It's a sad time when you hear over half the libraries in Lancashire are going to close. It's a very, very sad time when you see individual libraries vying with each other to be one of the ones to stay open.
The libraries in Lytham, St Annes and Ansdell have been put in that position. Friends of St Annes & Ansdell Libraries have come together to galvanise their respective supporters and service users. Lytham doesn't have a friends group and negative comments overheard in this library are upsetting for everyone concerned.
It seems inevitable two of our three libraries will close. Lets find a united approach to see how the libraries on the coast can make the best of a terrible situation. A step forward - indeed many literal steps forward - will take place this Saturday, 12th March when a walk will be held raising the awareness and need for the libraries of Lancashire.
My hope is that this will springboard a collaborative, pro-active effort to find a long term solution to having our three, much loved libraries reduced to one. Lets find a way to address the needs of Lytham St Annes as a community, together.
"On Saturday 12th March library supporters across Lancashire are walking between their local libraries to raise awareness of the closures. On the Fylde the walk starts at 9:30am at St Annes Library and we are walking to Ansdell Library. At 11:00am the walk will continue from Ansdell to Lytham Library. Please come and join us for some or all of the walk"