19 January 2011

NO BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY

When I saw this news article, I couldn't help but smile...

Due to the economic situation here in the UK, local governments will be taking significant budget cuts and therefore making tough decisions about what public services should stay or go. In one little town, Stony Stratford, the council felt that some of their libraries may be forced to close. The local community didn't take too kindly to this, and in a week long campaign decided to check out all 16,000 volumes from their library to protest against its possible closure. By the end of the week, the library's shelves were empty!

I think this is a great show of support for our local libraries. The full article can be found on Guardian

4 comments:

Heather said...

Wow, that is an awesome show of support! Empty shelves create such a sad picture.

Melissa Walker said...

LOVE this!

David L Macaulay said...

wow - sounds like there are a few severe cuts going on back home. Just stumbled on your blog, very interesting.

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

I loved this story. I just hope that, if the council decide to keep the library open, that the locals will carry on using it. I think they've staged an official protest against its closure now, which is promising.

They checked out books at something like 378 per hour, it was insane!