MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD – BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE
‘Our Library is too good to lose – books not cuts’
WE PLAN TO UP-PROFILE MINCH LIBRARY IN THE NEWS & MEDIA WITH REGULAR EVENTS:
On Saturday 5th February 2011 we had a morning of animating events to support our library
Saturday morning´s action was full of fun. John Dougherty burst into song, rhyme and tales that captured the children’s imagination – quite a few of the adults too! He ended in a song against the cuts and we all joined in.
Next was Uncle Dinesh who sang songs and told a foreign tale about a special squirrel, he also had a furry helper who had hidden himself, the children helped him find it. Cathryn Webb also read stories while the children sat engrossed and there were plenty of colourful hands drawn in support of our library. There were many willing helpers from the Friends of the library and scores signed the petition. The library was a buzz with activity, with 40 and more people at any one time. Over 500 people came throughout the three hours, including Cllr. Stan Waddington who showed his support by talking to many people and completing a ‘hands up’ paper silhouette for supporting Minchinhampton Library.
Thank you to everyone who showed their support.
Our library is too good to lose, once the doors are shut they won´t open again.
WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:
- Download a copy of the Save the Minchinhampton Library Petition and become a ‘Friend of Minchinhampton Library and get all your friends and neighbours to sign it too. Then take the completed form(s) to the ‘Meeting the Challenge’ table at the Library in Minchinhampton. Download Petition & FoML sign-up Form
- visit a ‘Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries’ website and sign the on-line petition (County-wide petition). Also do look at the information and stats about libraries.
- write urgently and express your concerns to Cllrs Mark Hawthorne (Leader of the Council) and Cllr Antonia Noble (Cabinet Member for Caring & Community Services) at Cabinet Office, Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG with a copy to our Parish Council at the Trap House. Or via email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Leave the libraries alone. You don’t know the value of what you’re looking after. It is too precious to destroy.” Philip Pullman from a speech he gave in Oxford on 20/01/11 click here to read full article
There was a protest rally Saturday 29th Jan in Stroud against the cuts:
A good turnout and some rousing speeches from Steve Robinson, Mayor of Nailsworth; John Dougherty, author and protestor; Cllr John Marjoram, Deputy Mayor of Stroud; Demelza Jones from Friends of Gloucestershire Library; Cllr Martin Whiteside, Green Party District Councillor, David Drew ex-MP for Stroud and many more.
To see a YouTube video of the day’s events made by Cllr Philip Booth click here
BE INSPIRED BY THE FRIENDS OF WIVELISCOMBE LIBRARY IN SOMERSET
Wivesliscombe Library faced closure too but the people of Wiveliscombe have campaigned and already Somerset County Council have issued a statement to say that they plan to save their library.