Residents in Stony Stratford, near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire have taken up a novel form of protesting the spate of government cutbacks. Faced with the prospect of their local library being closed down, Stony Stratforders have borrowed every single book from it in a bid to stop the closure.
In total they have taken out all 16,000 books to empty the library’s shelves. Campaigner Emily Malleson calculated the books had checked out at a rate of around 378 per hour after a successful Facebook appeal.
“A local resident mentioned the idea, maybe as a bit of a joke, but we thought it was a great idea so we put it to FOSSL [Friends of Stony Stratford Library],” said Malleson.
“I put it on Facebook and emailed everyone I could think of and it’s just gone absolutely mad. I think it’s a very simple but clever idea and it’s given something that people can act on and make their voice heard. The amount of support is just staggering.”
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