We are delighted to be able to announce that as from
Monday 10th August
the Library opening hours will be extended as below:
TUESDAYS. 2.00pm - 5.00pm
WEDNESDAYS. 12.00midday -2.30pm
SATURDAYS. 9.30am - 12.30pm
Dorset Library Service has directed that the wearing of face masks and use of hand sanitizer be continued within the Library
Patrons are requested to either use the NHS Track and Trace App or to sign in using the sheet available in the Library
One Public Use Computer will be available to patrons as from 10th August for 45 minute sessions.
These hours will be reviewed in September and if there is sufficient demand we hope to be able to resume full opening times again
The Summer Reading Challenge has begun
What a great start to the Summer Reading Challenge here in Dorset. Children have been joining the Wild World Heroes challenge at libraries across the whole county since Saturday the 3rd July. There's lots of time to join, as the challenge runs through the summer until the 11th September. This FREE challenge is aimed at primary aged children, but all ages are welcome. If you are not already a library member, then sign up for free, and access thousands of free books with your library card.
Children receive special stickers every time they finish a book, and there's a certificate and medal for everyone who completes the challenge.
Children can read whatever they like in their chosen format - fiction, fact books, poetry, joke books, picture books, graphic novels, audio books and e:books.
Illustrations Heath McKenzie2021
Please note: This service from Dorset Council will not be available at Stalbridge Community Library
Customer service points opening this July
Customers will be able to gain information and advice about council services in person across the Dorset Council area from Monday 5 July.
Since March 2020, due to COVID-19, many more people have been accessing services through the council’s website or by phone, and for many this is their preferred method, but the new customer service points will offer a welcome return to face-to-face service.
Support with council services will be available at libraries in Dorchester, Wareham, Weymouth and Wimborne and at Nordon Lodge, Blandford.
Customer services will be able to assist with council enquiries or urgent needs that cannot be supported over the phone or online.
The continued safety of customers and employees is paramount. There will be pre-booked appointments unless an enquiry requires support due to its complexity or the vulnerability of the person concerned.
All locations will follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing measures to ensure customers are kept safe.
Countless movie plotlines begin in a novel. Hundreds of characters exist in books long before being immortalised on screen. So why not get ahead of the game and read the books first?
The following are just a few of the titles available either through the Library service, (www.librarieswest.org.uk) or to purchase from World of Books.( www.worldofbooks.com )
We have now received the agreement of the Town Council and we will re-open Stalbridge Community Library on Wednesday 14th April 2021.
Current Covid 19 rules will still apply. i.e. facemasks must be worn in the building and only two visitors to be admitted at a time.
Initially we will only be opening on Wednesdays from 12.00 until 2.00pm and on Saturdays from 10.00am until 12.00 midday
We will re-assess the situation in line with government guidelines prior to the 21st June and hope to be in a position to re-open fully from 21st June onwards.
Please watch out for further updates on our website our face-book page. and notices on the Library entrance
We look forward to seeing you all again and sincerely hope this will be the last of the lockdowns
Ancestry Home Access
We have just received confirmation that Proquest, who provide our access to Ancestry, are extending the home access until at least the end of June.
Information on how customers can access the service from home can be found at: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/ebooks-audiobooks-and-online-reference/ancestry-library-edition.aspx
FREE HOME ACCESS TO ANCESTRY HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER 2021
Please see info regarding Ancestry:
“There is currently a bug in Ancestry stopping users save documents. The button is there but it will not save the document.
Proquest who supply Ancestry are aware of this and have said that it should be fixed very soon!
In other Ancestry news – home access for customers has been extended and will end on
December 31st 2021.
Update on 9th July 2021
For your information:
“Please be aware that there is currently a bug in Ancestry. The save button isn't working.
Proquest who supply Ancestry are aware of this and say it will be fixed very soon.”
1) Mary Shelley
Dreamt up on a dark and stormy night in Switzerland in the summer of 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is often celebrated as the classic gothic horror novel. While the story, too, is largely set in Switzerland, it is in fact the city of Bath in Somerset, England where Shelley penned much of the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unorthodox experiments.
Plans for the UK’s first Frankenstein museum were approved this year, to celebrate Shelley’s life, work, and the time she spent living in the city’s Abbey Churchyard – a suitably spooky location!
2) Bram Stoker
Since it was first published in the late 19th century, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has inspired countless tales of deadly beings who feast on the blood of their victims. It was the coastal town of Whitby that provided much of the inspiration for Stoker’s classic gothic novel. In 1890, Stoker spent the summer in the town, taking in the eerie ruins of Whitby Abbey and the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline where Count Dracula first arrives in England, in the form of a large black dog. It was even in a book in Whitby’s library that Stoker found inspiration for the name for the infamous Count.
3) Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1901
Hailing from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle is known the world over as the creator of the legendary Sherlock Holmes and his loyal sidekick, John Watson. It was in one of his lecturers at Edinburgh University, Dr Joseph Bell, that Conan Doyle found the inspiration for his sharp-witted detective.
While Holmes and Watson faced all manner of strange mysteries, arguably their darkest adventure took them to the rugged moorlands of Dartmoor in Devon, where a monstrous supernatural hound is still said to roam.
(4) C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 1950
Belfast-born C.S. Lewis created some of the most iconic characters in British children’s literature. From the faun Mr Tumnus to the majestic King of Beasts Aslan himself, the inhabitants of the magical world of Narnia have been captured in bronze form in Belfast’s C.S. Lewis Square. The scariest of all his creations, though, is doubtlessly Jadis, the White Witch, who turns all those who dare to defy her to ice…
5) Roald Dahl
The Witches, 1983
Cardiff-born Roald Dahl’s terrifying tale The Witches tells the story of a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, and their quest to defeat a coven of child-hating witches. Some of the story’s most haunting scenes take place at the grand Hotel Excelsior, where the witches gather to hatch their plans for ridding the world of all children.
In the 1990 film, The Headland Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall was used as the setting for the witches’ convention, offering a perfect backdrop for Dahl’s classic – which is still widely seen as one of the scariest children’s books ever written!
Why not check out some of the most haunted spots in the UK this autumn– or get planning for next year! And for even more inspiration, take a look at Visit Britain’s interactive map of haunted Britain.
Sharing your reading experience about a book you have read can be really interesting. It can make you think about what you liked or didn't like about the book, or what emotions you felt after reading the book. If you like to talk about books, why not join our virtual reading group which meets the last Thursday of each month. If you'd like to know more, and receive your invite simply email .
Dorset libraries to offer order and collect service from this July
Following the Government’s recent announcement, our libraries will start a phased reopening from 8 July. The initial reopening plans, focused on the safety of customers and library employees, will provide existing users with an order and collect service. People will be able to order their preferred categories of books and other items to collect at an allocated time from 22 of Dorset’s 23 libraries.
Books will be available to order online on our website from 8 July by simply completing a short form about reading preferences. For those without online access, an order can be made by phoning 01305 228400.
All Dorset Library customers can now read daily newspapers on their device with the RBDigital App.
Access the full text of 1000+ daily, weekly and monthly newspapers from over 100 countries (and in 60 languages), including 166 local, regional and national UK titles.
If you already use the app to read e-magazines and e-comics, you'll see the link to newspapers in the contents list. If you haven't used it before, sign up with your library card. Find out more here