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Feb 15, 2011 | From the print edition
Library>> Campaign • The UK

Stafford LibraryUntil the second week of January, Stony Stratford, a small town in north Buckinghamshire in the UK, was famous only because its two pubs, The Cock and The Bull.

They were the likely origin of the phrase “a cock and bull story”. Now it’s in news for another reason. Its residents have borrowed every single book from their local library in an attempt to stop it from being closed.

When the city’s council decided to close Stony Stratford’s library as part of budget cuts, the residents decided to take home their maximum allowance of 15 books, including dusty mechanics manuals and flimsy paperback novels. The campaign, called ‘Wot No Books’, was organised on Facebook by Friends of Stony Stratford Library. The group says the protest aims to show the void that would be left in the community if the library was closed.


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