We currently have a display of photographs and maps depicting Lechlade in the war years in the main section of the library. The display has been provided by members of the Lechlade History Society and will be on show throughout October. A fascinating insight into the effects of the war on this small rural community.
A couple of new titles to inspire you to make something new this Autumn or just to brush up on your cookery skills…
New Flower tubs
Lechlade Library are delighted to have joined forces with the Town Council to improve the look of the Market Place one of the many projects for the Town identified in the Neighbourhood Plan. Two of the old tubs in the Market Place have been replaced by new oak tubs outside the library which will be looked after by the library volunteers. “We are delighted to be helping the Town Council in this way and have already received lots of lovely comments from visitors and local residents on how pretty the tubs look” Sue Coakley, Chair of Lechlade Library. (see photo).
Ancestry Workshop 4th October 10 am -1 pm
On 4th October the Gloucestershire County Archive team, together with the Lechlade History Society, will be running an Ancestry Workshop at the Library from 10 am till 1 pm. Anyone who is interested in learning more about their ancestry or the history of the town is very welcome to come along. This is a free event and there is no need to book. (The library will be open as usual during the workshop).
Footfall up 20%
Visitors to the library, as well as our many new and existing customers, have generated a footfall over 20% higher this summer than it was last year. The new signage above the door and the extended Visitor information including a new leaflet promoting the town, walks guides and a wealth of local knowledge have all made the Visitor Information Centre a great success. Visits were arranged for volunteers to both Filkins Woollen Weavers and Kelmscott Manor to improve our knowledge of local attractions. Future visits to Buscot House and the Cotswold Wildlife Park are planned.
Improved facilities for volunteers
We are improving the facilities for our volunteers by installing tea and coffee making facilities on the ground floor of the library. The replacement of the old floor standing boiler by the County with a modern wall mounted boiler has freed up space to install a small kitchen counter and sink in the back lobby. This will mean that volunteers can have a quick cuppa without having to carry hot drinks down the steep library stairs.
Library AGM 22nd October 7.30 pm
The AGM of Lechlade Library Ltd who run the Community Library will be at 7.30 pm on 22nd October. All volunteers and Friends of the library will receive an invitation to the AGM.
The library will be hosting a display on Lechlade around the time of the First World War by the Lechlade History Society in September. Panels will include photographs, maps and historical data and will be accessible during library opening hours. All are welcome to come and enjoy this excellent presentation.
New books are added to stock on a weekly basis – these include the full set of the Game of Thrones series and latest novels by authors such as Neil Bartlett (The disappearance boy) and Jessie Burton (The miniaturist). We welcome suggestions for new books from our customers so don’t hesitate to put forward your ideas.
The Job Club has moved to Tuesday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm. Free access to Job Search websites and coaching in all aspects of applying for work including interview skills practice. Why not come along and meet other people who are looking for work and share their experiences and ideas about finding the right job for you?
Children’s activities continue each week on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 am with stories, singing and rhymes.
We have full access to all of the County’s extensive stock of books so if by chance we don’t have what you are looking for readily available in our own library we can easily order a copy in for you.
We were delighted to welcome local MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown to the library. Geoffrey popped in during a visit to the town to open the new Post Office in Lechlade. Geoffrey was especially appreciative of the commitment of the library volunteers to providing such a fabulous service to both residents and visitors to the town.
Almost every week we add new titles to our current stock of books. Some of our regular customers don’t get beyond the new books displayed on our new stock shelf as they don’t need to look any further to find something they’d like to read. Why not come in and see for yourself…and if we don’t have what you are looking for we can always order it from another library for free delivery to Lechlade!
Join the Challenge – all you need to do is visit the library to join and then borrow at least 6 books and visit the library 3 times over the summer holiday. Win lots of goodies and a certificate.
Enjoy sharing stories– whenever the library is open
Mythical Maze activities– Thursday 14 August at 10.30 am (primary aged children). Contact the library to book a place.
Read to a dog – Shandy will be in the library on Saturday16 August from 11 am (TBC)
Shandy will be happy to be read to at other times by appointment – ask at the library desk.
Mythical Maze activities– Thursday 21 August at 10.30 am (primary aged children). Contact the library to book a place.
Lechlade Library 01367 252631
Extra Visitors – Not surprisingly we are expecting lots of visitors to the library in the summer months. We have re-vamped our visitor information adding a brochure on the town as well as local walks and other useful information.
Local Attractions- To improve our knowledge of local attractions volunteers will be visiting local venues throughout the summer. We start with a visit to Cotswold Woollen Mills in July and later in the month will be going to Kelmscott Manor.
Job Club – The Job Club continues on Tuesday mornings until 22nd July. Thereafter it will run as part of the overall library service offering support to those needing help researching job opportunities, writing CVs etc. We are very grateful to Annabelle Carter of Cirencester College for all her help with this.
Wi Fi – Wi Fi is available for a small fee and this allows us to offer personal tuition to help people get the most from their smartphone, laptop or tablet as well as providing a fast and convenient connection to the internet.
With lots of new books, DVDs and other items there is always something new on the shelves so why not call in and see what’s on offer?
The theme for this Summer’s Reading Challenge is Mythical Maze so look out for fantastical creatures from the world of legend and mythology.
We are hoping to have some real serpents and dragons in the library – we will publish the date on posters and the website to let you know when this will be happening.
Making a popular return to the library this summer is Shandy our Reading Dog. Shandy loves nothing better than to listen to children reading her stories especially ones that feature other animals!
With the film due to be released shorty we have just bought copies of Divergent and the sequel Insurgent.
The books tell the story of Beatrice Prior as she tries to choose her place in the special society in which she lives. Will her choice save her family or destroy her?
We now have an improved Visitor Information Centre in the Community Library offering a brand new leaflet about Lechlade (huge thanks to Margaret Hing and the Town Council) and a selection of walks around the town and along the river. More features will be introduced throughout the year.
The management team are arranging a Summer Soiree in June for all our Library Volunteers and Friends to thank them for their fantastic contributions to the success of the library. As we never tire of repeating, we could not run the library without them! We shall invite them to bring along a guest who they think might also be interested in supporting the library by becoming a volunteer or Friend of the Library.
We hope to hold a Book Sale in June – so come along and fill a bag with some holiday reading.
Our usual Children’s activities continue on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and we shall once again be taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge during the summer holidays.
A new venture for us is hosting a Job Club every Tuesday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon. A community Project worker will offer advice and guidance on writing CVs, searching for work online, applying for jobs or just informal chats about how best to find work.
Wi-Fi is available in the library so you can use your own tablet, phone and other devices and get faster access to the internet for a small fee. Free access to the internet is still available via the six People’s Computers.
Family History: We can help if you would like some guidance on researching your family history.
Computer Skills: We can offer help if you have never used a computer before or if you would like to improve your skills. We can also offer personal tutorials to help you make better use of your laptop or iPad.