Kinghorn children consulted on library closures

Children participate in the consultation at Kinghorn Library.
Children participate in the consultation at Kinghorn Library.

Youngsters who use the closure threatened Kinghorn library have been asked their views on Fife Cultural Trust’s proposals.

Questionnaires specifically designed for children were distributed by Kinghorn councillor Susan Leslie, who realised young library users had not really been included in the consultation process.

Councillor Susan Leslie produced the consultation questionnaire.

Councillor Susan Leslie produced the consultation questionnaire.

“Children are important library users, both now and in the future,” said Cllr Leslie.

“We need to make sure that not only do we listen to what they have to say, but that we do this in a child-friendly way.”

She produced a form with four simple questions for children to answer – what they liked and disliked about the library, whether they would go to neighbouring libraries in Burntisland or Kirkcaldy if the Kinghorn branch was closed, and anything else they wanted to say on the proposals.

They were encouraged to respond either in writing or by drawing pictures.

“Nearly 40 forms were completed over two afternoons in the library, said Cllr Leslie. “I would like to thank local residents and library staff who helped at both events.”

The children’s views will be taken into account alongside all other responses received during the 12-week consultation that ended at the beginning of this week.

Council leader David Ross said “There has obviously been a lot of engagement on this the issue. I’m very pleased that this is the case, although not surprised because we all believe library services are important.

“People’s views will help councillors decide what the future of these services should look like in Fife.”

Consultation results will be considered by the council’s education, health and social care scrutiny committee on December 1 and recommendations will be made to the Executive Committee on December 8.