A 'COMMUNITY read in' at Priorswood Library is to go ahead this Friday after its closure was postponed by just a year.

And event organisers now plan to establish a Priorswood Library Action Network (PLAN) to liase with authorities and Somerset stakeholders in the hope of safeguarding the library's future beyond 2012.

Brenda Watson, a Trustee of the North Taunton Partnership that originally backed the read in, said: “Without a local parish or town council, it is often difficult for an urban community like Priorswood to mobilise to change things.

“We are hoping that this will change on Friday, as people who are not used to being heard come together with a strong, single purpose.”

The read in will begin at 10am with a reading about what libraries mean to individuals and communities.

People will be invited to read their favourite passages from books or share their own reasons for wanting the library to remain open.

Rev Ian McFarlane of St Peter's Church, whose 'Save Priorswood Library' Facebook group has almost reached 1000 members, will read from the 'Street Bible', a modern re-imagining of the holy book, while Rev Robin Lodge of St Andrew's Church will read the same passages from the King James version.