'expected to be saved from the chop'. This is really excellent news (if true), and many congratulations should go to all those who fought so hard on February 5th to get their point across to councillors.
However--a word of warning. The battle is not over yet. The council has pointed out in its press release that there will be 'a fundamental review of the library service to make it fit for the 21st century'. They also use phrases like, 'merging with other local services', 'community-led independent libraries', 'prosperity or volunteering hubs'--and fostering 'intergenerational activities'. In short, they want a 'Big Society Library Service' here. But what do the council tax payers of Northamptonshire want? I just talked to Richard Purves of BBC Radio Northampton and reiterated my feelings on the importance of libraries. I hope people will hear what I had to say and want to get vocal for their own local. We have a little tiny breathing space now to think about what is next. I'll be working with my local libraries and discussing what I can do to help--but I'm only one person. We've seen what people power can do in Egypt--and what it did on behalf of libraries on 5th February 2011. So please, if you're reading this and you're in Northamptonshire--go to your local library TODAY and give them your support. We fight on!