The Library will be closing for the Christmas Holiday on
Thursday 23rd December2021 at 6.00pm
and will re-open on
Tuesday 4th January 2022 at 2.00pm
The Library Management Committee and our wonderful team of volunteers would like to wish you all a very
Happy and Peaceful Christmas
a Happy and Healthy New Year
You may borrow up 20 books over the Holiday Period
Fantastic FREE virtual event for schools and nurseries on 30 November
Once upon a time there was a knight called Sir Bragalot who liked to brag and boast all day long...
In this interactive session, Sharon will give a reading of Oh, Sir Bragalot!, as well as a draw along session with the pupils, getting them involved in the story and characters! There will be time to ask Sharon questions about being an author and illustrator.
The event is aimed at children aged 4-6 years, and takes place on Tuesday 30 November at 10:30 am.
Book your class tickets
Libraries as Cultural Hubs event at Gillingham Library
Events are well underway for our Libraries as Cultural Hubs project, and bookings are now open for our next event.
Monday 6 December
We are very much looking forward to a festive treat at Gillingham Library. You are invited to come and enjoy a traditional Dorset Christmas entertainment, performed by two of Dorset's best-known folk musicians Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson. The event is ticket only, and places need to be booked in advance. Find out more and book now.
Bedtime stories for grown-ups
Dorset Libraries are keen to be involved with new and exciting projects, and we are very happy to have been selected to be part of Inn Crowd pilot travelling tour. The tour will be bringing professional, high-quality live entertainment to the market town of Gillingham on Thursday 2 December, with Suki Silvertongue.
Suki be telling stories and poems, but with a saucy and funny twist, and if you're not sure what to expect there's a short clip from Suki when you book your tickets.
Book your tickets for Bedtime Stories for Grown-ups
Coming soon - family festive fun
We know it's early to mention it, but lots of our libraries are already planning for FREE family activities in the festive season. Find out what is taking place at a library near you. Make sure you take a look at the list regularly, as there's more activities being added all the time. As numbers are limited at our events (and we always have long waiting lists), we would respectfully ask that if you can no longer attend an event, cancel your ticket or email us in advance so that another family can have the opportunity to come along instead.
Remember it's free to join the library and borrow our resources, so make sure all the family have a ticket of their own.
Great news for families - there will be a whole host of events for Winter in Dorset. It is a council initiative for affordable activities to families in Dorset over the Christmas holidays. All activities, events and holiday clubs taking part in Winter in Dorset are free for children who receive benefit-related free school meals, thanks to funding from the Department for Education Holiday Activity and Food Programme. There will also be opportunities/activities available and may attract a small charge.
Activities will be listed from 1st December.
Keep up to date with Winter in Dorset on Facebook.
Information about Winter in Dorset
Borrow e:comics from Dorset Libraries
Did you know that your library card also gives you access to over 2,800 graphic novels via the Libby App?
The collection includes a wide selection of titles from big comics publishers such as Marvel, Dark Horse, Image and IDW. Read the original graphic novels that inspired Netflix TV series Locke and Key and Umbrella Academy.
For children there are hundreds of titles from Disney as well as other titles from Minecraft and My Little Pony and Sonic the Hedgehog. There are no waiting lists, and you can check out as many titles as you like for three weeks at a time. For more information on how to stream or download eComics to your device visit the Dorset Libraries eComics page.
Bookstart packs for babies
Bookstart gives free books to every child in England and Wales at two key stages before school, as well as free packs for children with additional needs.
The lovely baby pack is now in a vibrant yellow bag - perfect for taking your books home from the library. Every baby should receive one of these through their health visitor before they are 6 months old, if you haven't received the pack and your baby is over 6 months, then you can collect it from a Dorset Library instead. Inside there are free books to share and keep, top tips for sharing books, and how to join the library.
Two of our libraries (Littlemoor and Weymouth) have been chosen to be part of the Booktrust Storytime pilot, reaching new families to come along to the library. Our pilot involvement has enabled all of our libraries to have a set of the 6 Storytime books, gifted to us by Booktrust. Look out for displays and take time to share these books in the library.
Family Information Service - online resources for families
A true celebration of a traditional Dorset Christmas
With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown and Bridport manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition.
STALBRIDGE VILLAGE HALL
11th DECEMBER 2021
Click on the link below to book
Below is a link to a recent film, produced for Somerset Libraries, that not only explores readers experiences of Covid-19, but how local libraries kept in touch with their housebound readers during the three lockdowns. We hope the film conveys local library users enthusiasm for reading and discovering new authors and the huge contribution made by a team of committed volunteers. Above all we hope it encourages people to support their local libraries.
The film was funded by the BBC’s 'Novels that shaped our world' and the Arts Council.
The Fundraising Campaign to Light up Stalbridge This Christmas has been a great success, but we need just a few more people to donate in order to achieve our target. If you are able to do online banking you can make a donation by visiting our crowdfunder page.
Alternatively you can take your cash or cheque donation to The Stalbridge Community Library in The Hub at Station Road during their opening hours:- The library is open from 2.00 pm to 5.00pm on Tuesdays, 12 noon to 2.30pm on Wednesdays, 3.00 pm to 6.00pm on Thursdays and 9.30 am to 12.30 pm on Saturdays. There is a Stalbright Donation Box at the Library ready to accept your donation.
Every year since 2003 the splendid Lime tree on The Ring at Stalbridge has been lit up for the Christmas season with 4000 lights, paid for by the Stalbright Group. We have not been able to fundraise this past year and a half and so we would really appreciate your help in maintaining this long tradition of lighting the Lime tree. We are hoping to reach a target of £1000 to pay for the maintenance of the lights, the repairs and replacements and the contractors and machinery needed. We have so far raised £930 of our £1000 target but need those last few donations to reach it. Please help us if you can, from as little as £1.
Thank you from the Stalbright team
#LetsTalkLibraries - tell us what you think
Libraries are at the heart of Dorset's communities and provide highly valued services, including:
The current library strategy is 11 years old. Over those 11 years, there have been significant changes in public behaviour and digital technology, and the impacts of the Covid pandemic have been felt.
We've launched a consultation which seeks to look to the future of Dorset's libraries and how they can best meet the needs of local residents and communities, now and over the next ten years. Share your views on what you like, what could be improved and what would encourage you to use the library more in the future.
The consultation runs for 11 weeks, from 25 October to 7 January 2022. To find out more about the strategy development process and to complete the surveys: #LetsTalkLibraries consultation - Dorset Council
We want to hear from children too
In addition to the survey, there is a dedicated children's survey for ages 5-15 years. We want to hear the views of our children. They can complete the children's survey for themselves, or you can complete it on their behalf.
The consultation runs for 11 weeks, from 25 October to 7 January 2022. Find out more about the strategy development process and complete the surveys :
#LetsTalkLibraries consultation - Dorset Council
Get involved in our #LetsTalkLibraries workshops!
Dorset Council will be running two workshops next month for library users and invite you to come along and share your views. Your views will help to shape a new library strategy, which will inform how the service is designed and delivered for the next ten years.
The events will be held online and spaces are limited.
Find out more and register your interest
Let's get creative - Children! Join us for 5 consecutive weeks having fun with the Arts. You'll gain your Arts Award Discover at the end.
About this event
It's time to have some creative fun. Join our virtual Arts Award Discover group, to find out about all types of art, take part in art activities, share your creations and ideas, and all from the comfort of your home.
Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications for children and young people and Discover is the first step. Through Arts Award children and young people develop creativity, communication and leadership skills. At the end of the 5 weeks, children will have achieved Arts Award Discover, and certificates will be from Trinity College, London.
To achieve the Arts Award certificate, you'll need to come to the group each week for 5 consecutive weeks.
Date and time
Thu, 4 November 2021
16:00 – 17:00 GMT
It’s all free and all children will need is access to a computer, where they will need to get Microsoft Teams, paper, pens/pencils, child friendly scissors when appropriate.
There are limited places for the group, and we need a minimum of 5 children to run it. Tickets and further information https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-arts-award-group-for-ages-7-tickets-194992546957
Attorney, politician, activist and American novelist, John Grisham is best known for his legal thrillers.
John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specialising in criminal defence and personal injury litigation.
One day, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants.
Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987.
His next novel, The Firm, spent 47 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and became the bestselling novel of 1991.
Since then, he has written one novel a year, including The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker and The Runaway Jury.
Today, Grisham has written a collection of stories, a work of non-fiction, three sports novels, five kids' books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into 42 languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.