Library users set to make a stand

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LIBRARY users in Stowmarket will be turning their whispers into shouts as they gather together to show their support for the county’s threatened library service.

People who use the library within the town are holding a demonstration on Saturday, March 19.

Duncan Macpherson, Stowmarket town councillor, will be leading the group in a human chain around the library to protest against possible library cuts.

Stowmarket Library, along with all other libraries in Suffolk, is facing possible privatisation or a reduction in services, as Suffolk County Council (SCC) looks to make cuts.

People across the county have protested after SCC decided to hand over many libraries to volunteers, charities or private companies, or to shut them down.

Cllr Macpherson said: “People are really angry at what is going on. They value their library service which is especially important for children, older people and those who do not own their own computer. The library provides a very wide range of services and activities, and local people don’t want to see that lost or reduced.

“It’s going to be important for the town to get actively involved in what’s happening, to prevent the county council cuts leading to permanent damage to the service.”

A petition has already been organised and signed by people in the town.

Stowmarket Library welcomes 4,000 visitors through its doors each week.

Frances Law, library manager, said: “The library is something we are very proud of. We are not just about books – books are just one of the things that we do.”

The library also provides access to DVDs, music, newspapers and computers.

It is also a venue for several clubs and activities, including groups for children and older people.

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