Suffolk’s library service in Waveney Councillor Judy Terry and Guenever Pachent Learning from the Spring 2011 Consultation • People valued their local libraries as hubs in the community providing more than only books • They are especially important for children and young people, vulnerable and older people Suffolk people said they wanted their library services which • Provide for reading and literacy through books to borrow, books to download and through activities • Address loneliness and social isolation, and provide a shared community space where people feel safe • Help with learning and skills and finding a job • Provide activities that improve health and well-being • Provide information and the internet, both self-service and with the help of skilled staff • Hire films and music, currently DVDs and CDs The review and evaluation • In July, we published the 2011 Review of Library Services and Cabinet agreed the new vision and access model • It was agreed to set up a central organisation to support libraries and run seven pilots to test local community involvement (one in Waveney) • Since then, we’ve evaluated three models for the central organisation: • In-house business unit • A company limited by guarantee, SCC owned • An Industrial and Provident Society owned by local library groups Our ambition for libraries • Put them on a strong and sustainable footing for the future – keeping them open and relevant • Give local people more say • Free the service from the bureaucracy of a large organisation • Retain statutory duties • Libraries as hubs at the heart of their communities • Create a service fit for the 21st century. Waveney libraries • Beccles • Bungay • Halesworth • Kessingland • Lowestoft • Oulton Broad • Southwold Beccles • Activities include: grandparents play and talk, Scrabble Club, Bookstart, Top- time, Live Lounge (teenagers performance space), Poetry Club and Creative Writing Club • LEAP centre • A community hub which support learning, and skills development • 141,075 visits in 2010/11 • 137,976 books or other items borrowed in 2010/11 Bungay • 58,859 books or other items borrowed in 2010/11 • 49,160 visits in 2010/11 • Activities include scrabble, creative writing, embroidery, calligraphy, beginners internet, Top-time and Bookstart • Bungay Library Community courtyard Halesworth • 63,937 books or other items borrowed in 2010/11 • 73,247 visits in 2010/11 • Activities include: Time out (Top-time), Bookstart, IAG job advice, credit union, and Registrars sessions Kessingland • Part of a very sheltered scheme, in a centre which includes Parish offices, café and a community room • 23,485 books or other items borrowed in 2010/11 • 24,454 visits in 2010/11 • Activities include: Prime time (for older people) and Bookstart Lowestoft • Award winning building • Activities include teenage reading group, Bookstart, reading groups for adults, Top- time, Checkmates Chess, careers advice and CV writing. • 493,175 visits in 2010/11 • 302,275 books or other items borrowed in 2010/11 • LEAP centre Oulton Broad • 48,308 books or other items borrowed in 2010/11 • 25,994 visits in 2010/11 • Activities include Primetime for older people, Bookstart, internet starter sessions, and children's Sunday club Southwold • 35,275 books or other items borrowed in 2010/11 • 36,925 visits in 2010/11 • Activities include: Time our for older people, reading groups for young and old, Bookstart, craft and chat and Book-sales • Innovative partnership with Latitude festival What we are doing • Appointed Founding Interim Board members • Recruiting four more Interim Board members from community library groups and one from staff • Recruiting the General Manager • Working on the contract between the IPS and SCC • TUPE consultation about to start • IPS takes over May/June 2012 • Any questions?
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