It was an amazing day for libraries in the media yesterday! Here’s some of the coverage of Doncaster over the past few days:
- BBC News at 10 (5 Feb 2011).
- ITV Calendar News (4mins 20 in) (5 Feb 2011).
- Why our library must survive. BBC News Entertainment & Arts (5 February 2011).
- Authors join day of protest at library cuts. BBC News Entertainment & Arts (5 February 2011).
- Libraries under threat. ITV Calendar News (4 February 2011).
- Go ahead to close 14 of 26 libraries in Doncaster. BBC News Sheffield & South Yorkshire (4 February 2011).
- Mayor apologises as Doncaster’s cabinet approves library cuts. Doncaster Free Press (4 February 2011).
- Pressure grows on Mayor over decision to close town libraries. Yorkshire Post (3 February 2011).
- Doncaster Mayor walks out of library cuts meeting. BBC Sheffield & South Yorkshire (3 February 2011).
- Toby Foster at Breakfast. BBC Radio Sheffield (3 February 2011).
- Biddy Fisher: We must not close the book on vital libraries. Yorkshire Post (2 February 2011).
The Mayor keeps insisting it’s over – the decision has been made. It’s not! The library cuts have to be approved at the council meeting to be held at 10am on 21st February. We must continue to make our voices heard. Councillors are concerned about their votes – we must continue to lobby them. We know that Councillor Cynthia Ransome, portfolio holder for libraries, hopes to be re-elected. How will her decision to destroy the public library service affect her performance? We have the ability, through lobbying every council meeting, every councillor and every MP, to change the minds of those we elected to represent our needs and views. 14,500 of us have already expressed opposition to the cuts to library services and the way the council propose to implement them. We need to keep telling the council that whay they are doing is abhorrent and completely short-sighted. We also need to make it known loudly and clearly that it is not a case of old people’s homes OR libraries, as the Mayor keeps insisting. There is money available to save the library service and money can be saved in ways which do not affect front-line services, and we must continue to put pressure on the council to reassess the unfair and unjustifiable cuts to library services.