National Libraries Day – Use it, Love it, Join it

National Libraries DayMonmouthshire’s libraries will mark National Libraries Day this Saturday (8thFebruary) with a number of events across the county. National Libraries Day is a celebration of the wonderful services libraries offer from access to all the latest bestsellers to 24/7 digital services (now including a fantastic e-magazine offer). It is also a celebration of the work carried out by library staff, from support for people seeking jobs and first-time internet users to singing to babies and toddlers at Baby Rhyme Times.

This year librarians will highlight the range of free services and resources and encourage more people to join – membership is free and easy, and you can join online. On Saturday Friends of Caldicot Library and staff will distribute balloons and bags around Caldicot, and thanks to the Caldicot Town Team will have displays of services available to members (including free eBooks, e-magazines and downloadable audiobooks) in shop premises in the centre of town.

Chepstow and Monmouth staff will promote the library service with balloons and leaflets (with free tea and coffee available in Chepstow Library). Other events include a coffee morning and readings in Abergavenny Library and a mask-making workshop for children in Monmouth Library.

For more information please contact your local library

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National Libraries Day in Caldicot

Paula Taylor (secretary of the Friends) and Susan Hooper (Friend and author)
Paula Taylor (secretary of the Friends) and Susan Hooper (Friend and author)

A new community group, The Friends of Caldicot Library – an enthusiastic voluntary organisation set up last month to support the library through new ideas, feedback, raising its profile and fundraising – helped staff to mark National Libraries Day (Saturday 9th February) with a stall at the town’s market.

Mandy Powell (treasurer)
Mandy Powell (treasurer)

The group gave out balloons and encouraged residents to join the library while the Mad Hatter (Tash Harron-Edwards) invited children to take part in a Caldicot Library Super Hero competition.  Visitors to the library were treated to tea and biscuits. 

Natasha Harron-Edwards
Natasha Harron-Edwards

The library also produced a display, featuring photographs of customers with their comments on why they love Caldicot Library.  We also received some lovely comments on the day, including “the library is the best thing we pay for with the council tax”.

Although only recently established the Friends of Caldicot Library have already submitted a bid to Monmouthshire Housing Association to improve the garden beds surrounding the library.  This will make the library more welcoming and attractive while bringing pleasure to residents and visitors.

The next general meeting of the Friends group will be in Caldicot Library on Saturday 2nd March at 10am, followed by the launch of Susan Hooper’s new book, An Hour Year.

Residents can keep up to date with events at Caldicot Library by following the twitter account, @fablibrarian.

National Libraries Day – Saturday 9th February 2013

The Friends of Caldicot Library – an enthusiastic voluntary organisation set up last month to support the library through new ideas, feedback, raising its profile and fundraising – is to mark National Libraries Day this Saturday (February 9th) with a stall at the town’s market.

The group will encourage residents to join the library while a member of staff dressed as a book character will invite children to take part in a Caldicot Library Super Hero competition.

There will be lots of information about the library on the stall, and a display featuring photographs of library customers with their comments about why they love their library. A free cup of tea or coffee will await visitors to the library.

Chepstow Library is also celebrating National Libraries Day. Library staff will be outside the library, giving out balloons and talking to non-users about all the free facilities on offer. People walking by will be encouraged to pop into the library to look around for themselves, and free refreshments will be available.