Chepstow Library – 21 Years

Friends of Chepstow LibraryOn Monday 15 December ‘The Friends of Chepstow Library’ helped staff and customers celebrate the 21st anniversary of the opening of Chepstow Library at Manor Way.

The group provided refreshments and cake to customers throughout the morning.Friends of Chepstow Library

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Special visitor at Chepstow Library

Father Christmas at Chepstow LibraryChepstow Library was delighted to welcome an extra special visitor in a red suit and a white beard to its Christmas Story time on Friday 12 December. Thirty two children plus their parents, grandparents and carers were delighted when Father Christmas joined in as they celebrated the Christmas season through stories and rhymes.

Thank You Father Christmas!

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Fantastic infographic about how libraries are used in Wales

Originally posted on caldicotlibrary:


Last year (2013/14) libraries in Monmouthshire (Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow, Gilwern, Monmouth, Usk and our Home Delivery Service) issued 444,576 books. There were 450,149 visits to our libraries – this figure doesn’t include virtual (web site visits). We answered 108,074 enquiries.

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A wonderful Christmas Celebration

Karl Daymond and his local singing groups
Chepstow Library staff and guests enjoyed a wonderful ‘Christmas Celebration’ on Thursday 5 December. Guests enjoyed listening to Karl Daymond and his local singing groups, all dressed in Victoria costume, who sang a selection of Christmas songs including the very moving ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ which they also signed.

The Friends of Chepstow Library’ entertained guests with seasonal readings to complete a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Karl Daymond and his local singing groups


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CLOCH – Conserving Local Communities Heritage Traineeship

Sallyanne Powell and CLOCH trainee Thomas Davies

Thomas Davies, CLOCH Trainee with his Assessor Sallyanne Powell, Senior Library Assistant Monmouthshire Libraries

Monmouthshire Libraries celebrated the achievement of 16 CLOCH trainees at the CLOCH conference on Thursday 27 November 2014. The Conserving Local Communities Heritage (CLOCH) was part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Skills for the Future’ programme and over a period of three years has supported yearlong paid traineeships in the heritage sector.  The trainees had access to hands on experience and accredited learning through a series of placements in libraries, archives and museums. CLOCH was very much a partnership project, led by Glamorgan Archives and has provided individuals with a life changing opportunity; whilst also enabling the development of integrated partnerships between heritage organisations across South Wales and between the local authority and higher education sectors.

Monmouthshire Libraries provided placements for CLOCH trainees Stephen Assender, based in Chepstow Library and Thomas Davies based in Monmouth Library. Thomas also worked in partnership with the Monmouth Museum and The Shire Hall during his traineeship.

The CLOCH trainees were presented their certificates by Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism.

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David Hicks Visit

David Hicks Visit

David Hicks VisitChepstow Library was pleased to welcome local author David Hicks, formerly professor in the School of Education at Bath Spa University, to talk about the responsibility adults and educators have in helping young people to understand and prepare for the local and global issues that will affect their lives and future.

Following on from the presentation a lively discussion took place with members of the 35 strong audience!

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Carnegie Library Lab Programme – The Ideas Garage

Claire Lewis of Monmouthshire Libraries and Information Service is one of seven winning applicants for The Carnegie Library Lab programme.

Each of the participants will receive funding of between £5,000 and £15,000 to develop an innovative project in their library service. They will also have access to a new programme of online learning material to encourage innovation and leadership, be provided with a mentor and have the opportunity to take part in networking and learning events.

Claire’s library project The Ideas Garage will create a community led coding space to be used by people who want to gain and share skills and experience of coding to create and develop websites/games to increase their employability.

Applications for Carnegie Library Lab were invited throughout September. The Carnegie UK Trust received 80 applications from library staff looking for support for their innovative projects. The winning applicants were selected by an expert Advisory Group including representatives from the Trust, the Society of Chief Librarians, CILIP, Arts Council England, Scottish Library and Information Council, the Local Government Management Agency in the Republic of Ireland, CyMAL and Libraries NI.

Douglas White, Head of Advocacy, Carnegie UK Trust said: “We received a high volume of excellent applications to take part in Carnegie Library Lab and we are incredibly grateful to all of those who took the time and effort to apply. We would like to thank our expert Advisory Group for navigating their way through some tough decisions to select the winning applications. We are delighted with the projects that have been selected to participate in the programme and we are looking forward to working with all of our new Carnegie Partners over the next 18 months.”

Ciara Estell, President of Society of Chief Librarians for England, Wales and Northern Ireland said: “I was really impressed by the standard of applications for the Carnegie Library Lab.  The selected Carnegie Partners will have first class support and training to enable them to develop innovative solutions for public libraries.

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