Eisteddfod Poetry Event at Abergavenny Library

Eisteddfod Event in Abergavenny Library

Abergavenny Library was the venue for An Evening in the company of Manon Rhys and T James Jones.

Manon and Jim are two of Wales most loved and respected writers and we were very privileged that they accepted our invitation to Abergavenny.

Manon won the crown in the last Eisteddfod and has also won the prose medal.  Jim has won two crowns and a chair.

The crowning and chairing ceremonies are amongst the highlights of the Eisteddfod week and the award of a crown or chair for poetry is a great honour.  Jim also had the honour of being selected to be the archdruid from 2009 to 2012.  Eisteddfod Event in Abergavenny Library

The evening was organised by the local branch of Merched Y Wawr and the proceeds are being used to sponsor prizes at the National Eisteddfod to be held in Abergavenny in August 2016.

We extend our thanks to Abergavenny Library for allowing us to use such an appropriate setting for the visit of two Welsh bards.

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Digital Library Service Drop-Ins


During February we will be holding digital drop-in surgeries at each of Monmouthshire’s libraries/hubs.

These will provide an opportunity for you to call in with your queries or problems relating to accessing our digital services on your portable devices.

This will include advice and help with e-books, audiobooks and e-zines.

Bring your devices with you…

Thursday 11 February
12pm to 1.30pm – Usk Library/Community Hub
3pm to 4.30pm – Caldicot Library/Community Hub

Friday 12 February
10am to 11.30am – Monmouth Library/Community Hub
12.30pm to 2pm – Chepstow Library/Community Hub

Friday 19 February
10am to 11.30am – Gilwern Library
12.30pm to 2pm – Abergavenny Library






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Go Red for the National Eisteddfod

Go red 1The Friends of Chepstow Library Reading Garden and The Friends of Chepstow Library, held ‘Go Red’ coffee mornings at Chepstow Community Hub, with all donations going to support the National Eisteddfod.

Customers shared their thoughts on why they loved Wales which ranged from the ‘stunning scenery’ to ‘Tom Jones’!

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The Ideas Garage: motivate, co-ordinate and innovate (guest post)

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‘The Ideas Garage: motivate, co-ordinate and innovate’ is a guest post from Claire Lewis, Strategic Library Service, Monmouthshire County Council in Wales. She was one of the recipients of the first round of the Carnegie UK Trust’s Library Lab innovation grant award scheme. Here she discusses her project, and encourages public library staff to enter the next round of Library Lab grants.

Library-Lab-LogoOver to Claire.

I’ve always been interested in self-development and innovation. Two years ago I attended a three week ‘Intrepreneurship School’ facilitated by Esko Reinikainen, a government and culture hacker, and John McConnachie, NLP Master Practitioner. The training provided practical and cognitive tools that I could apply in my work at Monmouthshire County Council.

So, when my manager made me aware of Carnegie Library Lab – a programme that offers funding, learning, mentoring and peer support – I was excited by the opportunity…

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Santa and Raspberry Pis

The Ideas Garage

coding club

David Rogers, CEO of Copper Horse who volunteers at the coding club writes about getting going with your new Raspberry Pi Christmas present.

Santa may have brought a Raspberry Pi or two to your house this Christmas. But what now? Set it all up for the kids? Buy more kit? Leave them to it?

The simple answer is that you probably want to learn together with your kids – they might be able to get you interested too.

What Kit Have You Got?equipment

To get started with a Pi, you will need to have some basic kit. You can buy a Raspberry Pi on its own, but you won’t get very far – you’ll need at least a power supply, microSD card (for the software), a keyboard and HMDI enabled monitor. A lot of people buy starter kits for the Raspberry Pi that will give you everything you need, just…

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Christmas Carols



Abergavenny Junior Borough Band made their annual appearance at Abergavenny Library Hub this Saturday, playing to an audience of around 60 locals.

The band played some lovely well known favourites including ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and played us out with the well known classic “We wish you a Merry Christmas”.

The Evening was finished off with mince pies, stollen bites and coffee.

Friends of Abergavenny Library Service (FOALS) kindly donated £20.00 towards the Borough Band funds.


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Storytelling Chair Winner

Storytelling Chair

storytelling chairThe friends of Chepstow Library Reading Garden were delighted to present the winner of the Design a Storytelling Chair competition with a book token and a Winner’s Certificate.

Pupils from The Dell School were given a special story time and the opportunity to talk to the creator of the chair which is situated in the Library Reading Garden for all to enjoy!



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