369 libraries plus 27 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed (List below “News”)
– plus one – Nottingham – Wilford Library closed in September 2010
– minus eight – Gloucestershire – minus 8, I inadvertently exaggerated these figures.  The real figure is, though, still a jaw-dropping (well, it would have been in 2009) 18 libraries under threat with another 8 having their hours reduced.

Another 5000 name petition surfaces, this time in Barnet. A library only refurbished (at the cost of over £1m) in 2009 is due to close in North Yorkshire. In other news, there appears to be a difference of opinion about Eric Pickles.

Barnet – Petition of nearly 5000 not allowed in libraries – Hendon etc Times (the council is very grateful to the MLA for their positive views about the closures).
Brent – “Libraries Transformation Project” or “Closures Programme”? – Wembley Matters
Bury – The many reasons to save our local library – Prestwich and Whitefield GuideDevon – more on the increased mobile services – Devon council
Doncaster – “The End” 14 libraries get front page news – Save Doncaster Libraries
Doncaster – Bawtry Library on the list – This Is Retford
Gloucestershire – 10000 sign petition – The Forester
Gloucestershire – comedian Stewart Lee supports campaign – FoGL
Gloucestershire – Legal concerns over closures – This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – Legal wrangle – This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – Report on handing in the 10000 petition – FoGL
North Yorkshire – Kirkbymoorside Library opened in 2009 to be closed – Private Eye via Alan Gibbons ( this story refers)
Gloucestershire – A midnight storyteller says why she is supporting libraries – FoGL
Oxfordshire – Bookfeast charity in against library cuts – Oxford Times
Oxfordshire – Save Sonning Common – Alan Gibbons
Peterborough – Friends Group to be established – Evening Telegraph
Somerset – infomercial supporting libraries campaign – Glastonbury FM (no timing known)
Somerset – special town meeting to fight closure of Glastonbury – Southwest Business
Somerset – why is Somerset closing it’s libraries? – People’s Republic of South Devon
Somerset – “pathetic excuses” for closing libraries – Burnham on Sea.com
Walsall – new Bloxwich library officially opened – This is Walsall
Database of articles showing the value of libraries – Libvalue
Endangered Shelf Life – Rebecca Front in the Guardian – 2006
“Eric Pickles is a clown”.  What sort of planet is this guy on? says Barnsley Chief Exec – BBC
Eric Pickles is the man who can – Good Library Blog
Four libraries and a funeral – Amy Plum’s Blog
Library closures herald more inequality – Proud to serve the Republic (TUC)
Public Libraries News gets a mention in the Guardian, albeit only online – Guardian