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Syston Library Family Engagement

My own opinions were valued, and someone wanted to listen to them

‐ Participant

We are excited to be working on a project with Syston Library, exploring the ways in which the library engages with local families.

Summer survey

Mother reading to child in a library with the logo: your library. knowledge. discovery. entertainment.

A survey was sent out over the summer to parents within the town, canvassing opinion on current usage and what they’d like to see in the future. We were thrilled to receive 118 responses from families telling us their views and opinions. 15 amazing local families joined us for fun, interactive focus groups and we really took the time to find out what inspired them, made them feel welcome and want to visit.

Creative Community of Syston

As part of the project, our team is currently working closely with Years 2 and 4 from St Peter and St Paul CE Academy in the town. So far, the classes have made a visit to the library, borrowing books and using the self-service kiosk for themselves! They have also worked alongside a selected artist to create a collaborative artwork which explores the theme of friendship. This community work of art will be installed on the back wall of the children’s area in the upcoming refurbishment to be enjoyed by all for years to come. In the meantime, Year 4’s typography has been used to create this fabulous bookmark, which is now available at Syston library – pop along and grab one for yourself while you can!

Colourful, childlike drawings which combined make the words: our world is better because of friendship

Our aim for this project is to inspire both local families and schools to take pride in their community, allowing the opportunity for them to access cultural services and resources. So far, the project is meeting these outcomes and we can’t wait to see what its legacy will be!


‘It makes me feel part of a community’ 100% agreed

‘I am listened to and valued’ 100% agreed

‘I can share my thoughts, feelings and ideas’ 100% agreed

‘It makes me feel more connected to this library’ 94% agreed

‘It makes me feel I am making a difference’ 92% agreed

‘It improves my wellbeing’ 87% agreed