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Save Our Suffolk Library Services

Jan 2017: Woodbridge residents cluster to sign petition against further Library cuts

Today I stood  with like-minded people outside Woodbridge Library with a Petition  opposing yet more cuts to the Suffolk libraries budget. Freezing cold and blowy, and we had 200 signatures in two hours. A fantastic start!

Suffolk County Council is proposing to slash a further £230,000 off the already pared-to-the-bone budget for Library services, despite the £150million reserves this Conservative-run administration have built up  and hold “against a rainy day”.  (In other words, for a time just like this.)

Our wonderful libraries have made amazing efforts to maintain services in the face of massive reductions to library funding ( there’s been a  30% reduction since 2011). The budget has already been cut to the bone. This further proposed  cut is a cut too far.

As your county councillor I vehemently oppose these cuts to library services. My party opposes these cuts. Everybody I have spoken to in Woodbridge, regardless of age, background, or political affiliation has opposed these  cuts. Investing in the immense range of things our libraries do so well and  so cheaply is building social capital that benefits Suffolk in a huge range of ways. It is simple madness to  damage it or throw it away.

THE BUDGET WILL BE DEBATED AND VOTED ON ON FEBRUARY 9th 2017. THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION HAVE A WAFER-THIN MAJORITY. IT MAY BE POSSIBLE  TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS    Please sign and circulate the petition  (you can download it here: Library Petition 2017) and return to me by 8 February.

And if you want a reminder, here are some  Reasons to FIGHT for SUFFOLK LIBRARIES

Suffolk Libraries are essential because they:

  • provide friendly, welcoming, and helpful facilities for recreation and study that reflect the changing needs of local people
  • support study for students of all ages – and especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • provide materials for many people’s leisure-learning and hobbies, enhancing and maintaining their growth ad mental health
  • provide a centre for social activities and interaction of many types enhancing community cohesion
  • introduce our children to the lifetime pleasures of reading
  • provide a place for quiet study, and particularly for those who don’t enjoy such facilities at home
  • provide a source of reference material in both physical and on-line formats
  • are a key resource for the unemployed to help support them back into employment
  • provide internet access for people who can’t afford such equipment, don’t have the space to accommodate it, have occasional need or just need help with the processes
  • provide mobile libraries to ensure a service can be maintained in low-population-density rural areas

 

Woodbridge Library: Reading Scheme Awards 2014

 

The Magic Giant and Firebreathing Dragon at the Woodbridge Library Reading Scheme Awards 2014
The Magic Giant and Firebreathing Dragon at the Woodbridge Library Reading Scheme Awards 2014

A record 277  children completed this year’s  Summer reading scheme at Woodbridge Library, on the theme of the Mythical Maze. It is wonderful to see this excellent national  scheme continuing to be so well supported in our town.

I presented the awards this Sunday, and to add a bit of sparkle, funded a Magic Giant with a Firebreathing Dragon, plus a Magic Show and some balloon modelling to finish off the event.

It was a lovely afternoon!

Congratulations to all the children who took part – and to the library volunteers who gave so much of their time over the summer to support it. Huge thanks also has to go to all the parents who supported this scheme, enabling their children to take part

Getting the creeps at Woodbridge Library

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Woodbridge Library was crammed with children today for the presentation of certificates for this summer’s Reading Challenge. The theme was The Creepy House, and it was clear that a wonderful creepy time was had by all.

I’m proud to say that well over 300 children took part this year – a record number – and a record number – 212 – were able to finish

As well as presenting certificates, medals and special balloons, I also presented prizes to the winners of the Creepy picture competition and the Woodbridge Library Creepy Short Story competition which ran alongside.

As a finale , the children got the chance to look at, and handly a variety of creepy creatures, including snakes, a bearded dragon and a chameleon, courtesy of  Mr Bean’s Reptile Encounters!

Congratulations to all the children who took part – and to the library volunteers who gave so much of their time over the summer to support it. Huge thanks also has to go to all the parents who supported this scheme, enabling their children to take part

Woodbridge Library goes Creepy

What a jolly morning I’ve had, judging the kids’ short story competition that Woodbridge Library has been running alongside this summer’s Reading Challenge. The theme for both was The Creepy House , and the stories were all so great it was hard to choose between them: huge amounts of beautifully descriptive writing and some very weird happenings indeed. We have a horde of budding writers in Woodbridge.

I can’t wait till the Awards ceremony on Sunday, when there will be creepy balloons and creepy awards for all and some very very VERY creepy crawly visitors..