With public libraries across the UK, several of which are in close vicinity of the Magdalen Estate, facing large financial cuts and others being on the brink of planned closure, Wandsworth residents gathered in protest last week with the support of a number of celebrity faces from the worlds of film, television and broadsheet journalism.
Saturday 5th February was a national day of action against the cuts, with all-night sit-ins on the 6th. York Gardens in Battersea, the only library in the Wandsworth borough facing definite closure, despite the fact it is in one of the poorest areas where children are in most need of its services, was visited by Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, showing her support for the local residents who turned out for the read-in last weekend. Campaigner Thea Sherer spoke of how members of York Gardens were there to show Wandsworth Coucil that they would not accept the closure without a fight, with the hope of deterring the decision.
Visitors to Norbury Library were also in for a treat, with actor Ralph Ineson turning out to try his hand at story-telling, witnessed by adults and children alike who are working to protect their public service.
If you, or any other Magdalen Estate resident that you might know of, is being directly affected by the library cuts, or was perhaps present at one of the protests, please do let us know as we’d be delighted to feature your story in our blog.Google+