Support our Local Library
Wednesday 1st June 2016
It was announced last week that opening hours at the fourteen libraries in Northern Ireland are set to be cut under plans revealed by Libraries NI. These cuts will effect Bangor Carnegie library which is widely recognised as one of the busiest libraries in Northern Ireland.
A consultation has now been announced and people can respond to the proposed changes.
We are all too aware of the ongoing cuts which are effecting the NI budgets flowing from Westminster. As part of these cuts Libraries NI are needing to save £2 million and most of this is coming from reducing opening times. I believe however we need to put this into a wider social context – the UK in general is lagging way behind many other nations in terms of child and adult literacy. Whilst we should be encouraging parents to read to their children we are then reducing the capacity of libraries to enable this. My own daughter Lucy loves visiting the library and its very child friendly section. Simply put the long term benefit she gets from reading at this age is immeasurable. It is up to other politicians from other areas to fight, if they wish, for their local services across Northern Ireland, I fully intend to make sure our North Down voice is heard in the consultation.