Category Libraries

“We are open – come and see us” say Somerset Libraries

“We are open – and we’d love to see you” is the message from Somerset Libraries as they prepare to celebrate Libraries Week from 5 to 10 October The Somerset County Council service wants to make sure residents know that it’s almost back to business as usual following the closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. […]

Libraries offer digital help for job seekers

Somerset Libraries are kicking off National Libraries Week with an innovative new scheme. From Monday 5 October iPads will be available to job seekers looking for an extra bit of help in their quest for employment. The free iPad Loan Scheme from Somerset County Council is designed to help people looking for a new job […]

Book first at new look library service

Somerset Libraries have rolled out a new order-and-collect service giving customers access to library books while staying safely socially distanced. Libraries have been opening over the last few weeks in phases across the county and offering the new service, with the final four – Chard, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Martock libraries – now open. With the […]

‘Library Man’ – I’m a storyteller get me outside of here

A popular Library storytelling session is set to move to a park in Taunton now that lockdown measures are further easing. James Denslow – AKA ‘Library Man’ – has created quite a buzz on social media in recent months with his quirky Facebook story-times. Now lockdown is further easing – and the summer holidays are […]

Silly ideas to keep the whole family entertained this summer

Families across Somerset can enjoy a vibrant programme of free live online events this summer, as part of the Library Service’s ‘Silly Squad’ 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. The events, run by Somerset County Council, will be involving quality authors and performers, all keen to keep children entertained. Delivered in collaboration with ASCEL (Association of Senior […]

Libraries order-and-collect service proves popular

Hundreds of people have been making use of the new Somerset Libraries order-and-collect service which is now set to expand to other libraries. The service allows people to use an online request form to receive a selection of up to 10 books, DVDs or Talking Books which staff pick out for customers, based on the […]

More libraries open for order-and-collect

The phased reopening of Somerset’s libraries is continuing next week with a collection service introduced from even more buildings. Library buildings in Frome, Yeovil, Minehead and Bridgwater will open for the order-and-collect service from Monday 13 July, with members able to choose up to 10 books for collection. Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet […]

Somerset Libraries launch new personal shopper service as doors begin to reopen

As part of the phased reopening of library buildings later this month, a new ‘personal shopper’ service is being introduced. Somerset County Council will launch the service in Taunton Library on 6 July. Subject to a review, it will then be introduced in Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead and Yeovil on 13 July. It is hoped all remaining […]

Some Libraries planning to re-open soon!

Somerset Libraries are planning the phased re-opening of library buildings with the aim to start welcoming people back as early as possible in July. It won’t be business as usual straight away, however, and Somerset County Council’s library buildings will look and feel quite different, as some processes temporarily change. Social distancing measures will be […]

Get Digitally Silly This Summer!

This year sees the return of the ever-popular Summer Reading Challenge with a slight twist; a new digital platform called the “Silly Squad” will offer lots of fun and exciting adventures to keep children between 4 and 11 years old entertained. Whilst the Summer Reading Challenge will only be available online in 2020, it still […]