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To: Northamptonshire County Council
Keep Middleton Cheney Library Open
Withdraw the threat to close Middleton Cheney library and instead allow it to continue as a public library, to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons in the area that want to make use of it.
Why is this important?
We have saved our library before when it was under threat and let's do so again as it is central to village life. It is used by everyone from babies to older residents - the oldest of whom is 102. It is currently open 7 days per week and several evenings, when various organisations hold meetings, and events including talks, exhibitions and film shows. In addition to 'traditional' library and information services it offers:
1) Internet access and training
2) Meeting place for old, young and those with a disability to meet others
3) Mother and toddler groups and baby clinic
4) Rhyme Thyme
5) Reading groups and informal meetings during the day
6) Local craft/art exhibitions and sales
7) Various organisations holding meetings/events in the evening are Garden Club, History Society and MCLSG events, talks and films shows.
"Libraries are about Freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information."
-- Neil Gaiman, from The Reading Agency second annual lecture on the future of reading and libraries.