394 libraries plus 45 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed (List below “News”)
– minus 1 Croydon (local studies library saved)

This, to me, will always be the day when the BBC discovered the library closures.  Libraries were on BBC Breakfast News this morning, You and Yours (Radio Four this lunchtime) and on the 6 O’Clock News, BBC News At Ten…. The articles were not entirely what campaigners would like but I cannot remember a time when libraries were so in the public eye.  My colleague in “Voices for the Library”, Lauren Smith, did the You & Yours interview along with 11 other local radio interviews.  Ed Vaizey spoke on “You and Yours” too, although he was careful not to commit to anything at all – although it was very interesting at the end of You and Yours when he said “You have to elect councillors who believe in libraries and you have to campaign in your local area to get councillors to back their library service”.  Advocacy of the importance of advocacy campaigning straight from the mouth of the minister.

Buckinghamshire – Library chairman aids community – Amersham and Buckingham Advertiser
Buckinghamshire – Little Chalfont works, but not for all – BBC TV
Cambridgeshire – Pleas to protect libraries in poor areas from closures – Cambridge News
Cambridgeshire – library plans to go to councillors tomorrow – BBC
Croydon – local studies library saved – Croydon Guardian
Dorset – “Ad Lib” Campaign Group’s first press release – View Online
Dorset – Protests at 20 closures – Bridport News
Durham – £1.4m cut for libraries – BBC
East Sussex – less books bought – Argus
Gloucestershire – 100 library jobs to go – This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – 12000 petition presented to full council – FoGL
Gloucestershire -Bestselling authors including poet laureate  join battle against cuts – BBC News TV
Gloucestershire – MP says cuts not as bad as Labour make out – This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – 12000 petition forces council debate – BBC
Hampshire – Mobile Library should be saved – Portsmouth News
Hounslow – Anger at proposed closures – Hounslow Chronicle
Hounslow – “a sore loss” – Feltham and Hounslow Chronicle
Hounslow – take action now – BrentfordTW8
Isle of Wight – Clear the shelves at Newport library – Isle of Wight Radio
Milton Keynes – The run on Stony Stratford – The New Yorker (yes, The New Yorker)
Oxfordshire – 200 at meeting to battle for Grove – Herald
Suffolk – Ruth Rendell and Anthony Horowitz condemn cuts – BookSeller
Suffolk – Every library is up for grabs, not just the two-thirds up for closure – EADT

“As stressed as U.S. libraries have been by the economic downturn, the crisis seems to pale in comparison to public libraries in Britain” – American Libraries
Computer game genius learnt all he knew at the library – BBC
Could Volunteers save libraries? – BBC News TV
Ed Vaizey on “You and Yours” about Libraries – BBC Radio 4
Libraries – Tom Conoboy’s Writing Blog
Libraries – a rant – Thescobe
Libraries are a free education – BBC1 Breakfast TV
Libraries set people free (Hari Kunzru on what libraries mean to him) – Voices for the Library
Library Closures on Jeremy Vine Show -BBC Radio 2 (30.15)
On Libraries – Bottled and Shelved
The Last Battle (Steve Ross blog) – BookSeller
Public Inquiry Campaign – Facebook
Radio Marathon (Lauren Smith of Voices For The Library) – Walk You Home
Save Our Libraries – Make Wealth History
Special Collections – towns will lose their distinctiveness and their memories – Collections in a cold climate
Why do we need a chief librarian to run two libraries? – BookSeller

(MUSIC) We love libraries – Sly and Reggie