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Press release from Save Kent Libraries

Information about the Save Kent Libraries campaign

About Save Kent’s Libraries:

Save Kent Libraries is an online based group that operate from Twitter, Facebook and its very own website at www.savekentlibs.yolasite.com. It was founded in February 2011 by James Dixon, a former KCC Libraries employee, who feels very strongly about how closing libraries would affect a wide range of people.
Our Mission is pure and simple; to secure a library service for the people of Kent that is fit for the 21st Century; one that will support the generations to come and not widen the educational gap between rich and poor.

The Big Read – Saturday 5th March 2011
The Big Read is being organised by Save Kent Libraries and will be happening in all of the KCC operated Libraries on Saturday 5th March. We are asking people to go along to their local library for as little as 5 minutes on 5th March and take out 30 books (the maximum) as this will prove to KCC that the libraries are used as they are looking at issue figures to support their closure proposals. This is more significant for the smaller libraries. We need to use our libraries or we will lose them!
I appreciate this is very brief, but we will be putting more info on our website at www.savekentlibs.yolasite.com in the coming days.
Or please feel free to email me at jamesdixon.skl@gmail.com for more information regarding ‘The Big Read’ and ‘Save Kent Libraries’.

For newspapers and news station:
On Thursday we will make a decision where we will be sending the SKL team on Saturday, so if you would like to know what library we will be using as our ‘main’ vocal location please could you send this in a request to jamesdixon.skl@gmail.com as we will be giving this information out in the strictest confidence.
We are looking for companies/news stations and individual presenters to support us by allowing us to mention their support on the homepage of our website and on our flyers, if you would allow to us doing this please again send your details to jamesdixon.skl@gmail.com and we will arrange this for you!
James Dixon – Founder, Save Kent Libraries.

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


  • King’s Heath Library. Details to be announced


  • Winslow Library – 10.30-12.00


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


  • 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




  • 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




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


  • 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


  • Mirfield Library: Read-in 11.00 – 13.00


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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



  • 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)


  • 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.


  • 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


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

Read-ins: what and why?

You may have heard the announcement that a day of protest Read-Ins is planned in libraries across the country in February. But what are Read-Ins, and why are they important?

What’s a Read-In?

Quite simply, Read-Ins are a way of demonstrating the need for public libraries and disagreement with local councils’ decisions. They’re family-friendly, peaceful and bring together people from all over the community who share the belief that public libraries are a vital public service. It really is up to you as to what will be happening at your Read-In. It could be exactly what it says on the tin – a large group of people descending upon the library to read quietly. Or, it could be a much more vibrant event. Save Doncaster Libraries have been holding Read-Ins since July. There have been authors, poets and musicians who’ve put on entertainment, not only to lift the spirits of people fighting library closures, but also to show what kind of things can take place in libraries that are of real value to communities, particularly young children and families. Members of the public have spoken publicly about what the library service means to them and how their lives will change for the worse without it. And of course, Read-Ins are the perfect place to get lots of people to sign petitions against cuts to libraries. Here are some photos from Doncaster events:

Warmsworth read-in group
Warmsworth read-in
Wheatley read-in

Why Are Read-Ins Important?

Campaign groups have been working around the country to advocate for libraries and argue that the public needs them. They have been trying to convince councils that cuts to library services are a false economy that will cost councils more money in the long-term even though libraries continue to be incredibly important (in fact, many argue that libraries are more important now than ever). Campaign groups, authors and the public have been holding protests and communicating with councils, but severe cuts are still being proposed. It’s important for people to engage with what’s going on around them and to show the council and the councillors they vote for that cuts to libraries are not acceptable. Read-Ins are an excellent (and fun!) way to do that.