Residents battling to save Brackley's library from closure have been given the support of local MP Andrea Leadsom.
A large group of concerned residents of all ages were in attendance, including local author Sue Bentley. Cllr Fiona Baker (Northamptonshire County Council), Cllr Sue Sharps, Cllr Luke Ross (Brackley Town Council) and Cllr Mark Morrell, Deputy Town Mayor, showed Mrs Leadsom around the library, as she stopped for conversations with library users young and old.
Mrs Leadsom had been invited to the library by Alice du Plessis, aged 9, of Brackley, who wrote her the Member of Parliament, “we are not sure if you have visited Brackley Library and seen how great it is”. Alice showed Mrs Leadsom how easy it is for her to order, borrow, and return books independently, and showed Mrs Leadsom the large bank of computers that are for general use, and free of charge to use on Fridays.
Mrs Leadsom said: “I’m doing everything I can to make sure our libraries have a sustainable future. They are such a vital part of all of our local communities. Many people have written to me and I am absolutely representing their interest in making sure we can keep our valuable libraries.”
Brackley resident Becca Pratt commented: “I have used Brackley library from a young age and continue to do so. My three children love going to the library whether it be to choose books or go to the events that the library provides. I have seen many changes over the last few years due to cuts and it is such a shame as I have enjoyed the Sure Start Centre with my children when they were younger. It was also a great place to go to meet new mums and for my little ones to interact with other children and enjoy the activities that the library provides. It would be a great loss to our lovely town if we did lose the library.”
The Save Brackley Library Campaign is urging library users to take part in the survey which can be found on the NCC website under “library consultation” before it is too late. The deadline is 13th January. Also on the NCC website is a petition calling on the Council to Save Brackley Library.
Author Phillip Pulman has also tweeted to Save Brackley Library: “Somehow we are letting our civilisation drain into sand and the people in charge don’t think it matters.”
On Saturday 13th January Brackley Library is hosting an Author Showcase and will be visited by bestselling authors Bella Osborne and Faith Martin as well as local authors Sue Bentley, Louise Walters, Dennis Carey and Susanna M. Newstead and local literary agent Kate Nash. The event runs from 11am to 3pm and is free to attend.