Culture, Creativity and Inspiration at Gillingham Library. An exciting range of activities are lined up for the next few months as part of the Libraries as Cultural Hubs project. From authors to storytellers, creative crafts to Fun Palaces there's something for everyone..
Space Chase has blasted off!
The Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing in all our libraries. This national reading challenge helps children keep reading over the summer and discover the joy of reading for pleasure.
So far 4180 budding astronauts have joined the Challenge and some have already completed.
There's still plenty of time to take part. It's free to sign up, just pop to your local library with your library card. Once you've read your 6 books, you'll get a medal.
The Summer Reading Challenge website has games, activities and competitions with some great prizes to be won. There are loads of activities taking place in libraries throughout the summer.
We support volunteering opportunities for young people. If you're aged 14 - 25, you could be just the person we're looking for. You'll help children join the Challenge, talk to them about their reading, give out rewards and medals and help with library events and activities.
Great for your CV and an opportunity to develop skills for life - what are you waiting for? Its easy to apply online
With 10 hours volunteering under your belt you can apply for the the Dorset Award
Free holiday reads If you struggle to travel light, then why not borrow eBooks or Emagazines for your tablet or Kindle Fire.
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Our Library Manager came across this charming little rhyme and would like to share it with you all
There’s a place you can go to where….
you can consult the wisest people
you can listen to the dead speak
you can keep up to date with current trends
and you can learn to fix your dripping tap
you can pop in for a minute or stay as long as you like
you can connect with everyone in your community without meeting them
you can ask questions about any topic in the world and get them answered
you can find people like you
you can browse, dream, relax, learn, chat, study or just sit
no-one will ever ask what you are doing there
it’s open every day and easy to get to
and it’s all free
it’s called the public library
Apparently this rhyme is a joint effort by Rachel Van Riel and her team at Opening the Book, a library design company
We are running a competition during the Summer Reading Challenge
All you have to do is name the Planets in their correct order from nearest the Sun outwards and suggest a name for our NEW PLANET currently on show in the Honesty Library
Collect your answer sheet from one of our volunteers at the Library and return it before 1st September
One lucky entrant will be chosen by our Library Manager to receive a book token
Sumer is icumen in
As we bask in the UK's hottest summer on record, the best place to be is in the shade with a book of poetry. We are delighted to share our new recommended reading lists: the best new poetry, great poetry books for book groups, the best poetry for children, plus a scorching set of recommendations for YA readers. Most of the books are available now, the rest you can pre-order to enjoy on National Poetry Day, 3rd October
Head to our website for Truth poems, tips on things to do and summer poetry events and don't forget that our blog is also full of interesting articles, should you need more summer-time reading. And if you are planning a special celebration for National Poetry Day be sure to add it to our map. Happy holidays!
Win your holiday reading from National Poetry Day
To be in with a chance of winning this set of brilliant new poetry books simply tell us why you'll be reading poetry on holiday. The best answer wins!
Closing date: 2nd August
Poetry competitions for children and young people
Creative Critics is now open. 16-19 year olds are asked to write a poem of their own in response to one of the Forward Prizes shortlisted poems, along with a short commentary explaining how the poem influenced them. Prizes include tickets to the Forward Prize ceremony at the South Bank, the poetry event of the year. Find more information on the English and Media Centre website.
National Poetry Day is a Forward Arts Foundation initiative
The Forward Arts Foundation is a charity that enables all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. We champion excellence in poetry and grow audiences through National Poetry Day, the Forward Prizes for Poetry and annual Forward books. If you love poetry, show it by supporting us here.
Our Registered Charity Number is 1037939
Summer Reading Challenge 2019
Space Chase - 6 July to 7 September 2019
Get ready for an out of this world adventure at your local library this summer!
We’re excited to introduce you to Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019!
This year's Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase; a space themed adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children taking part in the Challenge will help our super space family, The Rockets, as they track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!
As children read library books, they will collect special stickers for their colourful collector's folder. Space Chase will feature bespoke artwork from top children's illustrator, Adam Stower, and will celebrate adventure, exploration, reading and fun!
Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge
Taking part in the Challenge is simple – when your summer holidays start, you can sign up for free at your local library.
You’ll receive your very own Space Chase mission folder to get you started.
Read six library books (or more!) over the holidays to collect special stickers to add to your folder.
Collect all the stickers to find the aliens, save the missing books and complete the Challenge.
Grab your space suit and take a giant leap into the library this summer!
Check out the following web sites for more information or pop in to Stalbridge Library where one of our team will be happy to help.
The Honesty Library section within Stalbridge library is run by the Friends of Stalbridge Library
The Honesty Library holds lots of fiction and non-fiction books by famous authors. These books have been generously donated by local people.
These books can be taken out on loan by first selecting your book or books, then writing your name, library card number and the date you have taken out the book(s) in the folder provided within the Honesty Library.
The book(s) can be read at your leisure as there is no "book return by date"
Come along and take a look, you will be surprised at both the number and variety of books on offer
Michael Hill was born in South East England in semi-rural circumstances which encouraged a love of landscape and a dislike of regimentation. Later on, however, in the aftermath of World War II and still only twelve, his abrupt encounter with grammar school life instantly broadened his outlook and enriched his imagination.
Following national service, and a year studying Anthropology, Hill completed a Graphic Design course at the LCP. Aged thirty five, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Kingston University where he remained until his retirement. And since then, his writing has never wavered; his output continues unabated.
The First Hints of Purple is a wide-ranging collection of stories whose meticulous, elegant prose encompasses everyday experience alongside shrewd and often comic insights into human nature. Many of the tales are familiar in form whilst others comprise what Hill refers to as ‘indeterminate literary entities’. These probe beneath the surface of ordinary events in pursuit of those indefinable aspects of reality about which no convincing explanation exists.
The First Hints of Purple is a collection of tales in which subject matter, mood, length and style vary greatly. Featured at intervals, there’s a further, distinctive side to Hill’s work in which his characters meditate on the enigma of ‘time’. Indeed, mentioned repeatedly throughout the diverse and always riveting ups-and-downs of Hill’s stories, ‘time’ is a recurrent question. And it’s a question to which he wisely gives no answer! Underpinned throughout by humour, this book will appeal to established short story lovers as well as to a broader readership.
The First Hints of Purple is available to borrow from our Honesty Library. Please speak to one of our Volunteers.
Are you a budding new writer? And on a low income? You may be interested in The Free Reads scheme offered through Dorset Library Service. The scheme gives new writers on a low income the opportunity for some constructive critical feedback on their work. For more information see the website:
And The Literacy Consultancy website:
Stalbridge Community Library has been running very successfully for five years and is now in need of new volunteers to help run both The Library Management Group and The Friends of Stalbridge Library
The Management Group meet every two months and The Friends Group every three months with meetings lasting a maximum of two hours
Do you think you can bring some fresh ideas and maybe some particular skills to help run our Community Library and take it forward, if so please contact Margaret Jackson by either e-mail or telephone for an informal chat
As from 31st August 2018 Libraries West will be changing suppliers for both E Books and E Audio Books.
The resources of eight Local Authorities have been pooled to bring you a more comprehensive range of titles.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO STALBRIDGE LIBRARY PATRONS
If you currently borrow E Books and / or E Audio Books using RB Digital you will no longer be able to do so after 31st August 2018
From Friday 31st August
To borrow E books . Log on to Cloud Library using your Library Membership and Pin Numbers
To borrow E audio Books. Log on to BorrowBox again using your Library Membership and Pin Numbers
In both cases you will not need to create a separate account to use these services
FULL Details of both new services will be available at
If you need any help please call into the Library and talk to one of our Volunteer team