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27/02/13South London PressFirst prize for second-chance library duo –  “Gill Hart and Kathy Dunbar have been given a £500 cheque for the former New Cross Library and a trophy… …The dynamic duo came up with an action plan to save it, backed by politicians and nearly 6,000 names on a petition, and the building in New Cross Road was open again by summer 2011 as the rebranded New Cross Learning.” Click here to read the full article…

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02/10/12 East London LinesNew Cross Library to flog assets (in charity auction)“The community-run New Cross Learning library will hold a Grand Auction this November to raise funds for the embattled service. The all-volunteer service, which took over when the council’s closed its library last August, needs to cover the costs of a 2-year lease soon to be signed on the building.”  Click here to read the full article…

21/08/12Third SectorAnalysis: The libraries that have been taken over by volunteers“In New Cross, south London, the local library has been entirely run by volunteers since August 2011 after the council closed it. Figures supplied by the council and the library show the move has increased the number of users from an average of 4,152 visits a month in 2010 to an average of 4,685 between October 2011 and June 2012.”  Click here to read the full article…

24/01/12East London LinesNew Cross Library celebrates Chinese New Year –

23/11/11 East London LinesLocals raise £2,400 for New Cross Library“Generous locals have helped raise £2,400 for the New Cross People’s Library at a charity auction. The library, run by local volunteers since being given the axe by Lewisham council in May, was sent a utilities bill of £20,000 earlier this month.” – Click here to read the full article…

17/11/11 East London LinesCharity auction to keep volunteer library alive“Volunteers at the New Cross People’s Library hope to raise £3,000 with a charity auction this Saturday as the library struggles to stay open. NXPL, which was taken over by locals after it was axed by the Lewisham Council in May.” Click here to read the full article…

18/10/11The Guardian –  Library closures: what can local people do?“New Cross library has been resurrected as New Cross People’s library by a group of volunteers, who are running it on a trial basis with help from a community organisation, Bold Vision. The council insists it maintains an important guiding and monitoring role for its new community libraries, retaining responsibility for the provision of books.” Click here to read the full article…

26/09/11 – This is Local London – New Cross People’s Library aiming for success – “VOLUNTEERS say they are confident that a community library in New Cross will be a success. People behind New Cross People’s Library have been given a six-week licence by Lewisham Council to prove they can make a go of it.” Click here to read the full article...

01/09/11East London LinesVolunteers re-open axed New Cross library“A group of volunteers have reopened New Cross Library on a six-week trial – which could lead to a longer lease. New Cross is one of five Lewisham libraries that were closed by the council in May, despite local protest and a petition signed by 5,500 people.” Click here to read the full article…

12/08/11The Bookseller – £24k price tag to reopen New Cross Library“Supporters of New Cross library have claimed the council is demanding £24,000 in annual rent to reopen the library. It is due to reopen tomorrow (13th August) as New Cross People’s Library, in a trial venture run by local people.” Click here to read the full article…

27/05/11 East London LinesA ‘big society’ vision for New Cross library“New Cross Library officially closed on Saturday but the New Cross People’s Committee are aiming to re-open the library as a community-led project as soon as possible. Gill Hart, secretary of  the “New Cross People’s Library”, told a public meeting, held at Telegraph Hill  on Thursday that: “Nothing is being taken out from New Cross Library, in other words we have all the books.” Click here to read the full article…

06/02/11The IndependentOvernight protest held at library“Protesters occupied a library overnight after a national day of action over threatened closures. A group of about 40 people from the Save New Cross Library Campaign opted to continue their earlier “read-in” until noon today.” Click here to read the full article…

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