Category Libraries

Put on your PJs for library Pyjamarama!

Libraries across the County are hosting pyjama parties from 3 to 7 June – and distributing books to celebrate BookTrust’s ‘Pyjamarama’ event aimed at getting more children reading. Families are encouraged to wear pyjamas and/or bring in teddy bears to join in with the fun at Pyjamarama themed Toddler Rhyme Times and other activities taking […]

Pass on your love of reading

Volunteers are needed this summer to pass their love of reading to Somerset children during this year’s Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge, taking place across all Somerset Libraries. Last year, over 7,400 children took part in the challenge in Somerset and this couldn’t have been achieved without the help of volunteers. Volunteers need to be […]

Exciting future for Priorswood Library

Celebrations took place last week (Friday 17 May) after Priorswood Library’s long-term future was confirmed with the signing of a Community Library Partnership. Library friends, partners, school and nursery children and staff joined together at the library to celebrate the signing of the agreement between The Friends of Taunton Library and Somerset County Council. Last […]

Street Library to reopen in new location

Street Library will reopen its doors to the public in new location, Street Parish Rooms,  on Wednesday 29 May at 9.30am. A temporary agreement was put in place at the end of April between Street Parish Council, the Friends of Street Library group and Somerset County Council to jointly run the library together, pending the […]

Somerset Libraries shortlisted for top award

The Somerset Digital Skills Talent Academy, hosted by Glass Box, Somerset Libraries, has made the shortlist for the Digital 100 Awards Finalists. Digital Leaders, the nationwide programme for promoting effective, long-term digital transformation across government, industry and charities, has today announced the finalists who make up the Digital Leaders 100 (DL100) list for 2019 and […]

Cabinet backs savings rethink thanks to extra funding

Extra funding could be made available to allow a full review of Somerset County Council’s winter gritting service if recommendations from today’s Cabinet meeting are supported by Full Council next week. Thanks to better than expected finalised funding for 2019/20, Cabinet supported plans to provide up to £200,000 which will see the reversal of the […]

Outing the Past

Come along and find out more about LGBT and its history in Somerset Libraries first ‘Outing the Past’ Festival taking place in Taunton Library on 2 February 2019. In celebration of the national LGBT History month, the Festival programme starts at 10.45am and covers a wide variety of topics and historical periods – attendees can […]

More funds available to support Somerset Libraries Redesign

An extra £22,000 a year to help support communities to run library buildings, and a commitment to retain nineteen Somerset County Council libraries was approved today. Somerset County Council’s Cabinet made the final decision on how libraries services will be delivered across Somerset in future agreeing nineteen library buildings will be retained by the County […]

Shepton Mallet Library Location Decision Deferred

The Somerset Libraries redesign report published earlier this week recommends Somerset County Council continues to run a library building in Shepton Mallet, but its exact location is still to be decided. The existing library building provides limited opportunities to improve the current library service (for example, increasing opening hours) and doesn’t represent good value for […]

Tackling ‘Period Poverty’ Launched At Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries are launching a new community initiative aimed at tackling ‘Period Poverty’ to mark National Libraries Week (8th October 2018) which this year celebrates health and wellbeing. ‘The Tricky Period’ will run on a trial basis and offer free sanitary products to young women in the County who would not otherwise be able to […]