My Perfect Place

My Perfect Place

Children in Scotland have just announced My Perfect Place, a national art competition for children and young people aged up to 18.

Through drawing, painting, collage or photography, participants are encouraged to express their ideas and inform international architects, planners, policymakers and designers about what makes the perfect place and why they like to spend time there.

The competition runs alongside Making Space 2010, a conference focusing on the importance of creating innovative and inspiring environments in which children and young people can live and learn.

The competition deadline is 12 July 2010.  For further information and details on submitting an entry please see


SPL Reading Stars kicks off at McDonald Road Library…

reading-stars-screenshot1On May 2nd 2009 we’ll be launching the first of our SPL Reading Stars events at McDonald Road Library.  

We’ve been working with Hibs FC  to develop a collection based around Hibs player’s favourite adult and children’s books.   And these books will be made available to those families recruited to participate in our SPL Reading Stars sessions.

Sessions will be jam-packed full of football themed learning activities, author events, visits to local bookshops and a chance for participants to combine their passion for football with reading for pleasure!
Result! 🙂  

splreadingstars1We’ll also be  rolling out a similar session at Leith Library; and have recruited the support of Hearts FC  for events at Fountainbridge Library and Sighthill Library.  

To find out more about the SPL Reading Stars project click hereor to see a list of books already chosen by some of Scotland’s top footballers click here.

Exciting plans to extend our Libraries 4U Project…

Libraries 4U - GamingOur Libraries 4U project aims to encourage young people from our local communities to work in partnership with their local library service to create teen focussed spaces and develop a range of services and resources that are relevant to the lives of our younger users.

After a hugely successful launch period at libraries in Moredun, Craigmillar and Kirkliston we’re looking to extend the project to our community libraries in Muirhouse, Wester Hailes and Granton.

We’re hoping to emulate the success of our previous Libraries 4U projects by involving young people from the start! We’ll be collaborating on a range of issues including redesign and refurbishment, stock purchasing, new technologies, event programming and opening hours.

Libraries 4U - Computer skills

Ultimately, we’re aiming to build positive relationships with young people in our communities by establishing trust, listening to their opinions, and creating safe, secure, supportive and welcoming learning and recreational spaces for them in their local libraries.

We’ll be tracking both the short and long term impact of our Libraries 4U projects and will post the latest news and developments on this blog…

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