Branch library closures threatened in Northumberland

<p>A total of 12 public libraries across Northumberland have been flagged up for possible closure due to council budget cuts, according to online news provider <a href="http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2009/12/03/chie... target="_blank">JournalLive.</a></p><p>Consultations have begun on closing six &quot;low use&quot; libraries including Lynemouth, Kielder, and Hadston, with a further six also earmarked for consideration in the &quot;worst case scenario&quot;, according to the council.</p><p>JournalLive reports that people in the affected communities have condemned the possible closures, saying they will hit traditional library users such as the elderly and damage efforts to promote reading. </p><p>Kielder shopkeeper Steve Webb said: &quot;People will not be at all happy about this, because it is<br />another facility being eroded from the village.&quot; </p><p>Lynemouth parish council chair Cath Davidson said: &quot;We believe it is an essential service and this<br />latest cost-cutting is disgraceful.&quot;</p>