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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.


Co Donegal

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