2014: Discover A New Love February!
National Libraries Day is being held on Saturday 8th February, but we don’t want to celebrate for just one day, or even one week, we have activities happening for the whole of February. Discover a New Love February is a great chance to find out more about what your local library can offer you (use us, love us, join us!).
Events and activities this February:
Discover somewhere completely new! Everyone who joins Swindon Libraries during February will be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 voucher for a trip with Barnes Coaches. (Did you know that you can book your Barnes Coaches’ day trips from the Visitor Information Centre on the Ground Floor of the Central Library?)
Take a blind date with one of our ‘mystery’ books in February and fall in love with a great new author/genre/hobby at: Covingham, Even Swindon, Highworth, Liden, Moredon, Penhill, Pinetrees and Upper Stratton Libraries.
Central Library: Come and join us for a full day of varied activities
10.30-11.30am: Artistic Journaling FREE Taster Session with Bea Menier. Places are limited so you will need to pre-book. Contact Bea Menier on 01793 694943.
11-11.30am: Special Children’s Story time with Colin on guitar! We will be reading the winning poem or story of the Write a Story or Poem on the theme of ‘Why do you love your library?’ which is currently running at Central Library (closing date Wednesday 5th February). Also reading extracts from popular children’s books.
12.15 – 1.30pm: Live acoustic music in the Café with music from ‘Rumour Shed’, ‘Mr Love & Justice’ and ‘Talk in Code’.
1.30-3.00pm Manga/Comic/Graphic novel swap and quiz in the Headspace area on the 1st Floor.
2.00 – 3.00pm – Pet’s Corner. Meet a staff member from Paradise Pets who will be available to answer pet related queries – and get up close to some of their small furry animals!
Contact Colin Curtis, Central Events Officer, e-mail CCurtis@swindon.gov.uk, tel. 01793 463782.
Highworth Library, National Libraries Day, 8th February: Family History drop-in session from 10.00am-1.00pm, with tea and coffee on hand. Pick up a mystery wrapped up book and discover a great new read! For queries contact Highworth Library, Brewery Street (above the Co-op supermarket), Highworth, Swindon, SN6 7AJ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01793 463500
Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library, National Libraries Day, 8th February: Start your Family History, drop-in session. Want to start your family tree but not sure how to begin? Come in for some basic tips and advice and learn how to begin with Find My Past to find out more about your ancestors. Check out one of our ‘mystery’ books and fall in love with a great new author/genre/hobby! Contact Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library, Church Walk North (off Moredon Road), Swindon, SN25 3DJ. E-mail: email@example.com Tel: 01793 618230
North Swindon Library, National Libraries Day, 8th February: Between 10.00 and 2.00pm there will be:
10.00 -2.00pm: Haydon Artists Society – small display of work with artists painting and drawing in the library to promote the group that meets weekly in the library.
11.00-12.00 (with the taster at 11:30am): Baby Boppers – promotion of sessions and a taster session in the library
Community Coffee Morning
Dance Plus – promotion of sessions and a taster session in the library
Outset – Manned display promoting a service to help people thinking of becoming self-employed 11am -2pm
Contact the library to find out further details: Orbital Retail Park, Thamesdown Drive, Swindon, SN25 4AN. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01793 707120
Pinetrees Library, National Libraries Day, 8th February: 11.00-12.00: Find a new love craft session for adults and children. Come along and learn how to knit. For further details contact the library: Pinetrees Library, Pinetrees Community Centre, The Circle, Swindon, SN2 1RF. Tel: 07785 454357. E-mail: Pinehurst.Library@swindon.gov.uk
Liden Library, National Libraries Day, 8th February: Children’s Craft session 10.30-11.30am. Pick up a mystery wrapped up book and discover a great new read! Barrington Close, Liden, Swindon, SN3 6HF. E-mail: email@example.com Tel: 01793 463504
West Swindon Library, National Libraries Day, 8th February: Never used a computer before and want to give it a go? Discover how easy it is to get started with our friendly tutor at our relaxed computer taster sessions 10.00-12.00 and 1.00-3.00pm (pre-register prior to the day). Give it a go it’ll open more doors than you know!
Enjoy a special story time at 10.30am. For more details: West Swindon Library, Link Centre, Whitehill Way, Swindon
SN5 7DL. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01793 465555
Also in February:
Old Town Library: For our younger visitors and to celebrate National Libraries day we are launching a competition exclusive to Old Town library offering our users (up to the age of 12) the chance to win a family ticket to come and see ‘Pirate Gran’ (based on the books by Geraldine Durrant and Rose Forshall) presented by Scamp Theatre this April. Contact library for details: Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon, SN1 4BJ. E-mail: email@example.com, tel: 01793 614837
Walcot Library, 3rd February, 10/30-11.30am: Friends Group Meeting. All welcome. Contact Leah Bevan for further details: tel. 07785 454354, e-mail LBevan@swindon.gov.uk. Walcot Library, Somerville Road, Walcot, Swindon, SN3 3BL.
Liden Library: Thursday 6th February. Come and enjoy the newly decorated library with story time at 10.00am. Coffee afternoon and activities through out the day. Contact Leah Bevan for further details, tel. 07785 454354, e-mail LBevan@swindon.gov.uk. Liden Library, Barrington Close, Liden, Swindon, SN3 6HF.
Penhill Library, Friday, 7th February: 3.30-4.30pm. Find a new love craft session for adults and children. Come along and learn how to knit. For further details contact the library: Penhill Drive, Swindon, SN2 5DU. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Tel: 01793 726943
Central Library, Friday 14th February, 7.15-8.45pm, Find a new love in our speed dating event with a literary twist. Meet some like minded people and enjoy some top entertainment from the talented lead singer of the Teddy White band and Pignose. Win a meal for two worth £50 at 20 at the Kings, Wood Street very kindly donated by Arkells Ltd.
Central Library: Wednesday 26th February, 7.15pm. ‘The Mystery of Agatha Christie – a talk by Lynda Warren’. Agatha Christie is the world’s best-known mystery writer, recognised throughout the world as “The Queen of Crime”. Lynda Warren will be talking about the writer’s life including her marriages, divorce and the time she “disappeared” as well as her writing style and the development of some of her most famous characters, including Poirot and Miss Marple. Tickets: £1.50 (Library Members) / £2.50 (Non-members) available from The Visitor Information Centre at Central Library (Tel: 01793 466454) or any of Swindon Libraries.
- Download a great range of eBooks and audiobooks for free (no overdue fines).
- Attend a wide range of free or low cost events, activities and performances including bands and author talks.
- Use free online reference resources from home or in the library e.g. Driving Test Theory (with hazard perception videos and full bank of questions), Go Citizen to help pass Life in the UK test and IELTS.
- Discover our Local Studies & Family History collection, with free access to Find My Past, and explore your family tree. Discover over 8000 historical images of Swindon (and contribute your own!) on our fascinating Flickr gallery.
- Check out the latest DVDs, often available before Lovefilm!
- Try out the recipes from best-selling cookbooks before you buy!
- Find a new hobby, make new friends and join one of the many groups which meet in our libraries!
- For families, the library has lots of story books (great to share together) including picture books and easier stories for new readers. Books on all sorts of topics as well as books on TV series and films, graphic novels and manga. Don’t forget a great selection of children’s DVDs – perfect for those wet days indoors!
- Come along and make new friends at one of our many story and rhyme times.
It’s free to join the library and really easy. You can join online or visit your local library and staff will join you up in just a few minutes. If you have ID with you showing both your name and address that’s great, but even if you don’t you can still borrow a couple of books!
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A few excerpts from National Libraries Day 2013.
A little taster of what we do: