Chepstow gives thumbs up to new library

Chepstow library reopened on Saturday 21st January, throwing open its doors to reveal a new improved service following four months of refurbishment.

Entrance View Chepstow Library

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.

Children's Area Chepstow Library

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.

Teenage Area Chepstow Library

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”.

Chepstow Library Team

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.

Chepstow Library is open:

Monday – 9.00 – 5.30
Tuesday – 10.00 – 7.00
Wednesday – 9.00 – 1.00
Thursday – 9.00 – 7.00
Friday – 9.00 – 5.30
Saturday – 9.00 – 1.00

 

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World Book Week

World Book Week was celebrated in style in Monmouthshire’s Libraries, with activities aimed at all ages.  Children’s author and screenplay writer Dan Antony visited Chepstow, Caldicot and Monmouth libraries to talk to year six children about his latest book “Rugby Zombies” and writing for the Tracey Beaker TV series.  At Abergavenny the entireLlanvihangelCrucorneyPrimary School came in costume to celebrate their World Book Day and while the older pupils listened to Dan the infants enjoyed some all action stories and a quiz.

Abergavenny Library took part in the I CAN Guinness World Record Challenge on St David’s Day to see how many pre-schoolers and others could be part of a UK wide singing of “heads, shoulders, knees and toes”.  Baby Rhyme Time regulars did the actions but all ages were invited to join in the singing and were rewarded with appropriate Welsh refreshments.

 At Chepstow World Book Day was celebrated in the evening when local authors Meg Kingston, Julia Gregson, M R Hall and William Ayot, town Councillor Hilary Beach and librarian Anja Brown read passages from their favourite literary works to a very appreciative audience.

At Abergavenny boxes of books arrived daily throughout the week as the library was one of hundreds across the UK signed up to celebrate World Book Night and act as a collection point for customers who had registered as Book Givers to collect the forty-eight copies of their selected title to present as free gifts to others.  On the evening of Saturday 5th March, six brave givers, including local storyteller Daniel Morden, read from their selected title to an audience of seventy people.  Performance poet Mab Jones made it an evening to remember in her own wickedly funny style.