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Following the news that the Government plan to close around 400 libraries this year, (Saturday 5 February) has officially been declared Save Our Libraries Day.

The closure plans come as part of wider local authority cuts, and also in response to the decline in use of library resources. However, public reaction to the proposal is growing, with communities coming together to protest against the closures. If you want this invaluable, free resource to be available to you this time next year, then tomorrow is the time to get involved.

As part of the day's plans, several libraries around the country will be hosting read-ins, author appearances and story-telling events to protest the closures. We think that John and Yoko would approve of these peaceful demonstrations.

The events come on the back of our story on the rise of eBooks, detailing Amazon's report that Kindle downloads have overtaken sales of paperbacks and sparking much debate amongst Stylist readers.

To find out how you can take action against the closure of libraries, visit the Chartered Institute of Libraries and Information Professionals' website, cilip.org.uk.

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