Monday, April 16, 2007


Read in - read out?

No blog entries for a while - sorry! I've been up to my ears with "real" work and the local election campaign.

Today at 12.30 local librarians are staging a read in, which they're calling a "Read Out" in central Winchester by the Buttercross. As one third of professional librarian jobs in Hampshire are being scrapped by the Tory county council it's a great opportunity to show support for these undervalued workers. Take a book along and try for a world record mass reading session.

This is the e-mail sent to Library staff by Yinnon Ezra, the county's Director of Recreation & Heritage, I think it speaks for itself:

"You will have recently received an email from John Sadden entitled 'A WorldRecord Attempt at Lunchtime in Winchester High Street', to 'supportHampshire's library workers'. This event is not sanctioned by the County Council's Library Service and will be taking place on a proposed day of industrial action by library staff. This has been organised in advance of further discussions between Unison and senior library management today (Thursday) to try to prevent further strike action and disruption to service users. Any staff intending to take part in the proposed event must do so in their own time."

Support Hampshire's Librarians against Tory cuts!
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