LASTY YEAR: MORE THAN 500,000 CHILDREN'S FICTION BOOKS WERE BORROWED FROM BARNET LIBRARIES.

THIS YEAR: CCTV & NO STAFF MEAN MOST CHILDREN WON'T BE ABLE TO VISIT ANYMORE 

FALSE ECONOMY: ALLEGED 'savings' don't even account for 0.25% of Barnet council's annual budget

WRITE:

Te​ll the Head of the Library Committee why you need your professional & staffed library​​​​


East Finchley Library has experienced an 18% INCREASE IN CHILDREN'S FICTION BORROWING in the last five years but Barnet is proposing to close it. 


70% of East Finchley's population are LIBRARY MEMBERS

Get

INVOLVED

OBJECT NOW TO BARNET'S PLANNING

APPLICATIONS 

TO REMOVE 70% OF YOUR LIBRARY SPACE


​​​Barnet currently proposes to cut library serviCes by 60%

You have a legal right to a comprehensive & efficient library service


Barnet has a legal obligation to encourage use of the library service 


If you're not happy about losing your rights

DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT 

Children's Fiction borrowing has growN an average of more than 20% in the last five years at the five libraries threatened with closure in consultation


WORLD BOOK DAY PROTEST:

3.4PM, THURSDAY 2ND MARCH

EAST FINCHLEY LIBRARY

DRESS UP! SPEAK UP! DEMAND

DCMS INTERVENTION!

No librarians to help you - only CCTV

Kids no longer able to enter the library as they could before          

No toilet access
CCTV instead of libraries                                         

Reduced or no study space

​Disabled users told to 'stay home'




UK GDP will be £32bn higher by 2024 if all children

are reading well by age 11.
A child who visits a library is twice as likely 
to be a fluent reader

Four million kids in the UK do not have a single book at home.

LIBRARIES ARE A RIGHT, NOT A LUXURY


THE LIBRARIES & MUSEUMS ACT (1964)REQUIRES PROMOTION OF LIBRARIES TO CHILDREN & ADULTS


DO NOT ACCEPT BARNET'S 'ALTERNATIVE FACTS' ABOUT THE LIBRARY SERVICE.

Barnet admits there will be no cost savings from these cuts.

Further school cuts proposed by Tory leadership  compounding impact on children's literacy.  Click to see Barnet's own actions on the continued 'dumbing of Barnet' 

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 Breaking news: 6 Dec 2016 

Barnet Tories vote tonight to sack professional library staff - three weeks before Christmas - in order to replace with CCTV & unidentified unpaid labour despite vigorous community objections


YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY: KEY FOR LITERACY & COMMUNITY

No professional staff = no Rhyme Time or kids' activities