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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Today Abergavenny Library had a class visit from Llanfoist Junior School year 4 with author G R Gemin  promoting his latest book Cowgirl, which is set in Wales.

lanfoist Junior School year 4 with author G R Gemin

“ If Gemma ever stops to think about it, she knows hiding a load of cows from Cowgirl’s farm on a housing estate is a bit mad, After all, Cowgirl’s a weirdo and the estate is no place to bring up a cow. But it’s exciting, and she loves it, and it’s making things better. The only question is, how long can it last?”

A funny, moving story by GR Gemin about finding happiness when the cows come home.

The children enjoyed the session and all took home with them their new library card and all borrowed  a book or two to read.

lanfoist Junior School year 4 pupils

Welsh libraries and primary schools are joining forces to provide every primary school child with a library card – the project started in March this year with six local authorities piloting the initiative and, thanks to Welsh Government funding from the Department of Culture, Sport & Tourism, this has now been rolled out to ten more local authorities (16 in total) targeting another 25,000 children.

This card will allow children to borrow two books straight away. Once proof of address is provided, they can then have access to thousands of free books as well as many more resources to help improve their school work and enhance their leisure time, including:

  • FREE computer use and internet access
  • FREE fiction, non-fiction, comics, graphic novels and talking books
  • FREE homework help – online and in the library
  • FREE e-books and e-magazines
  • Clubs, games, events, activities and classes in the library
  • Friendly, helpful library staff
  • Somewhere safe to meet friends

lanfoist Junior School year 4 with author G R Gemin

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The Gruffalo is coming!

The Gruffalo is coming to Abergavenny Library on Saturday 21 February 10.30am to 12.00pm  Booking is essential, telephone 01873 735980.

Watch out for photos of the live event.gruffalo

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