Kidderminster Library engagement event

Users of Kidderminster Library will have the chance to discuss proposals to change the layout of the building during a week-long engagement event.

As part of plans to save £1.8m from its budget, the Libraries and Learning Team at Worcestershire County Council are consulting on proposals to move the art gallery and piano to create space for offices, which could be home to 140 staff.

The plans could see the art gallery re-located to the ground floor atrium area in what is being described as a potential new-look 'art café' space, with the piano moved to the first floor.

All next week (April 23 – 27) a display will be available in the library to highlight the proposals. It will include drawings of how the building's layout could change. At three points during the week officers from the county council will be on hand to answer questions from library users, describe the vision for the 'art café' and discuss the effects in more detail. Comment cards will also be available throughout the week for visitors to have their say.

Kathy Kirk, Strategic Libraries and Learning Manager, said: "We want to engage with Kidderminster Library users and explain to them our plans. It is an opportunity for people to ask questions and make comments and it's important to stress that these are proposals only and no decisions have been taken. We want to be open and transparent about this and so want anyone who has an interest to come along to see the display and tell us their thoughts."

The display will be up throughout the week with officers available to discuss the proposals on the following times:

·         Tuesday, April 24 10am - 12noon

·         Wednesday, April 25 2pm - 4pm

·         Thursday, April 26 5pm - 7pm