• Learn to read from a Wookiee – StarTribune (USA).  “Don’t be surprised if you see Imperial Stormtroopers, Jedi, Rebels or various configurations of R2-D2s on the streets of America on Saturday. They will be enjoying Star Wars Reads Day at your local libraries, schools, independent bookstores, Barnes & Nobles and Books-A-Million.”

  • Libraries for Life for Londoners – This London-wide group of public library supporters are seeking new members.  Membership is £10 for a group, £5 for an individual.


Library Services (Cheshire West and Chester Council) [NB. Be nice about this video as I was involved in making it and, indeed, have a cameo in one scene – Ian).


  • Morpurgo: “library closures impoverish the intellect” -BookSeller.  “Echoing comments from the current children’s laureate Julia Donaldson, who has frequently criticised library closures, the War Horse author said: “To close a library is to shut off an opportunity, perhaps the only opportunity for some, to knowledge and understanding. It is to impoverish the intellect and starve the emotions.” He added: “In a civilised society, the availability of literature for everyone is a right, not a privilege.” Morpurgo was speaking in an interview to The Bookseller’s sister publication We Love This Book.
  • Support libraries in the UK -Save Kensal Rise Library.  “We are delighted to announce that the partnership between Bilbary and Kensal Rise Library is now active.This groundbreaking collaboration will promote and encourage reading by providing access to over 300,000 of e-books available via e-readers, computers, tablets and smart phones.Bilbary, an online ebook service (run by Tim Coates former MD of Waterstones and respected library campaigner and advocate) is running in the USA and will now operate through Kensal Rise Library in the UK.50% of revenues raised through our website will go to our library.”
  • Using video to promote your public library – Marketing News for New Jersey State Librarians (USA). “Easy-to-use and inexpensive video cameras and editing tools have made video creation much more accessible. You can create a video simply using a smartphone, but public libraries have other options as well. If you don’t have the funds to hire a video company, consider tapping students in film school. Often, students will be looking for subjects and topics that will help them meet the requirements of a class or add to their portfolio.”
  • Women’s Library: this is no “abduction” – Guardian / Letters. ” it is mistaken to regard the move to LSE as an “abduction” – “abandonment” by London Met might be better, since London Met can no longer afford to maintain it, and LSE will be rescuing it.” … “I can’t imagine what sort of bid could be cobbled together at this stage which could incorporate a self-standing building with the associated running costs. At the time the library was built we estimated that to be self-sufficient would require an endowment fund of over £12m – I suspect that it would need considerably more now.”


Local News

  • Bexley / Bromley – Library cards accepted in 180 branches – News Shopper.  “Bexley and Bromley councils will become the 16th and 17th members of the London Libraries Consortium when they join in January next year. This will give residents access to the stock in both boroughs with one library card as well as access to more than six million items from 180 library branches across London. The new library management system is underway and is expected to be completed early next year.”
  • Croydon – Labour push for rethink for libraries – This is Croydon Today.  Labour councillors are trying to “persuade the council to rethink its plans to cut funding for Upper Norwood Library are being taken tonight (Friday). Labour opposition members have called in the cabinet decision on the future of the library and it will be discussed by the scrutiny and overview committee.”
  • Amazing scenes in Croydon Town Hall: Legal challenge over library? – News from Crystal Palace.  “As the meeting neared its end after almost three hours of questions and debate Cllr Hollands repeatedly threatened to clear the public gallery following continued verbal criticism from library campaigners and supporters.Cllr Hollands, withdrawing a Labour recommendation to ask the cabinet to give the library funding beyond two years and which he had initially agreed to support, announced: “The gallery has caused that. “The recommendation has been lost.”He then announced: “The meeting is closed.” No vote of any sort had been taken.” … “As far as Upper Norwood folk are concerned the Conservative Parliamentary candidate won’t just be picking up the proverbial poison chalice. They will be picking up a chalice which is totally toxic…….”
  • Leicestershire – Refuges created for vulnerable – This is Leicestershire. “North West Leicestershire District Council is setting up Keep Safe Places in libraries and town centres. The idea is to have places to reassure people who are vulnerable, upset, scared or distressed. As well as all libraries and the district council offices in Coalville, Keep Safe Places are to include Hermitage FM community radio’s coffee lounge and at the Marlene Reid Centre, in Belvoir Road, Coalville.”



  • North Yorkshire – Get connected at the local library – Selby Times.  “Get Online Week is part of the UK Online centre’s campaign to encourage people to give computers and the Internet a go. Friendly and informative library staff will be on hand to facilitate and assist anyone wishing to explore information and help navigate relevant websites. The scheme runs from Monday October 15 to 22 and all libraries in the East Riding are taking part. It doesn’t matter if you have never even touched a computer before or if you already know a little bit, everyone is invited along to drop into their local library for free sessions and you can progress onto free online courses should you want to.”
  • Sefton – Council to axe between seven and ten libraries – Southport Visiter. “ouncil is set to axe up to 10 of its 13 libraries in a shock cost-cutting move. Sefton bosses are debating options that would lead to a massive and hugely controversial cull of facilities. Communities across the borough today reacted with shock at the disclosure, with opposition councillors warning of “cultural vandalism”.”
  • Staffordshire – Survey to improve the library service – This is Tamworth.  “bookworms are being asked to take part in a survey as part of a continuous drive to review and improve the town’s library services. Staffordshire County Council is inviting adult library goers to complete the Adult Public Library Users Survey (PLUS), which is conducted every three years.”
  • Suffolk – Group pledges to help its library – Bury Free Press.  “the Friends of Mildenhall Library decided to form a group to safegaurd the library and help it grow. Tom Caple, who organised the meeting, said: “I have always seen it as more than a place where you keep books and computers and DVDs it is very much something around which a community can gather.” … “in future years the funding given by Suffolk County Council could leave a £100,000 short-fall and that groups set up in support of the county’s libraries may play a role in plugging the deficit. “
  • Surrey – Second Surrey library taken over by volunteers – BBC.  “The New Haw branch is the second of 10 libraries becoming volunteer-run. The council said it was continuing to provide the libraries’ buildings, books, computers and free wi-fi. The Conservative-run Surrey County Council’s original blueprint was regarded as a way of keeping all 52 of the county’s libraries open, while helping save up to £381,000 a year”
  • Wakefield – Libraries cut-off looming – Express series. “As part of Wakefield Council’s plans to create hub libraries, many of the area’s services are being off-loaded. Groups have until October 31 to submit plans. The council is offering support and access to a one-off fund that will help them with initial start-up and development. To request an application form email or call 01924 305068.”