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Last Updated: Friday, 6 October 2006, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
Naked campaign to save library
"Don't strip us of our library," say Kingsteignton campaigners

Campaigners in a Devon village hope that a naked protest will keep their library open.

Devon County Council is considering shutting 12 branches which are under-used and reinvesting the money in other library services.

But the Friends of Kingsteignton Library got so hot under the collar about the proposals that they bared all in a poster protest.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to keep the library.

'Spur of the moment'

Kingsteignton campaigner Mike Walters said: "We have bared our souls to the public, saying that the library really has got to stay.

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Geneva, Bideford
Heavitree, Exeter
Ipplepen
Kingskerswell
Kingsteignton
Kingswear
Pinhoe
Primley, Sidmouth
Stoke Fleming
Shaldon
"The library is the hub of the village. It is not just books, there are computers, it is an information centre and it is close to the school which also uses it."

Colleague Carolyn Moist said: "The poster happened on the spur of the moment. A calendar would have taken too long.

"It has a very serious message, so we needed a striking image to grab everyone's attention."

The county council said that reorganisation was being mooted in order to "modernise and improve" the service.

A decision will be made before Christmas after 5,000 responses to the consultation are analysed.




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