West Heath Rally 9th April

– by Bob Whitehead Yesterday’s rally calling for the re-building of West Heath library on its old site was successful. After the years of delay, the broken promises and a fruitless appeal to the cabinet member responsible, a despondent and low attendance seemed likely.  However, as it turned out, there were about 50 people present,…

Rally at West Heath, Sat 9th April 11.00-12.30

The next stop in our campaign to support Birmingham’s community libraries is a rally at West Heath. As we pointed out last week​, all of these libraries  are under threat in the current review of local services by Birmingham City Council, which is seeking to make substantial cuts to all of its budgets. ​The fact…

Community Libraries Campaign: Kents Moat Library

Dear supporters, please join us this Saturday. We are campaigning to support Birmingham’s community libraries, which are under threat in the current review of local services by Birmingham City Council, which is seeking to make substantial cuts to all of its budgets. We will be holding leafleting sessions at individual libraries to raise public awareness,…

West Heath Needs its Library!

Download the flyer for the protest outside the site of the old West Heath library on April 9th at 11am: West Heath needs its library A word or two of explanation for non-West Heathens. The photo on the flyer is the boarded up site of the old library which was demolished a year or so…

Vaizey giving out wrong figures on library closures

From the The Bookseller: “The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) has written an open letter condemning Ed Vaizey’s use of “flawed” figures for closures and new openings of public libraries in the House of Commons.” “Figures from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) indicate that there were 3,043 libraries…

Solidarity with Lambeth Libraries

From The Bookseller: British “Bridge of Spies” actor Mark Rylance, who won Best Supporting Actor at 2016’s BAFTA awards last night (14th February), has spoken out in support of a campaign to save Lambeth’s libraries from closure. Rylance, a resident of Lambeth for the past 30 years, called libraries the “fabric of our communities” as…

An Ode to Literature

A review of “The Uncommon Reader”, by Alan Bennett. Faber and Faber. Profile Books. Find it at your local library! Her Majesty has an epiphany. A chance encounter with a mobile library and its librarian, who happens to work in her kitchens, leads her into borrowing a book. Following his advice and guidance she promptly…

‘I fought the Law, and the Law won…’

Time for the Council to remember its statutory responsibilities: Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 An Act to place the public library service provided by local authorities in England and Wales under the superintendence of the Secretary of State, to make new provision for regulating and improving that service and as to the provision and…