The planned cuts in funding for public libraries are taking more and more people in England to protest against the closures of a big number of libraries. Some days ago we talked about an initiative that started in Somerset and spread country-wide, and now we learn about this imaginative protest in Sheffield's Central Library that happened yesterday.
This protest consisted actually of a Shhhhhh event that took place as a part of the Save our Libraries Day protests that happened up and down the UK, in which at least 80 similar events happened including this mass Shhh-in in Sheffield, a release of 26 balloons at Sydenham library, each one of them bearing a letter of the alphabet or the band of flying authors that will spend the day racing between every one of Gloucestershire county's 43 libraries.
The rules of this Shhh-In were…
1. Finger to lips.
2. At 11am say Shhhhh!
3. Finish off with three cheers for the library!
4. Finally borrow lots of books – lets empty those shelves. You’re allowed up to 15 out on your library card, so bring a big bag!
You can listen to this short interview to a UNISON representative and the Shhhhh here. And here you have some more pictures of the protest. Click on them for a better resolution: