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YOUR LIBRARIES YOUR COMMUNITIES
Improving People’s Quality of Life…
“Public libraries are safe places, where everyone is welcome and receives equal respect. You can read for pleasure, study, look for jobs, learn a new skill and if you can’t travel to the library under you own steam, it comes to you through mobile libraries, volunteers or the internet.” Museums, Libraries and the Archive Council
Libraries can help support everyone through each stage of life, from babies through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into retirement. Libraries help to fulfil our needs: • To grow in confidence and capacity • • Learn new skills and knowledge • Escape from our daily lives • • Relax in a comfortable and safe environment As well as books we also provide: • Free internet access • 24 hour access to our library catalogue and renewal service • Collections for children and young people • Large print and talking books • Council and community information • Access to materials in 30 world languages • Free computer learning sessions • Resources and support skills for life • Help with enquiries • Space to browse, study and meet friends • A programme of events and activities for everyone including families • Readers groups in many libraries • Help with finding a job • Meeting rooms for hire • Access to online resources
Trustfunding.org—access to funding opportunities for community groups Volsec—a database of over 200 voluntary, community and faith organisations A Mobile and At Home Service
Your library at the heart of your community…
Libraries are accessible to everyone and are a key point of access to information and learning for individuals and groups who feel excluded or disaffected. Recent projects have included: • UK Online project working with families in need • Cycling project with young asylum seekers and refugees works in partnership with Road Safety and other agencies • The Museums and Libraries Partnership aims to develop skills locally using digital cameras to record community memories • The Strictly Cultural Dancing event held at Central library to celebrate
For more information visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/libraries Ask us any question and we’ll try to find the answer – free! Telephone: 0113 247 6016 Or contact Enquiry Express: firstname.lastname@example.org
diversity within Leeds Partnership work to support local Festivals, e.g. Headingley Studio12—Situated in Central Library, offers free access to a production studio keyboards, digital imaging equipment, laptops and a variety of music and animation software packages. People accessing Studio12 can work towards an accredited digital media qualification
A number of partnership organisations working with us to deliver learning sessions to skills for life or ESOL students Referral information about other learning providers to suit people’s individual needs
Supporting Children and Young People to achieve their full potential…
Support Learning to increase choice and opportunity for everyone…
We see ourselves as a first step to learning but also as a support for more formal Learning institutions. We have the resources to support other providers with buildings, equipment, location, information and knowledge.
We currently provide: • A range of free learning sessions delivered to small groups of learners in a friendly, relaxed, atmosphere. These include Jobseekers advice and help with e-government and tracing your family history • Individual learning sessions with a librarian, who will help with computer questions. • Assistive technology to help people who may have difficulties using standard computer software • A selection of online resources that you can access from home for free
By using the library children and young people have access to: • A wide range of story and information books and audio materials • Help with homework and a place to study • Summer Reading Challenge and Leeds Book Award • An exciting programme of events and activities, including regular story and rhyme time sessions • Bookstart and Bookcrawl are national schemes offering free books to every child and free advice to all parents and carers • Family clubs for children and their carers in some libraries • Resources to improve numeracy such as Count Me In bags and Count Me In Webgame, which assist children and young people with financial literacy skills • ‘Your Space’ - A youth area in Central Library