WORLDWIDE coverage is just the beginning for Stony Stratford Library as campaigners look to convince the council it should stay open.
The ‘Wot, No Books?’ campaign – which saw users take out all the libraries books leaving it empty – gained attention from across the globe, but the Friends of Stony Stratford Library (FOSSL) are now urging everyone in Milton Keynes to sign their online petition.
Emily Malleson from FOSSL said: “The coverage we have had – I’m speechless. It is hard to comprehend. We are now pushing the online petition that people in Milton Keynes need to sign. We want to get it in to the council before the deadline of February 22.”
To sign the petition, visit http://epetitionsmk.firmstep.com/node/19
Across town, Woburn Sands Library, also facing closure due to proposed council cutbacks, held a meeting this week to discuss its own future. Councillor David Hopkins suggested establishing a community library, run by the Library Trust, should it face closure.
Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, defended the libraries in the House of Commons.
He said: “In two parts of my constituency, Stony Stratford and Woburn Sands, the libraries are under threat and the town councils are putting forward exciting plans to take over the ownership and running of those vital local services.”