Go Red for the National Eisteddfod

Go red 1The Friends of Chepstow Library Reading Garden and The Friends of Chepstow Library, held ‘Go Red’ coffee mornings at Chepstow Community Hub, with all donations going to support the National Eisteddfod.

Customers shared their thoughts on why they loved Wales which ranged from the ‘stunning scenery’ to ‘Tom Jones’!

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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 theideasgarage.eventbrite.co.uk

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.

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

Special visitor at Chepstow Library

Father Christmas at Chepstow LibraryChepstow Library was delighted to welcome an extra special visitor in a red suit and a white beard to its Christmas Story time on Friday 12 December. Thirty two children plus their parents, grandparents and carers were delighted when Father Christmas joined in as they celebrated the Christmas season through stories and rhymes.

Thank You Father Christmas!

A wonderful Christmas Celebration

Karl Daymond and his local singing groups
Chepstow Library staff and guests enjoyed a wonderful ‘Christmas Celebration’ on Thursday 5 December. Guests enjoyed listening to Karl Daymond and his local singing groups, all dressed in Victoria costume, who sang a selection of Christmas songs including the very moving ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ which they also signed.

The Friends of Chepstow Library’ entertained guests with seasonal readings to complete a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Karl Daymond and his local singing groups