Many things impact a local community, and the role of a library is crucial. Even if you think the era of the library is in the past, you might be surprised at how much is still on offer. Anything that brings local people together and ensures they have a platform to find support and socialise is welcome.
At Coakley & Theaker, we love Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding areas. There are many reasons for this, but it is an excellent place to live and offers locals so much. This is why we have read an interview with the new manager of Bury St Edmunds with great interest, with Tracey Paris taking up the role in March.
With her experience working in special education, Mrs Paris wants to make the library’s services more accessible to young people with additional needs.
Tracey Paris can call upon experience in special education, and she indicates she is keen to make the library a place where youngsters with additional needs are welcome. Tracey spoke with Suffolk News, saying: “More support for families with children and young adults with special educational needs – that’s my big push. We’re hoping to set up a designated quiet space for people with autism.”
One area likely to change is the number of services aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 12. This group, the upper group of primary school children, often miss out, with more activities on offer for younger children and as youngsters enter their teenage years. Many local parents will welcome improvement in services for these youngsters.
There are also aims to make the library a community space, with music events and gigs. This service will be new, so it will likely greatly interest many people.
Mrs Paris stated: “I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to manage the team at Bury Library. My colleagues here have a wealth of experience, and I am learning from them all the time. They also have many ideas and talents which we are now tapping into to increase our offer to the local community. For example, one of the team came up with the idea of a weekly after-school club for eight- to twelve-year-olds to provide support with homework and help develop study skills. We have collaborated with the Family Hub, who have offered us the use of their space, and this club will be starting in June. We are also inviting more volunteers in to join our team. Volunteers really do enhance our offer in so many ways, getting involved with many of our activities as well as shelving and general tidying.”
In the grand scheme of things, a thriving library isn’t going to push house prices up or see demand shift for homes in the local area. However, when it comes to making Bury St Edmunds a place people want to live, we think these changes are for the best of everyone in the community.
At Coakley & Theaker, we aim to support the local community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today by calling us on 01284 769691.