Inquiry into Public Libraries in Wales

As was mentioned in a previous post (January 2013), the National Assembly of Wales  –  back in November 2013  –  invited organisations and residents etc in Wales, to submit written comments to them in respect of Public Libraries in Wales.

Such comments  –  of which there appear to have been approximately thirty-two (32) from an eclectic mix of Councils, Charities, Libraries, Associations and Individuals  –  have been appended (in both pdf and html formats) on the National Assembly for Wales website at http://www.senedd.assemblywales.org/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=8295 where they also can be read.

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Of the thirty-two comments received, three of them relate to the Swansea Local Authority’s area; one being the Pennard Library Working Group’s response to the Inquiry, one being the City and County of Swansea’s response, and one being an individual’s response (which relates to a different library, but does contain some wording of relevance to several libraries within the Swansea area).

Petitioning City and County of Swansea (via change.org)

In December 2013 on the petition website, change.org appeared a new item; – “Petitioning City and County of Swansea” > “Keep Pennard Library Open“.

Pennard Library

Pennard Library

Started by Arthur Rogers, of Pennard, United Kingdom, and with the byline “Pennard Library is a well loved and important resource.  It holds many school classes, IT classes. Groups encouraging reading and helping people back to work. As the only library on our peninsula, it is imperative that it is kept open.” the Petition has (to date) gained 142 supporters.

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The Save Pennard Library campaign takes to Facebook

09 DEC 2013
The “Save Pennard Library” campaign takes to Facebook

Save Pennard Library campaign (on Facebook)

Save Pennard Library campaign (on Facebook)

First created on 9 December 2013 (just after hearing the devastating news that the City & County of Swansea (our Local Authority) was proposing to close Pennard Library at the end of the financial year 2013/2014 (unless the Community came forward with a proposal for running the service themselves), the “Save Pennard Library” campaign started on Facebook was “For everyone who wants to save Pennard Library from closure as it stands now! We will NOT accept a downgrade to our current service.

Still going strong at https://www.facebook.com/savepennardlibrary the page currently has had (as at April 2014) some 653 ‘Likes’, and so the site, those who have posted messages, and everyone who has clicked the ‘Like’ button, are to be congratulated and thanked for getting (and keeping) the Pennard Library situation firmly in place.