I took Mia to our local library so she could join and we could have a little quiet time and read some books, she loves books so was looking forward to our little adventure as she calls it. I also wanted to do a bit of research.
Our library comes under the Shepway group and then Kent County Council so it covers a huge area. I asked them if they have an advertising budget but they don’t and no local Facebook page just a KCC National Library one. They gave me the website and said all the answers to my questions would be on there. http://kent.gov.uk/libs
The site is easy to use and I looked up stats, here is a brief picture of what I found. Click on Library and the stats will come up.
The building is very old and maintained really well, they make use of all of it, like the Adult Ed and the Skills Plus. This building is where you go to register births and deaths in Folkestone and also The Sassoon Gallery and local Studies Collection are upstairs.
During the summer they have a children’s reading challenge that the schools could promote more. National Library day they had some balloons and last year they dressed up for Book Week. I really think that they would benefit by having their own Facebook page to let everybody know what events are happening, this could be linked to all the school and playgroup websites in the area, this is free advertising. I was surprised that only a couple of the primary schools do a visit to the library, if all the schools visited and maybe linked it into Book Week surely that would be appealing. If we want to keep our library’s then we have to let the people know what is happening and encourage them to use it more. There are so many groups that could be held there like reading, knitting homework even authors could do readings and signings.
The library is even open on a Sunday so why not make it a family day out once a month especially in the winter when it is a struggle to entertain them without using the TV or electronic gadgets.