Shelves are bare in library protest

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THE campaign to empty Stony Stratford Library gained national attention with more than 150 people supporting the protest against threatened closure on Saturday.

The action was in response to Milton Keynes Council’s announcement that the service, the third biggest library in the city, could be closed as part of cost cutting.

But the Friends of Stony Stratford Library (FOSSL) urged people to take out as many books as possible to leave the shelves bare in time for their ‘Wot, No Books?’ protest at the weekend.

To date around 16,000 books have been borrowed by members, an average of 378 per hour since the campaign started.

The future of the library will be announced when the council budget is set on Tuesday, February 22.