Readers Save Library by Taking Books

Residents of an English town, angry at plans to close the local library, have checked out* all 16,000 of its books at once in protest.
Emily Malleson, of the Friends of Stony Stratford Library (FOSSL), said “A local resident mentioned the idea, maybe as a bit of a joke, but we thought it was a great idea so we put it to FOSSL.  I put it on Facebook and e-mailed everyone I could think of and it’s just gone absolutely mad.  I think it’s a very simple but clever idea and it’s given something that people can do and make their voice heard.  The amount of support is just staggering.*”
At the peak of* the protest, books were being checked out at a rate* of almost 400 an hour.
In addition to* leaving the library with bare* shelves, more than 500 supporters* joined* a Facebook page and there is also a petition against the closure.*
Vocabulary:
check out – půjčit si (knihy z knihovny)
staggering – ohromující
at the peak of – na vrcholu
rate – rychlost
in addition to  – kromě
bare – prázdný
supporter – příznivec
join – přidat se na
closure – zavření
Question for discussion:
Will this save the library?

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