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Sefton’s Human Libraries project success at Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity Awards

Human Libraries AwardWorld Book Day was a bit special this year for Sefton Council’s Libraries service as they are celebrating a win at Wednesday night’s Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards.

Winner

‘Human Libraries’ a joint project with the Arts Council and Sefton-based not-for-profit company Rule of Threes was the winner in the Awards’ Covid Response.

After lockdown, Human Libraries, a programme of artist-led workshops, projects, commissions and happenings in community libraries in Bootle and Crosby, immediately switched online.

Despite restrictions, Human Libraries was still able to continue with blended activities, such as an online cookery tutorial. Participants were able to pick up ingredients from Bootle Library, which was closed but operating click and collect at the time and then take part in the online class. Staff supported residents by attending virtually, where they still all cooked together and enjoyed the benefit of social interaction.

Dedication

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This success at the LCR Culture Awards recognises the dedication of library staff and artists who drove the project through the most difficult of circumstances.

“The innovative way the project changed its delivery was seen as a model of best practice in unprecedented times is a tribute to our won teams and out partners, Rule of Threes and the Arts Council.

“I want to congratulate everyone involved.”

Find out more about Sefton’s Libraries.