Carnegie Library Lab Projects go Live in England

January 12, 2017

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The Trust is delighted to announce that two Carnegie Library Lab projects went live in early December 2016 and early January 2017.

The Adopt a Book initiative, developed by Joanne Cousins, Senior Supervisor at Exeter Library, allows people to adopt a book in Exeter Library’s Special Collections Archive and contribute to its restoration. These unique and irreplaceable parts of Exeter’s heritage would be lost without this vital conservation work. Once the restoration work is complete, exhibitions of the books will be held within the library and all those who make a contribution will have their donation recognised.

Cook2Learn, in North Somerset libraries, offers a series of free workshops where people can gain new skills by following and preparing simple recipes while learning about food and healthy lifestyle choices. Workshops will be delivered by library staff, health trainers and volunteers with the first set of workshops taking place January to March. As part of the Cook2Learn project a wide range of new cookery and healthy eating books are available at all North Somerset libraries, as well as a selection of new online e-magazines on cookery and health, which are free to access for library members. The project, developed by Frances Tout, Community Librarian at North Somerset Libraries, links in with Public Health England’s ‘One You’ campaign.

Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy Officer at the Carnegie UK Trust, said: “Public libraries are valuable community assets and play a vital role in enabling people to fulfil their potential. Adopt a Book is a fantastic initiative that facilitates and deepens communities’ connections to knowledge, learning and one another. Cook2Learn is a great way of helping people develop cooking skills and promoting healthy lifestyles – as well as supporting numeracy and literacy.”


More information about the books and the adoption scheme can be found at: .

To find out more about Cook2Learn and to book a place on a workshop visit the Cook2Learn website at or drop in to your local library.

Carnegie Library Lab is a programme created by the Carnegie UK Trust to support and develop innovation and leadership in the public library sector. The programme is targeted at early to mid-career individuals and offers participants:
• Funding to help develop and implement innovative projects.
• Online learning to support innovation, leadership and skills development.
• Mentoring to assist with project management and personal development.
• Networking opportunities via online platforms and face-to-face meetings.
• External evaluation to identify successes, challenges and how to take their work forward; and to enable the Trust to share learning and experience from supported projects with policy makers, practitioners and funders.
Carnegie Partners will be onward champions for libraries, leadership, innovation and share their learning more widely.

Find out more about Library Lab here
Find out how the first cohort of Library Lab Partners got on here
Find out more about the second cohort of Library Lab Partners here