Preparing our young people for future life success means giving them opportunities to participate, be creative, inquire, seek, learn, collaborate, share and be social together. Ideas and information are shared rather than just curated and lined up on a shelf.
Research indisputably proves:
- libraries enable and empower citizens to learn and contribute to their communities
- that access to library services and resources helps to break the poverty cycle, reduce crime and contributes to students results improving
- reading for pleasure builds empathy, compassion and supports wellness at all stages of life.
Future focused libraries are not about access alone, but are active participatory learning and socialising spaces where what I can hear, what I can see, and what I can feel tells me that the library understands and respects me and my needs as a unique customer in the library.
The library has no agenda other than enabling, empowering and preparing communities to write and deliver on their own agendas.
- What role does your library play in our young people’s journey towards adulthood?
- What problems does your library solve for its customers and communities?
- Do you share the amazing stories of transformational difference your services and people make?