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In response to planned library closures a day of action has been called for February 5th. Library read-ins will be taking place across the country. Below is a list of actions compiled by Alan Gibbons of Campaign For The Book and the Coalition of Resistance.

Protesters in Milton Keynes

This page will be updated as we get more reports of actions.

Doncaster 29 Jan

Doncaster Feb 5th

  • Bawtry: Doncaster Rd, Bawtry,Doncaster,South Yorkshire,DN10 6NE
  • Rossington: McConnel Cr, Doncaster DN11 0PL
  • Moorends: Marshland Rd, Moorends, Doncaster, West Yorkshire DN8 4S

Doncaster Save Our Libraries site. 31st Jan Somerset: Ansford school: School library joining in the Save Somerset Libraries campaign. As part of this we have decided to have a read-in involving two year groups of the school on Monday 31st January. We intend to invite the local newspaper along and hope this will aid the campaign. Cambridge: Arbury Court Library in Cambridge, Read-In event on February 5 (from 2-3pm). Croydon: Norbury Library is hosting a “read-in” organised by your residents’ associations to support the love of our library. Part of a national campaign to support libraries, we are encouraging people to come and read. Actor Ralph Ineson (Harry Potter, The Office and Waterloo road) is giving a reading at 12 noon. Event: 11am-1pm. Ralph Ineson Reading: 12 noon Norbury Library Beatrice Avenue Isle of Wight Sandown Library on the Isle of Wight is holding a “Read-in” on Saturday 5th February. 4 local authors will be supporting the event; M J Trow, Wendy K Harris, Diana Kimpton and Gay Baldwin. Gloucestershire: Events planned so far:

  • Churchdown Library Library fun day (10:00 - 4:00). With story-time, fancy dress and a ‘craft corner’, plus novelist and playwright Alice Jolly will be holding a creative writing workshop for older teens and adults (time TBC).
  • Charlton Kings Library (with some activities to take place in the Stanton Room next door) ‘Love your library’ (10:00 - 4:00) Activities will include badge-making, a library treasure hunt, a library quiz for older children and adults, the creation of a memory scroll, and a free prize draw. At 12:30 a celebration ‘cut the cake not the library’ cake will be shared in the Stanton Room, and from 2:00 published novelist Jane Bailey will be holding a creative writing class for those who dream of putting pen to paper.
  • Cheltenham Library Poetry day (10:30 start) All are welcome to come along and have a go at writing their own poems, or take part in a read-athon of their own work or favourite pieces of poetry/prose. Encouragement will be on hand from local poets, who will also be performing their own work.
  • Cinderford Library ‘Kids for Forest Libraries’ (1:00 - 3:00) Cinderford will receive a visit from children’s author John Dougherty as part of the ‘flying authors’ tour (estimated landing time - 1:15). At 2:00 there will be the opportunity for kids to ‘Hear a Story and Learn to Draw’ with acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Shoo Rayner.
  • Hesters Way Library Library fun day (10:30 start) At 10:30, Hannah Shaw, the author and illustrator of popular children’s books ‘Evil Weasel’ and ‘Erroll’ will be holding a story and poster workshop for kids of all ages, plus we will be receiving a visit from children’s author John Dougherty as part of the ‘flying authors’ tour (estimated landing time - 11:50).
  • Lydney Library ‘Love Lydney Library’ (10:30 - 2:00) Story-time sessions will start at 10:30 and 12:00, and there will be the chance to create a Chinese New Year-themed mask and add your brushstrokes to a ‘Love Lydney Library’ mural.
  • Mitcheldean Library ‘Kids for Forest Libraries’ (11:00 - 1:00) At 11:00 there will be the opportunity for kids to ‘Hear a Story and Learn to Draw’ with acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Shoo Rayner, plus we will receive a visit from children’s author John Dougherty as part of the ‘flying authors’ tour (estimated landing time - 12:45).
  • Moreton-in-Marsh Library Read-in (12:00 - 2:00) All ages welcome, and with a free family storytelling performance by Chlo√´ of the Midnight Storytellers.
  • Stroud Library Read-in (from 1:00) All ages welcome. We will be joined by authors Jamila Gavin and Alice Jolly, and at 2:00 Hannah Shaw, the author and illustrator of popular children’s books ‘Evil Weasel’ and ‘Erroll’ will be holding a story workshop for kids of all ages The ‘Flying Authors’
  • John Dougherty, ‘I Love Libraries’ tour As part of this day of celebration, author of the popular ‘Zeus’ and ‘Jack Slater Monster Investigator’ children’s books series, John Dougherty, will be attempting a mini-marathon ‘I Love Libraries’ tour. He'll be visiting as many Gloucestershire libraries as he can in a single day, and bringing with him his bag of books and his trusty guitar. There'll be laughs, readings, music, maybe even poetry, and a few words about why libraries are so important - all in under 20 minutes per visit! Come and support him, and your local library!John’s itinerary (times are approximate):
    • Minchinhampton Library - 9:30
    • Tuffley Library - 10:15
    • Matson Library - 10:45
    • Brockworth Library - 11:15
    • Hesters Way Library - 11:50
    • Micheldean Library - 12:45
    • Cinderford Library - 1:15
    • Lydney Library - 1:55
    • Hucclecote Library - 3:15
    Check http://foclibrary.wordpress.com/ for information.


  • Barnet: Between 10:30 and 12:30 there will be a stall outside The Broadwalk Shopping Centre, Edgware promoting the Save Barnet Libraries Campaign, Unsion’s Love Your Libraries Campaign and The Campaign for the Book.
  • Battersea: Roman mysteries author Caroline Lawrence will be doing a Read-In at York Gardens Library in Battersea on Feb 5 along with other local authors. Do please come along from 1.00 -3.00pm! Other authors attending this Read-In so far are : Sophie Bennett and Nadifa Mohamed!
  • Brixton: Friends of the Tate Library, Brixton, London will joining in with the day and will be collecting signatures and testimonials in support of Lambeth Libraries on the 5th Feb.
  • Haringey Read in: Nine authors are going to be reading in nine Haringey libraries on Feb 5th
  • Kensal Rise Library in Brent will be holding a Read In on Sat 5th February. We will be having readings for children, a children’s entertainer, Quizzes Balloons etc Hoping to raise awareness of the benefits of our library and of the many libraries threatened with closure nationally.
  • Lewisham : 11.30-1pm at the following libraries:
    • Sydenham
    • Crofton Park
    • New Cross
    • Blackheath
    • Grove Park
  • Sly and Reggie are performing to help and spice up the Lewisham read-ins. They’ve even composed a song especially for use by libraries campaigners! And a plus is, they reckon they can attend all five participating libraries. Attendance at New Cross is already confirmed.

Merseyside: Librarise campaigners to join Merseyside March Against the Cuts Saturday, 5th FebruaryAssemble Exchange Flags (Back of Liverpool Town Hall) 11am Speakers include Tony Benn

Milton Keynes: Stony Stratford Library will be joining in and organising a read-in on 5th February from 11am until Midday. Best selling author (and Milton Keynes resident) Carole Matthews is coming to open the event, also local writer Mark Neil writing and reading out a poem. The Read in will be aiming at children there will be several story sessions plus cakes/biscuits and juice for refreshment. Woburn Sands 10.30 to 12.30, read-in at Woburn Sands Library, which is threatened with closure by Milton Keynes Council along with Stony Stratford Library. We’ve already had over 1000 signatures against the proposal to close the library, and we’re also planning to drop letters, leaflets and petitions around village on Saturday 29 January, encouraging as many people as possible to write to the Council, and to respond to the Budget Consultation for Milton Keynes which includes the proposed library closures and closes on 4 February. Our Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Woburn-Sands-Library/186381664719172

Northamptonshire: Read-In at Roade Library in Northamptonshire from 10.30 to 1.30 on Saturday 05 February.

North Yorkshire: Bentham Library in North Yorkshire on Saturday 5th February 2011. Local people are planning to have people read passages from their favourite books or poems through the morning. They are contacting the school and are hoping to have children dressed as their favourite storybook characters and also do some reading.They are inviting national writers to contribute if possible.They are contacting local and national media about this proposed closure.If Bentham closes, the nearest Library would be 12 miles away and there is no public transport to get there.

Notts: Read in: 11am Beeston Library. More info on Notts SOS site Oxfordshire:

  • North Leigh library, Oxfordshire from 10am to noon
  • Blackbird Leys Library, Oxford, 11am
  • Botley, Oxford. 11.30 am.
  • Central Library, Oxford. 12 noon.

The last three events with Philip Pullman. Somerset: Shepton Mallet and Glastonbury, Somerset, will both be doing a Love Our Library Day on the 5th Feb. That will be followed by a meeting to which all Somerset Campaigners are invited to a meeting to review the progress of the campaign, a screening of Independent film-makers Garfiled Kennedy, Ken Kutsch and Kevin Redpaths film and a social.

Library cuts and closures

View Public Library Closures in the UK in a larger map

More pins than are visible are on this map! The most up-to-date version is at: http://publiclibrariesnews.blogspot.com/

Red pointer = library closures announced by Council
Blue pointer = Individual library at risk
Red triangle = library closed
Gents sign = staff lost
Pins – other cuts

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