Lobbying your MP on libraries – the latest

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It’s great to hear that people are having success lobbying their MP on libraries…

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Following on from the Speak Up for Libraries Lobby of Parliament, people continue to  lobby their MP on libraries.

Some of the outcomes and experiences of this are noted as comments on the original post, here.

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And the following response has just been received:

‘Hello fellow library fighters!

My name is Anna and I work as a library assistant at Seaford library for East Sussex County Council. I attended the Speak Up For Libraries rally in February.

Today I met with my MP in Brighton, Caroline Lucas. I provided her with the key lobby message from the rally as well as an inside perspective from frontline staff. I also tried to give a voice to people who rely on the library service but who for different reasons may not be able to speak up for themselves.

Caroline is a friend of our cause and has on several occasions spoken up for libraries.

http://www.carolinelucas.com/latest/standing-up-for-local-libraries

http://www.carolinelucas.com/latest/caroline-holds-an-advice-surgery-at-the-jubilee-library-in-the-north-laine

http://www.carolinelucas.com/latest/emergency-exits-to-other-worlds

She asked if there were any good examples of local library activism and I mentioned that the children in year 5 at one of our local primary schools took it upon themselves to write a letter to the council because they had heard that the opening hours of the library are being reduced.

So there’s hope for the future, basically!’

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Caroline Lucas MP with Anna

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Speak Up For Libraries is a coalition of organisations and campaigners working to protect libraries and library staff, now and in the future.

Website: www.speakupforlibraries.org

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs using lobby hashtag #SUFLlobby16

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpeakUpForLibraries

Eventbrite: http://sufl.eventbrite.com

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  1. Prior to the construction of our latest bridge across the thames, my local library in Shepperton (Middx) put on an exhibition of Walton bridge showing all the bridges that have been built and recorded at the site over time including one of the original wooden bridges by Canalletto that has been put to paint and is famous. The exhibition was superb and matched any of those presented in the larger museums and galleries that have the funding to do so. Students were encouraged to look at the construction and engineering of the new bridge in a totally informed light. This is just one of the events our library puts on for the public free of charge. Without the effort of our libraries our students will never be able to appreciate the wonderful history that is theirs to treasure.

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