Libraries News Round-up: 25 July

ITV News: 24 July
Kensington Council library plan on hold after Grenfell
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Old Trentham Library set to be demolished to make way for homes
Old library, closed in 2014,to be demolished to make way for housing. A book loan scheme runs out of conservatory at medical centre at present. A purpose-built library is to be erected on school premises, which will be open to students and the public. The school will run the library, with the council funding the building works. Concerns raised about the plans… http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/old-trentham-library-to-be-demolished-for-housing/story-30453905-detail/story.htmlShields Gazette: 25 July

South Tyneside | Residents petition over fears Whitburn Library could close http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/residents-petition-over-fears-whitburn-library-could-close-1-8666414
Huffington Post: 25 July
Tory MP James Cleverly Criticises Party’s ‘Lazy’, ‘Hopeless’ And ‘Bitter’ General Election Campaign
‘The backbencher … said the “massive bun fights” over the closure of libraries across the country was pointless as he had been told it was “cheaper to buy a Kindle to give it to every kid in the borough than keep the libraries open”.
“We didn’t get agitated over the closure of blacksmiths when people stopped riding horses and started driving cars,” he said.
“People consume media in a completely different way,” he said. “We have these understandable, but slightly out to time, attachments.”
Sheffield Star: 25 July
‘Sheffield libraries are moving with the times now, thank goodness’
Retired librarian shares her views. These include that the internet has diminished the role of reference libraries. She’s glad libraries are run by volunteers, although admits, “it’s a crying shame that all that experience, knowledge and help has been lost.” And, “When I see plans for a café bar in a library I cheer. “
Broken Barnet: 25 July
It makes us want to shout: Barnet’s children, locked out of their own libraries, lobby the Minister for Culture, Media and Sport http://wwwbrokenbarnet.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/it-makes-us-want-to-shout-barnets.html
East Anglian Daily Times
More than 50 jobs could go at Suffolk libraries due to budget cuts
Brixton Buzz: 25 July
Lambeth Council refuses to listen to Carnegie Library concerns as basement cost doubles to over £1m
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