries.
The authority has decided to turn five of its 17 libraries into community-run libraries, while continuing to...
Mon, 07/01/2013 - 09:20
Libraries director Nicky Morgan will leave Arts Council England in July when the organisation implements its latest restructure, ACE has confirmed.
ACE is losing a fifth of staff and reducing its number of regional offices from nine to five, as part of its latest bid to make savings. The dedicated library role is being scrapped as...
Fri, 04/01/2013 - 08:00
TV presenter Chris Packham has spoken out in defence of library opening hours, calling proposed cuts "draconian" and "ruinous".
The BBC wildlife expert who presents Springwatch, defended Cobbett Road Library in Southampton, which is facing a proposed cut in its opening hours from 29.5 hours a week...
Wed, 02/01/2013 - 08:55
Illustrator Quentin Blake is among the book trade figures who have been recognised in the New Years Honours List.
The artist, who provided illustrations for Roald Dahl’s stories as well as creating artworks for David Walliams’ successful children’s books, has been made a CBE for his services to...
Thu, 20/12/2012 - 09:17
A Labour party policy report on the public library service has recommended the setting up of a new national body to help the government and local authorities to better safeguard its future.
Dan Jarvis MP, the shadow minister for libraries, told The Bookseller that the body would be able to share ideas and...
Wed, 19/12/2012 - 07:00
Squatters who have taken over Friern Barnet Library will be evicted by the end of January unless they can come to an agreement with Barnet Council.
A group of campaigners took over the building in September, and have been running an...