On Tuesday 15th April, Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Minister for Libraries, will be coming to Ermine Library in Lincoln. Ermine is one of the 30 libraries Lincolnshire County Council is threatening to close if they cannot find volunteers to run it.
Helen Goodman will be coming to Ermine Library at 10.45 on Tuesday morning to meet with local library users and supporters of Save Lincolnshire Libraries. When Helen met campaigners at the House of Commons last Tuesday, they invited her to come and see for herself what is happening to libraries in Lincolnshire.
Ermine Library is currently open 27 hours a week with three library staff assisted by volunteers. The County Council is planning to cut its opening hours by 40% with effect from 6th May 2014 and to stop staffing it altogether from April 2015.
It serves a catchment area of 22,000 people. In 2012-2013, 52,569 books were borrowed along with thousands of DVDs and CDs. In addition, people of all ages used its computers for hundreds of hours. It was refurbished only 3 years ago.
Councillor Judy Renshaw, the County Councillor for the Ermine area says, “I am delighted that Helen Goodman has taken up our invitation to come and meet us at Ermine Library on Tuesday. What the County Council are planning to do at Ermine is outrageous.
“At present Ermine Library is open for 27 hours a week which isn’t enough anyway. The County Council plan to cut opening times to just 16 hours a week, from next month.
“They are closing our library on Mondays, reducing hours on other days and closing it on Friday mornings. Friday morning is the most popular time of the week – a large group of toddlers and their mums come and there’s storytelling, singing, crafts – all sorts going on, even reading. The early lessons of social interaction are a foundation for future community cohesion.
“These users were not counted or made mention of in Lincolnshire County Councils case for closure as they did not accord with a predetermined programme of destruction of the library service.
The County Council needs to stop undermining Ermine Library and start understanding the vital part it plays in our community.”
Read more about the campaigner visit to Westminster here https://savelincslibraries.org.uk/2014/04/10/lobby4libraries-the-big-update/
Read the campaign story so far here https://savelincslibraries.org.uk/lobby4libraries/
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