Monday, 5 December 2011

Two great libraries

With all the bad news about libraries at the moment, it was lovely to visit two fantastic ones today, first the exciting (and very busy) Whitechapel Idea Store in Tower Hamlets for a meeting to discuss training, then the stunning new Canada Water Library in Southwark. What amazing architecture! I was particularly keen to see the provision for children and young people. I arrived about 4.00, and the children’s library was packed out. The library only opened a week ago, but everyone looked totally at home. It was great to watch several family groups reading together, as well as lots of children choosing books and using the computers. There’s a good teenage area, with a huge selection of graphic novels, and space for working and for relaxing. The children’s area is at the back on this photo, mostly out of view, and the teenage area on the right.