I was disappointed by the decision of Labour led Lancashire County Council to approve the budget that could, potentially, lead to the closure of 40 out of 74 libraries.
The Save Coppull Library campaign team have stepped up the fight to ensure that Coppull Library remains open, but we have started working with other campaign teams to highlight the importance of libraries across Lancashire, indeed according to a recent statistic from Public Library News a fifth of all libraries threatened with closure in the UK are in the red rose county. Over the weekend I attended a “read in” at Adlington Library, which was exceptionally well attended and it was great to see campaigners from across Chorley swapping ideas regarding campaign tactics and how to retain, and further harness, the support that we have received from a large number of residents.
On the 12th March 2016 the Save Coppull Library campaign team are planning a walk from Coppull Library to Eccleston Library and campaigners who want to save Eccleston Library will walk from Eccleston to Coppull Library. We’re hoping to have some local authors join us for the walk, so please come along and support us.
If you can’t attend the walk in there are other things you can do to help secure the future of Coppull Library, these include:
(i) Becoming a member – if you’re not already one!
(ii) Join in with baby bounce, toddler time, knit and natter, book group, friendship group and the IT group.
(iii) Attend one of the official library events such as Harry Potter night.
(iv) Sign the petition online bit.ly/coppullvoice. Paper ones are available to sign in New Era Hairdressing, Early Birds Nursery, Springfield Leisure Centre and Treeface Cafe.
(v) Follow the campaign on Twitter – @savecoppulllib.
(vi) Like us on Facebook – facebook.com/savecoppulllibrary.
(vii) Join in with events that the campaign team organise, see press and social media for details.