LIBRARIES Minister Ed Vaizey has urged community groups to work with Oxfordshire County Council on ways to save 20 threatened branches.

Today 10 county libraries will stage “read-ins” by famous authors as part of a campaign to convince the council to halt plans to end their funding.

But speaking to the Oxford Mail yesterday, Mr Vaizey, the MP for Wantage, said: “People have to come with ideas. They have to look at different options.”

Science fiction author Brian Aldiss is the latest writer to sign up for the read-ins.

He will join historians Mark Thompson and David Boyd Haycock and children’s authors Mini Grey and Helen Cooper at Headington Library from 1pm.