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Brighton & Hove residents invited to share their experiences with Brighton & Hove Libraries in new interactive installation

Graham Robson January 9, 2024

Brighton & Hove residents are invited to share their experiences with Brighton & Hove Libraries in an interactive installation at Jubilee Library, Brighton from Monday, January 15 to Sunday, January 28.

From free books to study spaces to a great spot for catching up with friends, the library means different things for different people. The libraries are now curious to find out what they mean for you, to help them inspire a new generation of library users.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to a collective wall digitally with a tablet, where you can select a sticker and type in a message which will then appear on a screen. Or you can also share your thoughts via a traditional sticky note on the wall.

The installation is a part of the Community Connect project, which aims to attract new audiences to join the library community and remind everyone of the abundance of services the libraries provide, which go far beyond books.

Councillor Leslie Pumm, chair of the Equalities, Community Safety & Human Rights Committee, said: “I invite everyone to join in and leave their mark on the lovely new installation in the Jubilee Library.

“It’s a wonderful way to provide feedback and share what the library means for you, but also to immerse yourself in experiences of others, get inspired and learn about what else the library has to offer.

“Our library staff works very hard to provide a space that is safe and welcoming to everyone, but also serves as a vibrant beating heart of our communities.

“New parents, budding business owners, newcomers to the city or anyone looking for a bit of joy, connection or creative outlets can find free and low-cost activities and resources here, meet up, get support and grow as their best selves.

“We want more people to know about these opportunities, especially young people and those who may not have considered using our libraries before.”

Brighton & Hove Libraries has been working with local design studio, Boyle & Perks, on the Community Connect project to encourage a new generation of library users and shape their future services for our diverse community.

The project aims to engage with young people between the ages of 12 and 19 and people who are interested in arts and culture who have not previously interacted with our libraries.

It uses feedback from over 300 people, collected through surveys and workshops with users, residents, and the local MET College.

The funding for the project is provided through the LibraryOn grant, developed by the British Library and funded by Arts Council England to connect libraries and people and celebrate libraries as cornerstones of local communities.