Category Libraries

Somerset Libraries Presents!

Staff from libraries across Somerset have been busy creating dozens of great videos for children of all ages to enjoy each week online. These include regular story times, health and wellbeing videos, top tips on cooking and gardening and of course some useful book reviews. There have already been thousands of views for the different […]

Be kind to yourself and others with Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries will be marking Mental Health Awareness Week (18–24 May), with a wide range of helpful videos, resources and activities to join in with over the course of the week. This year’s theme from the Mental Health Foundation is ‘kindness’ in celebration of the amazing demonstrations of kindness we have seen in our communities […]

Have fun at home with Somerset libraries

Hundreds of Somerset families are getting involved in a brand-new library offer – run entirely through social media! Library staff are continuing to provide a fun-filled events and activities programme using digital platforms whilst library buildings are temporarily closed. Video story times are attracting thousands of viewers and there are activities to suit all ages, […]

Library membership soars during lockdown – sign up today

The number of people joining Somerset’s library service has rocketed during the coronavirus lockdown – despite library buildings being closed to the public. The service is proving popular with hundreds of people joining Somerset Libraries online since the Lockdown began – an increase of 544 per cent compared to the number of people joining online […]

Lockdown Library Service – here for you 24/7!

Somerset Libraries are continuing to support people with their vibrant online offer during these challenging times of self-isolation. Although library buildings are closed, there are thousands of free books, audiobooks and even magazines available to download at http://www.somersetreads.co.uk. You can even find simple step-by-guides to get you started. For anyone without a library card, joining […]

Reading Well for children

Libraries throughout Somerset have a new collection of books aimed specifically at supporting children’s emotional wellbeing. The books focus on helping them understand their feelings and worries and gives support to help them cope with tough times. The ‘Reading Well’ collection has been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians and the books are […]

Curtain up for half term fun

The curtain will be going up at Taunton Library and The Brewhouse theatre next month for a special collaboration over the February half-term. Teenagers aged 13-18 can join in ‘Word Play’ – two masterclasses celebrating the spoken word through poetry, story-telling, performances and workshops. Taking place on Wednesday 19 February from 10am-5pm at both Taunton […]

Yeovil Library and the Yeovil Literary Festival 2019

Well-known literary figures, comedians, celebrities and local authors will descend on Somerset in November as the County Council’s library helps host the Yeovil’s Literary Festival. Yeovil Library, working in partnership with The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones Yeovil and Yeovil Community Arts Association is set to be part of the seventh annual Yeovil Literary Festival. The 2019 […]

‘COMMON SALT’ seasons Somerset libraries

Common Salt – a ‘show and tell’ performance around a table – begins a national tour this autumn with a chance to see it at three Somerset Libraries – Wells, Frome and Yeovil from this month. Common Salt explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the […]

Digital theme for Libraries Week

A care home visit and free virtual reality tours at Taunton Library are on the agenda in a bid to encourage people to get digital for National Libraries Week. The theme for this year’s libraries week, which runs from 7-12 October, is all things digital and libraries across the county will be offering a range […]