VIDEO: Sheffield readers celebrate libraries

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Celebrations of local libraries are taking place across Sheffield today as a final decision looms on their future.

Families are enjoying a wide range of activities - from creative classes to storytelling - to mark National Libraries Day.

And dozens of people are taking part in a social network campaign called The Big Shh!, where readers pose with a finger to their lips and share a photograph on Facebook or Twitter to highlight their love of libraries.

At Broomhill Library crime writer Danuta Reah, who lives in the area, was preparing to lead writing workshops.

She said: “Reading and communication is one of the most important things. We see all the time these days that people are losing these skills.

“Libraries promote a love of books, reading, communication - they are a real treasure. Closing them is one of the most shortsighted things I can think of.”

A final decision on plans to close up to 16 neighbourhood libraries, with some potentially becoming community led or independent, in Sheffield is due later this month. Thousands of people have objected to the proposals.

See Monday’s Star for more on this story.