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Cut to library hours must be reconsidered

As someone who grew up in Whitehead, Co Antrim and now makes a living as a children's writer, I must add my voice to the protests over the plan to reduce the opening hours of Whitehead library.

I think it's sad that the people of Whitehead will have the status of their library so reduced. I can understand that budgets are tight, but it seems unfair to me that Whitehead is facing this cut.

Surely, given that Whitehead library only re-opened last October after an expenditure of around £300,000, it should be granted protected status? It is now an attractive, well-stocked library, with helpful friendly staff, and it is the cultural focal point of the town.

At a time when children are reading less, good libraries are essential. For the sake of the children, Libraries NI must reconsider their plans to downgrade this library so drastically.

MALACHY DOYLE

Co Donegal

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