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“Library of the future” – built in Lego

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AN ASPIRATIONAL “Library of the Future” made of Lego in Warrington has scooped a national prize as part of the annual Libraries Week celebration.
The model was created by a team of eight members of the Lego Club run by the Friends of Padgate Library, based at the library on Insall Road. Child and adult Lego-enthusiasts worked together to produce the winning design, beating entries from around the country.
The Friends of Padgate Library is a volunteer group that was set up 18 months ago to support Padgate Library, working alongside LiveWire’s library staff and Warrington Borough Council on the long-term sustainability of the library.
Called the “Inspire Library”, the Lego model featured such exciting elements as a recording studio (complete with soundproofed walls), an outdoor area for meditation and quiet reading, a theatre and exhibition space and a coffee shop.
The competition to design a Lego library of the future was run by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) during Libraries Week, the annual event aimed at celebrating the nation’s libraries. This year’s theme was celebrating libraries in the digital world – a theme that Padgate’s entry fully embraced.
Linda Riley, a member of Friends of Padgate Library said: “Winning the competition is recognition both of the Friends Group’s hard work and the success of the Lego Club.”
Four boys, aged 7-14, built the Lego library and their ideas included out of hours robotic issue system, indoor play centre, information desk and electric charging points for cars.
Wendy Molyneux, LiveWire’s strategic library manager said: “The Friends of Padgate Library work really hard in encouraging people to get involved in library events and activities.  We are delighted they have been recognised for their innovation and imagination in creating their amazing Lego library of the future. What’s more, winning the competition provides the ‘building blocks’ for future partnership working.”
The winning entry received tickets to Legoland in Windsor and £500 to donate to the library of their choice, which The Friends of Padgate donated to Padgate Library.
The Lego Club runs at Padgate Library is free and runs every Wednesday in the school holidays from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. For more information call the Library on 01925 818096.
For more information on the wealth of clubs and events held at LiveWire libraries, visit www.livewirewarrington.co.uk/libraries

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