Drop in visits to Libraries
Nigel Morris, Deputy Political Editor of The Independent, newspaper in an article in the paper on Saturday 8 February stated that according to research by the House of Commons Library commissioned by the Labour Party, 282 million visits were paid to libraries in England in 2013-14, compared with 322 million four years earlier. The report also showed that library use was falling in every part of England and was particularly steep in the most deprived areas. Statistics also showed that that there are now at least 330 fewer libraries open for more than 10 hours a week, a fall of 8%. The Seighart Report recommended the complete 'reinvigoration of the library network' with every library fitted with wi-fi to attract people who would otherwise visit cafes. William Seighart has reportably stated that the library service is at a critical stage and if we are not careful we could lose many. AD-LIB strongly recommends that the public in Dorset use their libraries to the full else they could lose the facility. Remember that the Councils have already been told by the present Government that they will have 8.5% less in their budget for 2015-16 to spend on services such as libraries. Remember that you can have out up to 12 books on your card at any one time SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
National Library Day
Saturday 7th February 2015 is National Library Day and at Lytchett Matravers Library we will be having a Coffee Morning between 10-12noon. So come along and meet new people, read magazines and if you are not a member of the library then why not join.
The Seighart Enquiry into Public Libraries set up by the Government has recently submitted its report to the Government on its finding and recommendations.
William Seighart Chairman of the Independent Committee stated in the forward of the report 'For 150 years the library service has been run by Local Government with oversight from Central Government, Many Local Authorities are delivering a impressive and comprehensive service. Their delivery and management is inovative as well as excellent. The need now is to build on and extend these practices to the benefit of every library in the country.
The independent report which took seven months to compile acknowledges that there were two themes that emerged, consistently and dramatically (1) That there had been too many reviews of the Public Library Service which had come to nothing and (2) That not enough decision makers at National and Local level appeared to be suffiecently aware of the remarkable and vital valuie that a good library service can offer communities if every size and character.
The report goes on to make three major recommendations which are as follows:-
1.The provision of a national digital resouce for libraries to be delivered in partnership with Local Authorities
2. The setting up of a Task and Finish Force led by Local Government in partnership with other bodies involved in the library sector, to provide a strategic framework for England and implement the following.
3. The task force to work with Local Authorities to help them improve, revitalise and if necessary change their local library service, whilst encouraging, appropriate to each library, increased community involvement.
The report acknowledges the importances of the library service to the community and we now await the Governments response to its findings.
Julia's House Tea PartyOn Saturday 13th December 2014 between 10-12.noon the Friends of Lytchett Library have organised a Fundraising Tea Party for 'Julia's House Hospice' Tea,Coffee and Cakes will be available. Please come along and support this event for a very worthy cause.
Community Libraries Update - May 2013
Eight Community Libraries have now been handed over to the local community and are now Community Managed. Under an agreement the County Council make an annual grant towards the library, supply new books and provide professional advice. Computers are also provided at these libraries for public use. The libraries involved are Colehill, Stalbridge, Corfe Castle, Wool, Chickerell, Charmouth, Puddletown and Burton Bradstock.
It is very important that the public in these communities support their library in this new venture if they are to succeed.
Details of each Community Managed Library can be found on the AD LIB website.
7th January 2013 - Opening of Puddletown Community Library
Monday 7th January saw the Puddletown Community Library previously run by Dorset County Council become Community Managed by Volunteers, other libraries at Colehill, Wool, Charmouth, Chickerell, Corfe Castle, and Stalbridge will follow during the forthcoming weeks.
The official opening of the library was performed by Kate Adie, former BBC news correspondent who stressed the importance of libraries being an essential part of the community. Also present at the opening was County Councillor Hilary Cox representing the County Council and Mike Chaney Chairman of the Friends of Puddletown Library.
Both BBC and Meridian Television and other media were in attendance. BBC were recording for the BBC Politics show which goes out on Sunday.