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Brackley online Post, Library Special, 11 January 2018

Time is running out – you have just hours to
make known your opinion on the threat
of library closures

To read the Brackley Library Campaign Group’s Impact Assessment Report, Click Here (pdf).

TOMORROW (Friday 12 January) there will be a Don’t Close Brackley Library! peaceful read-in from 3pm to 8pm, two hours after the official closing time. It will be held at Brackley Library on the penultimate day of the library consultation. Reading material is guaranteed to be available but you are welcome to bring a craft or do one of our jigsaws. Activity and storytime for children provided.

• A BBC South East (TV crew) will be in Brackley on Friday to speak to people about the proposals. Local residents are invited to be outside the library for 1pm if you wish to speak to them.

Saturday 13 January 11am-3pm: Meet the Authors at Brackley Library. Six local authors are giving their time for free to support our library. Authors include Sue Bentley, Bella Osborne, Faith Martin, Louise Walters, Dennis Carey and Susanna M. Newstead. Do come along and meet them and help support the campaign.

SATURDAY is also the last day to complete the NCC library consultation. Comments must be delivered before 5pm. Here are the links which give you the last opportunity to make your opinions known.

To fill in the consultation, Click Here
To sign the petition, Click Here
Write an email:
Dedicated address:
consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk
Cllr Fiona Baker: fbaker@northamptonshire.gov.uk
MP Andrea Leadsom: andrea.leadsom.mp@parliament.uk

Check out the campaign’s Twitter page for advice on filling in the consultation form. Do it as soon as you can so it can be submitted before the 5pm Saturday deadline.

Andrea Leadsom talks to Cllr Sue Sharps and Alice du Plessis, who invited the MP to the library to see “how great it is”

• Mrs Leadsom  can be seen on video here speaking about her support for Save Brackley Library.

• Phillip Pulman tweeted to Save Brackley Library: “Somehow we are letting our civilisation drain into sand and the people in charge don’t think it matters.”

In a statement released on Wednesday, Louise Stubbs, chair of Save Brackley Library Campaign group said: “Having now heard from dozens of residents struggling to complete NCC’s libraries consultation survey, we are determined to have their voices heard. We believe the design makes it particularly difficult for large numbers of people to complete, especially for older library users, children and those with difficulties such as dyslexia. Asking what could be done to ‘mitigate the impact’ of a library closure they do not want is simply confusing to many people. The questionnaire goes on for 22 pages, often repeating itself, with a confusing layout. The same information could have been collected in a 3-page survey.”

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