Libraries News Round-up: 7th March 2013

A digest of today’s news items, reproduced here, with kind permission from Shirley Burnham who collated it.  For up to date libraries news follow @ShirleyBurnham on Twitter.

THE GUARDIAN : 7th March
Alarm over secondary school reading habits
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/07/alarm-secondary-school-reading-habits

Liverpool Daily Post : 7th March
Liverpool council tax up by 1.8% as libraries face the axe

http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2013/03/07/liverpool-council-tax-up-by-1-8-as-libraries-face-the-axe-99623-32936210/

Southport Visitor : 7th March
We need YOU to help save our libraries: Volunteer effort needed to help determined Southport library rescue operation 
http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/southport-news/southport-southport-news/2013/03/07/we-need-you-to-help-save-our-libraries-volunteer-effort-needed-to-help-determined-southport-library-rescue-operation-101022-32935653/

Crosby Herald : 7th March
Sefton Action group to form to protect threatened Crosby Carnegie library from closure
http://www.crosbyherald.co.uk/news/crosby-news/2013/03/07/action-group-to-form-to-protect-threatened-crosby-carnegie-library-from-closure-68459-32936850/

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 6th March
The State of London’s Libraries 
http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-state-of-london-libraries.html

Harrow Observer : 7th March
Kensal Rise | Council decision irrelevant for sale of library asset 
http://www.harrowobserver.co.uk/west-london-news/local-harrow-news/2013/03/07/council-decision-irrelevant-for-sale-of-library-asset-116451-32935835/

Bolton News : 7th March
War of words over Atherton Library 
http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/northwest/10274298.War_of_words_over_Atherton_Library/

Express & Star : 7th March
£300k savings from Sandwell libraries buddy-up
Leisure bosses have announced some libraries in older buildings, or some of the smaller libraries with lower footfall, could be moved out altogether to new locations to cut costs and to allow users to access more services.
http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2013/03/07/300k-savings-from-sandwell-libraries-buddy-up/

Dorset Echo : 7th March
Charmouth library set to continue
http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/10273401.Charmouth_library_set_to_continue/

View Online : 7th March
Charmouth, Dorset | Volunteers re-open library after two months of refurbishment
http://www.viewfrompublishing.co.uk/news_view/24874/8/1/lyme-regis-volunteers-re-open-library-after

WSWS : 7th March
The occupation of Friern Barnet Library and future of public services in Britain
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/03/07/libr-m07.html 

UK Authority.com : 7th March
Public libraries of future must ‘navigate real and virtual’ 
The Edge Conference 2013
http://www.ukauthority.com/Headlines/tabid/36/NewsArticle/tabid/64/Default.aspx?id=4029

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