Printed Date: 24/06/2017

More good news for young people in Lincolnshire libraries

Lincolnshire libraries will benefit from a £231,000 investment in culture and skills extending opportunities to young people, following a successful funding application to Arts Council England.

The Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation fund acknowledged the benefits of the Forging Lincs proposal that will create techno labs for 16-24 year olds in Lincoln, Skegness, Boston and Gainsborough Libraries and smaller local IT solutions in 9 other library locations.

Young, unemployed people will be able to use the library workshops to develop their artistic and entrepreneurial skills, increase their employability and reduce feelings of isolation.

Social enterprise GLL has delivered library services in partnership with the council since April 2016.

Cllr Nick Worth, executive member for libraries, said:

"This funding allows us to work on a great project that will bring new opportunities for skills development across the county using our community hubs and libraries. This is exactly the sort of project which brings the added value we hoped to see when we began working with GLL and forging the new future for the library service which has taken shape over the last two years. I'm very happy to see it in action and look forward to the workshops getting underway."

Diana Edmonds, head of libraries, GLL said:

“We are very excited to have been awarded this large sum from Arts Council England to support Forging Lincs - our continued development of Lincolnshire libraries as places of learning, technology, craft and opportunity. The money will be spent on bringing together and supporting young people in Lincolnshire in a series of workshops and IT activity.”

In other good news for Lincolnshire Libraries, the refurbishment programme continues apace. Lincoln and Sleaford now feature new children’s libraries, teenage libraries and furniture refits while Market Rasen and Boston have enjoyed complete refurbishments. Stamford’s new children’s library is themed around the Mid Lent Fair, Skegness gets some ‘kerb appeal’ with an external redecoration and bookworms in Mablethorpe have new shelving accommodating new book stock.