The recent focus on a reported decline in library use among 5 – 10 year olds has brought to our attention that a large part of the story of children’s library use is missing. There has been a steady increase in library use among 5 – 10 year olds over the past three years, from 2012 – 2014, and all early figures show that this will continue to rise in 2015. (Taking Part Survey figures)
This reporting of decline in use misses the larger picture of oversubscribed children’s activities in libraries, record-breaking numbers of children completing the Summer Reading Challenge, new and innovative programmes being introduced, including makerspaces, coding clubs, and more, a huge increase in digital engagement, a renewed investment by library staff in providing for children in all places they frequent, including libraries, schools and at home. Libraries are working hard in an environment of declining resources to provide an exceptional service for all ages, and we are extremely proud that our work is paying off with increased visits over the past three years.
SCL and ASCEL