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Children Inspire New Library Spaces

Jersey's children are channelling their creativity to inspire a new library space.

Young islanders and parents can submit their ideas through an online survey or by going to the library to collect a sheet of paper to draw or write what they want to see.

Jersey Library is consulting with the public on transforming its reading spaces for children, families and young people.

Hundreds of islanders visit the library weekly to borrow books, use its resources and attend events.

The team wants the library to appeal to everyone and create an engaging space for even the youngest in the community.

Chief Librarian, Ed Jewell, says he would like to see children and parents popping down to the library over the summer to let them know what they want to see more of.

"We’re fortunate to have a dedicated, flexible space for our children’s library.

"While it’s already extremely well used by many Islanders, we are committed to continually improving our services and what we offer to ensure the library reflects the needs of our whole community."

It follows the government's push for the participation of children and young people, allowing everyone can have their say in key decision-making.

The survey is available until 16 September in English, Romanian, Polish and Portuguese.

Results from the consultation will be made available online and in a child-friendly way in the library later this year.

The findings will be used to develop the children's services and space, followed by a conversation to agree on a budget.

Assistant Minister for Children and Education Deputy Louise Doublet says she is excited to hear everyone's views and to help bring them alive.

"It is vital that all children and families have a welcoming, comfortable, and exciting space to engage with reading, books and stories.

Extensive evidence demonstrates that children who read for pleasure are not only likely to have improved educational outcomes, but they are also likely to have better life outcomes overall.

I am also pleased that children and young people are being invited to meaningfully shape the future of the space that serves them through the use of the Participation Standards."

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