Save Doncaster Libraries were at the Coalition of Resistance meeting last night, letting people know about the threat of severe cuts to library services in Doncaster. The support was fantastic and hundreds of people signed our petition. The Coalition of Resistance blog has covered it here.
All the speakers were wonderful – passionate about public services and those who work for the public sector. The highlight of the night, though, was speaking with Tony Benn about the situation for libraries across the country – and why we need to defend them. He was supportive of the campaign and in his speech addressed democratic rights and human dignity – issues which good public library services help to provide and protect.
Libraries are likely to feel the impact of the cuts first, and possibly hardest. Media coverage of the cuts mentions libraries in the same breath as health and children’s services – a clear indication of their importance to a functioning society. The speakers last night, and the 400-strong crowd, also articulated the importance of public libraries. Now it’s up to the Doncaster council to listen to the compelling arguments that campaigns such as Voices for the Library and Save Doncaster Libraries, protect the library service and work to improve it.
Please join us on Saturday 13th November for a demonstration against the cuts in the town centre. More details when we have them!