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dutchman
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61 of 68  Sat 23rd Jul 2016 2:43pm  
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I find it odd that the district of Chapelfields has never had a library of its own. When I lived there I had to use either Earlsdon or Central Libraries.
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Disorganised1
Coventry
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62 of 68  Sun 14th Aug 2016 10:34am  
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Why would someone be promoted to a position beyond their capabilities ? If they were a supporter of a leader making a leadership challenge possibly. Coventry City Council is extremely political, and quite frankly I doubt the competence of many of the members of it, on both sides of the political divide. The library at The Ricoh is a blatant example. I would question many decisions made both as a council and in their roles in the community. A particular issue for me is the decision to allow the development of Finham Park 2. It is not needed on that side of the city, it will cause traffic chaos where it is situated, and as predicted it has led to the closure of a local school.
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coventry49
Devon
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63 of 68  Sun 14th Aug 2016 2:12pm  
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So sorry to hear about the plight of your branch libraries. Here in Devon we are similarly suffering and at the moment some are surviving with the help of staffing by volunteers to save the cost of salary payments. You may already be aware, but a man named Andrew Carnegie, an outside benefactor, gave the sum of £10,000 to open the Coventry branch libraries in 1913. In recognition of this he was granted the honorary freedom of the city.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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64 of 68  Sun 14th Aug 2016 9:52pm  
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On 14th Aug 2016 2:12pm, coventry49 said: You may already be aware, but a man named Andrew Carnegie, an outside benefactor, gave the sum of £10,000 to open the Coventry branch libraries in 1913. In recognition of this he was granted the honorary freedom of the city.
Yes, coventry49 - Andrew Carnegie is a longstanding member of our list of "Famous Coventrians" Thumbs up
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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65 of 68  Sun 14th Aug 2016 10:59pm  
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Carnegie (Scottish by birth) funded thousands of libraries in the US, UK and in a few other countries (Including mainland Europe and Commonwealth countries). Coventry's central library wasn't a Carnegie library. Surprisingly, most of them are still in use as libraries. The concept seems to me to be a little 'lost' these days. As a service I'm not sure what they are offering - internet access, somewhere to keep warm or a poor selection of old books and a few racks of films that you can see on Freeview?
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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66 of 68  Mon 15th Aug 2016 7:37am  
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Hi all Wave I am sure that you are spot-on there, as most of us on line have almost immediate access to so much info. I suppose at the back of my mind is the thought for the plight of homes that are still void of the internet & in some "deprived areas" there are a lot of them. The Ricoh library was as much an information centre, as a book lender & time after time when I walk past, has always seemed well used.
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Prof
Gloucester
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67 of 68  Sat 27th Aug 2016 8:53pm  
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Perhaps this is the Hertford St library, mentioned in the historical entry by Dutchman that predated the Gulson library!
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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68 of 68  Wed 17th Jan 2018 4:18pm  
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