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.

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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