Library Update – The Fight Continues

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.

Simon Thomson (third from right) with fellow campaigners outside Adlington Library.

Simon Thomson (third from right) with fellow campaigners outside Adlington Library.

 

Coppull Library

Chorley Library Protest

Simon Thomson (bottom left) with fellow “Save Coppull Library” campaigners Dom Conlon, Joanne Bithell and Adele Bamber (all front row). 

Following the announcement that Lancashire County Council are   looking to close 40 out of 74 libraries, local campaigner Simon Thomson began working with other Coppull residents on the “Save Coppull Library” campaign.

Simon has delivered leaflets asking people to complete the consultation online or in the library, collected signatures for a petition and helped organise the “read in” at Coppull library on 30th January. The “read in” was a huge success and featured readings from local authors, actress Kay Purcell and comedian Dave Spikey amongst others.

Speaking after the event Simon said: “It was a wonderful occasion and heartening to see that over 350 residents of all ages came together to help save this much loved local library”. There will be a further consultation starting in May which will focus on how to retain those services that Lancashire County Council have earmarked for closure.