Posts Tagged ‘library’

13th Summer Reading Challenge launched

Posted on Friday 29th July 2011 at 8:31 am by SH (Editor)

Libraries across South Gloucestershire are gearing up for this year’s circus-themed summer holiday reading challenge.

Children are being encouraged to read at least six books of their own choice over the school holidays and a website www.circus-stars.org.uk featuring a number of circus-themed adventures will help keep young people inspired during the challenge.

Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a certificate and a medal.

Just visit any library in South Gloucestershire and ask for a free fold out Circus Stars stage set to get you started. There are stickers to collect and lots of fun to be had but if you need any further inspiration then visit your local library for a range of circus-themed events which are taking place including free drop-in sessions:

  • Clowning around: crafts and fun
  • Take to the stage: have a go at some circus skills with Joshua (this activity is suitable for KS2 children only)
  • It’s Showtime! Design and make your own big top (not to scale)

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Free audiobook download service launched

Posted on Monday 31st January 2011 at 8:24 am by SH (Editor)

Anyone with an MP3 player can now download hundreds of audiobooks for free from a new service available through public libraries in South Gloucestershire and across the region by visiting the Libraries West website.

Choose from over 600 titles, which can be downloaded for three weeks to a PC, mobile phone or MP3 player. All titles are unabridged and available simultaneously so there are no waiting lists, and loans automatically expire after three weeks, so there are no late fees either.

Titles range from The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson, and Twenties Girl by author Sophie Kinsella to classics like Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Jane Austen’s Emma with new titles being added each month.

All you need is your library membership card and a computer, iPod or MP3 Player to enjoy this exciting new offer.

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Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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Kingswood Library 50th birthday celebrations

Posted on Thursday 27th January 2011 at 12:08 am by SH (Editor)

School children at Kingswood Library (1961)

Staff at Kingswood Library are holding a celebration to mark the library’s 50th birthday and they hope that some of the first people through the door when it first opened in the 1960s will be able to join them.

The High Street library opened to the public in February 1961 and has provided an excellent facility for the community to enjoy ever since. The above photograph of school children was taken around the same time as the official opening on March 16th 1961 – are you in this photograph? If so, library staff are hoping to put names to faces and record memories of the library as it has developed over the years. This will be included in a commemorative diary which will be kept at the library for users old and new to enjoy. And if you recognise yourself in the photo and you would like to attend the celebrations then please get in contact with librarian Julie Barker on 01454 868006.

A 50th anniversary celebration is being held on Saturday 12th February between 10am and 4pm. Cllr Janet Biggin, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, will get proceedings under way at 11am by cutting a cake and this will be followed by a programme of live music from the Bristol Wind Band.

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Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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Council seeks young people’s views on library service

Posted on Monday 8th November 2010 at 8:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Young people across South Gloucestershire are to be asked for their views on the library service.

During the week of 22nd-28th November, all children and young people using libraries will be asked to complete a questionnaire on what they think of the services and how they think the service could be improved.

Supporting the consultation Councillor Heather Goddard, Executive Member for Communities, said: “More than 16,000 young people use our libraries regularly and are important customers of the library service. This is one of the reasons why the Council has just completed a £500,000 investment in extending libraries to provide more room for children’s services.”

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Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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