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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Looking forward to the launch of “The Tall and the Short”

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We are delighted that the Caldicot Writers Group are launching their new book “The Tall and the Short” in Caldicot Library on Thursday 20th November at 2pm.

There will be readings by Terry Victor and Eryl Sheers followed by refreshments and the opportunity to meet the authors and purchase the book.

The Caldicot Writers Group meet in the library every Wednesday from 10am until 1pm.

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Bestselling author M. R. Hall to visit Caldicot Library

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On Tuesday the Novel Lovers Reading Group met to discuss The Coroner by M. R. Hall. The first in the Coroner Jenny Cooper series, we absolutely loved the compelling and fast paced action.

M. R. Hall has now agreed to come to Caldicot Library on Tuesday 25th November (6.30pm) to talk about his very popular books and his screen writing career.

He lives and works in the Wye valley and for over ten years has been a screen writer and producer, and has written over forty hours of prime time drama for BBC1 and ITV.

Everyone is very welcome to join us, there will be no charge and copies of his books will be available to purchase on the night.

For more information about M. R. Hall visit his web site.

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The Gwent and the Great War exhibition is coming to Caldicot Library

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We are delighted that the “Gwent and the Great War” exhibition is coming to Caldicot Library on Saturday 1st November 2014.

The exhibition consists of 20 themed pop up banners encompassing all aspects of the Great War including Food and Rationing, Children at War, Gwent Merchant Seamen, Belgian Refugees in Gwent, Women at War, Sportsmen at War, Miners at War … and much more!

The touring exhibition is a result of a partnership between Gwent Archives and the Western Front Association (Gwent Branch) and we would like to thank local historian Peter Strong for organising its visit to Caldicot Library.

ww1 display (3)Since August Caldicot Library has been hosting a display taking a fascinating look at how the First World War affected the local communities of Caldicot, Portskewett, Crick, Rogiet, Magor and Undy. We have also been encouraging customers to record their own family memories of the period and this has generated…

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We loved our “building a fort” morning!


This looked like great fun.

Originally posted on caldicotlibrary:

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On Saturday 23 children (plus Mums and Dads) built a fort using cardboard boxes.  We had a fantastic time; the children were so imaginative and creative and impressed us all.  The resulting fort included a flag pole, a cannon, a drawbridge and treasure chest.

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We love the fort so much that we haven’t taken it down yet.

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We’d like to say a big thank you to ASDA who supplied the boxes and to all the children who participated.  We also need to say thank you to the Mums and Dads for their great ideas (and who seemed to enjoy themselves as much as the children!).

Our Halloween story time and craft session is on Tuesday 28th October (10.30am – 11.15am) for 4 to 8 year olds.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Monmouth Library Activities and Events October – December 2014

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