Book-loa bonanza in fight to save Sunderland libraries

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BOOK worms are helping in the fight to keep libraries open.

Residents of Silksworth took hundreds of books out of Silksworth Community Library, Beckwith Mews, on Friday, in a stand against its proposed closure.

Debra Taylor, who owns Debra’s Natural Beauties Hair Salon, also based in the assisted living accommodation, organised it, saying if the library closes, it would damage the community.

She said: “There are three main reasons I organised this.

“For the residents, the community, and my business. The business is a secondary reason. I don’t think they should take the heart of the community.”

She said the council should be giving its support to libraries which are still heavily used.

“The residents love it because there are groups run from it, and people they know come in from outside to use it.

“I’ve been here for four years and have people coming into the salon just because they have seen it when they’ve used the library.”

Councillor Pat Smith showed her support for the campaign by signing a petition which Debra is going to present to council.

“I was surprised and pleased that she came,” she said.

“It’s good to get people to sign the petition, but they don’t always work, so by getting people to take the books out they can actually see how many people use the library.

“If it wasn’t here, it would just be wasted space and people would lose there jobs.

“I’m not clued up like some people on politics and things, I’m just an ordinary person, but if I can I want to try and help, and save people’s jobs.”