Coding Club launched in Chepstow Library

Coding Club Chepstow

The first @theideasgarage coding club session ran yesterday, Wednesday 16 September, at Chepstow Library. Twenty young people ranging from 8 to 16 years of age attended the club to learn and have fun.

Lots of great and unusual ideas were generated for future projects; sending a camera into space, making a wind power computer, exploding chocolate and creating an App and selling it!!!Coding Club Chepstow

David Rogers has volunteered to run some of the sessions. David is the CEO of Copper Horse Solutions, and recently presented at Bletchley Park on some of the security issues facing IoT as part of the NMI IoT Security Summit. The children engaged well with David whilst he explained how coding is used in his company.

Discussions centred on hacking and How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbour’s Wi-Fi. David’s philosophy is to teach children how to hack for good purposes, to think of innovative new ways to make, break and use anything to create a better world. With many cybersecurity jobs in the UK, these skills are in demand.

The young people had fun exploring hacking, robotics, Minecraft, Raspberry Pi , Python and also some lock picking.

Volunteer mentors, Musician Robert Hickman and University student Ben Bonsor were also on hand to provide their valuable and much appreciated technical expertise.

RoboticsSessions are running weekly on Wednesday’s, 4pm to 6pm. All levels of coders are welcome.

Book your place here

Looking for Mentors
If you are interested in being part of this rewarding and worthwhile project by sharing your technical knowledge with young people, contact Claire Lewis on 01291 635649.

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Storytelling Chair

storytelling chair

storytelling chair

Every Library Reading Garden needs a storytelling chair and Chepstow now has one taking pride of place in the library garden.

The chair, which has a books motif front and sides, was built by local carpenter Ben Miller and was  generously financed by Sainsbury’s Welsh Community Fund.

The design was inspired by children’s art work at the Dell Primary School following a competition where all year 5 pupils attending a local school were invited to submit a design. 

The chair will become a focus for children’s story time and who knows, maybe adults story time as well!

Please do come along to the garden to look at this new practical work of art (please sit on it as well!) which joins the beautiful and colourful banner on the railings designed by Chepstow School pupils. The garden is open when the library is open and is wheel chair and pushchair accessible.

Gardening group with reading chair

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Home Delivery Service: taking books (and flowers!) out into the community

Originally posted on caldicotlibrary:

We are delighted that Susan has now been appointed as the Outreach Officer for the Strategic Library Service in Monmouthshire.  Susan is responsible for our Home Delivery Service, which delivers books to people in their own homes.Susan 15th July 2015

The service is available to anyone in Monmouthshire who finds it difficult to visit their local library because of mobility issues, ill-health or frailty.

  •  We can deliver books in all formats (ordinary print, large print and audio)
  •   We can deliver up to 20 books per customer per visit
  •   The service is completely free (no charge for requests or overdue items)
  •   We deliver books on a three week rota

Today had added sparkle as Susan met another “white van man” out in the community giving out free bunches of flowers! The lovely man from Tesco insisted Susan take some of the flowers and she then presented them to the residents…

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Coding Club Launch at Chepstow Library

Originally posted on The Ideas Garage:

Boy on Macbook

Yesterday we launched the first coding session for the Ideas Garage at Chepstow Library.  This was a free session teaching children between the age of 11 and 17 the basics of HTML.

We almost had a full house with 9 students.  One of the participants was only 10 years old and had a fantastic aptitude for learning coding.  I was so pleased to see one of the students was a girl who was very inquisitive and enthusiastic about creating her own webpage.

Coding Club Session

The session wouldn’t of ran without the help of local volunteers and their expert knowledge.  Robert Hickman ran the session, with Ben and Callum helping out with individuals.

  • All the students created their own webpage
  • All the students thought coding clubs are a good thing for Libraries
  • 8 out 9 said they would definitely recommend the coding club

A parent of one of the boys attending said, “I…

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Library Volunteers

Abergavenny volunteersRichard Wride and Gene Kent are working at Abergavenny Library as volunteers.

They have both been a great help in preparing for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which starts on Saturday 11th July.

If you are interested in volunteering at your local library, contact them directly.

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The Summer Reading Challenge 2015: Record Breakers!

Originally posted on caldicotlibrary:

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it …

This year the Summer Reading Challenge has teamed up with Guinness World Records to celebrate some awesome achievements from all over the world.Print

Record Breakers is completely free for all children aged 4 -11, and will run from Saturday 11th July until the end of the school holidays.

As soon as children sign up for the Challenge they will receive a large fold-out poster featuring amazing facts from the Guinness World Records book.

During the summer holidays children can collect stickers (warning: some of the stickers are very smelly!) to put on their poster.

To complete the Challenge all children need to do is read 6 library books (and there are some fantastic books to choose from) during the summer.

Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015 Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015 Any child who successfully completes the challenge will be rewarded with various prizes, including a certificate…

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Co-op funding grant for Friends of Chepstow Library Reading Garden

Chepstow Library Reading Garden GroupThe Friends of Chepstow Library Reading Garden have been successful in their application for Co-op Community Grant funding. They are one of three local community groups to each receive £1,000 as part of the final distribution of the Community Fund – the grant was handed over on Saturday 4 July – the last day of the Co-op store trading in Chepstow. The Friends group will use the grant to create some shade in the garden in the form of a pergola or sail canopy type structure.

It’s really good to see the library garden and the group which supports it going from strength to strength.


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