This is the link to the reference sources, available to Libraries West members via the website: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/ebooks-audiobooks-and-online-reference/online-books-and-reference-sources.aspx
Each LibrariesWest authority also subscribes to a range of free online reference resources, including the Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford English Dictionary, Newsbank, Who's Who & Who Was Who, and Access to Research. Access varies by authority so please check the relevant link below for your local area.
Bath & North East Somerset
Online books and reference resources
Find online resources on these websites:
Celebrate Libraries Week
Do you regularly visit your local library, use the 24/7 online library services, or have you not visited a library for a while? Dorset Libraries have lots on offer, and the whole country will be celebrating during Libraries Week 7th-12th October.
There’s still time to enter the competition which closes on 7th October - Build a Library of the Future out of Lego bricks
Click on the link above for all the info.
Find out what's going on at your local library
Code Clubs in Dorset Libraries
Code Club is a global network of free coding clubs for children aged 9-13 yrs who learn to make animations and music, program with python and html, and experiment with Microbits.
Code Clubs are run by volunteers and we need more!
Sturminster Newton, Shaftesbury, Weymouth and Gillingham all need enthusiastic helpers to carry on coding- you don't need to be an expert - you just need enthusiasm, good computer skills and a willingness to learn alongside the kids.
Can you spare an hour a week during term time?
To find out about clubs near you, and to volunteer, ask at your local library or the code club website.
Support Charities this Christmas
It may seem a long way off, but Charity Christmas cards are now on sale at Tourist Information Centres in Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Sherborne and Wareham, so why not beat the rush and stock up now?
Cards for Good Causes will also be coming to Weymouth and Ferndown libraries around mid-October.
The Night Fire
Michael Connelly (Goodreads Author)
Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renee Ballard come together again on the murder case that obsessed Bosch's mentor, the man who trained him
Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, but after his funeral his widow hands Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before -- the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals.
Bosch brings the murder book to Renée Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson's fire all those years ago. That will be their starting point.
The bond between Bosch and Ballard tightens as they become a formidable investigation team. And they soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?
Now Entering Addamsville
by Francesca Zappia (Goodreads Author)
Zora Novak has been framed.
When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.
Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.
Lee Child’s Night School named UK’s most borrowed library book
According to Bookseller, figures released from UK public libraries, compiled using Public Lending Right (PLR) data, showed the Jack Reacher thriller was most popular. In all, 101,636 loans of the book were made, well above the 71,000 recorded by the previous year’s most borrowed novel, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (Transworld). Child was followed by John Grisham’s The Whistler (Hodder), with both writers appearing twice in the top 10. Continuing the trend for thrillers, Michael Connelly had two books in the top five, with The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Orion) at number three and The Late Show (Orion) at number five.
A prequel set back in 1996 — Reacher is still in the army, age 35, and he’s moved to an emergency task force because the intelligence services in Europe have plucked a menacing phrase from the air: "The American wants a hundred million dollars." For what?
With Frances Neagley, his trusted sergeant and trusty sidekick, by his side — what problem can't be resolved?
Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.
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
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
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