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Suffolk Libraries stories: Meet the people we serve

Get an insight into how Suffolk Libraries nurtures children’s literacy, supports vulnerable people and promotes wellbeing across Suffolk.

It helped boost my confidence

A young woman smiling in front of a bookshelf

Emma volunteered at Thurston Library, setting up and running a Manga club for local children. Now at University, she told us how this experience and the support of the library has made a positive difference to her life.

Listen to her story on our YouTube channel.

It’s a space for everybody

Sarell Payne and family in a library

My son is autistic. He reads a lot and quickly, and loves to go through the books. My family has also used the library at times to look for work and mum uses the computers and the printer. It’s a space for everybody. – Sarelle Payne, Woodbridge Library customer

I felt like I was being crowd-carried by friends

A group of people sat talking

Customers at Lowestoft Library share what they love about their local library to celebrate Libraries Week 2021.

Listen to their stories on our YouTube channel.

I bring my grandchildren here

A man in jacket and glasses by a bookshelf

I bring my grandchildren here and we all choose books together. I will come in sometimes just to have a look and speak to the staff. It’s a good place to come in and have a chat. – Dennis Stevens, Stowmarket Library customer

I can reserve as many as I want, free of charge

A woman sat in a library

I have 3 to 4 eBooks on the go and audiobooks for the car. I can reserve as many as I want, free of charge. I’ve also brought my daughter to the baby sessions, my younger daughter does the Summer Reading Challenge and I’ve even attended the knitting group! – Angela Lee-Foster, Framlingham Library customer