Save Our Library Books!

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Reverse plans to slash the Book Fund for libraries in Cardiff

Cardiff Council is proposing a £50,000 cut to the Book Fund for libraries to be voted for on 22nd February 2018.

Slashing the annual budget for new books by almost two-thirds from £74,000 to £24,000 is a major assault on our library service. We demand all planned library cuts are immediately withdrawn.

Libraries have to be replenished constantly, and fully, or they die. Once we shrug our shoulders at extensive cuts to the library book budget, so that only a few books can be bought, we are turning libraries into mediocre museums.

Libraries are used by people of all social classes and all walks of life, but have always played an important role in working class self-education and emancipation.

Libraries are essential to our continuing self-education as individuals. You can learn new things, for free, in libraries. It's incredibly cost effective if you want an educated public.

Libraries are part of the welfare state. It is not the role of a Labour council to act as a conduit for the Tory Government’s “austerity” cuts which disproportionately hit the poorest and most vulnerable.

Walking into a library and reading a book can open up whole new worlds. It is vital that the Book Fund is sustained in order to bring new titles into libraries in Cardiff.

Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 once described an oppressive future, where a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. Is it time for councillors to question their task?

Save our Library Books.

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