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John Kirriemuir


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Posted Sun Oct 16th, 2011 10:22pm Post subject: Planet Word: saving libraries

After tonight's episode, those who also want to support libraries may consider the UK government e-petition, started by the WI, as a quick thing to sign. It's currently ranked 20th out of the many thousands of petitions on there in terms of signatures. It needs to get to 100,000 signatures by the 5th of February next year in order to at least be considered for parliamentary debate; all publicity helps.

You can find it here:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1269

Three other online resources that may be of interest:


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John Kirriemuir


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Posted Sun Oct 16th, 2011 10:37pm Post subject: Planet Word: saving libraries

On that last post, I cannot figure out how to stop it mangling the links. Adding backticks destroys the html and post text. So for the links that don't work, delete the extraneous speech marks the forum oddly adds to each one when resolving.


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CreativeVince


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Posted Sat Oct 22nd, 2011 12:56pm Post subject: Planet Word: saving libraries

Signing the petition is great (I have done so) but the battle to save libraries needs much more urgent action.

Brent council has already closed half of its libraries including my local library on Preston Road. My children use the library a lot. The residents of Brent have mounted their own campaign and raised money to fight the decision. On the 13th October 2011 the Brent SOS libraries Campaigners lost their court case to stop the closures. Within moments of the Judge’s decision, the libraries were closed and hoarding panels placed around them. The shear brutality in which the council implemented their actions is almost unbelievable.

But all is not lost. The residents of Kensal Green stopped the hoardings being placed around the library. At Preston Road, residents stopped the council from stripping the library’s contents and the hoarding panels are now completely covered with messages of support for the library. Both libraries have a constant presence of selfless campaigners and local residents. They have since won the right to appeal against Brent Council’s barbaric closures. This will be held in early November.

Borough councils across the country are watching very closely as many have similar plans. This must be halted for libraries everywhere. Once the libraries are closed and the properties sold off, these libraries may never return. http://www.brentsoslibraries.org.uk

Guardian Article http://gu.com/p/32m4p

Stephen’s message on Planet Word is of great inspiration ‘he who destroys a book kills reason itself’. As we all know one of the first acts of a tyrant is to destroy a library and to burn books...' The battle has begun. Go on Stephen (and everyone!) give us a tweet #Savelibraries.


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