Friday, August 24, 2012

Every voice counts in shaping Calgary's new Central Library

Libraries are meant to inspire all. This means EVERYONE has a say in the future of the new Central Library and the larger library system – including future users.

“Every voice counts,” says Julia Brewster, Administration Support Librarian with Calgary Public Library. “More than 81,000 children have library cards, and we have almost 19,500 teen members. It’s important to get their input on what they value and want from libraries.”

The biggest challenge was ensuring the children and youth engagement was age-appropriate.

“Our children and youth engagement activities are interactive and fun,” continues Brewster. “We use colouring, drawing, and game playing to find out what matters most to them.”

Public engagement on the new Central Library and the larger library system began June 14. More than 12,000 Calgarians have already told us what they believe future libraries should be.

Join the conversation by completing our on-line survey and help inspire the next chapter of Calgary’s libraries.

The survey ends August 30, after which the next phase of community engagement will commence with a series of activities designed to dig deeper into the findings from the survey results collected. Stay tuned.

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