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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 April 2016
Workers and campaigners fight council lies to save library
Trade unionists fighting to save Greenwich library, photo by Unite Greenwich (Click to enlarge)
A member of Unite the Union
Unite members in the Socialist Party-led Greenwich branch defending the mobile library from closure held an open air story time on the steps of the town hall on 30 March. The council claim that a library is within walking distance of every school, which is not true.
They say the mobile library issues 22,000 books to children every year. Also not true - but only because this has now gone up to over 30,000! The council said that they would not close libraries - also untrue, because the mobile is a library! The clue is in the title "mobile library"!
Unite Libraries convenor and Socialist Party member Sara Kasab read passages from Matilda - all about her first visit to a library, emphasising the importance of libraries to a child's formative years.
The council responded saying they will make a final decision in May. Consequently, the campaign will escalate over April and in the lead up to the May meeting behind the slogan: "no if's no but's, no library service cuts"!
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