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“Think of it as a ‘flash borrow’. Being able to walk to a local library and borrow an armful of books for free is a real privilege. We thought it would be fun to make the most of it before the consultation closes. We need to use it or lose it!”
Braunton’s Big Borrow this Saturday morning (5th July)!
It’s nearly the end of the library consultation that will see the future of libraries across Devon decided. Thanks to all the support for our campaign, we’ve had Braunton library reclassified as a larger Devon Centre – but its future is still far from certain.
We want to send Devon County Council one last message how much we love our library. We’re going to see how many books we can take out in one go and we want you to help us!
So we’re holding ‘Braunton’s Big Borrow’ at 10am this Saturday. Come and meet up outside the library to kick off the biggest morning of book borrowing that Braunton has ever seen.
We want every member of Braunton library to max out their library card and scoop up an armful of books each. We’ll start with the very first shelf and see how many shelves we can empty. It’s your chance to show you love your library.
Not got a library card? Been meaning to get one? Now’s your chance. Register this week so you can take part on Saturday morning.
Old, young, mums, dads, teenagers and children – Braunton’s Big Borrow is for all of us on Saturday morning to celebrate our library while we still can.
The Save Braunton Library campaign has today launched a new consultation with local children to hear directly from them about their ideas and views on the future of their library.
Braunton Library is particularly well used by children and youth. Devon County Council figures show that children and teen stock make up 30% of all loans and nearly a third of all under 18s actively use the library.
Ben Hewitt of the Save Braunton Library campaign said “Children and young people are in and out of the library the whole time and they have lots of ideas about its future. Sadly the consultation forms are very complicated and the public meetings have been held during school hours or late in the evening. It is vital that children’s views are actively sought out and listened to.”
Local schools are sharing the new consultation form with children and asking them to fill in the forms with their parents over the coming weeks. The information will then be shared with Devon County Council as a formal submission before the end of the consultation period on July 17th.
At the start of the consultation process Braunton Library was wrongly categorised by Devon County Council as a ‘small and less used’ Library and Councillor Roger Croad has reclassified Braunton Library as a Devon Centre model reflecting its true usage and size, including the active usage by children and youth.
A copy of the Braunton Library Pupil Consultation can be Braunton Library Pupil survey 2014
The following is another response to the Library Consultation. Again, it is not being published for people to copy and paste since it will be far more valuable for people to write their own answers. But it is provided to give a flavour of the type of response being made. The consultation itself is here and an earlier response is here.
Reduce the running costs of medium to large libraries by sharing space, integrating services and, where appropriate, staff with other council services and wider partners, creating a broader-based Devon Centres model. Do you agree with Proposal 1?
Yes. I agree with Proposal 1 in the context of Braunton Library being within that proposal based on use, population and community need. I like the idea of using council owned buildings more productively and making them more available to the community and business.
Work collaboratively with communities to identify how smaller and less well-used libraries could be sustained in new and innovative ways. Do you agree with Proposal 2
No. This would not be suitable for Braunton Library due to use, population and community need. I welcome Councillor Croad’s comments about reclassifying Braunton Library to a hub ie Proposal 1.
Work collaboratively with rural communities to explore alternatives to the mobile library service which are more affordable for the future, but which can still reach those in rural areas who can’t easily access a physical library. Do you agree with Proposal 3?No. I’m all for looking at different ways of delivering a library service but not at the expense of the council funding Braunton Library. This is the reason I have said No.
Proposal 4: Identify how the use of technology can be improved to widen access to the service. Do you agree with Proposal 4?
No. Again, I’m all for looking at different ways of using technology to assist in delivering a library service but not at the expense of the council funding Braunton Library. This is the reason I have said No.
Develop the outreach service for people physically unable to visit a library into a more personalised, attractive service. Do you agree with Proposal 5?
No. Again, outreach is good in itself but not at the expense of the council funding Braunton Library. This is the reason I have said No.
Continue to reduce the cost of management and support services. Do you agree with Proposal 6?
No. Certainly not in the context of Braunton Library as it has already had a significant reduction in opening hours and I assume therefore costs only a few tears ago. This is the reason I have said No.
Continue to seek new sources of income, external funding and partnerships to sustain valued services. Do you agree with Proposal 7?
In principle, I have no problem at all with bringing in extra sources of income, external funding and partnerships. However, this should not be at the expense of the current public funding levels for Braunton Library. This is the reason I have said No.
Do you agree with the proposal for Braunton Library?
No. It was in my opinion wrongly categorised as a smaller library when it should have been originally put into Proposal 1 as a medium to large library based upon use, population and community need. I therefore welcome Councillor Croad’s comments on considering Braunton for the hub model (ie proposal 1).
Do you have any other comments or would you like any further information?Braunton Library is closed for much of the week and it could perhaps be made available to the voluntary and private sector during that time to help raise additional funds for the library.
The following is the response of Ben Hewitt to the first few questions of the Library Consultation. It is not being published for people to copy and paste since it will be far more valuable for people to write their own answers. But it is provided to give a flavour of the type of response being made.
Do you agree with proposal 1?
Yes. There is a lot of potential to run a Devon Centre model in Braunton due to local demand and the lack /reduction of other services/community space. This could be done with a long-term commitment for future support from Devon County Council so that we can bring other partner organisations in to a positive conversation about the future including how we might link with other social enterprises. This would be an exicting opportunity.
Q: Do you agree with Proposal 2?
No. Braunton has now been reclassified by Councillor Croad as a medium size library and this is reflected in our ‘active user’ figures and catchment area (despite the fact the library is closed half time). Proposal 2 would not work in Braunton as it does not reflect the demand in the community, actual useage of the library and catchment size.
Q: Do you agree with the other Proposals?
No, Not for Braunton
Q: Do you agree with the proposal for this library?
No. I agree with Councillor Croad’s decision to reclassify Braunton as a Devon Centre Model under Proposal 1 reflecting its true useage as a ‘medium-large’ library.
Q: Do you have any other comments or would you like any further information?
[Note that this is a space for people to add their own personal comments and ideas above and beyond the more general type of points above.]
Please help Save Braunton Library by filling out the online consultation and also sharing this post! #savebrauntonlibrary
Braunton library could be closed within a year due to cuts being proposed by Devon County Council. We need you to help us save the library by responding to the formal consultation online by 17th July (or 10th July if you are sending it by post). Just click on the following link and follow the instructions: Tough Choices website. If possible please help friends, neighbours and your networks to do this too and help spread the word via Facebook and Twitter. if you are having difficulty filling out the consultation, you might find it helpful to see some of the responses which were made by Ben Hewitt and published here. Note that these have been published by way of example and it will be far more beneficial for everybody to fill out the consultation with their own words and thoughts.
BRAUNTON LIBRARY RECLASSIFIED AS DEVON CENTRE MODEL – VITAL FIRST CAMPAIGN WIN!! #SAVEBRAUNTONLIBRARY
Councillor Roger Croad at Devon County Council will reclassify Braunton Library as Devon Centre (‘hub’) model.
This is a vital first win for the campaign and a major achievement for everybody who has put up posters, signed petitions and taken part so far, particularly the school children who started the campaign – THANK YOU.
The decision reflects the real usage of Braunton library and categorises it as a “medium-large” library enabling the people of Braunton to engage in a consultation about the Devon Centre (‘hubs’) model under Proposal 1 and not a ‘small and less used library’ under Proposal 2. This is a vital first step and these details are important for a fair consultation.
This is a great announcement but doesn’t yet mean the library is secure or safe from cuts. We now need to put our full attention to finding a sustainable future for Braunton’s Devon Centre Library.
We would now encourage three next steps:
2) We are discussing a ‘Friends of Braunton Library’ group and would encourage as many of you as possible to join when it is launched. More details about this to follow shortly
3) We are looking to host another public meeting in the near future to share ideas about the Devon Centre model. It is crucial for us to work together as a community to look at ideas and space that will benefit all. More details about this to follow.
Thank you again to all the campaigners fighting to Save Braunton Library and to Councillor Roger Croad for making the right decision based on the facts about our much-loved library.
This is the first step. Keep it up!!! Let the campaign build and build and together we can make a difference.
You can read what Councillor Croad said in his announcement via both letter and Twitter here.
Just adding more detail to our story about Braunton Library being reclassified to a Devon Centre (‘hub’) Model within the current Library Consultation, this is how Councillor Croad made the announcement:
Letter to Save Braunton Library Campaigners on 5 June
“As I tweeted earlier, I am perfectly willing to include Braunton as a Devon ‘Hub’, it is only a name and doesn’t in any way preclude the library from making savings and/or finding ways to generate income. So far as I’m concerned all 50 libraries are equally important and I have pledged to keep them all running where it is humanly possible BUT I still need to reduce the cost of the Library Service by £1.5million over the years 2015 to 2017 and no library will be unaffected.”
Twitter on 5 June (4 tweets)
Tho’ I am perfectly willing to include Braunton/Axminster as Devon’hubs’ it is only a name & doesn’t in any way preclude them from ….
— @RogerCroad (@RogerCroad) June 5, 2014
…making savings and/or finding ways to generate income. As far as I’m concerned,all 50 Libraries are equally important & I have pledged..
— @RogerCroad (@RogerCroad) June 5, 2014
… to keep them all running where humanly possible….
— @RogerCroad (@RogerCroad) June 5, 2014
… But I still need to reduce cost of LibraryService by £1.5m over the years 2015 to 2107, & no Library will be unaffected.
— @RogerCroad (@RogerCroad) June 5, 2014