A LIBRARY'S efforts to improve its services to youngsters have earned high praise.

Crown Street Library, in Darlington, was awarded Investing in Children status for its work.

The accolade came after library staff linked up with pupils from Hurworth School, Maths and Computing College to get feedback on what young people wanted from the service.

Young volunteers met staff at the library to talk through their ideas.

Fresh ideas from the youngsters have included new books and monthly magazines, creating new displays, producing reviews of the books they purchased, a computer corner and new information boards.

Darlington Borough Council said more work would be carried out in partnership with youngsters to enhance the library service further.

Councillor Stephen Harker, cabinet member for education, presented staff and children with their certificates. He said: "This is the start of an on-going project to improve what the library has to offer children and young people in Darlington.

"I would like to thank the students from Hurworth School for their involvement in achieving this award."