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protest

Join our BIGGEST EVER read-in protest this Saturday, 15th May 11.30-12.30. We're making it the biggest yet because on Monday 17th May Croydon Council cabinet will be voting on options for the second stage of the library consultation.

• Face painting

• Fancy dress

• Bring along your sign

Save Croydon Libraries

To solve a £67 million gap in its budget, Croydon Council is making huge cuts across services and is suggesting closing 5 of Croydon's 13 libraries (40%) to save 15% on the library budget. If we lose local access to books, learning tools and library events, South Norwood will be much poorer for it. (Read more here.) Some things are worth more than money.

Read more about the campaign across Croydon at Save Croydon Libraries and sign their Croydon-wide petition here.

"You do the books,

we do the building"

– our proposal to Croydon Council

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Alex Wheatle MBE, novelist

"It's outrageous that they’re thinking about closing South Norwood library. In these difficult times of growing unemployment and the stalling of our children’s education, it is even more essential that our libraries remain open.  Libraries offer safe spaces where the community can read, revise, research and educate themselves.  It is an act of cultural vandalism to close them."

Malorie Blackman OBE, former Children's Laureate

"I would never have become an author if it hadn’t been for my local library as a child."

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WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME – CROYDON COUNCIL ARE UNDER HUGE PRESSURE TO BALANCE THE BOOKS.

South Norwood Library needs as many friends as possible if it is to stay open. Join us by email, let us know your skills and ideas, and together we will make a difference. Spread the word about what Friends of South Norwood Library is doing, and help us gain the support we need.

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