In the media

Here are links to some of the latest stories in the local and national press:

Gallery: protests over cuts to Stowmarket and Debenham libraries

East Anglian Daily Times, Monday 21st March 2011

COMMUNITIES turned out in force this weekend to continue the fight against controversial cuts to Suffolk’s library service … (read more)


Public Post-it for library ideas

Bury Free Press, Sunday 20th March 2011

To avoid its public meeting getting bogged in debate, Ixworth Parish council ringed the village hall with tables labelled for different aspects of the village library’s future and asked people to stick ideas on Post-it notes … (read more)


Suffolk: Council spend £1,400 of taxpayers’ money on new Andrea Hill pictures

Evening Star, Friday 18th March 2011

SUFFOLK: Hard-up Suffolk County Council forked out more than £1,400 of taxpayers’ cash – on a set of photographs of chief executive Andrea Hill, The Evening Star can reveal today … (read more)


Eye: Campaigners protest over council cuts

East Anglian Daily Times, Tuesday 15th March 2011

Around 100 people turned out in Eye on Saturday to express their concern over the impact of council cutbacks on the community … (read more)


Villagers protest at library closure plans

East Anglian Daily Times, Monday 14th March 2011

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets outraged at plans to cut one of their village’s most treasured services … (read more)


Is the future for Norfolk libraries an all-singing and dancing one?

Eastern Daily Press, Saturday 12th March 2011

A US firm hopes to reinvent 15pc of Britain’s libraries as multifunctional venues, hosting murder mystery evenings and open-mic poetry sessions. But does the service really need an overhaul? … (read more)


Don’t privatise our libraries

The Guardian, Saturday 12th March 2011

The government’s cuts threaten the future of much-loved public libraries. But we should be wary of its zeal for privatisation too … (read more)


Leiston: Meeting to discuss library and youth club futures

East Anglian Daily Times, Thursday 10th March 2011

RESIDENTS turned out to learn more about how they can save two under-threat services … (read more)


Suffolk: Call for more feedback over libraries review

East Anglian Daily Times, Thursday 10th March 2011

PARISH councils and community groups have been coming up with new proposals to run their local libraries – but Suffolk County Council is keen to get more views on the future of the service … (read more)


Odd story of the council accused of ‘banning’ a journalist

The Guardian, Tuesday 8th March 2011

The front page headline in yesterday’s Ipswich Evening Star was unequivocal: BANNED! It pictured the paper’s experienced local government correspondent, Paul Geater, and said that Suffolk county council would no longer deal with him … (read more)


Ipswich: Evening Star reporter Paul Geater ‘banned’ by county council – for telling the truth

Evening Star, Monday 7th March 2011

The Evening Star’s Suffolk County Council reporter, Paul Geater, has today been banned from getting comment from the authority – for simply telling the truth … (read more)


‘Fantastic response’ to plea for library ideas

Bury Free Press, Monday 7th March 2011

THE call for ideas on running Suffolk’s libraries has brought more than 1,300 responses from individuals, communities and companies … (read more)


Ipswich: Protesters step up the fight to save much-loved library

East Anglian Daily Times, Monday 7th March 2011

The fight to save a popular town library was stepped up at the weekend as protesters gathered to vent their feelings … (read more)


Ssshhh! The noisy revolution coming to British libraries

The Independent, Monday 7th March 2011

Public libraries could be set for a radical overhaul that could see books offered alongside coffee, murder mystery nights, poetry evenings and open mic sessions, should the plans of a private US company be given the green light … (read more)


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