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Hay Literary Festival to fund local library to prevent closure

In the UK, the Hay Literary Festival has agreed to fund part of the Hay-on-Wye library’s operating costs as a short-term solution to the library’s proposed closure, reports the BBC.

The council, which has conducted a review of 11 branch libraries as part of a wider budget savings initiative, said it will come to a decision about the Hay-on-Wye library by the end of the year following the Hay Literary Festival’s funding decision.

A Hay Festival spokesperson told the BBC it is ‘alarming’ that the library faces closure. ‘We all … have a responsibility to our local library,’ said the spokesperson. ‘They don’t just need money. They need our attention. Our attendance. Our championing.’

Hay-on-Wye Library Supporters chairwoman Anita Wright said the group would continue to look for a sustainable solution for the library’s future.

 

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