Reports are coming in about the cuts hitting Manor House Library.Two of our activists found some sad scenes on Saturday as the library shut earlier than usual at 3pm. Previous to this there were no library staff to assist library users apart from the security guard who could not meet people's needs leading to disappointment. It has fallen to the security guard to help members of the public this week. She even did the baby bounce session.
At the nearby cafe, a woman introduced herself who ran the child minding group. She was eager to support the campaign and told they had cancelled their childminding group, because it's a community group and doesn't pay. Tuesday was unavailable and so was any other day. It had been a regular and important part of the local community for parents to share their labour sensibly. Before we left, a car was locked in to the library grounds leading to great anxiety, all because of confusion over new opening hours, which haven't been publicised properly.
Many families and individuals came after 3pm and left disappointed, wondering about the simplest of matters, such as where to return their library book.
It's clear the service is invaluable but this current service is inadequate.