More to join mass protest at Shefield libraries closure plans

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Families who use a Sheffield library facing the axe have written letters explaining how they rely on the service.

Residents wrote of how the Walkley facility’s toddler group and internet access is a lifeline, and that they could not travel to other sites.

Their pleas will be handed to councillors as part of a protest against the planned closure of 16 city libraries.

Campaigners from across the city will meet outside Sheffield Town Hall at 1pm on Wednesday before a council debate on the closure of libraries in Greenhill and Totley.

Sheffield Council, which has said it needs to slash £1.6 million from its library budget by 2016, also plans to make centres ‘community-led’ or independent.

Consultation on the closures runs until Friday. 
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