We recently held a community event at our local library and it got me thinking – libraries really are great community spaces that are under threat.
We were lucky enough to be working on a joint project with St Austell library to utilise their beautiful (and relatively undiscovered) garden for community focused events. But this is just one example of a library looking to engage its community in new ways in order to thrive in a time when libraries are having to make drastic cuts.
Spending time in a library doesn’t have to just be about browsing books, there are book readings, music sessions, talks, internet access, games and much more. The library can be a great welcoming and safe space for everyone and the majority have good access and accessible toilets, making it an ideal starting place for carers looking for activities or information.
So why not check your local library next time you’re looking for something to do. It might just surprise you.