Save Bungay Library: World Book Night

We’d like to invite you to attend World Book Night on Thursday 3rd March (7-9pm)*. It should be a great night with live music in the library gallery, a book swap stall in the courtyard garden and a gaggle of local authors including Elizabeth Jane Howard CBE and rising poetry star Luke Wright.

As well as poetry readings, conversation and gentle musings on the joy of  books and libraries we will be asking local authors to write some thoughts in the front our scrapbook. The scrapbook is called What Bungay Library Means to Me and is full of photos taken at the Read-In along with the 100s of statements pinned to the notice board by those who came (see photo below). It’s a powerful thing and we plan to present it to SCC in Ipswich sometime in the near future. Peter Aldous MP has agreed to come with us if he’s in the county which might really help us get it into the hands of the Chief Exec. or Council Leader (and into the papers) (update: as of 12/03/11 Peter Aldous has decided that he will not be able to help us because, he argues, it would go fly in the face of the govs. ‘localism’ agenda if he were seen to be over-riding or undermining the work of local councillors… wonder if he’d feel the same if SCC weren’t conservative controlled?). If anyone on this list would like to come down to Ipswich too you’d be more than welcome and we’ll keep you informed.

You can download a poster for World Book Night HERE. If you’re able please do print a copy and put it in your front window, or your car window or on a telegraph pole, or in your local shop…

There are a few other simple actions you can take to help save the library:


Got less than 2 minutes?
Tell your neighbours – or you could just pop the poster for the 3rd up in your window. Tweet this page (using the button at the bottom of the page) using the hashtag #savelibraries or share this page on your Facebook profile.

Got 2 minutes?
Visit the Suffolk libraries website and use the online reference resources.

5– 10 minutes?
Contact all your friends and family, ask them to join the library and use library services – its never too late!

10 – 15 minutes?
Email or write to Peter Aldous our local MP the local press or the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about the unique contribution public libraries make to society. Or you could contact Cllr Judy Terry at Suffolk County Council – she’s in charge of the library consultation and should be able to answer all your questions, all her details are HERE

15 – 30 minutes?
Pop down to Bungay library on the 3rd between 7 and 9pm. While you’re there pick up a paper version of the consultation form, fill it in (answer the questions as you see fit) and send it to SCC by post (this is a bit naughty, but apparently they don’t have enough staff to handle all the paper forms they’re getting…)

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*Strictly speaking World Book Night is the 5th, but the Library staff are keeping the library open on a voluntary basis and couldn’t manage the 3rd

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