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Cardiff library cuts ‘read-in’ protest – photoblog

Over the weekend, we sent photojournalist Shannon Jackson to the mass read in protest to the cuts that Cardiff libraries are facing. Here’s what she saw there.

Save Cardiff's Library Service

 

SHANNON: “When I first arrived at the protest sight, there were no more than ten people to be seen, placing a feeling of disappointment in the pit of my stomach. However, not 15 minutes later over 200 locals swarmed Cardiff Central Library, holding placards, homemade signs and their favourite books. From children to the elderly, the support was overwhelming. The passion and determination on the faces of the crowd showed just how important the libraries are, and how devastated so many people will be if they aren’t saved.”

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At the protest, the following authors read on the day:

Belinda Bauer – Crime novelist, 2010 CWA Gold Dagger Award winner.
Gwynneth Lewis – inaugural National Poet of Wales.
Sally Roberts Jones – Port Talbot-based historian, publisher and former librarian.
Peter Finch – Author of ‘Real Cardiff’ series, former head of Academi/Literature Wales.
Jackie Morris – Pembrokeshire-based children’s author
Llyr Gwyn Lewis – Welsh lecturer,Swansea University, Recent novel: Rhyw Flodau Rhyfel (Some War Flowers).
Francesca Rhydderch – Novelist, Editor
Gwennan Evans – Author of ‘Bore Da’, Radio Cymru regular
Jo Mazelis – Swansea-based novelist.
Labi Siffre, Poet & Musician (Hits: “Something inside so strong”/”It must be Love” – covered by Madness)
Mike Church, Poet

Speeches were also made by –

Steve Belcher, UNISON regional organiser
Madhu Khanna Davies – Save Rhydypennau Library campaign
Maggie Simpson – Cardiff Central library assistant
Michael Sweetman, Unison and
Phoebe, 12 year old borrower and reader.

Sent messages of support –
James Dean Bradfield, Manic Street Preachers
Owen Sheers, Poet, Prose Writer, Born in Abergavenny
Tessa Hadley, Novelist
Sheenagh Pugh, Poet, Novelist, critic, reviewer
Jenny Sullivan, Popular Children’s Novelist
Kate North, Novelist, poet, lecturer in creative writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University
Gillian Clarke, National Poet
Malachy Doyle, Young People’s Writer from Northern Ireland, Lived in Wales 1984-2007
Thomas and Helen Docherty, Married Childrens Author & Illustrator team
Kaite O’Reilly, Playwright, Fiction writer
Laura Wilkinson, Short stories author & novelist
Brian Moses, Favourite children’s poet
Cathy Cassidy, Children’s author, Save Liverpool Libraries campaign
Alan Gibbons, Children’s Author, Founder of National Libraries Day
Greg Cullen, Playwright, Cardiff People’s Assembly
Romy Wood, Novelist
Sally Barker & Menna Elfyn, Wales PEN Cymru

Chaired by Mab Jones, Award winning Comic Poet &
Adam Johannes, Co-Convenor, Cardiff People’s Assembly.

FINALLY please continue to bombard councillors with emails to save our libraries, this includes seven local branch libraries under threat, but also the running down of Cardiff Central Library with plans to lose yet another floor to move Marland House, the busy Housing Benefit & Council Tax Advice Centre into the building.

Email Council leader – Phil.Bale@Cardiff.gov.uk
Deputy Leader: Cllr Sue Lent, Sue.Lent@Cardiff.gov.uk
Cllr Peter Bradbury (libraries portfolio) Peter.Bradbury@Cardiff.gov.uk

Find your local councillors to contact here –
https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/…/Your-…/Wards/Pages/default.aspx

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Shannon Jackson is 20 and a first year Photojournalism student at the University of South Wales.

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Save Cardiff’s Library Service – National Libraries Mass “Read In” Protest, Sat 7 Feb 2015

Sharing an event and some news from Cardiff People’s Assembly … save Cardiff’s Library Service

Save Cardiff's Libraries

Cardiff’s public library service is being dismantled. The Central library, voted one of the top six libraries in the world, is now going through a second year of budget cuts. Last year they lost the top floor and a quarter of their staff, and closed one day a week. Next year it could become a “Super Hub” and lose even more floorspace when Marland House, the housing benefit and council tax centre, moves into the building. Hundreds of books have already been removed and library staff have been warned not to talk about the cuts on social media.

Meanwhile up to seven community libraries in Cathays, Radyr, Rhiwbina, Rhydypennau, Roath, Rumney and Whitchurch will stop receiving any council funding at all. The plan is to ‘hand buildings over to the community’ by making trained staff redundant and replacing them with volunteers. If these “community groups” cannot be found to take over they will have to close completely.

Libraries are more than a place to store books – they are the only free space where residents can meet in the winter, and a vital place for elderly, disabled and unemployed people to access computers and to search for work. Our right to participate in cultural life is essential for a democracy, and if we don’t put up a fight for these libraries now we won’t get another chance.

Be part of history. Defend our library service in our capital city. Make the council provide a comprehensive service as the 1964 Libraries and Museums Act demands: Save our libraries!

THE EVENT:

Get yourself down to CARDIFF CENTRAL LIBRARY on Saturday 7 February. This protest will take place in front of the library (not inside!). Please bring a book to hold up as a symbol of freedom, and banners, placards and signs. Authors, campaigners and members of the public are invited to read a three minute passage from a favourite book. Join in or go along and listen.

Saturday 7 February, 12:00 midday, outside Cardiff Central Library, The Hayes.

Join the Save Cardiff Libraries Facebook event

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

Sign and share Unison ‘Save Cardiff Library Service’ petition:
https:you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-cardiff-library-service

Write to the paper –

Email a letter the South Wales Echo (under 250 words to be published include address and phone number which will not be published) explaining what the library service means to you and why it must be defended, not cut back: ecletters@walesonline.co.uk

Write to the politicians –

In Liverpool, 11 libraries where saved when 500 authors, musicians and educators wrote to the mayor along with hundreds of school children sending love library letters. (See Cathy Cassidy’s love letter on the Internet).

Be part of history. Defend our library service in our capital city. Make the council provide a comprehensive service as the1964 Libraries and Museums Act demands. Write your love library letter to the leader of Cardiff council. Exercise your freedom of speech by discussing library cuts freely on Twitter, Facebook, Walesonline and letters to the papers. Show solidarity with library staff who have been banned from doing so.

Address your letters/emails to

Leader of Cardiff council
Cllr Phil Bale
Leader’s Office
Room 525
County Hall
Cardiff, CF10 4UW

email Phil.Bale@Cardiff.gov.uk

with copies to:

Deputy Leader
Cllr Sue Lent
7 Pen-Y-Wain Place
Roath
Cardiff
CF24 4GA

email Sue.Lent@Cardiff.gov.uk

and:

Cllr Peter Bradbury (libraries portfolio)
10 Yarrow Close
Cardiff
CF5 4QS

email Peter.Bradbury@Cardiff.gov.uk

Please copy in cardiffpeoplesassembly@gmail.com and let them know of any replies.

See you on the streets!

This event and civic action is called by Cardiff County UNISON & Cardiff People’s Assembly. More power to the people!

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