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VIDEO: Locals Rally Round To Save St Ives Library

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8:30am 20th March 2016
(Updated 8:30am 20th March 2016)

Cornwall rallies to save its libraries.

St Ives is among those under threat as the council tries to make savings of almost two million pounds.

Locals and the town council are working on a plan to take over the running of the centre.

Janet Axten is on the Friends group and runs the St Ives Archive: "Because we take our libraries so seriously and it's been here since 1896 and is probably the best loved building in the town we thought we'd look not only to see how much support we could get for it but look at ways we might be able to use it in the future to keep it going as a library.

"They are having to change, there's no doubt about that, but we want to make sure we change in really wonderful ways and keep the facility going.

"People would be horrified if it wasn't here anymore so we're going to do everything we can and we feel very confident that we can get things sorted."

Single mum of four Michaela Wrigley tells Pirate FM St Ives will lose its community if it loses its library: "I've always taken my children to the library, not just gone and read books; it is a place where you can meet others, especially when you've got little children. You can go there and do workshops and things for the kids. It's just a nice place to go and it's the centre of every town.

"It'd be terrible for St Ives, for the people that live here it wouldn't a community anymore. They're just trying to run all the people who live here out and it'll become a ghost town of holiday homes."  

But Town Councillor Tim Andrewes is feeling confident after a series of meetings to find a way forward. You can hear why in the video below:


8:30am 20th March 2016

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