Strategy for future library provision

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Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet have approved a library strategy for consultation which would create a core network of libraries including Central, North Swindon, West Swindon and Highworth. The strategy is in direct response to the financial pressures facing the Council and the need to save £1.5m from the library’s budget by 2020.

Details of the strategy can be found on the Swindon Borough Council website at: www.swindon.gov.uk/librariesfuture

The council will be consulting on the libraries strategy with residents across the borough. The consultation will take place from Monday, 1 August – Friday, 30 September 2016.

An online questionnaire  is available from here Copies are also available in all libraries or you can download a copy from here: Future of the library service questionnaire

Drop-in events

A series of consultation drop in events will be held across the borough libraries. These will be for anyone who has any questions regarding the libraries strategy.

Consultation events will be held in the following libraries:

Central Library:
Wednesday 03 August, 10-3pm
Tuesday 16 August, 6-8pm
Saturday 17 September,10-2pm
Covingham Library Tuesday 20 September, 3-7pm
Even Swindon Library Monday 12 September, 10.30-12.30pm
Highworth Library:
Wednesday 10 August, 4-8pm
Thursday 22 September, 10-2pm
Liden Library Wednesday 7 September, 10-2pm
Mobile Library -Route A Wednesday 7 September
Mobile Library – Route B Thursday 22 September                                              (Download pdf of Library routes: Mobile Library Routes 2016)
Moredon & Rodbourne Cheney Library Tuesday 13 September, 10-2pm
North Swindon Library:
Thursday 18 August, 10-3pm
Wednesday 14 September, 4-8pm
Old Town Library Saturday 10 September, 9-1pm
Park Library Monday 5 September, 11-3pm
Penhill Library Monday 26 September, 10-2pm
Pinetrees (Pinehurst) Library Monday 19 September, 10-2pm
Upper Stratton Library Thursday 15 September, 1-5pm
Walcot Library Wednesday 21st September, 9.30-1pm
West Swindon Library:
Tuesday 23 August, 9-2pm
Thursday 8 September, 4-8pm
Wroughton Library Monday 5 September, 4-8pm

There will also be a public meeting held on Tuesday 6th September, 7-9pm at St Joseph’s Catholic College, Ocotal Way, Swindon, SN2 2LR.

If you have any questions that need urgent answers please email:  librariesfuture@swindon.gov.uk

Proposed Library questions and answers

Swindon News article: Strategy for future library provision to go before Council’s Cabinet

The cabinet paper outlining the library strategy, and background details, can be found here

Relevant documents:

Children’s Activities, Summer 2016

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All our usual story times will be happening across Swindon Libraries, for details of these check www.swindon.gov.uk/libraries or download our Whats On Guide

Central Library (Telephone 01793 463238, Email central.library@swindon.gov.uk)

Sunday 31st July, 12-1pm. Harry Potter and Hogwarts themed Lego Club. Advance booking required.

Wednesday 10th August, 10.30am. Explore Learning Workshop: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Put yourself in the shoes of Willy Wonka and design your own eye-watering chocolate bar! Unlock you imagination and learn all about descriptive techniques. Y3-4 (ages 8-9) To book contact librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk

Friday 12th August 11am – 12 noon. New Friends: by Lisa Mullan. Children’s Booklaunch & Workshop. Have fun learning about science and hear about Lisa Mullan’s book New Friends: A Dinky Amigos Adventure. Aimed at children aged 5-11, there will be activities for all ages, including colouring and face painting, and an experiment to extract DNA! Advanced booking is required – speak to a member of library staff to book your space.
(Children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Advanced booking recommended.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-open-magic-book-image28135756Tuesday 16th August 10-10:30am. Pirate Themed Family Yoga. Sessions are aimed at 5-9 year olds and their parents. Come in comfortable clothes and bring a small towel or blanket for lying on. Limited spaces so booking is essential. Tickets are £2 and available from the Central library or reserve a place at http://www.womancreated.co.uk

Friday 19th August, 10.30-11.30am. Come along and make some Magical Books! Experience the magic of books with this workshop. Craft potions, cast spells and create your own wand! Feel free to dress up as your favourite magical being! Aimed at ages 5-11, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Booking essential.

Wednesday 24th August, 2.30pm. Explore Learning Workshop : Revolting Rhymes. This workshop is based around all the characters created in Roald Dahl’s crazy and funny collection of poems! We will investigate how Dahl describes his characters, and how descriptive words hint at their personalities. Rec-Y2 (ages 5-7) To book contact librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk

Tuesday 30th August 10-10:30am. Pirate Themed Family Yoga. Sessions are aimed at 5-9 year olds and their parents. Come in comfortable clothes and bring a small towel or blanket for lying on. Limited spaces so booking is essential. Tickets are £2 and available from the Central library or reserve a place at http://www.womancreated.co.uk

Wednesday 31st August: Two sessions 11:00-12:00noon and 2.00-3.00pm. Outer Space themed Lego Club. Advance booking required.

All storytimes are being held as normal, but Central Library will be having Special Musical Story Times on the following days:

2nd August 11am
16th August 11am
20th August 11am

Covingham Library (Telephone 01793 520185, Email covingham.library@swindon.gov.uk)

Tuesday 12th July 4-4.45pm. Big Friendly Read Registration Event. Come along and join staff at Covingham library for some Dahlicious fun and join up to the Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016. Dress up as your favourite Roald Dahl book character – prizes awarded to the best costumes!

Tuesday 19th July, 3.45pm-4.45pm. Children’s craft session inspired by the books of Roald Dahl. Spaces are limited so contact library in advance.

Even Swindon Library. (Telephone 01793 486103, Email evenswindon.library@swindon.gov.uk )
Wednesday 3rd August, 2.00pm. Make a grasshopper hat, inspired by James and the Giant peach.
Wednesday 24th August, 2.00pm. Bugs, Bugs and more Bugs, inspired by James and the Giant Peach
Advanced sign-up. Contact library to book a place.

Highworth Library (Telephone 01793 463500, Email highworth.library@swindon.gov.uk)
Come along to Highworth Library’s awesome new Children’s Lego Club!
Friday 8th July, 5pm – 6pm
Saturday 16th July, 11am – 12 am
Friday August 5th, 5pm – 6pm
Saturday August 13th, 11am – 12 am

Also at Highworth Library:
Saturday 30th July, 10:15am – 11:00am. Story & Craft Event
Saturday August 27th, 10:15am – 11:00am. Story & Craft Event

Thursday 4th August, 2.00pm. Explore Learning Workshop: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Put yourself in the shoes of Willy Wonka and design your own eye-watering chocolate bar! Unlock you imagination and learn all about descriptive techniques. Y3-4 (ages 8-9) To book contact librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk
Tuesday 30th August, 2.00pm. Explore learning Workshop: George’s Marvellous Medicine. Put yourself in George’s shoes and design you own marvellous medicine! Looking at different perspectives, explore how the characters feel and become the author. Y3-5 (ages 8-10) To book contact librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk

Moredon Library. (Telephone 01793 618230, Email moredon.library@swindon.gov.uk)
Tuesday 9th Aug 11:00-12:30pm, Explore Learning Workshop: Fantastic Mr Fox Writing Workshop (sign up age 6-7 ). Contact library for advance booking.

Saturday 16th July from 10:30 – 12 Creepy Crawly Craft session (inspired by James and the Giant Peach and will include egg carton spiders).

Thursday 4th August from 11 – 12:30 Beastly Crafts session inspired by the Enormous Crocodile

Thursday 18th August from 11 – 12:30 Disgustiferous Beard Making Session – inspired by Roald Dahl’s The Twits.

dad and kidNorth Swindon Library (Telephone 01793 707120, Email northswindon.library@swindon.gov.uk)
Regular story times will carry on as normal through the holiday Wednesdays at 11am, and Story time with Dad will be held on Sunday 7th August and Sunday 4th September, both at 12:15pm
Thursday 11th August, 11.00am. Explore Learning Workshop: Fantastic Mr Fox. The workshop is based around the wonderful world of Mr. Fox, and looks at how Dahl describes and creates personas for his characters! Y2-3 (ages 6-7) To book contact librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk
Thursday 25th August, 2.00pm.  Explore Learning Workshop: BFG. Enter the imaginative dream-world of Roald Dahl and unlock your own creativity. Create your own language and you’ll be wiz-popping in no time! Y3-5 (ages 7-9) To book contact librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk

Park Library  (Tel: 01793 463501, Email: park.library@swindon.gov.uk)

Friday 12 August, 11am. Explore Learning Workshop: Matilda. Come along to find out all about the tricks that Matilda plays on adults who can’t behave themselves. Decide what antics she will get up to next! Suitable for ages 7-10. To book your space contact Park Library.

Penhill Library (Telephone 01793 726943, Email penhill.library@swindon.gov.uk)
Saturday 16th July.10:30am – 12pm. Scrumptious Colouring Club – inspired by Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Saturday 23rd July,10:30 – 12pm. Creepy Crawly Craft Club – inspired by Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
Tuesday 9th August, 11am – 12pm. Disgustiferous Beard Making Session – inspired by Roald Dahl’s The Twits.
Saturday 20th August, 10:30am – 12pm. Hopes and Dreams Craft Club – inspired by Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

Pinetrees Library (Telephone 07785 454357, Email Pinehurst.Library@swindon.gov.uk)
Monday 8th August at 2.30– Make a grasshopper hat, inspired by James and the Giant Peach

Monday 22nd August, 2.00pm. Bugs, Bugs and more Bugs, inspired by James and the Giant Peach
Advanced sign-up. Contact library to book a place.

Upper Stratton Library.
Stratton Children’s Board Games Club
Thursday 28th July, 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Thursday 4th August 3:30-5:30pm

Thursday 11th Aug 3:30-5:30pm

Thursday 18th Aug 3:30-5:30pm

Thursday 25th Aug 3:30-5:30pm

The club is for children between the ages of 8 to 14.  Refreshments will be available.  For more information call the library on (01793) 829023 or e-mail upperstratton.library@swindon.gov.uk

West Swindon Library (Telephone 01793 465555, Email westswindon.library@swindon.gov.uk)
Tuesday 9th August, 2.00pm Explore Learning Workshop: BFG. Enter the imaginative dream-world of Roald Dahl and unlock your own creativity. Create your own language and you’ll be wiz-popping in no time! Y3-5 (ages 7-9) To book contact librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk
Tuesday 23rd August, 2.00pm. Explore Learning Workshop: Revolting Rhymes. This workshop is based around the all the characters created in Roald Dahl’s crazy and funny collection of poems! We will investigate how Dahl describes his characters, and how descriptive words hint at their personalities. Rec-Y2 (ages 5-7) To book contact librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk

Wroughton Library (Telephone 01793 798112, Email wroughton.library@swindon.gov.uk)
Friday 29th July, 10 – 12pm, Children’s Activity Morning – Make your own Dream Catcher, (run by the Friends of Wroughton Library)
Thursday 11th August, 2.00-3.30pm, Explore Learning Workshop: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Writing Workshop (sign up, age 8-9 )
Friday 5th August, 2.00-4.00pm Lego club (sign up, 15 max)

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Big Friendly Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016

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Print….it’s fun, it’s friendly and best of all, it’s totally FREE at your local library!

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The Big Friendly Read is celebrating 100 years of the world’s greatest storyteller, Roald Dahl. It is aimed at 4-11 year olds and is simple and fun! Children sign up at their local library, and then read (or listen to) six library books to gain a medal* and certificate, collecting limited edition Quentin Blake cards along the way – all for FREE!

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure. This can be a problem for schools to put right in the new term, and The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge really helps by getting three quarters of a million children into libraries over the summer. There is no other free reading activity that involves so many children, introduces families to their library, encourages children to choose books freely and independently and is endorsed by parents, teachers and the department for education.

Download our guides to a great range of awesome reads to try over the summer: Complete Guide to Recommended Summer Reading 2016,

Recommended Summer reading for dyslexic and reluctant readers 2016

Looking for general inspiration? Useful websites for bookish inspiration

Click here to view the fantastic range of children’s activities in Swindon libraries throughout the summer.

The BFG is being released in UK cinemas on 22nd July. Join up to the Challenge between 9th and 24th July to be in with a chance to win a cinema voucher kindly donated by Cineworld…and you could go see this splendiferous film (or any others over the summer) for free!

After reading the 1st book children can enter a competition to win prizes ranging from books, to vouchers donated from local businesses**. After 2 books there are whoopsy whiffling wristbands available* (subject to availability) and after 5 books there is a voucher to borrow one of our children’s DVDs for free.

On days you can’t get to the library, there is still The Big Friendly Read website, (www.bigfriendlyread.org.uk ) with so much for children to discover. Children can keep a record of their Challenge, recommend books and decide what to read next using the Book Sorter.

The Big Friendly Read runs from Saturday 16th July until Sunday 4th September 2016 (children can register from 9th July, start reading and get their first collector cards from 16th July).

So what do parents and children think of previous Summer Reading Challenges?
“Autistic, has helped improve his speech.”
“At Southfield school they tested the children’s reading ages before and after the summer holidays. My grandson made a 2 year improvement over this time”
“He would possibly have refused to read at all during the summer if it wasn’t for the summer reading challenge” (parent of child aged 6)
“My boy is gaining vocabulary and increasing his concentration skills”
“She is more confident with her words” (parent of child aged 5)
“My 4 year old starts school in September – SRC was a great opportunity to get interested in reading books.”
“”My children love and wait excitedly for when the SRC will start”

04readlowComments made by children included:
“I think it is fun because if we don’t have anything to do in the holidays we can do the challenge. We can have fun with learning”
“I liked doing the record breakers challenge because my friends told me and one of the people from the library came to tell us. I thought I’d give it a try and it was really fun and I enjoyed it a lot”
“I enjoyed the challenge of having to read more books with my family and having a goal to get medals/stickers. I have gained confidence in talking to unfamiliar people as I am quite shy”

The Roald Dahl Museum has kindly offered free weekend entry to EVERY child who is taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge during the summer holiday period (25 June to 4 September) so take along proof of taking part e.g. your fold out collector wallet, for a whoopsy whiffling visit!

The Big Friendly Read is produced by The Reading Agency, and delivered by libraries.
Any queries can be sent to: librariesoutreach@swindon.gov.uk or ask at your local library.

*Not suitable for ages 3 and under

**Prizes have kindly been donated by the following businesses:

Kidz About    2 x free entry vouchers Valid all week for 1 adult and 1 child
Lazerquest  Two complimentary passes valid until 04/09/2017, for up to 5 players, valid Monday-Thursday after 5pm (or 2 games for £3.00 per person)
Birdland   2 adults + two children voucher valid until 31 December 2017
Butts Farm Rare Breeds Two complimentary child passes when accompanied by paying adult
Fairytale Farm One family FREE! (Up to two adults and two children under 16)
Cineworld  Two complimentary passes valid until October 2016
Wyvern Theatre Gangsta Granny, Wyvern Family ticket (for 4) to Gangsta Granny for the performance on Fri 30 September at 7pm
Freedog  3 free open bounce tickets, valid until April 2017

Photographs © Dale Cherry for The Reading Agency with thanks to Crawley Library

The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. It is funded by the Arts Council, and has a formal partnership with public library services. www.readingagency.org.uk

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge 2016 including how to get involved and resources for schools, go to www.readingagency.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge

Follow the Summer Reading Challenge on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SummerReadingChallengeUK .

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Free Computer Courses in your local library.

Swindon Libraries are offering FREE computer courses for Beginners who would like to learn how to use the Internet. Using your own laptop or one of the library computers, you will learn how to use a search engine to find information on health matters, paying bills online, job seeking, social media using email, online shopping and much more. Sessions run for 2.5 hours one morning a week for 6 weeks.

Courses will be running from this September at the following four libraries:

Central, North Swindon, West Swindon and Park Library.

No previous experience necessary.

All ages welcome.

Small relaxed groups led by qualified trainers.

No exams or tests, just lots of support and encouragement in a friendly atmosphere.

No Such thing as a silly question!

We are also running separate courses for anyone wanting to learn how to use their  iPad

To find out more about either course and to book a place contact Joanne Gahan at North Swindon Library on 01793 707129 or 07823525461

 

 PN People

Here’s what some of our recent learners had to say about the course

  • My confidence has grown and I enjoyed the course enormously.
  • I knew nothing when I started and now I am trying things on my own. It’s great.
  • I sometimes feel that I haven’t understood it and then it all seems to make sense suddenly.
Learners from a recent course at North Swindon Library.

Left to right: Annette Davis, Angela Lowe, Helen Carey, Charles Gardner (volunteer), Ruth Wilkinson, Jim Ludlow, Diane Ludlow.

 

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Swindon Shuffle at Central Library

Shuffle 2016 bannerSaturday 16th July 2016: 12 noon – 3pm
Central Library SN1 1QG

As part of this year’s Swindon Shuffle 2016 Music Event, Central Library will be the venue for an afternoon of quality acoustic music featuring performances by:

12:00-12:30       Bradley Cowtan
12:45-13:15       Jordan Marvell Music
13:30-14:00       Oli Norman
14:15-14:45       Auralcandy

This FREE event will take place from 12 noon to 3pm in the Central Library Court Yard area. All Welcome! The perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon!!

A Midsummer’s Eve – Homage to Shakespeare

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7.15pm Thursday 30th June, 2016
Central Library SN1 1QG

To celebrate 400 years since the death of the great Bard, Central Library pays homage to Shakespeare with a Midsummer’s Eve of Prose, Poetry, Drama and Music – with words of wisdom from the Bard as well as other writers reflecting on a Summer’s Eve.

Prose & Drama: enacted & read by Molly Campbell & Stu Jackson

Poetry: read by Cristina Newton & Sam Loveless

Classical & Flamenco Guitars: performed by Bob Jacks & Haydn Bonadie

This event will take place either in the Central Library Court Yard (weather permitting) otherwise the 2nd Floor Reading Room area. 

Tickets £2.50 (£1.50 library members) available now from the Ground Floor Help Desk at Central Library as well as all other Swindon Libraries. Tel: 01793 463238 for further information.

 

Worldwide Knit in Public Day

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Feeling crafty? Moredon & Rodbourne Cheney Library is hosting a Worldwide Knit in Public Day on Saturday 18th June from 10am to 12:30pm.

This is part of the Worldwide Knit in Public Day’s ‘Commit to Knit Campaign’ which supports a number of charities. Staff are  aiming to get people to bring their knitting, crochet and sewing projects along.

There will also be a number of knitted elephants for sale in support of the Skanda Vale hospice – donated by staff and customers, as well as some knitting and craft books and vintage knitting and crochet patterns that have kindly been donated by customers of Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library. If you would like further details or have any queries about the day, then please contact Moredon & Rodbourne Cheney Library via telephone: 01793 618230 or email:  moredon.library@swindon.gov.uk

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