Thirty new community projects will be set up in libraries across the city in 2020 after benefitting from funding from Labour-run Bristol City Council.

The Library Innovation Fund was set up to enable communities to develop new and exciting ideas for their local library.

The new projects include a variety of creative ideas and community activities:

  • Virtual reality sessions at Filwood Library
  • Working with young mentors to host reading groups and spoken word workshops at St Paul’s Library
  • An installation and series of events to highlight climate change at Fishponds Library
  • An IT focused English language (ESOL) course for parents, with a free crèche, in Hillfields Library
  • Equipment to hold film and games nights

Up to £3,000 was made available for each library, and where the funding was not fully allocated, groups connected to each library will have another opportunity to apply for funding later this year.

Those applicants who were not successful will receive feedback and advice from the library team to help shape any future bids.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: “I would like to thank all the community groups and individuals who submitted a bid for funding, we were very impressed with the variety and quality of the proposals.

“By funding these projects we are looking to create stronger links between the library service and the local community.

“We hope these projects will help us to make greater use of our library spaces, and encourage more people through the doors.

“We hope that this is the start of something quite unique to Bristol where residents can shape a service that is best for their local community.”

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