To: Northamptonshire County Council

Keep Middleton Cheney Library Open

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?

The Library is central to village life and used by everyone from babies to older residents - the oldest of which 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.

Middleton Cheney

Reasons for signing

  • The library is so much more than just a place to get books for amusement and entertainment. It is a source of RELIABLE infornation of every kind - much more so than any internet source.
  • Libraries are important!
  • The library is a lifeline to so many people of different ages and backgrounds. Not everyone can afford to buy books so borrowing them is their only option. Please don't close the library - it would be such a loss to the community.

Updates

2017-11-19 18:43:18 +0000

Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition so far. It is so encouraging to see how many people support the library, and what it means to you all.

We will be presenting the petition to Northamptonshire County Council this Thursday, the 23rd November, at a Full Council Meeting. We'd like as many signatures as possible before Thursday, so please share the petition with as many people as you can. Email it to your friends, share on Facebook if you can, Tweet the link. Get the word out and encourage as many people as possible to sign the petition.

Thanks again for your support.

Mark Allen
On behalf of:
The Middleton Cheney Library Action Group

2017-11-08 19:55:44 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-11-08 13:59:35 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-11-08 11:34:02 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-11-08 09:46:50 +0000

10 signatures reached