Library News Round-up: 22 January 2015

Manchester Evening News : 22nd January
Library visitor numbers plunge as cuts force drastic reduction in opening hours 
Seven Manchester libraries have seen visitor numbers plummet by as much as 90per cent since funding cuts led to them beingrun by volunteers with drastically reduced opening hours.
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-library-visitor-numbers-fall-8491284 

Information Twist : 22nd January
Thoughts about the Independent Library Report for England
https://informationtwist.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/thoughts-about-the-independent-library-report-for-england/

Leon’s Library Blog : 22nd January
Illiteracy and the Liberal Democrats
http://leonslibraryblog.com/2015/01/22/illiteracy-and-the-liberal-democrats/ 

Thurrock Gazette : 22nd January
Campaign to keep Thurrock libraries open begins
http://www.thurrockgazette.co.uk/news/11744151.Campaign_to_keep_Thurrock_libraries_open_begins/ 

Hull Daily Mail : 22nd January
Library hours cuts ‘will break-up community’ in the Avenues 
http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Library-hours-cuts-break-community-Avenues/story-25901897-detail/story.html 

Times Series : 22nd January
Barnet Council Libraries: we put the ’30 minute public transport rule’ to the test
http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/11739583.Libraries__we_put_the__30_minute_rule__to_the_test/ 

The News : 22nd January
Hampshire | Contentious plan for Emsworth library gets go-ahead
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/contentious-plan-for-emsworth-library-gets-go-ahead-1-6535608 … 

The Star : 21st January
New central library is set to be the beacon of Barnsley
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/new-library-is-set-to-be-the-beacon-of-barnsley-1-7061123

Wales Online : 21st January
Mass ‘Read In’ protest planned against the threat to Cardiff’s libraries
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/mass-read-in-protest-planned-8490849 

Northern Echo : 21st January
North Yorks | Bedale campaigners pledge to fight library threat
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northyorkshire/bedale/11739753.Bedale_campaigners_pledge_to_fight_

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