Pupils protest against library closure plan

Staff and pupils at Pendle Primary Academy held a readathon in protest at the proposed closure of Brierfield Library. (S)
Staff and pupils at Pendle Primary Academy held a readathon in protest at the proposed closure of Brierfield Library. (S)

Pupils at Pendle Primary Academy have a held a readathon protest against plans to close Brierfield Library.

During Monday’s assembly, each child read a book to raise awareness of the impending closure the library as part of Lancashire County Council’s savings.

Staff and pupils at Pendle Primary Academy held a readathon in protest at the proposed closure of Brierfield Library. (S)

Staff and pupils at Pendle Primary Academy held a readathon in protest at the proposed closure of Brierfield Library. (S)

Two artists who work at the library also came to talk to the children who are also planning a protest march with posters and placards.

The children also intend to ask their parents to fill in a form registering their objections.

Pupils queued up to give their thoughts on the closure. Hassan Nawaz said: “I go there to do my homework, where it’s nice and quiet.”

Sara Imtiaz said: “I like attending the community events. They have a good range of books to choose from.

Staff and pupils at Pendle Primary Academy held a readathon in protest at the proposed closure of Brierfield Library. (S)

Staff and pupils at Pendle Primary Academy held a readathon in protest at the proposed closure of Brierfield Library. (S)

“The library is really handy because it’s close to my house. I don’t want to have to travel for miles to borrow books.”

Aiden Farmer said: “I can order books in to Brierfield Library so that I can read the latest Stuart Reid novels.”

Eve Yates said: “I will be devastated if the library closes because I have gone there for a very long time. I would hate to say goodbye to all my favourite authors.”

Principal Simon Thompson added his thoughts, saying: “The closure of Brierfield library would represent a devastating loss to the resources available to the children of Brierfield - for many pupils at our academy, the library represents one of the main havens of learning that they can access in the evenings and weekends.”