School library support team gets the chop

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COUNTY Hall bosses have decided to axe a service that gives support to school libraries.

The Schools Library Service, which provides expertise on children’s books and online resources, will be wound up on March 31.

The decision was taken by Herts County Council’s cabinet in December after county councillors were told the service was predicted to run up a deficit of £41,000 this year.

A report says a third of the service’s income comes from a grant and the rest from schools ‘buying in’ to the service, but that income has decreased as budgets are squeezed.

The service aims to promote reading for pleasure among youngsters by ensuring schools have attractive libraries and providing access to books.

It also offers training for school staff and runs a mobile library vehicle.