March 2011

Suffolk: US firm interested in running county’s libraries

East Anglian Daily Times, Tuesday 1st March 2011

AN AMERICAN-based company is hoping to take over the running of libraries in Suffolk, the EADT can reveal today … (read more)

Protest groups join forces over Suffolk library cuts

Eastern Daily Press, Tuesday 1st March 2011

Communities threatened by the closure of their local library are joining forces in a bid to protect all book-lending services in Suffolk … (read more)

Suffolk: Council’s ‘rainy day’ cash could be used to save services

Evening Star, Tuesday 1st March 2011

SUFFOLK: Threatened services across the county could be saved by using “rainy day” money sitting in the council’s reserves, The Evening Star can reveal today … (read more)

Library campaigners mount legal challenges to closures

The Guardian, Tuesday 1st February 2011

Pressure building on culture secretary to enforce statutory service obligations on local authorities planning cuts … (read more)

Council cuts: into the Eye of the storm

Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 2nd March 2011

A small Suffolk town is losing jobs, its youth club, even the local pub. Clive Aslet hears a cry of distress from local residents … (read more)

Alan Bennett says library closure plan ‘child abuse’

BBC News, Thursday 3rd March 2011

Playwright Alan Bennett has said closing libraries in North Yorkshire would be tantamount to “child abuse” … (read more)

Aldeburgh: Community steps forward to save library

East Anglian Daily Times, Friday 4th March 2011

A COMMUNITY has joined together in a bid to save its under threat library … (read more)

The £218K council chief who spent £12K of taxpayers’ money on training sessions with lifestyle guru

Daily Mail, Friday 4th March 2011

A CONTROVERSIAL council chief on £218,000-a-year has had 23 coaching sessions with a ‘change’ guru ‘ costing taxpayers over £12,000 … (read more)

Crowd gathers for Beccles library protest

Eastern Daily Press, Friday 4th March 2011

Children, parents and councillors were among the people who joined together in Beccles yesterday to show their support for their town library … (read more)

Suffolk: Top authors urge library rethink

East Anglian Daily Times, Saturday 5th March 2011

THEY are more used to writing scripts and bestsellers but some of Suffolk’s top authors have added their signatures to a letter which outlines the strength of feeling at the threat to the county’s libraries … (read more)

Protest march to save town library

East Anglian Daily Times, Saturday 5th March 2011

CAMPAIGNERS marched through a town to protest at county council plans that could see their local library closed down … (read more)

Gallery: Protesters march to save Leiston library

East Anglian Daily Times, Sunday 6th March 2011

A CAMPAIGN to save a town’s library took to the streets on Saturday as protesters increased the pressure on council bosses … (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)

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)

‘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: 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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