“World Book Night really works!”

Caldicot Library celebrated World Book Night for the first time on Monday 23rd April 2012. World Book Night is all about spreading the joy and love of reading, something we are very passionate about!

Library customers had registered as book givers on the World Book Night website and they gave out copies of their free books to encourage non-regular readers to fall in love with reading. We’d like to thank all of them (pictured above, with apologies to Jan who isn’t in the photo) for making the evening such a success.

The following morning we received an email from one of our customers which said “World Book Night really works, my daughter who hasn’t picked up a book in years started reading one last night”.

World Book Night’s primary partners are the BBC, the Booksellers Association of UK and Ireland, the Publishers Association and the Reading Agency.

We’ve already been asked if we are doing it next year and it looks like it could become a regular event in our calendar.

What’s on in Caldicot Library?

World Book Night 2012!
Monday 23rd April 7pm – 8pm

If you know someone who hasn’t read a book in ages, or if you have lost the reading habit yourself, why not come along to our celebration?
Our book givers will be giving out free books and we will be offering free refreshments. This will be a lovely evening and an opportunity to hear about
some wonderful books. Everyone is welcome.

A “Knit and a Natter”

This is a new group for experienced and beginner knitters meeting each Tuesday at 2.30pm (starting on 10th April).

Anyone who joins the group can look forward to a sociable and relaxing time, knitting and chatting over a cup of tea. It will also be an opportunity to listen to a good story read by one of the library team – just bring your knitting with you!

Activities for Under Fives

There will be Baby Rhyme Times on Wednesday 11th April and Wednesday 25th April at 2pm.

Reading Groups

We run two monthly Reading Groups. Novel Lovers will be talking about

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld on Tuesday 24th April at 6pm.

The Afternoon Group will be talking about Carry Me Home by Terri Wiltshire on Tuesday 3rd April at 4pm.

The Novel Lovers reading group is full but we do need more members for the Afternoon Group.  If you would like to join a reading group please let us know – we may be able to change the day and/or time of the Afternoon Group to suit whoever is interested in joining.

First Click

We hold weekly introductory Internet courses for the over 55s. If you haven’t mastered the mouse, have never sent an email or bought something online these sessions could introduce you to the wonders of the Internet.  Each course lasts six weeks.

The present course is full but please let us know if you would like to join a later one.

Sessions are held every Thursday at 2.15pm –3.15pm.

Second Click

If you have taken part in our First Click sessions and would like to learn more, we are now offering follow- up Second Click sessions. These are held on a 1 to 1 basis so just let the staff know if you are interested in learning more.

Job Seekers

Are you out of work or just looking to change jobs?

We can help you search for a job online and produce a CV.

Weekly sessions Thursdays 10am – 11am

Easter story time and craft activity

There will be story time and craft activities for 4 – 8 year olds on:

Thursday 12th April
Thursday 19th April
10.30am until 11.30am

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Big Book Sale!

Make the most of a unique chance to buy some bargain non-fiction at our Big Book Sale on Friday 13th April and Saturday 14th April.

These books have come from our reserve collection, formerly housed at County Hall in Cwmbran.

The impending closure of this building has made it necessary to rethink arrangements for satisfying customers’ requests for out of print titles via closer working practices with other Welsh authorities.

Some of the reserve collection has gone into alternative storage and the surplus books are going on sale in libraries in the next few weeks.

Don’t miss your chance to grab a bargain!

Chatterbooks @ Caldicot

Chatterbooks is a reading group for children aged 8 or 9. The aim of the Chatterbooks project is to inspire young people to read adventurously, develop confidence in expressing their opinions and have a good time talking about books!

The present group is full but if you would like to put your child’s name down for the next group please let us know.

 Friday 13th April at 4.00pm – 5pm


Did you know?

There is free WiFi available throughout the library including in our meeting room. Just ask a member of staff to register you.

Library members can now download free ebooks from the library web site. We are offering access to over 2,500 ebooks – an exciting mix of fiction, biographies, real life stories, children’s books and non-fiction titles – as part of the “eBooks for Wales” pilot project.

Log on to http://libraries.monmouthshire.gov.uk for more information.

Are you affected by cancer or the carer of someone with cancer?

The Macmillan Monmouthshire Cancer Support & Information Co-ordinator holds regular drop-in information sessions in Caldicot Library.

Wednesday 18th April 2012 (10am – 12 noon, 2pm – 4.30pm).

Unwind with a good book

These sessions are about relaxing with a cup of tea or coffee while listening to extracts from wonderful literature.

Members of staff read from “A Little, Aloud”, an anthology compiled by The Reader Organisation. All customers need to do is sit back and relax!

Tuesdays 10th, 17th and 24th April
10.30am – 11.30am


Easter holidays

Caldicot Library will be closed on:

Friday 6th April 2012
Saturday 7th April 2012
Monday 9th April 2012

The library will re-open on Tuesday 10th April 9am – 7pm

Knit and natter with a nice cup of tea at Caldicot Library

Caldicot Library is to launch a new group for experienced and beginner knitters at 2.30pm each Tuesday, starting on 10th April.

Anyone who joins the group – known as Knit and Natter – can look forward to a sociable and relaxing time, knitting and chatting over a cup of tea. It will also be an opportunity to listen to a good story read by one of the library team – just bring your knitting to the library

For more information please pop into Caldicot Library or telephone 01291 426425.

Attention all Novel Lovers!

To mark World Book Day on Thursday 1st March members of staff from Caldicot Library are going to start regular visits (once every three weeks) to Innovation House to encourage MCC staff to join their local library.

We’ll be able to register people on the spot and colleagues will have the opportunity to choose from a range of fiction and narrative non-fiction. Why not pop down to the refreshment area between 1pm and 2pm and see what we can offer?

Registered customers can request books online (http://catalogue.monmouthshire.gov.uk). When a requested book becomes available it can be delivered to Innovation House for collection.

Membership to Monmouthshire Libraries not only provides free access to wonderful books but also free 24/7 access to our online resources.

Caldicot Library is also celebrating World Book Day by holding a “the doctor will see you now” reading clinic between 10.30am and 11.30am. So if you don’t know what to read next why not pop into

Caldicot Library, have a free cup of coffee and Welsh cake, and discuss your reading problems with your local experts?

For more information please contact CaldicotLibrary@monmouthshire.gov.uk or follow us on twitter.


Caldicot Library has been using Twitter for a month and there is no doubt that there has been plenty to tweet about in July. We visited six school assemblies to talk about Circus Stars, the national Summer Reading Challenge.  One Saturday morning the library was filled with laughter as The Booster Cushion Theatre presented Little Red Riding Hood and Friends.

We have had lots of smiley babies at our Baby Rhyme Times and toddlers have enthusiastically joined in the Under Fives story time sessions.  At the other end of the age range, our new First Click class are getting to grips with the Internet for the first time.  We have offered job seeker sessions, held two reading group sessions, celebrated the end of this year’s Intergenerational Reading Group, Bluebelle Nursery came in for a story time …

We have also tweeted about World Book Night 2012, the Man Booker Prize 2011, and tweeted links to book reviews on our blog

We have been retweeted by Monmouthshire CFIS, and retweeted several times by Monmouthshire County Council.  Our stories have also appeared in the Monmouthshire Weekly online newspaper. 

Why not follow us too?