Gwynedd Library Service has recently invested in a new mobile library for children – Lori Ni – visiting schools twice a year as a mobile library service to all Gwynedd primary age school children and which also doubles up as an Information Point for Young People visiting secondary schools with a Children and Families Service during school holidays.
Nia Gruffydd, User Services Manager said “We asked Point 8, who have worked on refurbishing many of our libraries in the past, to design the interior of the mobile. This was their first such commission but they rose to the challenge! The look we wanted was for the interior to feel like a library, with spaces to sit and to display books. A dual purpose vehicle was needed, so panels can be installed quickly and cover the book shelves to transform it into information point with a display screen and internet access.”
The mobile was commissioned from Torton Bodies, and the livery designed by Sion Morris of Cinnamon Design. The overall look is vibrant and fresh, and the new design has been warmly welcomed by children who helped approve the livery chosen.
Hywel James, Gwynedd’s Principal Librarian commented:
“We’re delighted that this investment to renovate the Lori Ni will enable Gwynedd’s Library Service to respond to all the reading and information needs of children and families in rural areas. This vehicle has been specially designed inside to offer the same service children are used to receiving at their local library, with improved facilities, a variety of books and internet access anywhere across the authority. ”
During the new mobile launch at Ysgol Rhosgadfan, pupils from the school also showed Gwynedd councillors present how they can borrow Welsh and English e-books through another service provided by Gwynedd Library Service. This e-book borrowing service accessed via R M books is the first of its kind by a Library Service in Wales that lets schoolchildren borrow e-books to read on their tablet devices in the classroom.
Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Education Cabinet Member added:
“The Lori Ni mobile library service is very important to Gwynedd primary schools, and teachers across the county see it as an essential service to get children reading and regular access to a variety of the best and educational reading materials in Welsh and English. I’m very pleased that this service for Gwynedd schools will continue following this important investment.”
To find out more about the Gwynedd Library Service, visit www.gwynedd.gov.uk/library or follow @LlyfrGwyneddLib on Twitter.