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Campaigners fight to save under threat West Cumbrian library

A campaign to save Seaton Library has been launched.

The county council has drawn up a list of 20 small libraries across Cumbria and mobile libraries on an at-risk list following a decline in use.

Moorclose and Distington are also on the list.

Seaton villagers said the library was at the heart of the community and used by all age groups, not just for borrowing books.

Alice Salkeld, manager at residential home Firth House, has started a petition.

She said that about 20 of the residents in the home, which is opposite the library, regularly used it. They said it meant everything to them.

Joanne Meloy, of Seaton Road, who attends a mother and baby singing group at the library, said: “After my daughter was born I was really low and this was a lifeline. It helped me rebuild by confidence.”

Ian Grainger, vicar of Seaton, Camerton and Northside, has also pledged to back the campaign after many of his parishioners shared their concerns. He said that Seaton had few public amenities given that its population was 6,000.

He added: “It would be a great shame to think we could lose our library as well. Should the need arise the church will not sit back on this issue and will do everything we can to support the people of our communities on this issue.”

Officials stress that the changes are about modernisation, not cost-cutting. They believe that they can offer a better service in library links, where up to 400 popular titles can be borrowed through village shops, pubs, community centres and other outlets.

Trevor Fee, county, Allerdale and parish councillor, said: “The library gives a lot of people inspiration and it would be a tragedy for Seaton and Camerton if it was to close.

“It’s an information centre and is essential for people who haven’t got computers in their home. It is also used by young mothers and toddler groups, by senior citizens and by schoolchildren.”

Mr Fee has written to Gary Strong, county councillor with responsibility for libraries, demanding its removal from the at-risk list. He said he felt the well-used library had been put in the wrong category.

In the run-up to the local government elections last week, Denis Robertson, who kept his seat on the authority, launched a campaign to save Moorclose Library.

The county’s cabinet is due to consider the proposals in July. To lodge views with the council, email yoursay@cumbriacc.gov.uk or pick up a form from libraries.

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Why pay all this money for something only a couple of people use?? everyone else gets their books sent straight to their iphone/ipads.

Get with the times!

Posted by Dave on 17 May 2011 at 23:29

When visiting family in Seaton, I often use the library for books as well as the internet access. It is a very good library and serves the local community well. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful; one of whom I knew from childhood days in Flimby. It is a valuable asset to such a big village as Seaton as well as its surrounding villages. The alternative of borrowing books from a shop, etc., loses the special educational and community aspects of a library
Keith Murray

Posted by Keith Murray on 17 May 2011 at 09:01

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