It’s always amusing tracking the statements of politicians and seeing how their phrasing carefully manages to give the best possible impression without actually lying. Major points to Baroness Nevile-Rolfe in this regard who has said in the House of Lords that only 110 libraries have closed since 2010 and the Government was doing loads of stuff to support them. Presumably she did this with a straight face and her fingers crossed behind her back. Her definitions carefully avoid all the cuts in the “changes” section below – the 4 libraries under threat are in Scotland (so aren’t mentioned in the England figures), the 2 mobiles are excluded twice (they’re in Scotland and they’re not “static”) and of course the cuts in opening hours in Warrington don’t count at all. Elsewhere, the major cuts to Lancashire (which, if all 40 turn volunteer, wouldn’t be included in the Baroness’s’s’s definitions) are getting the attention they deserve in the local press, if not in parliament.

Away from the good Baroness, there’s a few ideas I’ve not seen before, including the beautifully termed “tiebrary”, plus information on the fantastic national reading promotion for libraries which is the Summer Reading Challenge.



Big Friendly Read

It's (almost) that time of year again: Summer Reading Challenge 2016

It’s (almost) that time of year again: Summer Reading Challenge 2016

This year’s Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge  (2016) which will run across the school summer holidays, is linking up with the global year-long Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, honouring the world’s No.1 storyteller.  The Big Friendly Read will feature some of Roald Dahl’s best-loved characters and the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. It will encourage reading on a giant scale and will feature themes such as invention, mischief and friendship as explored in Roald Dahl’s books. Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge (the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge in Scotland) at their local library as the school summer term ends and the holidays begin — there’s no charge to participate so why not pop down to your library? The Big Friendly Read will encourage children to expand their own reading by exploring similar themes across the best contemporary children’s writing.”

The promotion – by far the biggest promotion that library services do – is run by almost all library services in the UK, although budget-hit Lancashire dropped out last year. There’s a Book Sorter and resources for schools.

National news

  • Bibliotheca announces plans for Pay-Per-Use eAudiobooks and eBooks within Cloud Library – Bibliotheca. “Unlike traditional ownership-driven digital models, where the content is paid for up-front in full and then loaned to library users over time, pay-per-use has no up-front costs at all. Instead, libraries can offer an extended range of titles, and are only charged when a title is downloaded”
  • Books of the year 2016 – BookSeller. Digitised magazine showing the winners and nominations for the BookSeller Awards.
  • Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away – Guardian / Simon Jenkins. “The hysterical cheerleaders of the e-book failed to account for human experience, and publishers blindly followed suit. But the novelty has worn off” … “Shrewd observers noted the early signs. Kindle sales initially outstripped hardbacks but have slid fast since 2011. Sony killed off its e-readers. Waterstones last year stopped selling Kindles and e-books outside the UK, switched shelf space to books and saw a 5% rise in sales. Amazon has opened its first bookshop. Now the official Publishers’ Association confirms the trend. Last year digital content sales fell last year from £563m to £554m. After years on a plateau, physical book sales turned up, from £2.74bn to £2.76bn.”

“To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many public libraries have closed since 2010; how many are currently under threat of closure; and what action they are taking to ensure that public libraries are maintained as a statutory service and to promote improvement of the public library service.” Marquess of Lothian (Conservative).

“The Department for Culture, Media and Sport monitors closely proposed changes to library service provision throughout England. The Department does not maintain detail on the number of public libraries under review by local authorities, but based on desk research we estimate that from January 2010 to January 2016 approximately 110 static public libraries  in England closed completely. Public libraries are funded and run by local authorities and it is a matter for local authorities to determine how best to provide a comprehensive and efficient public library service to their local community, within available resources. My Department, together with the Local Government Association, has set up a Leadership for Libraries Taskforce to help public libraries in England build on good practice and add value for the communities they serve. The Taskforce is currently consulting on the attached document at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/libraries-deliver-ambition-for-publiclibraries-in-england-2016-2021 which sets out the ambition for public libraries in the future. Furthermore, thanks to Government funding, free Wi-Fi is available to 99% of public libraries in England.” Baroness Nevile-Rolfe in the House of Lords, 10th May [cf. BBC saying at least 343 have closed: the Baroness carefully defines library closures so as to avoid including volunteer branches and mobiles – Ed.]

  • How can we save our public libraries? – Dazed. ““Growing up in London, attending a state school and being in a family of five, the library was the first place I felt completely free,” explains filmmaker Greta Bellamacina. Public libraries are a cultural institution that are under imminent threat: last year saw a £50m budget cut, and over 100 libraries across the UK closed down. These are the places that spawn writers, creatives, our engineers and cultural leaders; books and a quiet place offer opportunity for youth regardless of class, gender or social status. The Safe House: A Decline of Ideas is a new documentary exploring the threatened position of the public library, in a social and political climate that’s turning its back on young people’s prospects and dreams that are, ever so slightly, out of reach when resources deplete.”
  • Libraries: Smartphones and Stacked Shelves – Olive Fox. “Without the endless supply of library books and videos, I wouldn’t be the same person. I wouldn’t be a journalist and I wouldn’t have started blogging. But libraries should be embraced as more than just a communal bookshelf. Society needs to view libraries through a new lens and governments need to support their evolution. Libraries should be at the heart of every community, embracing new technology and becoming a safe space for more than just readers.”
  • Make a difference – Leon’s Library Blog. Asks for library staff to be involved in the My Library By Right campaign and also in the Ambition consultation of the Libraries Taskforce.
  • Public sector transformation demands greater focus on leadership and culture – Civica. ” report published today by Solace and Civica, a market leader in specialist software, technology and outsourcing services, reveals that only 7% of public sector employees at middle manager level and below view the public sector as an empowering environment”. Does not mention libraries directly.
  • Reflections on working with the Taskforce – Libraries Taskforce. “Working with the Libraries Taskforce has enabled me to: get a perspective on the national policy landscape affecting libraries, understand the working context of central and local government, take the opportunity to lead on specific projects and shape developments so they can be delivered within a local authority context. While it was a challenge working part time in my own authority and part time in the Taskforce, I welcomed the opportunity to upskill, observe Taskforce meetings and to work with a range of partners across the sector. The learning and the contacts I made were valuable both for the Taskforce work and for my work with Dorset Library Service”
  • Sheffield University’s HRI Digital to develop Oxeye: a new type of LMS – CILIP / Carillion. “Following a successful scoping project between HRI Digital and Carillion to explore the future of local public libraries and library management systems (a project funded by a University of Sheffield Collaborative R&D Award), Carillion has commissioned HRI Digital to develop Phase 1 of a new type of library management system that aims to overcome the deficiencies of existing systems in the library automation software sector. The press release notes that the “ambition is to develop a library management system that is familiar to us, in the sense that it looks and behaves like the rest of our digital universe.”

“Let’s hope that Carillion really can overcome the obstacles that BiblioCommons thought were  extraordinarily complex requiring a high price tag to deliver and aren’t just making projections based on overly optimistic sales projections.” Mick Fortune on Lis-Pub-Libs  in reply to Carillion paper above.

  • Top library and information stories from CILIP – CILIP. ” welcome to our roundup of top themes from the past two weeks.”. [Apparently, Prince George likes The Gruffalo  but there are relevant and useful links as well – Ed.]

International news

  • Australia – Budget 2016: Cuts force online archive Trove to stop adding to collection – ABC. “Trove was launched in 2009 and since has digitised millions of records from its own collection as well as items from state and local collections, placing them online for the public to access. The budget estimates papers state the National Library will shed 28 staff as the result of a $20 million funding cut.” … “”Trove will continue but it will not reach its full potential because small museums and libraries and galleries archives who had not yet put their collections on Trove will have to find funding for that instead of it being free” … “At the moment it is growing by several million items a week.” … “”I can’t tell you the number of conferences I got to overseas where people from around the world ask me about Trove” … “”Among other things I found my great-grandfather in the paper for winning a crossword competition in 1933. A little piece of social history,” Marie-Louise Hunt said.” … “Marysville lost its entire local history collection in Black Saturday and it hadn’t been digitised.”
  • Canada – $15.5-million expansion, public rooftop garden planned for Vancouver Public Library – Vancity Buzz. “Vancouver’s Central Library at Library Square is gearing up for a significant two-level expansion to create new reading and community spaces, including a unique public rooftop garden. The top two floors of the Vancouver Public Library’s (VPL) Coliseum-inspired hub are currently used as office spaces for the provincial government, but that will soon change to become a 40,000-square-foot addition of the library’s useable floor area” … a ” large quiet reading room ” one of most demanded items. Lots of illustrations and plans.
  • Canada – Fogo Islanders pack library in protest of government cuts – CBC News. ” was standing-room only at the Fogo Island Public Library Monday, as people packed the room to protest government’s plan to close 54 libraries across the province over the next two years.”
  • USA – How Can We Redefine the American Library? – EdCircuit. Audio interview of two experts discussing the subject. The “internet is a mile wide but an inch deep”.
  • USA – How do you get prisoners to read? Build a library like the one in this jail – Washington Post. “The D.C. Public Library system opened its first location in the city’s only jail in March 2015, introducing inmates to books and library programming that also will be available to them after release. In its first year, 1,100 inmates checked out 4,600 books.”
  • USA – Knowledge is Power: Serving Gender Diverse Youth in the Library – Public Libraries Online. “As we strive to serve every member of the community, especially our YA patrons, public librarians may be looking to learn a bit more about a particularly marginalized group, transgender youth. Transgender youth, defined as those who do not conform to prevalent gender norms, can be an overlooked segment of the LGBT community. As society becomes more accepting of LGBT issues, transgender youth are also increasingly more comfortable being open about who they are. However, despite recent societal inroads, trans youth are at increased risk for being ostracized, as well as physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. Currently, 41 percent of trans people attempt suicide …”
  • USA – Sharp Dressed, Well Read: This Philly Library Lets Job Hunters Borrow Ties – Take Part. “If that job seeker is in Philadelphia, all he needs to do is take a trip to the “tiebrary,” a tie-lending initiative started in March at the Paschalville Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The 48 ties in the tiebrary’s collection include conservative colors and patterns as well as more brightly hued, trendy cravats and can be checked out for up to three weeks by anyone with a library card.”

Local news by authority

  • Bexley – Community-led libraries see success across Bexley – Bexley Times. “Libraries have been taken over by trusts, groups, and at Bostall Library, a team of local volunteers. The Bostall Library Community Group, which includes a member of staff from the library, started running the service in Bexleyheath last month. Based on King Harolds Way, the group are hoping to open the library up to local events outside of open hours. Among the other groups, Eco Communities has taken over management at Northumberland Heath and Upper Belvedere libraries, while New Generation Community Trust, which runs the Hope Community School open Blackfen Library last month. Cabinet Member for community safety, environment and leisure, Peter Craske said: “This is another reason why Bexley is such a great place to live, and it is brilliant to see local communities taking control of their local libraries.”
  • Birmingham – Tributes to architect who designed Central Library – Birmingham Mail. “The iconic ‘inverted ziggurat’ of Birmingham’s old Central Library may famously have been attributed to the late great city architect John Madin. But the design of the Brutalist landmark was in fact led by a partner in Madin’s practice – John Ericsson – who has died aged 85 after a short illness. Though the design divided opinion, Central Library – currently being demolished despite a campaign to list it – was described in the Pevsner Architectural Guide as “the first Birmingham building of European importance since the early 1900s” and “the finest example of the Brutalist aesthetic in Birmingham, and a civic project of European importance”.”
  • Darlington – Friends group launched to save Darlington’s libraries – Northern Echo. “The Friends of Darlington Libraries was formed after hundreds of people attended recent public meetings about the future of the services. Darlington Borough Council is proposing to move the Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre. The authority also plans to close the Cockerton branch and end the mobile library service. The library in Crown Street, which opened in 1885, was given to the people of Darlington by the Pease family with a legally binding Covenant which stipulated that the building be used for educational and library purposes ‘in perpetuity’.
  • Devon – Michael Morpurgo helps launch organisation to run Devon’s libraries – Times Gazette. “Libraries Unlimited, a staff and community-owned social enterprise, took over the running of 50 libraries across Devon from April 1. Mr Morpurgo helped the launch of Libraries Unlimited on World Book Night. World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books. It sees passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading with people who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure or own books.”
  • Dumfries and Galloway – Bookbug at Libraries Galloway Gazette. “Dumfries and Galloway Libraries are preparing to travel the world with Bookbug. Bookbug Week will take place between the 16th and 22nd May and the theme this year is Around the World with Bookbug. There are 19 events taking place at libraries all over Dumfries and Galloway. There are special Around the World story times and Around the World Bookbug Sessions so come along and join in Bookbug’s travels”
  • East Riding of Yorkshire – East Riding Council libraries service – £1.2m cuts concern – HU12 Online. “East Riding of Yorkshire Council unveiled the proposal this week for the future of its library service and multi service centres, following its analysis of nearly 8,000 responses to a public consultation which concluded last December. Subject to approval by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 17th May, the proposal which would save the council around £1.2 million, will be the subject of a further second round of public consultation.”
  • Enfield – Enfield libraries in mental health book promotion – Londonist. “Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for education, children’s services and protection, said: “Reading Well books offer high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues”
  • Hampshire – Battle after Bursledon Parish Council barred from Lowford Community Centre – Daily Echo. “Bursledon Parish Council have been effectively evicted from their offices by the Bursledon and District Community Association (BDCA), which manages the building. The future of the village library is now in doubt as it is run by the parish council and its army of library volunteers who have also been barred from using it.”
  • Herefordshire – Boost for Hereford Library as Cabinet backs re-opening plan – Hereford Times. “Hereford’s  historic library building could re-open by the end of this year after plans to turn it into a cultural hub were backed by leading councillors. The Broad Street venue has been closed since last September when traces of asbestos were discovered during maintenance work. Library users have since had to either visit Belmont Library or a ‘pop-up’ facility at Hereford Town Hall. But Herefordshire Council‘s Cabinet this week gave the thumbs-up to Hereford Library Users Group (HLUG)’s idea to re-open the venue as a multi-use community hub, with the site “reinstated” in the interim.”
  • Lancashire – Could Lancashire’s cuts hit libraries still be saved? – Lancashire Evening Post. Conservatives complain money has not been taken from council reserves to save libraries.
  • Lancashire – Campaign group launched to save Whitworth library from closure “travesty” – Rossendale Free Press.
  • Lancashire – Campaigners pledge ‘tooth and nail’ fight against closure of our libraries –  Rossendale Free Press. “Leading Valley politicians from every colour have vowed to fight the closures, which will now go out for a 12-week consultation. Labour’s Rossendale council leader Alyson Barnes said the proposals do not make sense. She said: “We are devastated by these proposals and we will do what we can to ensure this allocation is looked at again. Some of our communities are far too isolated to lose those vital services.”
  • Lancashire – Morecambe Library to become ‘unstaffed’ under new plans – Visitor. “Morecambe Library would become an unstaffed ‘satellite’ library under new proposals to cut library services in our district. A library insider also told us that Heysham Library could become the main library for Morecambe under the Lancashire County Council cost-saving plans. Last year Morecambe Library (200,988) had more than three times more visitors than Heysham Library (63,276).”
  • Lancashire – MP condemns closure hit-list – Lytham St Anne’s Express. “Fylde MP Mark Menzies is ‘appalled’ at the extent of the cuts to libraries Lancashire County Council is threatening across Fylde – and claims party politics have played a part in the decision by the Labour-run authority. “There can be no doubt that the Labour Party has sought to protect areas where it receives more support,” he said”
  • Lancashire – Plea for library closures rethink – Lytham St Anne’s Express. “In Lytham, Ansdell and Freckleton, petitions to save the libraries have already gathered thousands of signatures, while Kirkham Town Council is aiming to get together with parish councils around rural Fylde to present a ‘united front’ during the consultation period. Kirkham county councillor Liz Oades, who also serves on Fylde and Kirkham Town councils, said she had been told by County Hall officials that a switch of library service from the current building to Milbanke would not result in any reduction in service.”
  • Lancashire – Solutions for Lancashire Libraries? A note by Frances Hendrix – Library Campaign. “There are alternatives to closures (with or without handing over branches to groups of volunteers) which will enable the service to continue (perhaps with closures of a relatively small number of non-viable branches) in a form which complies with the Act rather than adopting a fragmented and necessarily less cost-efficient solution. Unfortunately, it does not appear that the council is looking for such alternatives but rather seems to be wedded to proposals structured around a property-based assessment (a way of proceeding which violates the spirit of the Wirral report) and involving massive closures, an approach which will almost certainly lead to a challenge (by judicial review) to the decision on the grounds that the consultation has been a sham (because the issue has been predetermined) and/or a request to the DCMS for intervention (by the direction of a local inquiry).   Every reasonable effort should be made to avoid the resolution of this matter proceeding down adversarial paths which would be a costly, time-consuming and generally a negative way to go.”
  • Lancashire – Three communities rally to fight library closure proposals -Accrington Observer. “Three Hyndburn communities are rallying in a bid to save their beloved libraries after they were named on a hitlist set for closure.” … “Teacher Emma Clark started a petition opposing the closure of Rishton library, which now has more than 250 signatures. She said: “Since I started the petition it’s just been gaining momentum. We can’t allow this to happen. The library is the heart of our community” … “In Clayton-le-Moors non-profit social enterprise group Mercer House 1842 has begun talks to try and secure their library’s future. Director Nick Collingridge said: “Everybody’s up in arms. The libraries have always been part of the community, to take them away and say you can go down to Accrington – that will never happen. People won’t be able to get there.”
  • Lancashire – Video plea to save libraries – Fleetwood Weekly News. “A library worker turned councillor has kick-started the battle to save threatened services.” … “I used to see people come in, read two books, go for lunch, come back and read two more. That is their life”
  • Lewisham – The Story Of London’s Smallest Library – Londonist. “The box which stands near the corner of Loampit Hill and Tyrwhitt Road, just a stone’s throw from St John’s station, has operated since 2013 as a book exchange. The Lewisham Micro Library — as it’s become known, and as Google Maps now labels it — is touted as London’s smallest book repository. With no registration, and no fines, it’s a casual walk-in-and-browse setup. Anyone is free to take home a book, provided they bring it back or replace it with another. “It’s definitely given people an excuse to stand around chatting,” reflects Seb Handley, “and in that sense, I suppose it’s really failed as a library.”” [Seb Handley seriously loses library credibility points there but then he brings it back with … – Ed.] … “There is a problem with what I’ve done,” he says, self-effacing once more. “That phone box could be seen to undermine what proper librarians provide. Theirs is a job that deserves to be respected and professionalised.””
  • Lincolnshire – New-look Alford Library offers homely atmosphere Skegness Standard. “Alford Library – which re-opened as a volunteer-run operation earlier this year – has been transformed following a refurbishment. Now known as Alford Focal Point, the facility was one of the libraries earmarked for closure by Lincolnshire County Council until a group of volunteers took it on”
  • Liverpool – Liverpool’s Central Library turned into a silent disco for LightNight 2016 – Liverpool Echo. “It was billed as one of the quietest events of LightNight 2016 – outwardly at least – but that didn’t stop the Shush Silent Disco at Liverpool’s Central Library being one of the biggest crowd-pullers of the night. Long queues snaked around the first floor of the library as hundreds waiting to join the fun in the stunning grade II Picton Reading Room”
  • North Lanarkshire – Iconic American writer backs campaign to save library in North Lanarkshire – Herald Scotland. It has attracted the support of a number of writers, as well as members of the community, including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Sathnam Sanghera, M G Leonard and Amanda Craig, among others.” … “However the petition took a trans-Atlantic twist when Armistead Maupin, best known for his Tales of the City series of novels set in San Francisco, pledged his support to the campaign. “
  • North Lanarkshire – Jobs to go as council announces closure of a dozen community facilities and libraries – Herald Scotland. “The arms-length firm affected, Culture NL, manages entertainment venues, community arts, museums, libraries, play services and community facilities on behalf of the council and has seen its budget cuts by over £1million. It is also facing additional cost pressures of around £450,000. The move will see a number of job losses, with the organisation saying it hoped to avoid compulsory redundancies”
  • North Lanarkshire – North Lanarkshire libraries to close after council cuts – BBC. “Seven community centres and four libraries are to close in North Lanarkshire after £400,000 of council budget cuts. The number of mobile libraries in the council will also be reduced from five to three. The authority said it was the result of “necessary” cuts to Culture NL – the arms-length body which manages arts and entertainment venues for the council. Funding for Culture NL has been reduced by a third to £1.072m. North Lanarkshire Council said “detailed customer data” showed the 11 facilities earmarked for closure – from a total of 98 – were “little-used”.
  • Powys – Still time to submit views on the future of Powys libraries – Abergavenny Chronicle. “With savings of over £27m to be found over the next three years, the library service has been tasked with reducing their costs by £250,000 by April 2019.” … “Some meetings have taken place with town and community councils and other organisations who could contribute towards library running costs, co-locate their service within the current library building or offer the library a home in theirs. “

“Unmanned “libraries” will be shoehorned into buildings housing other public services in Somerset where book lovers have fought a long battle against library closures. Shepton Mallet library only survived in 2012 when the high court ruled that 11 planned closures (out of 34 libraries in the county) would be unlawful because the county council should have undertaken a more thorough study before deciding on closure. Opening hours have already been cut, but locals who fought the previous successful campaign have just learnt that there are plans to move the library into the edge-of-town public services “hub” building Shape Mendip, already home to the local police team, private health screening company ToHealth and the local register office. Library chiefs say the new location will offer “a modern, welcoming space with an element of self-service”, and a recent council report posted on the campaigners’ Facebook page mentions plans to investigate “Open Library technology”, which is the system being trialled in the London borough of Barnet giving library users a keycode to open the door to an unstaffed building.” Somerset – Library News – Private Eye.

  • St Helens – Libraries backing dementia awareness – St Helens Star. “A range of events, from singing and dancing to art installations and films, will be held at St Helens libraries to mark Dementia Awareness Week, which starts on Sunday, May 15. Central Library will hold a day of events on Monday, May 16 including a Reminiscence Karaoke from 2 to 3pm, which is designed bring back music-linked memories.”
  • Stockton – Rallying call to save under threat Stockton library – Gazette. “Councillors are calling on people to campaign over the future of Fairfield Library – one of two under threat of closure in shake up ” … “Cllrs Carol and Michael Clark, who represent Grangefield ward, are asking people to write to their local councillors calling on then to protect Fairfield library. Stockton Council is seeking a “co-location partner” to help with the running costs of the library, but will propose its closure if none are found. Councillor Michael Clark spoke out on the library cuts as many residents in his ward use the nearby library.”
  • Swindon – Councillor urged to back up her pre-election library promises – Swindon Advertiser. “On a leaflet entitled ‘Highworth Library – The Facts’, Coun Maureen Penny (Con, Highworth), pledged that the library was not going to close, that it was not going to move and that it would still be staffed by qualified librarians. Speaking to the Adver last week, Coun Penny said: “I stand by everything on the leaflet – I went in to see Coun Rennard and Coun Perkins regarding the difference in rural areas and we got a dispensation for Highworth.”
  • Thurrock – Fibromyalgia Awareness Day being held tomorrow at Grays Library – Braintree and Witham Times. “The council’s libraries have teamed up with charities and c2c to promote awareness of fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. Fibromyalgia is known as an incurable condition, which often causes disability and makes people unable to work with up to 2.7 million sufferers in the UK alone – but as charities say, with the right support it can be managed. “
  • Warrington – Library opening times cut following one-month trial  – Warrington Guardian. Nine libraries to have reduced hours, with library staff being forced to work in other libraries for the reduced hours. LiveWire manager blames reduction in library usage, rather than budget cuts, for reduction in hours. Some libraries seeing only two visitors in the first or last hour of opening. Internet downloads also blamed.
  • West Dunbartonshire – West Dunbartonshire literary festival proving a big hit – Daily Record. For the first time in 14 year’s of festival, all libraries will be hosting at least one event. Free, but ticketed.
  • Wirral – Daleks invade Wirral libraries for special exhibition and film show – Wirral Globe. “Wallasey Central Library welcomes life-sized, mobile, replica Daleks to coincide with a screening of a sci-fi movie classic. ” … “The 1966 movie Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 AD will be screened in the library after a talk about the history and development of the Daleks since their introduction to Dr Who in 1963. ” … “The event is organised by the Friends of Wallasey Central Library and Wirral Council’s Libraries service and will take place next Saturday, May 21.”