A reasonably quiet week this week, with the only storm cloud being Hackney’s decision to cut £250k from its budget, resulting in protests.

Changes by local authority

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Local news by authority

  • Staffordshire – Changes and improvements are on the cards for five Staffordshire libraries. – Express and Star. “Burton Library could have a “maker space” and improvements to its audience area for events if a funding bid proves successful, while Cannock’s facility may move to a new town centre “cultural hub” as part of regeneration plans boosted by a £20m Government Levelling Up windfall. To the north of the county another Levelling Up Fund application is being made and proposals include transforming the Nicholson Institute, which is home to Leek Library. Tamworth’s library building is set to welcome Staffordshire County Council staff currently based at Marmion House, And in Kidsgrove discussions are taking place with the Town Deal Board for the library to be involved in the Kidsgrove Shared Service Hub.”
  • Suffolk – Woodbridge Library launches new STEM books collection – East Anglian Daily Times. “Woodbridge Library will now have in its selection 50 books for 8–10-year-olds that cover the subjects of science, technology engineering and maths. The library hosted the free library science fun day that included Lego building challenge with prizes, marshmallow 3D shape-building, display and experiments by ‘It’s all Rocket Science’, as well as mega blok mayhem. “
  • Wandsworth – Holocaust-denying bishop holds hate services in London library – Jewish Chronicle. “The notorious Holocaust-denier Bishop Richard Williamson has been conducting rabidly antisemitic “services” in a London library, the JC has discovered. The cleric, who is a founding member of a fringe Catholic movement called the Society of St Pius X Resistance, also has a YouTube channel with thousands of subscribers.” … “Earlsfield Library, where Williamson held his services for almost a decade, is owned by GLL, a charitable social enterprise. After being contacted by the JC, a spokesperson said the bishop’s comments were “disgraceful and unacceptable”. They added: “We have terminated all the group’s bookings with immediate effect.””
  • Wirral – Wirral library faces demolition amid £20m budget cuts – BBC. Higher Bebington – “A decision on the demolition has been postponed until the new year when other options will be presented at a committee meeting on 25 January.”
  • Worcestershire – Public consultation for Redditch Library relocation gets go ahead – Redditch Advertiser. “Residents will now get the chance to have their say on proposals to relocate the library from its current site into the Town Hall which will be transformed into a community hub.”