'LIBRARIES are to be closed down across Newcastle as the next round of spending cuts begins. The vast majority of Newcastle’s 18 libraries will either be closed down or handed over to community groups as city chiefs set out £90m of cuts over the next three years.
Only the newly-rebuilt city centre library is said to be safe from the axe. Branch libraries at Blakelaw, Cruddas Park, Denton Burn, Dinnington, Fawdon, Fenham, High Heaton, Jesmond, Moorside, Newbiggin Hall and Walker could all be under threat.
Council bosses will confirm final numbers next week, but are expected to say that those libraries not already part of a customer service centre or shared with another council facility will be axed. Even those locations will come under closer scrutiny to see if community groups can take over.'
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This is a consequence of the massive cuts central government is imposing on local authorities. We need mass campaigning both nationally and locally.
Tyne and Wear Coalition of Resistance is organising an emergency meeting, to plan a campaign in response, for this Wednesday (14 November). There will be a Coalition of Resistance public meeting with children's author Alan Gibbons, from Speak Up For Libraries, at 7pm on Tuesday 20 November.
I will update this with venue details when I have them. If you can help in any way with the campaign, please email firstname.lastname@example.org