Liz Leyshon, County Councillor for Glastonbury & Street, has been leading the campaign to save Street Library.
The County Council is running a public consultation on the future of Somerset’s Libraries and on 8th March a formal consultation meeting was held in Street. Two classes of children from nearby Elmhurst School came to the Library in their World Book Day costumes, chanting “Save Our Library” and carrying their home-made banners and signs. They made their case in the most eloquent way, with specially adapted songs and their own little stories of why the Library matters to them and their families. ITV local WestCountry news covered the children’s contribution as well as the story of the Library consultation.
A further 400 plus people of all ages came to the Library to ask questions, to express their support and concern about the possible closure of the Library building that was opened in 1924. Street is the home base of the Quaker shoe company, Clarks International. From its earliest Victorian origins to this day, the Quaker family have supported education and literacy. The Library is an important part of Street, right at the centre of the life of the village.
Liz said after the consultation meeting “We cannot allow this Library to close, the next generations must have the same opportunity as our own. We owe it to these children to campaign for the written word in all its forms.”
Liz was joined by Tessa Munt, our former MP and County Councillor for Wells, Parish Councillors and representatives of the Friends of Street Library.