Chepstow Library Reading Garden Art Banner Celebration

the banner‘Reading Journey’ a new piece of artwork, is now on display in the library garden in Chepstow.

The Friends of Chepstow Library made a successful bid to Chepstow Town Council’s Community Grant Scheme in 2014. With the grant the Garden Friends group have worked with year 8 students at Chepstow School to produce a banner for display on the railings in the ramped area of the library garden.

Chepstow School Students who created the artwork for the banner

Chepstow School Students who created the artwork for the banner

The students, under the direction of the art teacher Judith Lowery, were asked to produce a banner which would depict a reading journey from young child to adult. They were asked to begin with images for the very young, possibly fairy tale based, carry the imagery into a teenage section and finish with the journey into adulthood and the world of reading opportunities available to anyone who cares to open a cover or turn a page. They were asked to incorporate the local area where possible – Chepstow Castle, the Wye, Chepstow’s old bridge are all represented.

Chepstow School Students who created the artwork for the banner

Chepstow School Students who created the artwork for the banner


Next time you are in the library or shopping in Chepstow please take a few minutes to visit the library garden and enjoy the Reading Journey art banner. For anyone with more time to spare the library garden is an excellent place to take a book, read a newspaper, use the wifi link or just relax. The library garden is open during daylight hours whenever the library is open.

Library Reading Garden Friends

Library Reading Garden Friends



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The Hundred Decker Bus

100deckerbus 2 100deckerbus 1Chepstow Library was thrilled to welcome local author Mike Smith on Saturday 7 March who entertained children with his book ‘The Hundred Decker Bus’. After listening to the story the children then created their own ‘big bus’ with a grand total of 17 decks!

Pictured is author Mike Smith & the children’s fabulous ‘big bus’ along with the winner for the best decorated deck!

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Shoo Rayner at Monmouth Library

Shoo Rayner at Monmouth Library

Local children’s author Shoo Rayner visited Monmouth Library on Saturday 14th February for a session based on his new book “Dragon Gold”.  Shoo read extracts from the book and gave a master class on how to draw dragons.

Shoo Rayner is an author and illustrator of over 180 children’s books, which include the Ginger Ninja, Dark Claw and Rex Files series.  Shoo has also worked with Rose Impey and illustrated her Animal Crackers books.

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Library staff wade through Fifty Shades of Grey

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Originally posted on monmouthshirecc:

Monmouthshire County Council library staff will be busy for a week or so as they ascertain how many times books from the Fifty Shades of Grey series by EL James have been borrowed by Monmouthshire’s residents. This is just one example of the one thousand or so requests we receive each year as Freedom of Information (FoI) requests.

Freedom of Information (FoI) Officer, Mike Trigg said: “Freedom of Information has been growing steadily since it began. In 2005, the first full year, we handled 108 requests. In 2014, it was 1,003 and we have now received more than 5,000. Since April, we have replied to 95% of all requests within 20 working days”.

Most FoI requests (42% April 2014 to Jan 2015) come from commercial sources while 18% are submitted by the national press. Only 14% are presented by the county’s residents with a tiny 4% coming from our local papers. Monmouthshire’s…

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Shared Reading in Monmouthshire

Shared Reading Volunteers

Latest cohort of staff and volunteers to be trained as Accredited Shared Reading Facilitators

Shared Reading groups take place in libraries and a number of other settings across Monmouthshire. They are proven stress-busters and help Monmouthshire County Council meet several of its Health and Wellbeing and Social Inclusion targets.This kind of therapeutic reading group was pioneered by The Reader Organisation and courtesy of Macmillan Cancer Care eight new facilitators received three days of intensive training to deal with groups of all kinds last week.

Course members included library staff, volunteers, Mandy Chambers  Events Co-ordinator and Community Champion for ASDA and Sarah Davies of the Welsh Assembly Health Promotion Library. All the course members will be beginning new groups within the next quarter.

For further information, please contact:

Vivienne Thomas
Community Librarian: Services to Children and Young People
Monmouthshire Library and Information Service
Abergavenny Library
Baker St

Telephone: 01873 735980

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Cantref School Enjoy Magical Indian Myths

Abergavenny School Children

Another successful class visit from Cantref Junior school year 4. Abergavenny Library Assistant, David, retold tales from Magical Indian Myths.

The children all borrowed a book or two and each received a book bag.

David in character

Library Assistant, David in character


“Libraries are such an important resource – they are a great place for children to let their imagination grow and to develop and it is vitally important that we encourage our children to read more not only to improve their literacy levels but also to help them with life skills and future opportunities.” ‘Dr Rhys Jones



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Activities at Monmouth Library

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