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Young people asked for views on library service

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Published: 20/01/2014


Libraries across the district will be asking children and young people to take part in a library survey which runs until Sunday 26 January.

It is important for us to know what everyone who uses libraries in South Gloucestershire thinks about the service. Children and young people are important customers and we need to ensure our service is responding to their needs.

The survey will ask young people what they think about their local library and ask for their views on the services provided. Questions are tailored to specific age groups with parents and carers being asked about provision for their 0 to 4 year olds whilst 5 to 11 year olds and 12 to 16 year olds will be able to respond independently.

There are currently 68,000 children and young people who are members of South Gloucestershire libraries and anyone under the age of 16-years-old who visits a library during the survey period can contribute.

The results collected from the survey will assist the library service to develop services and identify areas that need to be changed or require improvement. We can also compare our results with those of other library authorities.

Cllr Claire Young, Chair of the Communities Committee, said: “It is essential that we encourage children and young people to read and use the range of services that libraries provide. To make sure we deliver the services they need, it is important that we consult with them and do what we can to act on their responses. This survey will improve our understanding of how these services are of benefit to them and what they seek from their library today.”

The last survey, carried out in 2010, showed that 64 per cent of children felt that they did better at school as a result of using our library services and 80 per cent of children thought that using the library helped improve their reading.

Since then the library service has continued to build on this with its increasingly successful Summer Reading Challenges (over 7,000 children took part in 2013’s Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge) and Chatterbooks Reading groups. There has also been a boost in attendance for storytime and rhymetime sessions for our youngest members who are just beginning to discover the pleasure of sharing books with their parents or carers.

For more information contact the library service on 01454 868006 or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries


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