Vocal and creative teenagers are invited to share their ideas about the future of libraries at a special event held at Pollards Hill Library on Wednesday 21 July.
From 12.30pm to 5pm the library will be exclusively open for teenagers to get to grips with the newest library and chat about how services could be developed to make libraries better for young people.
The results of Merton’s youth referendum in May showed that over 1,500 students voted for a group of youth advisors to represent them on issues that impact on young people. There will be the opportunity for participants to put themselves forward to sit on a library service youth panel that will continue to shape the offer as well as support the delivery of services for young people.
The relaxed event will be a great chance for teenagers to meet others, eat food and get competitive on the Wii, while chatting to library staff about the needs of their peers. Those interested in participating but unable to attend on 21 July can be kept updated by completing an expression of interest slip with their contact details online or by returning it to Pollards Hill library.
Cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton said “Merton’s libraries are central to the community, and provide a range of opportunities, activities and services for all age groups. The youth panel gives young people the perfect chance to tell us what they want and need and I’m looking forward to seeing what creative ideas come from this”.
For more information about the youth panel search for ‘Young Merton’ on facebook, visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/phlib or call 020 8274 5741.
London Borough of Merton
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