Libraries News Round-up: 7 March

The Guardian : 7 March
Councils are facing bankruptcy – is this the end of public service?
Huddersfield Examiner : 7 March

Kirklees: Developer offers new library for Mirfield – if he can turn old one into an upmarket restaurant 
Craven Herald : 7 March
North Yorkshire | Bentham library to get new home
The library is to move and be taken under the wing of a community charity from April, run by a team of volunteers.
The Press : 7 March
York | Haxby library plan
Bradford Telegraph : 7 March
Management committee formed as Silsden Library becomes community-run facility
 
Milngavie Herald : 7 March
East Dunbartonshire | New Bearsden Hub is officially opened today
Putting a range of council services under one roof, including the ‘re-provisioning’ of the library
Daily Record : 7 March
West Dunbartonshire | library reopens after £100k revamp
‘The facility has seen a massive overhaul and has now become the first of its kind outside Glasgow, offering free use of 12 computers to residents as well as complementary Wi-Fi.’
Northern Echo : 7 March
Darlington Crown Street Library: Plans go back before councillors tonight ahead of final vote on closure
The Jewish Chronicle : 7 March
Barnet | Kisharon opens new chapter by taking over Childs Hill Library
From April, learning disability charity Kisharon will be responsible for the running of the library in Cricklewood Lane, in association with Barnet Mencap.’ 
 
‘Kisharon’s mission is to help those with learning difficulties gain independence and lead fulfilling working lives. It creates job opportunities through partnerships with local businesses and it is hoped the library will offer further opportunities for clients to gain work experience and learn new skills.’
 

‘Councillor Reuben Thompstone, chair of Barnet’s Children, Education, Safeguarding and Libraries Committee, said:  “Community-run libraries are already working well across the UK. In Barnet, they will form a vital part of our strategy to keep all 14 of our libraries open.” ‘

Essex Live : 7 March
Writtle residents pitch pop-up cinema and jazz workshop among ideas for spare library space
Several residents come up with ideas to fill empty space in library left after post office relocated. Ideas include a food bank, a permanent chess club, a pop-up community cinema and a jazz club.  
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