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Lottery Go Ahead For Book Bar At Padstow

Posted: 19/01/2007 16:24:15

Cornwall County Council has been awarded funding from The Lottery Young People's Fund to set up an innovative Book Bar for young people at Padstow Library.

Book Bars are places where young people can chill out; access their favourite books and magazines and be served by 'Book Waiters', who will bring them a cappuccino and a book of their choice! The Padstow Book Bar, due to open in the Summer, will be one of 20 introduced in libraries and youth cafes across England between April 2007 and March 2010. It is being set up in partnership with the Padstow Youth Forum.

The project has been welcomed by Eric Brooke (Lib Dem), the County Council's Executive Member for Community Services, who said, "This is a great way for young people in Padstow to get involved in creating an exciting new local venue for young people. It offers a terrific opportunity to develop new skills, increase confidence and meet new friends."

"Winning this Lottery funding is another clear example that Cornwall's Library service is not standing still and is working hard to win extra money for Cornwall."

Young people will be in the driving seat for the project, helping to choose the furniture and books for the Book Bar; volunteering as Book Waiters and working with library staff to ensure all young people receive a warm welcome. In return, young people who get actively involved will be able to gain formal accreditation for their contribution through schemes like the Youth Achievement Award.

Library services were invited to apply to host a Book Bar by The Reading Agency, a national charity working with libraries and publishers, who are leading the project. Twenty locations in four English regions have been selected as Book Bars.

Abbi McInnes, Library Officer for Young People is delighted that Cornwall's bid has been successful. "The locations were selected using a range of criteria, including the need and demand for such a facility from local young people and the availability of a discrete space for young people within a planned new library or youth café or as part of a refurbishment programme." she said.

"We were able to meet the criteria at Padstow Library. The Lottery funding will now help ensure that the project reaches young people who would not normally be attracted into libraries or into reading as a leisure pursuit."

The idea came from young people in Derbyshire known as the Book Pushers, who were keen to create a new 'laid-back' environment which would encourage a range of young people to develop a love of reading and books. The idea was tested out with young people across England during the Summer 2006 and the results showed enthusiastic support for the idea with 78% saying Book Bars were 'a really good idea'.

Over 700 young people will now have the chance to get actively involved in their local Book Bar, with many more able to access the reading and information services that will be on offer.

Miranda McKearney, Director of The Reading Agency says "Book Bars are a fresh new idea which we hope will entice loads of young people to get involved with their local library and develop a love of books and reading. We can't wait to start working with Cornwall County Council to get Padstow Book Bar up and running!"

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