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Rhymetime for pre-school children: Mondays 10:15am to 10:45am, 11:30am to 12 midday all year
Rhymes and stories for pre-school children: Tuesdays 10:30am all year
Adult Reading groups: 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month 11.30am to 12.30pm
Adult Reading group: 2nd Thursday in every month 6pm to 7pm
Adult craft session every Thursday 3.45pm to 5pm
Chatterbooks reading group for 7-11 year olds. One Saturday a month 10:30am to 11:30am.
Bookwurms reading group for young people aged 11+. One Saturday a month 10:30am to 11:30am
Lego™ Club for primary school aged children who must bring a grown-up with them. Creative fun – listen to stories and poems, then make a model to display at the library. Monthly on a Saturday 10:30–11:30am.
Hanham Library re-opens to welcome South Gloucestershire’s 5,000th Open Access User
Hanham library has become the latest in South Gloucestershire to offer residents the use of its facilities seven days-a-week, thanks to the installation of Open Access technology.
The introduction of the system at Hanham Library also marked the fact that more than 5,000 people have now registered to use Open Access in South Gloucestershire’s libraries.
Since Open Access was launched in South Gloucestershire in October 2017, registered users have visited our libraries more than 40,000 times. Feedback from users has been positive, with 88 per cent of users attending the introduction to Open Access sessions saying they feel they are helpful and the system is easy to use.
In April, the Kingswood library service will complete its relocation into new space in the Civic Centre, which will also have Open Access technology installed. When Kingswood joins the network, it will mean total opening hours will have increased from 498 hours per week in September 2017, to 957 per week, an increase of 90 per cent.
Hanham resident and Open Access library user, Donna Jarman, who is also a childminder, said: “To have access to computers and books seven days-a-week enables families to make full use of this valued, local community facility.”
Councillor Paul Hughes, South Gloucestershire Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism visited Hanham library on Monday and said: “South Gloucestershire Council has a strong reputation, when faced with pressure on budgets and services, for being both innovative and ambitious. Open Access uses the latest technology to actually extend a council service, which so many people see as an important part of our communities. Our investment in this technology means that we now have more libraries open for longer than ever before, delivering better value for money.
“We are committed to providing a high quality library service, which offers both staffed hours delivered by our expert and helpful teams, as well as Open Access hours, to give our residents a choice, but also the freedom to go to the library when it suits them.
“Libraries are the major community resource for access to reading, IT and bringing the community together. I am delighted that Hanham library is now open to this community seven days-a-week.”
For more information see www.southglos.gov.uk/openaccess.
Over 5000 children from across South Gloucestershire have participated in the 20th annual Summer Reading Challenge, which was held this summer.
To celebrate the successful completion of the 2019 challenge, local children were presented with medals and certificates for reading six books through the summer months.
The national event was delivered by South Gloucestershire Council’s libraries service with the theme of this year’s challenge being ‘Space Chase’, which was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings.
Vice Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr June Bamford attended the ceremony to present medals and certificates to the children and volunteers. She said: “I’m really pleased to have had the opportunity to present the children and volunteers with their medals and certificates this evening. The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic scheme which inspires children to read for pleasure, as well as developing their reading skills and confidence so that they return to school ready to learn.
“It’s fantastic to see the children and their families so enthusiastic about reading. Thank you to the library service, the volunteers and all of the families who have taken part for helping to make this year’s Challenge such a success.”
Children signed-up for the Challenge at their local library where they were presented with a folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.
Callum Boulton was one of the children to complete this year’s Challenge, he said: “I enjoyed reading books, joining in the activities, face painting and I enjoyed the lunches at the library and met some new friends.”
Parent, Gemma North, said: “It was my son’s first time completing the Summer Reading Challenge, which he thoroughly enjoyed. As a parent I saw how it improved his reading ability. We will definitely participate again next year!”
Summer Reading Challenge volunteers were on hand throughout the summer to provide support with activities and to encourage the children to talk about their books. To recognise their contribution, volunteers were also awarded with certificates.
Amy Ferris was one of the volunteers involved this year, she said: “‘I enjoyed being a volunteer because it allowed me to help children with the Reading Challenge and other craft activities.”
A range of free programmes, events and activities have been held for families over the summer as part of the Summer Reading Challenge, including Fizz Pop Science workshops, Lego Mindstorm Mars Rover Challenge (with Aerospace Bristol museum) and Space Chase craft activities.
Visit www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary to find out more about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and library services for children, young people and families.
Children can find new books to read, win prizes and share recommendations with other readers on the safe, child-friendly and moderated, Summer Reading Challenge website www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
One card lets you borrow books, access the internet at libraries, have a swim, use the gym or take part in a host of sporting activities, all great social opportunities to meet new friends and try something new.
The Active card gives you access to a balanced life style, full of interest, reading, learning, playing and health. You will find out more about what is going on in your area by subscribing to our newsletters and hear all the latest news hot off the press.
The card is free and you can then take part in leisure centre activities either as a 'pay as you go' customer or by taking out an inclusive membership to bring even more benefits.
It gets even better… your Active Card works not only in leisure centres and libraries in South Gloucestershire: you can also borrow books from any public library in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.
Pop in to the library or leisure centre to join, or visit the Active Lifestyle Centres website.
Many of our libraries are open longer thanks to new Open Access technology. This enables registered users to access the library outside staffed hours.
To find out more, including how to book an induction session and sign up, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/openaccess.
During Open Access times signed up members can:
In addition, the mobile library has ceased to operate and Chipping Sodbury is run only by volunteers.
There will also be some community collections, run by volunteers – Marshfield (information here) which is already operational; St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford and Almondsbury, Severn Beach and Pilning mobile service (provided by N Somerset Mobile Library)).
Did you know that your library membership gives you 24/7 access to your account and many free digital services at www.librarieswest.org.uk
Log-in with your library membership number (printed on your card) and your 4-digit PIN. Here you can manage your account, search the catalogue and order books online (free of charge when using an U18s card). Click & collect from your nearest library.
If you don’t know your PIN you can reset it easily by clicking “Forgot my PIN” on the LibrariesWest website. This sends an automatic email with PIN reset instructions to the email address we hold for you on our records.
Bring your little one along to a rhyme time, story time or play session at your local library for a fun and family friendly activity for babies and toddlers.
Share rhymes, songs, stories and play!
It’s free to come along and new families are always welcome: “Coming to the library for rhymetime is a regular part of every week routine for our family. My child really enjoys it and I noticed she is more open. She can also practice her English. We can also spend time together and have some fun” (Magda, parent).
Log on to www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary or visit your local library to find out more.
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We now have FREE WiFi available. To access it, find SouthGlosLibrary on available networks in your settings and accept our terms and conditions to get logged on; no password required.
We also have a FREE LibrariesWest App. Manage your library account on-the-go. Renew books, place reservations (no charge for U18s) and much more.
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Find out more about our range of FREE digital library services, available 24/7 including eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines.
Ask at the library and staff will be pleased to help you. If you would like to bring your device with you we can help to get you started.
To find out more information about these free services visit: www.southglos.gov.uk/eresources.
We have a Premium DVD service. This includes the very latest DVDs which can be hired for a small charge. Click here to view current fees and charges. Please note these DVDs cannot be renewed or reserved.
Please help us to save money by providing us with your current e-mail address. This could benefit you as it's quicker and we could also tell you about library events/new books etc.
We have introduced pre-overdues for readers who have elected to receive information from us via email. If you would like to receive this service and have an e-mail address please contact us.
As well as the reference resources available in the library and on-line on our website you can also contact our Library Enquiry Centre based in Somerset.
The Library Enquiry Centre offers a comprehensive service for all your information needs. Specialist librarians at the Centre have access to information resources not available in your library. You can contact The Enquiry Centre by phone (local rate), email, letter or fax. They will answer your enquiry immediately or get back to you with the information you require.
The Library Enquiry Centre also offers a range of business information solutions to support intending, new and established businesses. We have access to business databases, industry overviews, business directories and journals. We provide a free enquiry service to all business users. So, whether you are taking your first steps as a future entrepreneur, or already have a well-established business the Library Enquiry Centre will be able to help.
To contact the Library Enquiry Centre:
Phone: 01454 866900 (local rate)
Fax: 01823 336370
Text: 07919 540839
Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday–Friday
Please contact the Library for details.
Are you eligible for library concessions?
If you are in receipt of one of the following you are entitled to concessions:
Working family tax credit; disability living allowance; housing benefit; state pension; disabled person's tax credit; widows benefit; income support; industrial disablement benefit; incapacity benefit; student in full time education.
We will require initial proof of benefit. In most cases the concession will entitle you to half-price reservations, music CDs and spoken word tapes. In addition if you are visually impaired or housebound you will not be required to pay any charge (including overdue charges).