10.30am: Rhyme Time
10:30am. Free event for babies and pre-school children. Sing along to songs and rhymes and join in with instruments provided.
Christmas, Easter and Bank Holiday opening times vary.
Interested in enriching the lives of others through Shared Reading?
An exciting opportunity has arisen to become Volunteer Reader Leader at Patchway, Staple Hill or Cadbury Heath Libraries as part of a project between The Reader, 6 South West Library Services and Literature Works.
For more information contact /07812 238532
Selected libraries across South Glos are holding 5 Ways to Wellbeing roadshows between 8 June and middle of September, bringing together, in one easy-to-access place, lots of local opportunities to lift your mood. These will be themed to the recognised 5 Ways to Wellbeing
To find out more visit your local library or the web page.
Illustrations @Tony Ross for The Reading Agency
Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017 begins in all South Gloucestershire Libraries on 15 July and runs until 16 September. It’s FREE to join!
Sign up at your local library and receive a collector folder to start, then read six library books to get a medal and certificate, picking up goodies including stinky stickers, bookmark and wristband along the way.
Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays, but taking part in Animal Agents keeps children reading – with a huge helping of fun!
Libraries are also holding free activities throughout the holiday to help children complete the challenge including: Bristol Zoo workshops, Meet a Guide Dog events and craft sessions.
To find out more visit your local library or the Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017 web page.
“My children really enjoy the challenge and it certainly encourages them to read and share the stories with the family.” (Parent)
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Want to know how to get your kids to sleep? Visit your local library to pick up a free Bath, Book, Bed booklet and choose your bedtime stories.
South Gloucestershire Libraries are giving away copies of a new free booklet featuring the top tips and advice of TV parenting expert Jo Frost of as part of the Bath, Book, Bed campaign: an initiative encouraging families to make stories part of every child’s bedtime routine.
All parents and carers worry about getting young children to sleep at night – and of course getting enough sleep themselves. But it doesn’t have to be a bedtime battle.
Reading a book before bed as part of a regular nightly routine is the perfect way to get your little one ready to visit the land of nod. Bath, Book, Bed is all you need to remember.
Bedtime routines are associated with improved sleep in young children. Benefits include earlier bedtimes, shorter amount of time in bed before falling asleep, less night-wakings and sleeping for longer.
But it doesn’t stop there. The same routine every night involving a story and shared reading won’t just help them fall asleep – it will also feed their imagination, creativity and confidence. Children who are read to every night start school ahead of those who aren’t - and the gap only widens as they get older.
Mother of Sophia aged 2 said: “We visit the library every week and choose books which I read to Sophia before bedtime. I believe that reading to Sophia everyday helps her language development and greatly helps with her creative play”
The library has lots of lovely picture books for you to choose from and they are all free to borrow. There are no library fines for children and no charge for any damage to books taken out by children under five.
Visit www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary to find your nearest library or go to www.booktrust.org.uk/bathbookbed to download the booklet and get more practical ideas and tips for making stories part of your child’s bedtime routine.
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 to the Bookstart Bear Club and new families are always welcome: “Coming to the library for Bookstart Bear Club 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).
Children can also collect Bookstart Bear Club paw print stamps and certificates each time they visit.
Log on to www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary or visit your local library to find out more.
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Reading Well for young people is a national scheme which helps young people to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience by providing high-quality information, support and advice on a wide range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.
Reading Well for young people’s list of 35 books has been selected by mental health experts and young people and includes a wide range of self-help and information titles, as well as memoir, graphic novels and fiction.
The scheme is supported by a range of health organisations including NHS England, Public Health England, Mental Health Foundation, Mind and YoungMinds. Gaby, a Young Advisor from YoungMinds who helped select the books on the list, says: "I believe Reading Well will challenge stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding mental illness, educating young people about mental health in general. The easy accessibility of the books that are part of the scheme is key, enabling young people to explore the topic of mental health discretely and at a speed they are comfortable with."
All the Reading Well for young people books are free to borrow from any South Gloucestershire Library. The list is at www.southglos.gov.uk/shelfhelp and you can find out more at www.reading-well.org.uk/shelfhelp
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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We have a Premium DVD service. This includes the very latest DVDs which can be hired for £2.00 per week. 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: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-4.30pm
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).
If you love reading and talking about books then our Reading Group is for you. This casual, friendly group meets on a Wednesday evening every 6 weeks.
Contact the library on 01454 868006 for further information.
Computer support volunteers are available for one-to-one basic IT training and help with using the Ancestry website. Please ask staff for details.
These are run by South Gloucestershire Community Learning Department. For further information on courses and dates, please contact them on 01454 864613 or
We hold FREE storytime and rhymetime sessions for under 5s – alternate Wednesdays 10.30am. Pre-school children and their parents and carers are most welcome to attend these FREE fun activities, which are also an opportunity to meet up in a relaxed setting.
Membership of our Bookstart Bear Club is FREE and is open to all pre-school children who belong to the library and come along to our Storytime and Rhymetime sessions.
Children will get a joining pack and earn stamps and certificates for their library visits
Our Chatterbooks group is a fun monthly book group for 9-11 year olds on Saturdays 2.00-3.00pm. Please speak to library staff to confirm dates or see the events calendar on the right.
Each term break we hold craft sessions for children aged from 4 to 11 years old.
Contact the library for dates or see the events calendar on the right.