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:
HAVE YOU LOST IT?
If you have, the Library may have found it! We have a wonderful collection of bookmarks which have escaped from their owners, some of them looking as if they are much loved, much used. (I mean the bookmarks, not necessarily the owners!)
Rachel may be looking for one which describes her personality (what a nice person she seems to be); Ellie sent love to her Auntie Julie and hoped she liked the bookmark ….; Trevor must be missing his nearly-antique leather bookmark; a music lover’s souvenir from the Bournemouth Winter Gardens dated 1 January 2000 will be a much sought-after antique on 1 January 2100; a reader visited Flanders Fields and bought a bookmark commemorating John McCrae and his poignant poem; someone else visited the Welsh Folk Museum; another reader whose name begins with ‘M’ perhaps is wondering where he or she put his or her beautifully embroidered bookmark…………
And there are lots more, too many to mention here. But do ask when next you come to the Library. It would be so satisfactory if we were able to reunite loved items with their owners.
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
Do you have three hours to spare every two weeks?
Do you enjoy reading and books?
Then we have a space for you as a volunteer at Stalbridge Community Library.
We are a happy group who work hard to keep the Library open for Stalbridge and surrounding villages.
Please contact Christine Peters for further details email@example.com