ITV News : 14th December
Leicestershire’s latest community library opens
Deprivation data: Sileby Library LE12 7RS scores 6745 out of 12,660 (where 1 is the least deprived)
Gazette & Herald : 14th December
North Yorkshire | Leaders say maximum council tax rise “almost inevitable”
Cllr Les and the authority’s chief executive Richard Flinton are trumpeting the council’s community partnerships – including volunteer-run libraries … although Cllr Les adds, “It is difficult if you tell a community they have to run their own library.”
Croydon Advertiser : 14th December
Council’s £29 million cuts herald another three years of austerity in Croydon
Funding for Croydon’s 13 libraries will fall by £217,000 (4.9%) next year. The report says library services will “improve through partnership development and community management” – raising the prospect that the public will have to step in to save some libraries from closure.
Carmarthen Journal : 14th December
Pembrokeshire | Narberth library calls for volunteers to save resource
Birmingham Mail : 14th December
Birmingham Central Library torn down forever as diggers begin work
The shiny new Library of Birmingham, designed by Dutch architect Francine Houben, was opened in September 2013 to much more positive reviews.