We, the local residents, would like to say a big thank you to all of you who came to the library, hooted your horn, signed our petition and read a book inside.
Local businesses that make up our community in Friern Barnet have also supported our campaign: A list will be built here:
We would also like to say a big thank you to our local Friern Barnet parish for supporting us in trying to keep our community spirit alive with our library and shared support for our commuity. They have already managed to obtain many local residents' signatures, and we really appreciate your support and help.
Our local Royal British Legion social club at The Village, 1 St John Buildings, Friern Barnet Road, London N11 3DP supports our campaign to keep the library open. They are next to our library and have said they would not want to see the library close to the public. It brings great benefit for many of the local residents including some of their members. It has helped form a community spirit amongst the two buildings which has made living in the area all the more special.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for supporting our work and providing us with practical help such as lending for free their tables, chairs and use of facilities as our part of our local community.
A message from one of our supporters:
Tooba Siddiqui, Barnet MYP candidate 2012, age 16In the society today, with cuts being made to make the country economically better, closure is one of the many methods the government is aiming to maximise profits through. Friern Barnet Library is one of the libraries under the threat of closing down. Without local libraries, like Friern Barnet, the community is more likely to become material deprived: as libraries provide knowledge and internet access to those who cannot afford it. Or even those who need to revise. Libraries provide various different benefits to the community. Closing one library will strengthen the government's aim in proceeding to close other libraries. To stop all this, we need to take a step and save the library. I am a part of the group called Barnet Libraries Advisory Board (BLAB) which aims to improve the teenage accessibility in the libraries. We should take a simple step such as preventing the closure of libraries to make a better tomorrow.