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Local libraries offer a fabulous resource, but at a time of severe funding cuts, there's every danger that your local library may be targeted for closure. When evaluating the value of local services, local authorities will look at how well utilised their services are. If you want to keep your local library open, then make sure you are using it and are appearing on the local radar!
- Make sure you and your children are enrolled so that you are counted when the council investigate how many people use the library
- Make sure that you borrow books regularly to help contribute to healthy lending rates
- Attend special events laid on for children during half terms and holidays
- If your library doesn't hold craft days or readings, see if you can help organise some during holiday periods
- If your library has a cafe or toddler group, make sure you use them, even if only occasionally
- Spend time in your library with your children, take them in and read to them in the library
Local libraries offer all sorts of services in addition to simply lending books. It would be a shame to lose these facilities, yet they can only be justified if they are being used. Make sure that you use your library with your children, and help local authorities justify keeping libraries open so that your children's children can one day enjoy them too!