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28 hour read-in to save smallest library

A 28 hour marathon read-in will be held at Suffolk’s smallest library, in Debenham, starting at noon on Saturday, March, 19.

It is being held to show support for the library and increase awareness of the debate about the future of the county’s 44 libraries.

Debenham library, housed in a building which was originally built for the village fire engine, is one of those threatened with closure if no community plan to keep it open is developed.

A working group, under the auspices of the parish council, is looking at all the possibilities. Debenham has a population of 2,000 although the library serves a much larger area of Mid Suffolk.

The read-in will be a celebration of the library with many people promising to dress in costume to read from favourite books.

A wall of books will also be built to defend the library. The idea is that second-hand books will be donated and later sold for charity.

Dan Poulter, the Central Suffolk MP, has said he will be one of the early attenders at lunch time on Saturday.

The read-in will continue until 4pm on Sunday. Coffee, tea and home baking will be available. Details at the village website.

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