‘Keep Spring Hill Library open!’: Public meeting on Thursday 20th February

‘Keep Spring Hill Library open!’: Public meeting on Thursday 20th February The Friends of Spring Hill library have called a public meeting on Thursday at 5.30pm to 6.30pm to discuss what needs to be done to keep Spring Hill Library open. The meeting will take place in the library. Please come along if you live in Ladywood and or use the library.

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Petitioning session at Spring Hill Library on Saturday 22nd February Please support the petitioning session organised by the Friends of Spring Hill Library on Saturday afternoon between 2 to 5pm at Spring Hill library. The petitioning takes place within the Tesco’s store so it is covered and warm, please come for all or some of the time.

To contact the ‘Friends of Spring Hill library’ email mj_jastrzebski@yahoo.co.uk or anngallagher141@hotmail.

Information from the Libraries campaign about the Councils budget proposals.

 http://www.slaneystreet.org.uk/2014/02/16/four-community-libraries-to-close/

 http://birminghamlibrariescampaigns.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/council-passing-the-buck-on-library-cuts/

West Heath Library

Communities against the cuts are campaigning against the closure of West Heath library.

http://communitiesagainstthecuts.com/2014/02/01/west-heath-needs-a-library/

 If you would like to get involved in this campaign please contact CATC:  communitiesagainstthecuts@gmail.com

City Budget Day Noisy Protest

Tuesday March 4th – 12.30 -2.00 pm, Victoria Square, Birmingham

The Council meets on the 4th March to set its budget for 2014-15. We need people involved in existing library campaigns and those concerned about libraries to come together on the day to form a Library bloc. Please make placards and banners about cuts to libraries.

 

 

 

National Libraries Day

Saturday 8 February 2014 is National Libraries Day. It rounds off a week’s worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK.

Tell us how you are celebrating at your library!

There will be events going on all day at Hall Green Library and the team from 4hglibrary will also be there highlighting the need to use this valuable resource as much as possible.

Draft District Budget gives us hope!

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It looks like the hard work of the 4HGLibrary campaign has been successful and has ensured a future for our library in Hall Green.

All our hard work, campaigning and lobbying the councillors of Hall Green District has resulted in OUR Library being saved from closure and having reduced hours enforced.

Well done to all of you that supported this campaign. Well done to you who wrote to your Councillors and MP. Well done to you all who got involved in the consultation. It really does make a huge difference!

It is a great day for all of us in the Hall Green Ward that this precious community asset has been saved through hard work and through the actions of people working together and working hard to make the case for a Library.

We all know it was the right thing to do.

We are now  stronger because we have stood together to support our Library and the brilliant work they do. We are a community that will not lie down and let things happen when we know them to be wrong.
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Kerry Jenkins, 4HGLibrary organiser said:

A big thank you to you Hall Green residents… the B28ers and others who supported me in this fight. Without their help, without asking questions in the council and arguing with our councillors and without your signatures on our massive petition we would have lost”

“We made a real difference together. We showed just how much can be achieved when we are strong and when we organise together. Thank you and well done.”

“This Library means so much to me, my children and all the people of Hall Green and let us not forget we won this because we fought hard and worked hard together”

” A great day for community activism. A great day for people power”

Last chance to participate!

The consultation about Birmingham City Council’s budget for 2014-15 draws to a close on Friday 10 January.

And cabinet members will be online tomorrow evening (7 January) from 7.15-9.15pm to answer your budget consultation questions in a special webcast.

Plans for the future of the city council are outlined in a White Paper ‘Planning Birmingham’s Future and Budget Consultation 2014-15’.

Leader of the Council, Sir Albert Bore, and his cabinet colleagues attended a series of public meetings last month, answering questions and listening to views on the 75 budget proposals.

Now anyone unable to attend the meetings can put your questions to Cabinet in the two-hour Budget Consultation webcast.

Please send your questions to press.office@birmingham.gov.uk and we will answer as many as possible in the two-hour timeslot.

Leader of the Council, Sir Albert Bore, said: “The budget consultation meetings have been well attended but we understand it can be difficult for some people to get along to these events.

“The challenge we currently face is of importance to everyone living in Birmingham, so for the first time, we plan to use the equipment used to stream council meetings in an attempt to reach a wider audience.

“We’ll be online to answer your questions and explain the many difficult challenges facing Birmingham City Council over the next few years.”

The webcast will be broadcast here: http://www.birmingham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/123819

In the meantime, our online survey – 2014 Budget and Birmingham’s Future – will be online until Friday 10 January.

Geoff Coleman Media Officer Birmingham City Council 0121 303 3501 07920 750004 geoffrey.coleman@birmingham.gov.uk