We’ve noticed a sharp decline in the number of libraries in our area, and the number of people using them. This saddens us because we love libraries – they offer so many books, services, and activities which people are not or cannot take advantage of.
We both love libraries and we do anything to promote our local library branches in our spare time. The idea to champion libraries came from Hilary, as her mum works in public libraries and has so many interesting stories to tell about the people who are dependent on the services the library provides.
However, young people often distance themselves from the library. They may feel intimidated or they may feel as if there is nothing on offer for them there.
But we want to change this view and show young people that libraries are useful.
To do this, we are hosting a creative writing workshop for local children to get them writing creative pieces. The pieces they create will then be collated in a book which will be on display in their library.
Through giving young people something tangible, we hope they will take pride in their local library which will stock a book they created, and become return visitors in the future.