Caldicot Library (and FabLibrarian) now has some Friends! This is a community group which will support the development of the library service in Caldicot. The group will help us to:
Promote the library
Provide feedback and generate ideas
Take part in fundraising activities
The Friends have decided to apply for funding from Monmouthshire Housing Association (via their Love Where You Live grants) to improve the outside of the library by planting up the garden beds and installing some new planters.
The Friends are going to help us encourage more people to join the library as part of National Libraries Day (Saturday 9th February 2013) and will support World Book Night (Tuesday 23rd April 2013).
The constitution has been agreed (just pop into the library if you would like a copy) and the management committee are:
Chair: Maurice Lejeune
Vice Chair: Margaret Holt
Secretary: Paula Taylor
Treasurer: Mandy Powell
Library member: Fiona Ashley
Member: Jacquie Ellis
Joining the Friends is an ideal way to show practical support for your local library so do pop along to the next meeting on Saturday 2nd March 2013 at 10am.
Pictured are Maurice (our new Chair) and Fiona (Community Librarian) looking cold out in the snow and some of the Friends who attended the last meeting on 26th January 2013.
Amongst our large amount of positive comments from library customers, we received this glowing feedback:
“The refurbished library is a triumph. It looks more spacious, the colour scheme and seating are welcoming and the mingling of computers, bookshelves and displays is inspired. The only thing lacking is a clock.
The ever helpful and efficient staff did a fine job at the Leisure Centre and I’m sure they will have attracted a whole new clientele to the library as many people probably didn’t realise what a range of facilities and information sources was on offer.
Many thanks and well done! We are very fortunate in Monmouthshire to have such an invaluable resource.”
Chepstow library reopened on Saturday 21st January, throwing open its doors to reveal a new improved service following four months of refurbishment.
Nearly 700 people attending the relaunch were very pleased with the new layout and facilities on offer. The re-opening included balloon modelling for youngsters, local story teller Daniel Morden kept captivated children with his tall tales, members of the Gwent Family History Society were on hand to help people discover their roots and the Chepstow Society promoted the historic Chepstow Collection to customers interested in days gone by.
The refurbished library has been designed to deliver a much improved library provision with increased opening hours. In addition to an extensive range of books, DVDs and talking books, customers can now enjoy improved Internet access, free wi-fi and laptops for use within the library. Other features include an updated children’s area, an area especially designed for teenagers and a quieter area for family and local history research. Weekly activities will take in First Click basic IT sessions, story times for the under fives, baby rhyme times and family history research sessions. The library will open for an additional four hours on Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm.
Work on the library’s reading garden will continue throughout the winter months ready for a launch on World Book Night – 23 April 2012. Keen gardeners interested in joining the new Library Gardening Group or those requiring more information about the World Book Night book giveaway should contact library staff for more information. Sally Bradford who manages the library with her jobshare colleague Sue Wallbank thanked staff for their hard work since September, initially transferring the library service to the town’s leisure centre then returning to the refurbished facilities.
Sally said: “A massive team effort has played a large part in the design and success of the new library”.
The refurbishment of Chepstow Library has been jointly funded by Monmouthshire County Council and CyMAL (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales; a division of the Welsh Government) which is committed to creating a 21st century library network as part of the Libraries for Life programme.
Monmouthshire’s full council meeting on 12th January was filmed by BBC colleagues ahead of the ‘Week In Week Out’ programme being shown on BBC Wales on Monday 30th January. As outlined in local TV guides, the programme is taking ” A look at a council facing cash cuts, job losses and a move away from its crumbling headquarters. The local authority faces an uphill struggle if it is to keep the public happy during a period of uncertainty.”
The Library Management Team had been invited to give a presentation at the full council meeting to highlight recent changes made within our libraries to improve service to the public .
This included news about the reopening of Chepstow Library to the public on Saturday 21st January. The ground floor has, courtesy of Welsh Government grant funding & match funding from within the council, had a very well received refurbishment giving people more space to browse, use computers and far, far more. This formed part of the building’s major refurbishment and transformation into a corporate regional hub. The first floor will give a new home to officers from a variety of services moving out of County Hall & other offices as well as existing One Stop Shop staff already working there.
Although we hear that all attempts to get the film crew to film any of this directly in Chepstow failed, who knows, we might just stand a chance of it being picked up from our presentation to full council!