Libraries News Round-up: 5th September 2013

Caerphilly Observer : 5th September
More people using libraries in Caerphilly County Borough
According to statistics from Caerphilly County Borough Council, 90,000 more people visited libraries in 2012/13 compared to the previous 12  months.  The council has said this is down to its investments in the  service.  Since 2006, £2.5 million has been spent refurbishing 11 of the county borough’s 18 libraries.
http://www.caerphillyobserver.co.uk/news/911531/more-people-using-libraries-in-caerphilly-county-borough/

THE BOOKSELLER : 5th September
Bradley: libraries seen as ‘glorified book swaps’
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/bradley-libraries-seen-glorified-book-swaps.html

THE BOOKSELLER : 5th September
Sunderland agrees library closures
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/sunderland-agrees-library-closures.html

Sunderland Echo : 5th September
Council bosses approve Sunderland library closures
Nine sites – Doxford Park, Easington Lane, East Herrington, Fence  Houses, Hendon, Monkwearmouth, Silksworth, Southwick and Washington  Green – are almost certain to be axed in a bid to save £850,000 a year.
http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/local/all-news/council-bosses-approve-sunderland-library-closures-1-6015171

Public Libraries News : 4th September
Transcript of Michael Rosen’s “Our Libraries: The Next Chapter” on Radio Four
http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/09/transcript-of-michael-rosens-our-libraries-the-next-chapter-on-radio-four.html

Brentford TW8 : 5th September
Hounslow | New Library Board Needs Volunteers
http://www.brentfordtw8.com/shared/hounspol156.htm

Harrow Times : 5th September
Library contractor takes over running of Harrow’s services
JLIS has been running libraries in the borough of Hounslow for five  years and under the new contract will be responsible for 23 libraries in Harrow and Ealing.
http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/10657095.Library_contractor_takes_over_running_of_borough_s_services/

This Is Bristol : 5th September
Threats to Central Library are shameful
http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Threats-Central-Library-shameful/story-19753054-detail/story.html#axzz2dzvdeJk1

BBC News : 5th September
Lincolnshire | Calls for all county councillors to vote on libraries shake-up
on iPlayer
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01g5m5f

This Is Lincolnshire : 5th September
Have your say on libraries, urges councillor
http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/say-libraries-urges-councillor/story-19753698-detail/story.html

Chronicle Live : 5th September
Newcastle (Libraries) councillor David Stockdale to be investigated over Freemason link
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/david-stockdale-tasked-closing-down-5841203

Culture24 : 4th September
From frozen gas pipes to Harold Wilson: The history of the Library of Birmingham
“There is, probably, no word of the human vocabulary which brings a  greater crowd of thoughts to the educated man’s mind than that blessed  word library; for a library is one of the greatest causes, as it is also one of the greatest results of man’s civilisation…” – George Dawson at the opening of the first Central Library in 1865
http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/art449903

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