Hundreds turn out to anti-cuts ‘read-in’

NILALM110205C1 - Stapleford Library read in event
NILALM110205C1 - Stapleford Library read in event

More than 350 people turned out in just two hours at Stapleford Library this weekend in protest against plans to cut opening hours by 50 per cent.

Protesters loaned books and held a read-in at the Church Street library on Saturday in response to Nottinghamshire County Council’s plan to cut funding by half.

Most of the protesters at the read-in have signed a petition of 350 signatures which will be presented to the council.

Stapleford town councillor David Grindell, who was at the read-in, said: “Libraries are very important, particularly for children.

“This petition will go back to the council with names of protesters and ages of some of the children who use it too.”

The council’s has called for 28 county libraries to have their opening hours reduced to between eight and 10 hours a week from April.

The council is reducing its total budget by £150m over three years with up to 3,000 posts at risk.