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25 February – Film Club at Braunton Library showing ‘Local Hero’

  

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Friends of Braunton Library on their way

The Friends of Braunton Library group now exists with an initial membership
of 40 and growing. You can join now in the Library. We suggest a donation
of £1 to get us going.

Our thanks to all 60+ who came to the public meeting on Saturday 18th October.

Bill Petch and I reported with enthusiasm on the previous day’s briefing to community groups given by County & Suffolk Libraries on whose model the new Devon Mutual proposal is based. We, and others who attended, recommended
support for the model as it offered Devon’s 50 libraries an attractive
future with welcome opportunities for local involvement.

On the basis of a brief outline of County’s proposals (below) all at the
Braunton meeting agreed, and recognised the vital role for a Friends group, as an early first task would be applying to be a Pilot. We want to attract County investment in technology aimed at extending opening hours and freeing
staff time for working more with readers old and new.

There was lots of enthusiasm, and plenty of ideas – we must reach out to all parts of the community, engage with children and build on Save Braunton Library’s schools survey, organise events at times and places to suit families, promote the library and develop our vision for the future.

The next step will be to convene the new committee and schedule an evening meeting early November. We will have to develop and submit the Pilot proposal by 30 November deadline and start to plan a programme. We’re off
to a great start, do join us.

Paula Ferris

Acting Chair, Friends of Braunton Library

New DCC Proposals
* Create Mutual/Not-for-Profit organisation based on Suffolk Libraries model
* Mutual to be a partnership of Friends/community groups
* Which nominate Mutual Board members to set Service direction
* Mutual under contract to DCC for library service delivery
* Running all 50 libraries, to be in place by 4/16
* Current staffing to be transferred to the new organisation.
* Mutual can make savings not otherwise available
* Meanwhile it is business as usual for libraries
* 10 libraries (Friends Groups) to run Pilot Projects in 2015 & help
shape mutual.

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Friends of Braunton Library on their way

The Friends of Braunton Library group now exists with an initial membership
of 40 and growing. You can join now in the Library. We suggest a donation
of £1 to get us going.

Our thanks to all 60+ who came to the public meeting on Saturday 18th October.

Bill Petch and I reported with enthusiasm on the previous day’s briefing to community groups given by County & Suffolk Libraries on whose model the new Devon Mutual proposal is based. We, and others who attended, recommended
support for the model as it offered Devon’s 50 libraries an attractive
future with welcome opportunities for local involvement.

On the basis of a brief outline of County’s proposals (below) all at the
Braunton meeting agreed, and recognised the vital role for a Friends group, as an early first task would be applying to be a Pilot. We want to attract County investment in technology aimed at extending opening hours and freeing
staff time for working more with readers old and new.

There was lots of enthusiasm, and plenty of ideas – we must reach out to all parts of the community, engage with children and build on Save Braunton Library’s schools survey, organise events at times and places to suit families, promote the library and develop our vision for the future.

The next step will be to convene the new committee and schedule an evening meeting early November. We will have to develop and submit the Pilot proposal by 30 November deadline and start to plan a programme. We’re off
to a great start, do join us.

Paula Ferris

Acting Chair, Friends of Braunton Library

New DCC Proposals
* Create Mutual/Not-for-Profit organisation based on Suffolk Libraries model
* Mutual to be a partnership of Friends/community groups
* Which nominate Mutual Board members to set Service direction
* Mutual under contract to DCC for library service delivery
* Running all 50 libraries, to be in place by 4/16
* Current staffing to be transferred to the new organisation.
* Mutual can make savings not otherwise available
* Meanwhile it is business as usual for libraries
* 10 libraries (Friends Groups) to run Pilot Projects in 2015 & help
shape mutual.

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Libraries Consultation – the Proposals for DCC Cabinet 8th October

IMG_1916.PNGWell done everyone, we got the message across, no library is to close, no staff member to lose their job.  The proposal looks too good to be true, and could be – it represents a huge challenge to Devon Library staff and community  champions if it is to be delivered well and to time, but worth
it.

The proposals have been published with the DCC Cabinet papers for 8th October and can be seen in full here (and the results of the consultation itself can be seen here).

Here are the highlights as I see them  following a quick call to the Head of Library Services about the pilots and the centre/smaller library position:

“the best model for delivering an integrated, modern, professionally managed library service across the county”, saving all our libraries and their staffing.

a trust or mutual model (based on establishing a registered charity) to be set up which the Council would commission to deliver its statutory responsibilities – to be identified by end 2014 and pilots underway.

Based on Suffolk Libraries model.

One mutual for all 50 libraries, transfer of all staff, with greater community involvement.

2014/5 Ten Pilots (of community engagement with Library Service, not 10 individual mutuals as reported by the BBC), expressions of interest welcome from all 50 libraries

2015/6  £400,000 savings would be made on business rates, other savings needed then & in subsequent years

Devon Centres to be rolled out only in limited circumstances with Barnstaple next, & savings of £75,000 to £100, 000 anticipated

A new computer system, self-service, Wi-Fi on offer

April 2016 New operating model in place

Three of us will attend an Exeter briefing on 17th October and will lead a discussion of what all this might mean for Braunton at the Parish Hall meeting, 7.30 pm on 18th.

Paula Ferris
Acting Chair Friends of Braunton Library
friendsofbrauntonlibrary@gmail.com

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Save Braunton Library – Public Meeting – Sat 18th October, Braunton Parish Hall, 7.30pm – 9pm

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The forming of a Friends of Braunton Library Group – We welcome your suggestions

Over 150 people have signed up to show interest in supporting a Friends of Braunton Library Group, clear encouragement to those of us styling ourselves the Founding Friends to get on with it.

As one of the people bringing the group together Paula Ferris says, “To me Braunton without a library is unthinkable. By that I mean a library that is professionally managed and run, benefitting from community input, but not dependent on it.”

Community input encompasses the traditional Friends’ role, the one envisaged in the County’s own Friends’ Guidelines.” But there is a much more pressing role. The sub-text of the utterly confusing Consultation Process appears to be that Devon County Council is looking to hold “conversations” with communities about the future of their library service and hopes appropriate groups will emerge from the process that they can talk to. We have staked a claim on behalf of the Friends of Braunton Library Group and will start engaging in these conversations. We are glad to note that the Parish Council has also indicated its interest.

Our current concern is that despite reclassifying Braunton Library as a Medium to Large library and appropriate for a Devon Centre Model we are still hearing representatives from Devon County Council talk about a “volunteer run or community run” library in Braunton. We welcome the decision by Councillor Roger Croad to reclassify Braunton Library reflecting its true usage and any future discussions regarding Braunton Library need to reflect its true usage and status as a Medium to Large Library and appropriate for the Devon Centre Model.

We wholeheartedly reject the proposal to hand Braunton Library over to the community or volunteers to run, even with support from a manager in Barnstaple or elsewhere. It is not sustainable due to the size and usage of the library and the catchment population it covers. We are also concerned about the lack of real evidence that community-managed libraries deliver real savings.

So what next?

We need to get Friends up and running with input from across the community. We have just installed a notice board in the Library, kindly donated by Slees, and a Suggestions Box, to share information and exchange ideas. Please use it.

Our first postings are the Founding Friends’ Response to the Consultation, and a draft Friends of Braunton Library Constitution. The Constitution has to be based on current County guidelines, which it is belatedly looking to revise, and is similar to those used elsewhere in North Devon. We have added a first aim that we hope you agree with – To support a Devon County Council run and funded Braunton Library employing professional staff, open 6 days a week. Your comments are welcome. The Constitution will be considered at the first general meeting which will be open to all and advertised here, in the Library and on a Parish Board.

What next? We hope to have a general meeting soon after the holiday season, and preliminary planning meetings beforehand for those who want to help – watch this space. County’s timetable is unclear but it is likely that serious discussions will start early in the autumn. Some libraries’ savings will need to be identified by April 2015.

Founding Friends:
Paula Ferris, Acting Chair
Ben Hewitt
Sarah Hotchkiss
Paula Newbery

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Children speak out in support of Braunton Library and demand longer opening hours

“I think it would be a shame for the library to close. It provides a good variety of books and is suitable for a range of ages. It gives people access to computers and using the internet if they do not own a computer at home, and its great if you want to read a book you can just borrow it and return it when you have finished. “

You can borrow books sometimes you wouldn’t be able to afford”

“We want to read books”

“It’s local and easy to access when you need to find a book or some information for homework”

SAVE BRAUNTON LIBRARY CAMPAIGN CONSULTATION WITH CHILDREN

In June 2014 the Save Braunton Library campaign launched a new Consultation with Children with local primary school children (Year 2 to Year 6) to hear directly from them about their ideas and views on the future of their library.

An overwhelming 175 local children have taken part in the consultation sharing their personal views on the future of the library. The children who have taken part in the survey attend a variety of local primary schools including Caen Community Primary School, Georgeham Primary School, Southmead Primary School, West Down Primary School, Kingsacre Primary School, and Newport Community School Primary Academy.

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. The children’s consultation was launched because local people said that the official consultation forms are very complicated and the public meetings have been held during school hours or late in the evening, thus excluding the views of children. Children and young people are in and out of the library the whole time and they have lots of ideas about its future. It is vital that children’s views are actively sought out and listened to.

This consultation findings have be submitted to Devon County Council to help inform decisions about the future of Braunton Library.

Summary Findings

  • The majority of children who took part in the consultation visit Braunton library (87%) and enjoy the library (85%).
  • Children said they like the variety of books on offer, the children’s section, friendly atmosphere, activities in the library and the fact it is convenient and easy to borrow books with one child saying “It’s local and easy to access when you need to find a book or some information for homework”.
  • When asked how to make the library better the main suggestion is to increase the opening hours. In the last round of cuts the library was closed half the week and children want the library open longer hours saying “open it every day”, “open longer”, “longer opening hours”, “open more times after school”.
  • When asked for any further comments there were many children who shared concern about the future of the library saying “don’t close it!”. Children also raised concerns about not being able to access a library in Barnstable if Braunton Library is to close.
  • Children made creative and practical suggestions on how to improve the library including “more seating”, “have a homework area for kids after school”, “more David Walliams Books”, “chess club”, “board games like monopoly” and a “longer time to borrow books”.
  • It was also noted that some children from outside Braunton answered the consultation as they were visiting the area to see grandparents.

Findings

  • 175 children from six different local primary schools took part in the consultation
  • 87% of children said that they go to Braunton Library
  • 85% of children said that they enjoy Braunton Library
  • Half (52%) the children visit the library after school
  • Just over half (57%) of children visit the library on a Saturday
  • The majority of children borrow books (86%) with nearly half borrowing DVDs (49%) and 17% of children saying that they use the computers.

What do children like about the library?

  • Variety of Books: The most popular answer was about the large range of books. Children highlighted the large range of books and books for all ages. For example: “Has a good selection of books and helps with my reading” and “The varied category of books, so there’s one for everyone”.
  • Friendly atmosphere: Children like the friendly atmosphere: “Friendly, helpful, useful, quiet, good for kids”, “its nice and friendly”, “I always feel welcome to come and read a book or talk to the librarians”, “the people who work there are kind and helpful”, “The library helps me learn”.
  • The Children’s Section: Many respondents specifically highlighted the children section as a positive place to visit and spend time, and “there is a kids section so you know where to go”.
  • Ease of use: Children highlighted the fact that it is easy to use the service, for example “I like that you can just take things and bring them back”, it is “convenient”, “lots of different books all sorted in A-Z order”, “that you can pick books for free”, “I can walk past it on the way home”, “I like that it is next to the school”, and “you can easily get there”.
  • Activities: Children enjoy the range of activities including “the badges for rewarding a certain amount of books”, “going to the activities the library arranges during the school holidays”, “loved going to sing and rhyme in the library”.       One child said “My sister enjoys visiting the library with her nursery Caen Caterpillars and listening to the staff read her and her friends a story”,

How could we make it better?

  • Opening times: The main suggestion from the children is about the opening hours, children said “open it every day”, “open longer”, “longer opening hours”, “open more times after school”.
  • Practical suggestions: Children made very practical suggestions such as “more places to sit”, “a quiet corner”, and “more comfy seating”.
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Friends of Braunton Library Group recommendations to Devon County Council

A number of people are coming together to form a Friends of Braunton Library Group to help support the long term future of Braunton Library.  As a first step the group wanted to send in a response to the fromal consultation.

Here are some headlines from the Submission to Devon County Council and you can read the full Friends of Braunton Library Submission.

Braunton Library sits at the heart of our community. It is a well-used and much loved library covering Braunton and surrounding villages such as Croyde, Georgeham, Woolacombe and West Down, and much of the support and goodwill towards the library is down to the great work being done by the librarians.

We wholeheartedly support the letter sent to Devon County Council on 9th June 2014 by our longest running book group[1] expressing their “dismay, disbelief and disappointment” at the news of more proposed cuts to Braunton Library.  Braunton Library in particular was hit very hard in the last round of cuts resulting in the library being closed for 16.5 hours a week.  Any decision about more cuts should not be made in isolation from the previous harsh cuts.

Despite the poor quality consultation process we wanted to take the opportunity to share our views to shape the decisions being made by Devon County Council:

1)      We welcome the decision by Councillor Roger Croad to reclassify Braunton Library reflecting its true usage. Any future discussions regarding Braunton Library need to reflect its true usage and status as a Medium to Large Library and appropriate for the Devon Centre Model.

2)      We wholeheartedly reject the proposal to hand Braunton Library over to the community or volunteers to run, even with support from a manager in Barnstaple or elsewhere. It is not sustainable due to the size and usage of the library and the catchment population it covers. We are also concerned about the lack of real evidence that community-managed libraries deliver real savings[2].

3)      We do believe that it is appropriate to look at a creative solution for Braunton Library working with a range of stakeholders in order to create a Devon Centre Model.  We know that there are social enterprises and other services interested in joining together with Devon County Council in this effort supported by a Friends of Braunton Library group. However, we need a clear commitment from Devon County Council to make this work. Our aim is for the library to be open 6 days a week with Devon County Council focusing its investment on keeping professional staff employed in Braunton. We believe that sharing premises and running costs will provide Devon County Council with savings but a sustainable future cannot be achieved without professional staff in place in Braunton and long term commitment to the model from Devon County Council.

There is an overwhelming amount of goodwill and support for Braunton Library and its librarians and there is the potential for a strong and vibrant Friends of Braunton Library Group to be established. However this community goodwill will be undermined if Devon County Council try to hand over its responsibilities by removing professional staff from Braunton or cutting opening hours.

We expect Devon County Council to manage the libraries in its network, to provide an accountable and professional service sustainable into the future, drawing on support from the community where practicable.  We give our support to some form of Community Supported Library in Braunton, with the intention of achieving its greater integration with the wider community and “improving the offer”.

We look forward to working alongside the Library Service to explore ways of achieving a brighter future for Braunton Library

Founding members of the Friends of Braunton Library Group

[1] The Braunton Library Group has met in Braunton Library every Monday morning for 17 years and has raised over £4,500 for new books.

[2] A recent Warwickshire Scrutiny paper which considered the impact of community-managed libraries 18 months after their establishment found that the level of support required from the Council on a day-to-day basis from volunteers was so significant that, in real terms, it may not be saving the Council very much money

 

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Join us this Saturday for Braunton’s Big Borrow!

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Braunton’s Big Borrow – this Saturday morning (5th July)! #SaveBrauntonLibrary

SAVE LIBRARY“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. 

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Another response to the Library Consultation.

SAVE LIBRARYThe 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.

Proposal 1
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.

Proposal 2
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.

Proposal 3
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
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.

Proposal 5
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.

Proposal 6
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.

Proposal 7
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.

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Don’t miss the official Braunton Library meeting this Monday morning! #savebrauntonlibrary

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Library Consultation Response by Ben Hewitt #savebrauntonlibrary

SAVE LIBRARYThe 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.]

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Please help Save Braunton Library by filling out the online consultation and also sharing this post! #savebrauntonlibrary

SAVE LIBRARYBraunton 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.

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BRAUNTON LIBRARY RECLASSIFIED AS DEVON CENTRE MODEL – VITAL FIRST CAMPAIGN WIN!! #SAVEBRAUNTONLIBRARY

SAVE LIBRARYDear campaigners,

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:

1) Fill in the consultation and share your ideas . We must make use of the consultation under Proposal 1. Visit this link.

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.

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Councillor Croad announces that Braunton Library is to be reclassified!

SAVE LIBRARYJust 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)

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Great articles about Braunton Library for both the North Devon Journal and North Devon Gazette #savebrauntonlibrary

SAVE LIBRARYYou can read the two articles by clicking on the links below:

North Devon Journal

North Devon Gazette

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Save Braunton Library Campaign Update and Next Steps #savebrauntonlibrary

SAVE LIBRARYDear friends,

It was truly inspiring to see over 800 people sign the Save Braunton Library petition at the Braunton Rotary Fair on Monday. This was on top of the 400 signatures gathered by school children. A big thank you to all the volunteers who have put up posters, shared the campaign and collected names.

It was awesome to then have so many people from Braunton, Woolacombe, Croyde, Georgeham, West Down and other surrounding areas come to the Public Meeting this week.

We stood together and let it be known that we do not want our community to be hollowed out. Our community deeply matters to us. Our children matter. The older members of our community matter. Individuals and families matter. The library is a lifeline for people of all ages and we will not stand by and watch it disappear.

We can report back from the Public Meeting that Councillor Roger Croad, who is responsible for the future of our library, made a personal commitment to look at the classification of Braunton Library.  This is an urgent first step and we await his assessment.

Braunton Library is wrongly categorised as “small and less-well used” and we need this changed so that we can have a fair consultation that reflects the size and use of the library and we can then work together to build a Devon centre model.

As a community we can now do two things:

  1. It is time to fill in the consultation form. We have heard back from you that the form is confusing. Do not let this stop you. Let’s make our voice heard in the formal consultation process. Go to the Tough Choices website (just click the link). If possible please help friends, neighbours and your networks to do this too.
  2. We must build the campaign. Put up posters (click the link to download),  write to your MP, your councillors, the media, and use social media to SAVE BRAUNTON LIBRARY. Councillor Roger Croad is looking at Braunton right now. Let him know that we are waiting for his answer.

Thank you to all of you who are working on this campaign. We must act now or Braunton library could be closed within a year due to these cruel cuts.

SAVE BRAUNTON LIBRARY!!!

 

 

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Top big wave surfer Andrew Cotton backs the Campaign to Save Braunton Library! #savebrauntonlibrary

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Great turn out for public meeting with Councillors last night #savebrauntonlibrary

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