In January this year I sent off my application for the second round of the Carnegie Library Lab programme, which is designed to support and develop innovation and leadership in the public library sector across the UK and Ireland.
My idea, Cook2Learn, was inspired by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center, which I visited on my Travelling Librarian study tour last year. The Cook2Learn project proposal was to improve healthier food and lifestyle choices and increase confidence in numeracy and literacy skills of adults through learning about food and food preparation. I would be working with council partners (health trainers, Public Health and the Community Learning team), alongside library staff and volunteers to deliver workshops and short courses in libraries across North Somerset.
After a few weeks I was delighted to receive a call from Jenny Peachey at the Carnegie UK Trust to tell me that I had been selected as a Carnegie Partner.