Bentham Library is threatened with closure
and the residents of this thriving market town are in fighting
mood. Rather than taking up arms, they are taking up their
books and organising a "Read-in" on Saturday 5th
Support for the campaign is widespread with
Alan Bennett, author, playwright and actor, writing
specially with his message that access to books for children
will be reduced.
Also see the recent Guardian report via the link
to the left.
Hilary Mantel, acclaimed author and Booker
prize-winner, writing: "The closure of any public library is
deplorable but Bentham is a particularly hard case" and
citing the lack of public transport and distance to the
proposed "core" libraries in Settle and Skipton. She writes: "
How can it be reasonable or justified to cast communities like
this into a cultural desert?" and
"I implore the local authority to take stock of what will be
lost, and think again: be open-minded and give a lead in
retaining for communities in North Yorkshire the resources
that, in the first place, came from the public purse".
Her letter can be seen in full via the link on the left.
A local resident says:" North Yorkshire County Council
proposals would deny access to library information services to
all those living in the far west of the County. This runs
contrary to NYCC claim that core libraries should be accessible
and in thriving market towns. Bentham is a thriving market town
which boasts the second largest sheep market in Britain.
We must maintain Bentham as a "core" library: current
proposals make NYCC inaccessible"