THE campaign to save Thurrock’s libraries continues this weekend.

Campaigners from the Save Our Thurrock Libraries group will be in Corringham and Stanford-le-Hope on Saturday from 11am urging people to sign a petition to help keep the borough libraries open.

Notably, Saturday also marks National Library Day.

A month-long consultation by Thurrock Council – which ends next Sunday, February 15 – is looking into how the library service can save £500,000. One suggestion is the closure of some of the borough’s libraries to save cash, as well asking volunteers to step forward to run the libraries and to seek funding to support them.

Others include closing the mobile library service, which has low usage, and sharing services between different libraries.

Residents have already expressed concern at the possibility of losing the service.

The Gazette has been inundated with concerned comments from library users young and old in recent weeks, including six-year-old Evie Redgrove, from Grays, who has taken it upon herself to write to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, asking for his help in saving her library in Blackshots.

A Thurrock Council spokesman commented: “So far nothing is ruled in or ruled out, it is simply that the library service – like every other council service – has to make its contribution to the authority’s overall savings target.”

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