Campaigners mark Libraries Day - and hope they survive

Campaigners will celebrate National Libraries Day in Sheffield on Saturday - and hope that branches have a long-term future.

Crime writer Danuta Reah, who grew up in Broomhill and was a library member from early childhood, is leading a writers’ workshop, reading from her latest novel, and talking about her writing experiences at closure-threatened Broomhill Library. Activities are being held from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm.

Old photos will be on display at 109-year-old Walkley library, the city’s only Carnegie Library, built with funds from the philanthropist, and there will be story times and craft activities for children from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

A flash mob at 11am aims to link with other events at closure-threatened community libraries.

Ruling Labour councillors are expected to announce next week their reaction to the public consultation.