Families are set to benefit after almost £150,000 was pledged to transform Chelmsford Library.
Arts Council England has allocated £145,586 to make Library First a reality – a new project which will see the library’s children’s area overhauled to introduce a wider range of services.
Plans are yet to be finalised, but among the ideas being proposed are a performance area, a ‘gadget deck’ for youngsters and teenagers and a one-to-one room for parents to receive advice and support.
The library will also be encouraging children and young people to put forward their views and suggestions to make Library First an inspiring place for children and their families.
Cllr Anne Brown, Essex County Council Cabinet Member responsible for Libraries, said: “I am delighted that Arts Council England has agreed to support Library First, a scheme which will help provide our parents and families with the activities, support and guidance they need to give every child the best start in life.
“We are committed to making our libraries more than just places to borrow books, and this project will help make Chelmsford Library an even better resource for local residents, by making services more accessible whilst saving money for the taxpayer.”
Residents can expect to see the improvements in action when the project completes within the 2017/18 financial year, subject to a procurement process.