Lincolnshire Schools Competition

Over 200 County schools have been invited to join a Save Lincolnshire Libraries competition to enable local school children to express to County Council cabinet members ‘what my library means to me’.

Depending on age group, the children will be asked to provide either a picture or poster, a poem or a letter.

Prizes to be provided by Unison. Please contact Charmaine Morgan with enquiries on 01476 574748 or email: charmaine725@btinternet.com

Lincolnshire County Council is currently holding a public consultation, which ends on 30 September 2013. The proposals in it will have far reaching and irreversible consequences for the future of library services across Lincolnshire. In a bid to save £2m from the library budget the County Council Executive plan to reduce the number of villages receiving a mobile library service from 400 communities to only 126. Of those remaining many face cuts to their services, with a few receiving an increase.

Local libraries face equally draconian cuts with only 15 out of 47 libraries remaining open. We saw significant reductions at library centres when hours were cut three years ago during an earlier swathe of reductions.

Competition to access key library services including computer use and book lending will increase as villagers are forced to travel, whether they can afford to, or not. Where villages are set to lose their mobile service altogether some residents are being offered a phone home service instead though housebound people may receive additional help. This has not been fully costed out in the proposals. Some villages will retain mobile services but they will be reduced. Only a limited number of villages will receive an improved mobile service or see no change.

Rural children, unable to travel themselves, will be particularly affected by the proposals. Those living near libraries which remain open will see increased competition for access to computers and book lending. The County Council hope volunteers will step in to save some of the libraries under threat but previous experience has shown, whilst this can be successful it is not always. This high risk proposal offers no guarantee of ongoing service and there will be no public accountability should the libraries change hands.

Save Lincolnshire Libraries is a county wide campaign group working with people from all communities to oppose these cuts.

Save Lincolnshire Libraries urges people across Lincolnshire to stand united to oppose the cuts.

We believe our children should be able to say what their library means to them. Their voices should be heard as such an important decision affecting our library service, which has taken a hundred years to build, is made.

Save Lincolnshire Libraries will be holding a competition across all of Lincolnshire’s schools during September 2013. The competition details themselves have been devised by a former school deputy head and teacher, David and Carol Taylor. Unison have kindly agreed to sponsor three prizes at each stage for our school children and the details are outlined below. Where possible we have attempted to tie the competition in with the National Curriculum. The winning entries will be available on the Save Lincolnshire Libraries website and may be reproduced for campaign purposes.

Maximum size for all entries: A4
Poems and letters may be decorated
Prizes (book tokens for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places) will be provided by UNISON for each year entry group which are:

  • Reception – Age 4-5:  Picture
  • Years 1 and 2 – Age 5-7: Picture/Poster
  • Years 3 and 4 – Ages 7-9: Poem
  • Years 5 and 6 – Ages 9-11: Poem or Letter
  • Year7 onward – 11 onwards: Letter

Please attach or write on reverse of entry: child’s name, age, year group and school of entrant
Closing Date: All entries must be at the address below by 23rd September 2013 to:-

Save Lincolnshire Libraries
c/o Cllr Charmaine Morgan
45 Harrowby Road
Grantham
NG31 9ED

Please refer all queries to Charmaine on 01476 574748 or email charmaine725@btinternet.com

All of the children’s work will be forwarded to the Cabinet members involved in the final decision.

With grateful thanks in anticipation,
Charmaine Morgan, Save Lincolnshire Libraries

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