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More than £7m worth of cuts to public services, including 50 job losses, have been announced as Reading Borough Council seeks to balance its budget. Re-shuffling the library system is part of the proposals with some facing closure or being down-sized into smaller council-owned buildings. 

Gone are the days when a library is just about borrowing books.

I visit Southcote Library at least once a week. All my children have attended rhyme time, toddler tales and used the toy library. My older children now participate in the holiday reading challenges and craft sessions and are now old enough to enjoy the special evenings such as the Harry Potter party.

Southcote Library has evolved in its community for its community. It offers a wide range of activities for all ages: book clubs, toddler tales and rhymes, coffee mornings and talks, gardening clubs and holiday crafts to name but a few. Southcote Library has worked hard to build links with local primary schools, celebrating the children's work in library displays and setting up an ongoing reading challenge to encourage youngsters to read. This library offers friendship and conversation to anyone who walks through its door. For many it is a vital lifeline.

I do not believe that Southcote Library will be able to continue its invaluable work in our community under the proposed cuts. Its loss would be highly detrimental.



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