Caldicot Library customers approve of plans to change opening hours

“A welcome change which will be of great benefit to all”
“Excellent idea and more convenient for our family”

During July we asked customers what they thought of our plans to change our opening hours.  At the moment we are open all day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and closed in the afternoon on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.  We would like to open all day Friday and close all day on Monday as we believe this will encourage more children to visit the library.

Most people were in favour of our plans.  The results of the survey are:

Would you and/or your family like this proposed change to be made? 
73% said yes, 22% said they didn’t mind, 5% said no

 How would this change affect your use of the library?
62% said it would be more convenient, 34% said it wouldn’t make any difference, 3% said it would be less convenient (1% didn’t answer this question).

 Four customers asked for increased opening hours (Saturday afternoons and open later during the evening).

 Some of our customers also took the opportunity to leave comments about the service, including:

 “I value my library and the wonderful staff”
“My compliments to library staff for their excellent approach to customer service”

 We hope to start the new hours in the Autumn.


The Summer Reading Challenge

The summer reading challenge runs from Saturday 16 July to Saturday 17 September. Look out for more information about Little Red Riding Hood visiting Caldicot and Chepstow Libraries on Saturday 23 July.

Join the greatest show on earth at your library this summer!!

Booster Cushion will be visiting Caldicot Library at 11.00 am and Chepstow Library at 3.00 pm to present ‘Little Red Riding Hood & Friends’: the totally un-traditional version.

Booster Cushion’s work is designed to open up the world of books to young audiences, showing them the adventures that can be found by opening the pages and letting the stories jump out.

Giggles, dribbles and burps: it must be rhyme time in Caldicot Library!

Come and fill our Library!  Caldicot Library has a wonderful selection of books for children of all ages and experienced and knowledgeable staff to help children find the right book.  Come and see for yourselves what’s on offer.

We have launched a  campaign to inspire a love of reading to all the children in the Caldicot area. We now hold fortnightly Baby Rhyme times and weekly Under Fives story times. The Library Manager, Fiona Ashley,  is a frequent visitor to the Cae Mawr baby clinic and we have secured a regular slot on each of the post natal courses.

Each school holiday we hold story times and activities for 4 – 8 year olds, this April we had an Easter story time and a session to celebrate the Royal Wedding called Princes and Princesses.  Children designed colourful wedding dresses and made beautiful crowns.

We have sent open invitations to all primary schools in the area, encouraging them to come in for class visits.  So far Castle Park Primary School has enthusiastically taken up our offer.  We will contact the schools again nearer the summer holidays and hope to visit school assemblies to inspire children to take part in Circus Stars, the national Summer Reading Challenge.

The Intergenerational Reading Group in Archbishop Rowan Williams School is thriving. There was a very enthusiastic response from both children and older people to Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (it was so funny it made me laugh out loud).

The next step will be to target playgroups and nurseries (Bluebelles are already regular visitors) and in September we will be starting a Chatterbooks Reading Group for 8 and 9 year olds.

For more information about what Caldicot Library is doing visit

Half Term Activities at Monmouth Library

Story and craft sessions at Monmouth Library are proving to be very popular with both parents and children. The half term session on Tuesday 22nd February was attended by 12 children and their parents. Children enjoyed a selection of stories which was followed by a craft session. They made a note book by designing the front and back cover and then putting the book together. Many of the children attended a similar session held in October and are now looking forward to the next one.

Children Love Chepstow Library!

February has seen a bumper crop of children’s activities in Chepstow Library. Staff have been really pleased to welcome Pembroke School Special Needs Unit and all their nursery school children. During half term 27 children enjoyed a ‘creepy crawly’ story and craft activity. Then towards the end the month, Dan Anthony (author of ‘Rugby Zombies’), led an inspiring session encouraging year 6 children from the Dell primary school to read and write their own stories. All of this in addition to Chepstow’s regular activities for children – Ti a Fi on Tuesday mornings, Baby Rhyme Times fortnightly on Thursday afternoons and Under Fives Story Times on Friday mornings.