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Pupils speak out in support of Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign

Save Lincs Libraries gets the backing of schoolchildren.

Save Lincs Libraries gets the backing of schoolchildren.

A campaign group which is fighting county council plans to cut library services invited schoolchildren to design posters, pictures or poems explaining ‘what my library means to me’.

More than 200 schools were invited to take part and the winning school was Sleaford Church Lane School Primary.

Competition organiser Councillor Charmaine Morgan awarded certificates and book tokens. She said: “The quality of work overall from the school was excellent, and it was noticeable that the school made a real effort for every year to be included in the competition.”

During the presentation, Coun Morgan provided the school with an update on the progress of the Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign, which has launched a judicial review into the local authority’s plans.

Coun Morgan said: “The schools’ competition entries will be provided to Save Lincs Libraries to pass on to the legal team defending our library services. It is hoped the words from our county’s children will carry weight during the judicial

review.”

She added: “Despite the judicial review process the county council shamefully ignored the ongoing campaign to save library services and has already cut the budget for staff this year – it has resulted in cuts to services already being implemented.

Grantham library has lost over 95 computer hours a week as a result. This is disgraceful at a time when those seeking work and claiming JSA must go online or lose benefit entitlement.”

Coun Morgan believes the development of children across the county will be heavily affected by cuts to library services. She said: “Children cannot simply hop on a bus to access library services. They are reliant on adults and/or older siblings to access services. Local library services play a vital role in the development of literary skills of young people, especially those in pre-school years.

“Many children in Lincolnshire have no books at home. It is vital they have access to library books if they are to have a fair opportunity to develop to their full potential as young adults.”

Save Lincs Libraries is now raising £7,000 to pay for legal costs.

Information: www.savelincslibraries.org.uk

 

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