Ashburton youth share ideas on public library

Study areas, bean bags, large windows, and self checkouts were proposed for the Ashburton Public Library by students at today's Ashburton District Council Young Persons Forum.

The Young Persons Forum is an annual event and this year the topic suggested by the Council was the Library, as it is considering options for the future of the Civic Administration Building and Library.

In October, the Ashburton Youth Council filmed a video of their suggestions and then encouraged local students to contribute their views at the forum. This opportunity was taken up by students from 11 schools from across the district.

Ashburton Intermediate School pupils Mac Burdett and Penny Stilgoe-Rooney said they wanted the library to be renovated to include a user-friendly layout, children's reading and play area, more technology and facilities to make hot drinks.

Lauriston School pupils also suggested keeping the existing library, but with a new car park, while Hinds School pupils were keen to see a mobile library service and an upgraded library website.  Ashburton College students suggested re-locating the library in the town's former Art Gallery and furnishing it with ultra modern furniture and shelving.

Mayor Angus McKay said the Council was thrilled to hear the students' ideas and would consult further with the community in 2016 on both the Civic Administration Building and Library.

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