We are still awaiting the delivery of our "Sneeze Screen" and other essential P.P.E.
As soon as these are in place and subject to the approval of Stalbridge Town Council we should be able to get up and running albeit with limited opening hours
We have now been advised by Dorset Library Service that customers and visitors will have to wear a Face Mask or Face Covering when visiting the Library.
This is due to the requirement to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces and this extends to libraries, not just shops and public transport especially where it may not be possible to maintain a social distance.
We are sorry this is taking so long but the safety of both our Patrons and our Volunteers is paramount, please bear with us a little longer
Summer activities Our much-loved virtual activity programme will continue throughout the summer holidays, to keep your family entertained and engaged with reading and the arts.
Our regular Facebook programme includes creative activities, story times, rhyme times, reading recommendations and more!
Continue reading to find out about the fabulous free activities we'll be bringing you this summer; authors, illustrators, storytellers, creative challenges, we have them all!
Calling all children! Join our drawing challenge and you could see your art work bought to life in our super silly animation, which we'll be showing at the end of August.
To support the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge we'd love you to create your own creature creation. Squishy, wobbly, furry, spiky, be sure to use plenty of imagination but make sure it's silly.
Email your JPEG drawings by Wednesday 5 August. All drawings submitted by the closing date will be used, either in a short animation or slideshow.
Taking part in this creative activity can count towards your Arts Award Discover. If you're not already taking part in Arts Award contact us to find out how.
Story time with Mama G
Mama G could be Zooming into your home on Tuesday 11 August to entertain you with some of her own stories, including I Can Sing a Rainbow, a fabulous interactive experience with a science activity - get ready with a kitchen roll, scissors, felt tip pens and two plates of water to join in.
Book now on Eventbrite for this flamboyant forty minutes of fun and laughter for the whole family and if you're taking part in Arts Award Discover, don't forget to include it in your log book.
Book now for 'Crazy Crew'
We're working with animal handling workshop provider ZooLab to bring you this amazing live digital experience on Tuesday 18 August.
Join our ZooLab presenter and their amazing animal team for a dramatic telling of the Crazy Crew story - a madcap tale about comedy, fun, laughter and wobbly jelly bellies. Will our talented bunch of animals get a comedy night filled with laughter or will the joke be on them?
If you're taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge here's a story to count towards your target!
Ideal for the whole family, book your place now on Eventbrite.
In partnership with South West library authority colleagues we'll be bringing you digital events to support the Summer Reading Challenge. There'll be authors, poets, illustrators and more to entertain you every Thursday starting on 30 July.
Our first event will be a session of side-splitting silly stuff with children's author Andy Seed. In this online event, Andy will talk about his book and how he came to write it, and share some fun excerpts about silly people, silly inventions, silly sports, silly words and silly jokes - perfect for the Summer Reading Challenge #SillySquad!
Ideal for children age 7+ Book your free place on Eventbrite now.
Join the Silly Squad
The Summer Reading Challenge this year is taking place online at www.sillysquad.org.uk and will run until September.
Double-Click on the attached link for a short video presentation on what you might expect when Dorset Libraries re-open
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.
GREAT NEWS FOR ALL OUR PATRONS
Stalbridge Library will be re-opening just as soon as we get the necessary work completed to ensure the safety of both our Patrons and our Volunteers
In the meantime just a sneak preview of our new signage which makes the Library a brighter and more welcoming space
We look forward to welcoming you all back soon
Watch this site and our Facebook page for more details
This is to let you know about changes to the Cloud Library Service (e-books)
We will be keeping this under review and will revert back to 21 days if and when we can
Reading Group update We appreciate that reading groups will be finding it difficult to access physical books whilst our libraries are closed, so you may be interested to know that we have a number of titles available as E-Audio books that are available for multiple users to checkout and listen to at the same time.
You can access these free of charge by logging on to Borrow Box with your personal library membership number and PIN and borrow them for 14 days. They can also be renewed if you need to keep them for a bit longer. All you need to access them is a smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop. Full details of the service can be found here.
Current featured titles include: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and The Night Manager by John Le Carre.
If you're missing your meetings, why not try our Live Chat Group?
Live Chat Reading Group If you are missing visiting your Reading Group, and want to connect with other people about books, why not join our informal live chat reading group using Microsoft Teams. Each week we have a theme, and everyone gets a chance to talk about a book they've enjoyed. You'll have a very long wish list of books to try after hearing from everyone. The Reading group takes place every Thursday at 10am. Contact us to find out more and how you can join.
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