Yellow ribbon protest planned at Deepings Library

Members of the Friends of Deepings Library hold a yellow ribbon protest. EMN-150202-135334001
Members of the Friends of Deepings Library hold a yellow ribbon protest. EMN-150202-135334001
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The Friends of Deepings Library will hold a protest this morning ahead of a key decision on cuts to Lincolnshire’s library service.

The group will meet at the library in High Street, Market Deeping, from 10am to 1pm today. They will hand out yellow ribbons to be tied to the building, railings, trees and hedges to show solidarity against Lincolnshire County Council’s plan to cut funding from the majority of its libraries.

The council’s executive committee will decide whether to go ahead with the cuts at a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday).

The group will return to the library later this evening.

Members of the Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign group have also organised a protest to coincide with tomorrow’s executive meeting. They will set up a pop-up library outside the county council offices in Lincoln from 9.15am.

A statement from the group said: “Books to represent each currently council-run library will be placed around the building with a summary of what will happen to each of them under the council’s proposals.

“A copy of the book The Tip of the Iceberg, which was given to the Prime Minister in Downing Street on April 8 last year, will be presented to council leader Martin Hill (Con). This book contains comments from over 900 people, most of them from Lincolnshire, about how they value libraries. Those 900 comments are on the campaign’s blog: savelincslibraries.org.uk/nine-hundred-comments/.

“In addition, a book will be presented to each Lincolnshire administration councillor for them to read. This follows comments from two Conservative councillors at last week’s communities scrutiny meeting when they revealed that neither of them had visited a library for over 30 years and one had not read a book since the 1970s. We would like to help them.”

Campaigner Julie Harrison added: “Even at this late stage, we urge them to think of the irreparable damage the loss of most of our library service will do.”

More: Views from both sides of the library cuts debate.