Category Libraries

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 […]

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 […]