I like this clever phrase from the Living Streets website, which has chosen libraries as the first in its series of neighbourhood heroes.

Known changes to info on authorities/library funding/opening since last posting
Manchester – (Hulme added to closure list)  – Rack House, Barlow Moor, Clayton, East City to close.  Miles Platting and Hulme will close after “alternative provision has been found”I am of two minds as to whether this counts as 4 or 6 but, until certain, have gone for middle ground with the grand total.
Monmouthshire – all to stay open
Shropshire – considering Trust/Volunteer/Charity/Private management

Local News – all news is representative and not comprehensive
Brent – latest campaign update – Save Kensal Rise Library
Dorset – Michael Partington to play charity concert to save Puddletown’s library – Dorset Echo ““The opportunity to make these discoveries and profit mentally and spiritually from reading should not be considered a luxury but a fundamental right that every member of any community should be afforded.”
Isle of Wight – Political unrest explodes across island – Spoof
Manchester – Have your say on libraries facing the axe – Manchester Evening News
Manchester – Libraries consultation – Manchester council
Monmouthshire – 2.9% tax rise; all Libraries to remain open – Free Press

Shropshire – “Radical changes” will help Shropshire Council save £70m – Shropshire Star ““The library services are a good example and social enterprise and working with community groups. You might even get a partnership which includes the private sector.”
Suffolk – Don’t close Bungay Library – Luke Wright (inc. poem “The misspelled writing’s on the wall
they’ll sell the land for shopping malls, an ash of Dewey Decimals, it makes good business sense”)
Suffolk – Save Bungay Library – SustainableBungay
Suffolk – Villagers protest at Capel St. Mary’s library closure plans – 1200 signatures so far  – EADT
Warwickshire – Saving Bulkington Library – 3000 signatures collected so far – What’s In Kenilworth
Wiltshire – vote to decide fate of Aldbourne Library – This is Wiltshire

National News
It’s now or never for library leadership – BookSeller
Keep them close, don’t watch them close – Living Streets
Keys to success in managing service change (event) – Local Government Group Come and join like-minded library practitioners and frontline managers, looking at delivery change.”
LGA hails innovative new library services – Public Sector Executive – [Lambeth is included in this – the same authority that seems to be innovatively sacking all its qualified librarians]
Letter to my MP – Girl in the Moon
Libraries remain relevant in digital age – Star (Malaysia) ““The Library has but one criterion for admission: curiosity.”
Library saviours or council spindoctors? – Scribble City Central
New models for library services in changing times (event) – Local Government Group
Prevent the abolition of the duty to protect libraries – Posterous
Protect the legal duty to provide public libraries – Girl in the Moon
Public libraries’ legal protection under threat – CILIP
Threat to 1964 Act’s protection of libraries – BookSeller
(The) Time for libraries is NOW – Walk You Home