Libraries News Round-up: 2nd January 2014

THE GUARDIAN : 2nd January
UK councils found to benefit from half a million hours of unpaid labour
Bexley council said many of its unpaid placements were in library services, where paid positions were lost in 2012.
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jan/02/councils-benefit-half-a-million-hours-unpaid-labour-foi-request

DAILY TELEGRAPH : 1st January
Reading becoming a minority activity, warns Ruth Rendell
Crime writer-turned-peer says silent death of reading as a mass activity ‘strikes terror into the heart’ of all book-lovers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10545949/Reading-becoming-a-minority-activity-warns-Ruth-Rendell.html

THE BOOKSELLER : 2nd January
Opening hours cuts hit Stoke libraries
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/opening-hours-cuts-hit-stoke-libraries.html

Stoke Sentinel : 1st January
Declining number of Stoke-on-Trent library visitors is put down to decrease in opening hours
http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Declining-number-Stoke-Trent-library-visitors/story-20385933-detail/story.html

The Star : 2nd January
Sheffield library plans ‘flawed’ – claim
The Broomhill Library Action Group – known as BLAG – is angry about plans to shut their library and say they have found inaccuracies in the council’s consultation relating to travel to the proposed hub libraries.
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/sheffield-library-plans-flawed-claim-1-6346547

Bristol Post : 2nd January
Letter | Central library changes will make it difficult to access reference books
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Central-library-changes-make-difficult-access/story-20389710-detail/story.html

Wales Online : 1st January
Art historian criticises National Library over access policy 
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/art-historian-criticises-national-library-6457930

Liverpool Echo : 31st December
Novel idea will fill food banks
St Helens libraries to accept food bank donations as fines
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/st-helens-libraries-accept-food-6458121 

The Broomhill Library Action Group

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