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Council starts consultation on libraries – let your voice be heard!

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The first of a series of meetings encouraging Liverpool residents to have their say on the future of 11 community libraries is set to take place this week

The first public meeting will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 25 September at the Lee Valley Millennium Centre, Childwall Valley Road, L25 2PR. This is an opportunity for the libraries team to talk about why certain libraries in that particular area are at risk and also for people to ask questions and have their say on the proposals for the service.

A report into the proposed library service identified 11 libraries which could be at risk of closure if alternative and viable ways of delivering services from these buildings cannot be found.

A number of discussions are already underway with interested parties about taking over the running of some of the venues which are Breck Road, Dovecot, Fazakerley, Kensington, Lee Valley, Old Swan, Sefton Park, Spellow, Walton, Wavertree and West Derby libraries.

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “The scale of the cuts facing us is extremely challenging and we want to make sure we’ve explored all the options available.

“We understand that libraries are hugely valued by the local community, and these meetings are a vital way in which members of the public can express their views and also find out from the team involved why certain proposals have been made.

“I hope as many people as possible are able to attend either Thursday’s, or one of the later meetings so that we can work together as much as possible to shape the future of Liverpool’s library service.”

Further meetings will take place in the forthcoming weeks and will be announced as the soon as the dates and venues are confirmed.

Under the proposals, 95 percent of people will still live within two miles of a library and the Home Library Service and the RNIB Talking Book Service will not be affected.

The city council would continue to run Central Library – which is used by 45 percent of library users – and seven community libraries: Croxteth, Norris Green, Toxteth, Childwall, Allerton, Garston and Parklands

Liverpool has 19 public libraries in total. The 11 libraries at risk of closure if alternative and viable ways of delivering the services from these buildings cannot be found, are:

  • Breck Road Library
  • Dovecot Library
  • Fazakerley Library
  • Kensington Library
  • Lee Valley Library
  • Old Swan Library
  • Sefton Park Library
  • Spellow Library
  • Walton Library
  • Wavertree Library
  • West Derby Library

They are potentially at risk because of a number of factors including below average use, high running costs, their proximity to another library and the potential of the service being provided by another organisation or group.

Wirral Earth Fest….worth going over the water for!

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Wirral Earth Fest Announces Musical Line Up for Festival in West Kirby 12 & 13 September

The second Wirral Earth Fest returns for some good green fun on September 12th for an evening time launch and continues on September 13th with a day of music, food & drink, workshops, children’s activities and more besides. With two weeks to go until the festival takes place it’s time to announce the music based content of the festival, following a very successful first year in 2013.
 
The festival will launch on the evening of September 12th with the premiere performance of a specially commissioned multi-media musical performance for the festival from Operation Lightfoot. The composition, entitled Midgard, will feature special guest vocalist Kaya Herstad-Carney and noted Liverpool based experimental artist Silent Cities among others and will set the festival off in just the right spirit. Be sure not to miss it!  
 
Inspired by the Hogback Stone, located inside the venue for the performance, St Bridget’s Church, West Kirby, it will be a must see for those with an interest in  the local history of the Wirral and West Kirby’s natural surrounds.  Luke Moore of Operation Lightfoot said: “I am very excited to be composing a new musical work especially for the launch of Wirral Earth Fest this year.  When I initially visited St Bridget’s church, I was fascinated by the story behind the Hogback burial stone on display there and it became a jumping off point for the rest of the process.  The piece’s title is ‘Midgard’, which was one of nine worlds in Viking mythology and the only one in which humans lived.  I can’t give too much away, but the piece will use the space within the church in a particularly interesting way.”
 
The main festival day on the 13th September will feature two stages and showcase a selection of local and Merseyside based artists over the course of the day. Artists set to feature include award winning Liverpool based singer-songwriter Thom Morecroft (Best solo artist in the Liverpool Musicians Awards 2014), Jo Bywater (FATEA Awards winner for Best EP in 2013), experimental artist Silent Cities, the very unique one man band of Kenny & the Energy and many more artists.
Returning artists include Jim Pearson, Creaky Bones, Herringbone John and Shindig. There will also be another chance to catch Midgard inside the beautiful setting of St Bridget’s Church.
 
Full list of confirmed artists:
Shindig, Ellipses, Steve Khan, Vernon Fuller, Ukulele Fantastics, The Kirk Owls, Jim Pearson ,Coast, Herringbone John, Katie McLoughlin, Creaky Bones, Thom Morecroft, Jo Bywater and Kenny &The Energy with more to be announced over social media closer to the festival.
 
As with last year, our host for the day will be John Gorman (The Scaffold) with some surprise appearances to be revealed on the day of the festival.
 
Wirral Earth Fest will take place over Friday 12th evening and Saturday 13th September over St Bridget’s Church and fields from 10am to 4pm. Entrance to the festival is free. With an estimated 3000 visitors in the first year of the festival in 2013, this year’s festival looks to be an excellent chance to enjoy music and much more on a perfect family day out.
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Closing the libraries

andreascultureblog:

Extremely well considered blog post on the heartbreaking decisions ahead for our wonderful libraries

Originally posted on a sense of place:

Well the news is in and the news isn’t good. On 15th August a proposal will go to the meeting of Liverpool City Council in the Town Hall to close eleven of our nineteen libraries.

Liverpool Central Library

Liverpool Central Library

Before I list those threatened and those to stay, a bit of context from when I attended one of the public consultation events back in May. I wrote then:

“Liverpool gets 76% of its funding from Central Government. And they’re going to cut this by half by 2016/17.

Therefore the City Council has been forced to decide to cut its mandatory services, including libraries, by 25%. And its discretionary services, like sports and culture, by 50%. In the case of libraries this will mean an annual budget of £10m being reduced by £2.5m.

The Council has been running a survey (which I’ve written about before) to gather facts and opinions about…

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