Feb 5th – Save our libraries day of action

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There are many ways to get involved. CILIP have a great sliding scale of actions, suggesting how you can use whatever spare time you have to get involved.

Libraries around the country are also planning-ins. Read-ins are a way of demonstrating the need for public libraries, and we have some information and advice on holding or attending read-ins here. If you’re attending a read-in, why not let people know by signing up for the event on Facebook?

Phil Bradley has created a fantastic set of library posters, based on WWI posters, which you can use to show your support for libraries.

Planned Read-Ins (contact us with details if we don’t know about your event). You can also see a map of planned events at the Guardian.

Brentford

  • Brentford Library, 12.00. The broadcaster Anna Ford and actress Susan Penhaligon, who are both Brentford residents, have agreed to take part.

Birmingham

  • King’s Heath Library. Details to be announced

Buckinghamshire

  • Winslow Library – 10.30-12.00

Cambridge

  • Arbury Court Library in Cambridge, Read-In event on February 5 (from 2-3pm).
  • Cambridge Central Library Flashmob book reading 11am

Croydon

  • Norbury Library is hosting a “read-in” organised by your residents’ associations to support the love of our library. Part of a national campaign to support libraries, we are encouraging people to come and read. Actor Ralph Ineson (Harry Potter, The Office and Waterloo road) is giving a reading at 12 noon.Event: 11am-1pm.Ralph Ineson Reading: 12 noonNorbury Library, Beatrice Avenue
Doncaster

 

 

 

  • Cantley, Doncaster 10.00 – 13.00
  • Bawtry, 10.00 – 13.00
  • Sprotbrough, Doncaster 11.00 – 12.00
  • Moorends, Doncaster 11.00 – 13.00
  • Rossington, Doncaster 11.00 – 12.00
  • Carcroft, Doncaster 11.00 – 12.00
  • See Save Doncaster Libraries events page for more information
Dorset

 

 

 

  • Lyme Regis Library – from 11.00am
  • Crossways Library. 10am
  • Charmouth Library with Billy Bragg (and guitar!) from 11 am

Gloucestershire

  • Churchdown LibraryLibrary fun day (10:00 – 4:00).With story-time, fancy dress and a ‘craft corner’, plus novelist and playwright Alice Jolly will be holding a creative writing workshop for older teens and adults (time TBC).
  • Charlton Kings Library (with some activities to take place in the Stanton Room next door)‘Love your library’ (10:00 – 4:00)Activities will include badge-making, a library treasure hunt, a library quiz for older children and adults, the creation of a memory scroll, and a free prize draw. At 12:30 a celebration ‘cut the cake not the library’ cake will be shared in the Stanton Room, and from 2:00 published novelist Jane Bailey will be holding a creative writing class for those who dream of putting pen to paper.
  • Cheltenham LibraryPoetry day (10:30 start)All are welcome to come along and have a go at writing their own poems, or take part in a read-athon of their own work or favourite pieces of poetry/prose. Encouragement will be on hand from local poets, who will also be performing their own work.
  • Cinderford Library‘Kids for Forest Libraries’ (1:00 – 3:00)Cinderford will receive a visit from children’s author John Dougherty as part of the ‘flying authors’ tour (estimated landing time – 1:15). At 2:00 there will be the opportunity for kids to ‘Hear a Story and Learn to Draw’ with acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Shoo Rayner.
  • Hesters Way LibraryLibrary fun day (10:30 start)At 10:30, Hannah Shaw, the author and illustrator of popular children’s books ‘Evil Weasel’ and ‘Erroll’ will be holding a story and poster workshop for kids of all ages, plus we will be receiving a visit from children’s author John Dougherty as part of the ‘flying authors’ tour (estimated landing time – 11:50).
  • Lydney Library‘Love Lydney Library’ (10:30 – 2:00)Story-time sessions will start at 10:30 and 12:00, and there will be the chance to create a Chinese New Year-themed mask and add your brushstrokes to a ‘Love Lydney Library’ mural.
  • Mitcheldean Library‘Kids for Forest Libraries’ (11:00 – 1:00)At 11:00 there will be the opportunity for kids to ‘Hear a Story and Learn to Draw’ with acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Shoo Rayner, plus we will receive a visit from children’s author John Dougherty as part of the ‘flying authors’ tour (estimated landing time – 12:45).
  • Moreton-in-Marsh LibraryRead-in (12:00 – 2:00)All ages welcome, and with a free family storytelling performance by Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers.
  • Stroud Library
  • Read-in (from 1:00)All ages welcome. We will be joined by authors Jamila Gavin and Alice Jolly, and at 2:00 Hannah Shaw, the author and illustrator of popular children’s books ‘Evil Weasel’ and ‘Erroll’ will be holding a story workshop for kids of all ages The ‘Flying Authors’ John Dougherty,
  • ‘I Love Libraries’ tour As part of this day of celebration, author of the popular ‘Zeus’ and ‘Jack Slater Monster Investigator’ children’s books series, John Dougherty, will be attempting a mini-marathon ‘I Love Libraries’ tour. He’ll be visiting as many Gloucestershire libraries as he can in a single day, and bringing with him his bag of books and his trusty guitar. There’ll be laughs, readings, music, maybe even poetry, and a few words about why libraries are so important – all in under 20 minutes per visit! Come and support him, and your local library!John’s Itinerary (times are approximate):
  • Minchinhampton Library – 9:30
  • Tuffley Library – 10:15
  • Matson Library – 10:45
  • Brockworth Library – 11:15
  • Hesters Way Library – 11:50
  • Micheldean Library – 12:45
  • Cinderford Library – 1:15
  • Lydney Library – 1:55
  • Hucclecote Library – 3:15Check http://foclibrary.wordpress.com/ for information.

Isle of Wight

  • Sandown Library – Read-in. 4 local authors will be supporting the event; MJ Trow, Wendy K Harris, Diana Kimpton and Gay Baldwin

Kirklees

  • Mirfield Library: Read-in 11.00 – 13.00

Leeds

  • City Library: 12.00 – 14.00 (Bring or borrow a book, dress as your favourite character from literature)

London

  • Barnet: Between 10:30 and 12:30 there will be a stall outside TheBroadwalk Shopping Centre, Edgware promoting the Save Barnet Libraries Campaign, Unsion’s Love Your Libraries Campaign and The Campaign for the Book.
  • Battersea: Roman mysteries author Caroline Lawrence will be doing a Read-In at York Gardens Library in Battersea on Feb 5 along with other local authors. Do please come along from 1.00 -3.00pm! Other authors attending this Read-In so far are : Sophie Bennett and Nadifa Mohamed! Brixton: Friends of the Tate Library, Brixton, London will joining in with the day and will be collecting signatures and testimonials in support of Lambeth Libraries on the 5th Feb.
  • Haringey Read in: Nine authors are going to be reading in nine Haringey libraries on Feb 5th:
  • Ros Asquith and Jane Ray appearing at Wood Green Library at 1pm
  • Ann Jungman appearing at St.Ann’s Library at 2pm
  • Karen McCombie appearing at Stroud Green Library at 1pm
  • Enid Richemont and Fiona Dunbar appearing at Muswell Hill Library at 2pm
  • Kathy Henderson appearing at Marcus Garvey Library at 11am
  • Graham Marks appearing at Highgate Library at 2pm
  • Justin Somper appearing at Hornsey Library at 2pm
  • Keren David appearing at Coombes Croft Library at 2pm
  • Jonny Zucker appearing at Alexandra Park Library at 2pm
  • Brent: Kensal Rise Library in Brent will be holding a Read In on Sat 5th February. We will be having readings for children, a children’s entertainer, Quizzes Balloons etc Hoping to raise awareness of the benefits of our library and of the many libraries threatened with closure nationally.
  • Lewisham: 11.30-1pm at the following libraries: Sydenham, Crofton Park, New Cross, Blackheath, Grove Park
  • Sly and Reggie are performing to help and spice up the Lewisham read-ins. They’ve even composed a song especially for use by libraries campaigners! And a plus is, they reckon they can attend all five participating libraries. Attendance at New Cross is already confirmed.
  • Brixton Library – from 12 noon.
  • Ealing Central Library: 12:00. Bring or select your favourite book to read aloud from.

Merseyside

  • Libraries campaigners to join Merseyside March Against the Cuts Saturday, 5th February. Assemble Exchange Flags (Back of Liverpool Town Hall) 11am Speakers include Tony Benn

Milton Keynes

  • Stony Stratford Library 11.00 – 12.00. Best selling author (and Milton Keynes resident) Carole Matthews is coming to open the event, also local writer Mark Neil writing and reading out a poem. The Read in will be aiming at children there will be several story sessions plus cakes/biscuits and juice for refreshment.
  • Woburn Sands 10.30 to 12.30, read-in at Woburn Sands Library, which is threatened with closure by Milton Keynes Council along with Stony Stratford Library. We’ve already had over 1000 signatures against the proposal to close the library, and we’re also planning to drop letters, leaflets and petitions around village on Saturday 29 January, encouraging as many people as possible to write to the Council, and to respond to the Budget Consultation for Milton Keynes which includes the proposed library closures and closes on 4 February. Facebook page is here.

Northamptonshire

  • Roade Library Read-In. 10.30 – 13.30 (including authors Julia Jarman, Lucy Coats,  Leo McNeir, Cassandra McNeir)
  • Irchester Library Read-In. 11.00 – 13.00

North Yorkshire

  • Bentham Library in North Yorkshire on Saturday 5th February 2011. Local people are planning to have people read passages from their favourite books or poems through the morning. They are contacting the school and are hoping to have children dressed as their favourite storybook characters and also do some reading.They are inviting national writers to contribute if possible.They are contacting local and national media about this proposed closure.If Bentham closes, the nearest Library would be 12 miles away and there is no public transport to get there.
  • Colburn Library – 11.00 – onwards
  • Easingwold Library – 9.30-11.30 – with authors Mike Pannett and G.P. Taylor
  • Great Ayton Library – 9.30-12.30
  • Pateley Bridge Library – Meet at 10.00 to march to the ‘super mobile’ for an hour long read-in

Nottinghamshire

Oxfordshire

  • North Leigh Library. 10am to 12 noon
  • Summertown Library. 11am (Illustrator Korky Paul; Authors Renee Holler-Halliday, Malcolm Pryce & Merryn Williams)
  • Botley Library. 11.30am (Author Julia Golding)
  • Charlbury Library. 12 noon (Author Veronica Stallwood & Geoffrey Strachan)
  • Woodcote Library. 10am (Author Mary Hooper)
  • Bampton Library. 9:45 ( Author Mary Hoffman, Kirsty Young)
  • Central Library. 12 noon (Authors Philip Pullman, Carole Angier, Jonathan Neale)
  • Headington Library. 13.00-15.00
  • Blackbird Leys Library. 11.00 (Authors Mark Haddon & Jane Bingham)

Somerset

  • Shepton Mallet and Glastonbury, Somerset, will both be doing a Love Our Library Day on the 5th Feb. That will be followed by a meeting to which all Somerset Campaigners are invited to a meeting to review the progress of the campaign, a screening of Independent film-makers Garfield Kennedy, Ken Kutsch and Kevin Redpaths film and a social.

Suffolk

  • Leiston Library protest. Meet in front of the library, 10.30 am
  • Bungay Library. 10.00 – 12.00
  • Rosehill Library. 11.00 – 14.00 outside the library distributing leaflets & petitioning
  • Stradbroke Library. 10.00 sign a petition against the cuts

Scotland

  • Scottish Parliament. Protest organised by Scottish authors & illustrators, 11am

40 thoughts on “Feb 5th – Save our libraries day of action

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  4. JG

    I see Haringey libraries are holding events but I cant find any details of which libraries and what time. Does anyone have any info on this area?? Ta.

    Reply
    1. Red_Librarian

      Hi JG,

      I have only seen the Author Read Ins on @haringeylibrary on Twitter. Details are:

      Ros Asquith and Jane Ray appearing at Wood Green Library at 1pm

      Ann Jungman appearing at St.Ann’s Library at 2pm

      Karen McCombie appearing at Stroud Green Library at 1pm

      Enid Richemont and Fiona Dunbar appearing at Muswell Hill Library at 2pm

      Kathy Henderson appearing at Marcus Garvey Library at 11am

      Graham Marks appearing at Highgate Library at 2pm

      Justin Somper appearing at Hornsey Library at 2pm

      Keren David appearing at Coombes Croft Library at 2pm

      Jonny Zucker appearing at Alexandra Park Library at 2pm

      I don’t work there myself though, so don’t know any more about it!

      Reply
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    1. dorothy.kazer

      I worked in libraries for many years and am very sad to hear that libraries are threatened.
      Historically they filled an educational need and I know that most libraries are now information centres, with computers, and even have self-issuing via computers, however I feel that a library should concentrate on books.
      Also I feel that it should be remembered that libraries have a valued place in the community. I remember one lady saying to me that she came to the library when it was very cold to save her heating as the library was warm!
      Many older people too never see anyone from day to day and using the library fills a social need.
      Please, please keep our libraries open.

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  7. James Rock

    hi

    it says here that Kings Heath Library in Birmingham is a venue, but that library is closed at present for structural repair work?

    is there anything else going on in Brum?

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  9. Sandy

    Billy Bragg will be appearing at Charmouth Library at 11.00 on Library Action Day. He is bringing his guitar, and will be entertaining what we expect will be an enthusiastic crowd.

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  12. sue mcnair

    Libraries – what they mean to me:
    – childhood books hidden behind radiators in Carnegie Library, so that I could have them next time – not enough tickets then!
    – grandma using dead husband’s tickets to get more cowboy books.
    – my first job, nearly my last
    – adventures and dreams I just wanted to go on.
    – entering another world
    – stamping books with inky stamps
    – Dewey
    – computers
    – card catalogues
    – BBIP
    – index cards
    – making coffee in first job
    – children’s books
    – glue for date labels
    & most of all THE SMELL

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  17. SHIRLEY TEECE

    PETITIONS TURN UP REGULARLY ON THE GOVERNMENT PETITION WEBSITE, WHY NOT ORGANISE ONE TO TRY TO SAVE THE LIBRARIES, THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF LIBRARY USERS IN THIS COUNTRY.
    MY LOCAL LIBRARY (MUSWELL HILL) IS A VERY SMALL ONE AND I FEAR IT WILL BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO CLOSE IN HARINGEY – IT IS A LOVELY OLD BUILDING WITH A LOT OF CHARACTER -

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  18. Barbara

    I first got to hear about potential library closures from my group co-ordinator at Leeds Combined Arts.

    It’s a disgusting practice that will add to the general ignorance of younger generations.

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  21. Chris Dowie

    We held a Read In at Kirkbymoorside in North Yorkshire this morning. Our library re-opened in a new building in September 2009 and is now one of 24 libraries in our county threatened with closure.

    267 people came along to support the event. A great result for our small town.

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  26. Vicki

    Hi, can anyone tell me what the plans are for Medway libraries? I have heard rumours about some of the outlying village libraries and the mobile service but can get no concrete information. Would love to join the campaign in Medway, or start one if there is not one already!

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  27. Ron Bowdery

    Haev a great idea, why not take all aour books on masse to local tory party constituent offices on the library day of protest.

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