LEISURE boss Joyce McKellar wants to put the fun into going to local community libraries.
The chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure says she aims to dispel the myth that libraries are dull and staff are continually telling people: “Shhh…keep quiet.”
Joyce was speaking after two libraries in Paisley – Foxbar and Glenburn – re-opened after a £65,000 refurbishment, which is part of a Renfrewshire Council £3 million capital investment in community facilities.
She said: “We’re creating libraries that are much more than just a place where you borrow books and then head out again.
“We’ve made libraries a brighter, vibrant, fun and exciting environment to come to and enjoy yourself.
“Renfrewshire is one if the few places in Scotland investing in our community libraries making them more modern and inviting.”
“It’s all about enjoying your local library as they provide something for everyone. We’ve created dedicated areas for people to have more privacy when they’re using our computers and other IT equipment and areas designed specifically for young people.”
The recent upgrade programme to the Foxbar and Glenburn libraries, which are operated by Renfrewshire Leisure, was delivered by the local authority.
The layout at Glenburn library has been reconfigured to create an improved space for children and young people as well as adult users.
The reception area has been renewed along with furniture, shelving and stands being replaced. New seating areas have been created to allow library users to read or study in comfort within the new space.
At Foxbar Library, the layout has also been reconfigured with a complete fit-out of a new reception area, furniture, shelving and stands.
And new modern digital learning suites have been created at both Foxbar and Glenburn.
Joyce added: “Our libraries strive to inspire imagination, learning, creativity and social interaction.
“They offer a wide range of activities, including group sessions and individual IT support.
“These upgrades will enhance the services we are able to provide, including enclosed digital learning suites, which allow us to support training and activities such as Code Clubs, as well as a flexible study space for users.”
Renfrewshire Libraries sees around 800,000 users per year, with 32,000 children and adults attending Bookbug sessions and 138,000 individual digital support sessions.