The Library Lobby, which is leading the campaign against the closure of the town’s library, is holding a march and meeting on Saturday. Starting at 1100 outside Aldi, there will be a march through the town centre, first to the library, then to the United Reformed Church on Brassington Avenue for a public meeting about the future of the library in the face of the proposed closure by Birmingham City Council. The aim of the campaign is to retain a full library service in the town, not necessarily in the current premises.
Do come! Members of the public are invited to the event – all the better if you can bring placards and percussion. There will be a petition to sign.
Further details through Twitter, Facebook and website (addresses below)
COMMUNITY MEETING ROOMS TO DISAPPEAR
Most libraries currently have meeting rooms available for community use, free of charge. Many of these will no longer be available free in BCC’s new model for the community libraries. They will disappear in three ways:
i) a library will move to smaller and/or shared premises with no available meeting room- or with a room available only at commercial rates
ii) a partner will move into existing library accommodation leaving no meeting space – BCC is actively seeking partners for all libraries
iii) a library with meeting room will stay in its premises, with no partner, but BCC will charge for use. It has stated that it sees meeting rooms as a potential source of income.
ASTON LIBRARY CAMPAIGN
The campaign against closure continues. Please let us now if you are willing to take part in petitioning in Aston.
BALSALL HEATH LIBRARY GRAND OPENING Saturday 10 February
A group of third year event and exhibition management students at Birmingham City University students is presenting an event at Balsall Heath Library to celebrate its re-opening. Under the title Something Old, Something New, there will be drop-in sessions from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Drop in on your way back from the Sutton rally!
Friends of The Libraries of Birmingham