A Real Threat Of Closure!
Between 21st September and 14th December 2017, East Sussex County Council is consulting on its strategy for libraries across the county, including a smaller network of library buildings - which could see the end of Ore Library!
More than a community asset!
Beyond the books, audiobooks, and DVD's available to borrow, Ore Library provides free computer and internet access, bus forms for older and younger people, reading groups, and a home library service...all vital lifelines for local residents and groups in and beyond Ore.
One such group is Ore Women's Institute with their President, Stephanie Gaunt, saying “Our members are regular users of the library. One of the national WI's key campaigns this year is 'Alleviating Loneliness' and local libraries like Ore play a key role as meeting places to alleviate social isolation especially among the elderly. “
You can have your say today to help save Ore Library.
A community campaign
We are a group of local people who have come together to save Ore library from closure and welcome anyone who shares our aim of saving this vital resource for the community.
With over 1,000 people having signed the petition in shops, community centres, and other locations in the area and more than 350 having joined the “Save Ore Library” Facebook group, the level of support for this community hub has been fantastic so far...but there's more to be done and you can help us!
There are many ways in which you can raise awareness of, spread the word, and support this campaign...
- Fill in the ESCC consultation on library closures here. Or pick up a paper copy at any East Sussex library. The consultation ends on 14 December.
- Sign our petition here. Can you take paper copies to groups you belong to? Do you know shopkeepers who’d have a petition on the counter? Can you ask all your friends to sign? You can print off copies from our Facebook group or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Come along to a campaign planning meeting. These are listed under ‘upcoming events‘ on our website.
We're also planning protest events at Ore Library, at the next ESCC Cabinet meeting in November, a benefit concert and writing directly to members of ESCC's Cabinet who will make the final decision calling on them to reject plans that would see Ore Library being closed.
How else you can help
A campaign like this of course costs money, from printing posters to hiring meeting venues and sending letters...and even helping travel costs of those library users to join campaign events.
Donations of any size will help this vital campaign in its efforts...and will be used purely for that purpose. Any surplus at the end of the consultation period will be donated to Ore Library.