Category library

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Another Bumper Summer for Somerset Libraries

Somerset Libraries and Somerset County Council have once again enjoyed a summer full of enthusiastic young readers as part of their Summer Reading Challenge. 7,482 children signed up to take part in this year’s challenge, which was themed ‘Mischief Makers’ in celebration of 80 years of The Beano. Busy staff went on to give out […]

Recommendations for future of Somerset’s Libraries Service

Recommendations for the future of Somerset’s Libraries Service were unveiled today (16 October), with a final decision expected to be made next month (5 November). A detailed report was published online, which sets out how Somerset’s Libraries Service would continue to be delivered across the County. It recommends that 19 existing library buildings be retained […]

Take A Virtual Library Tour

Virtual tours of the public space in every Somerset library are now available to view online. The virtual tours were put together as a way of testing a recently acquired 360° camera, which will soon be available to use in the Glass Box, an innovation and enterprise space in Taunton Library. Councillor David Hall, Somerset […]