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Events at Barnstaple Library

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Title: Living Paintings: Touch To See Books
Date:Thursday 7th May 2015
Time: 11.00-12.30
Description: Come and discover famous works of art through a range of tactile images and audio descriptions. A way for blind or partially sighted people to discover and enjoy visual art.
Audience:Anyone who is interested.
Cost: Free
Bookings: Booking is essential as space is limited. Please call 01271 388724 to book your place
Title: Fashion Show in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
Date:Wednesday 20th May
Time: 18.30 onwards
Description: Following the success of our last fashion show, where the staff had as much fun dressing up as the audience did watching, we are holding a second event. There will be makeup consultations from Clarins, Clinique, Estee Lauder and Boots No 7, nail and hair advice from G&Ts Hair Salon, Waterstones Book Stall and gifts by Bazaar.
Cost: 5.00 per ticket to include a glass of wine (donated by Tesco)
Bookings: Due to limited space please purchase your tiket in advance from Barnstaple Library or Bonmarche, High Street, Barnstaple.
Title: Library Lego builders
Date:Every Thursday starting on 9th April
Time: 16:00-17:00
Description: Come along and build a Lego creation to display in the library. We will choose a different theme each week for you to create your masterpiece.
Audience:Anyone from 5 to 105 (Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.)
Cost: Free
Bookings: No need to book just come along and join in.
Title: Author Visit: Children's author C J Busby
Date:Tuesday 12 May
Time: 16:15-17:45
Description: Come and meet C.J. Busby, author of the Spell and Deep Amber series. The title of her talk is "Through the portal - exploring other worlds" Signed books will be available to purchase.
Cost: Free
Bookings: booking is essential to avoid disappointment as space is limited. Call in to Barnstap[le Library to book your place.
Title: Writing for Children
Date:2nd Saturday of each month
Time: 10:00-12:00
Description: If you write for children then come along to our group where we will support one another's writing and share information. For further information please ask a member of staff.
Audience:anyone who writes for children, or wants to.
Cost: N/A
Bookings: N/A
Title: One to one Computer Help Sessions
Date:Mondays From 6 October
Time: 14:00-16:00
Description: Do you struggle with computers or other technology? We are offering a one hour session, on a one to one basis, on Monday afternoons from 2.00 'til 4.00pm.
Cost: Free
Bookings: Booking is essential to arrange your slot. Call in to Barnstaple Library 1st floor enquiry desk or tel 01271 388593
Title:Active Life, Active Mind - Sing-Along-A-Library
Date:2nd Tuesday of the month beginning 10th February
Time: 14:00-15:30
Description: Do you like to sing for fun? Join our friendly group to sing favourites old and new - not a choir, so no auditions or need to read music.
Audience:Anyone who enjoys singing
Cost: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just turn up on the day.
Title: Meet your Gazette Reporter
Date:First Friday of each month
Time: 09:30-11:00
Description: The local reporter for the North Devon Gazette will be in the library foyer from 9.30 - 11.00am on the first Friday of each month. Your opportunity to pass on any interesting stories and information.
Cost: N/A
Bookings: N/A
Title: Raspberry Pi Jam
Date:Second Saturday of the Month
Time: 10:30-12:30
Description: A chance for all Raspberry Pi and Code enthusiasts to get together and share ideas. All ages and level of experience welcome. No Pi necessary but bring yours if you have one.
Audience:Everyone welcome.
Cost: Free
Bookings: No need to book. Just turn up.
Title: Scrabble Saturdays
Date: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (1st session 23/11/2013)
Time: 13:00-15:30
Description: A scrabble club for players of all levels, come and make new friends and play a couple of games, it's a good way to keep your mind active and socialise at the same time.
Cost: Free
Bookings: Booking is not necessary
Title: Audio Book Group
Date:1st Thursday of the month beginning in May 2014
Time: 11:00-12:30
Description: If you enjoy listening to spoken word books our VIP book group could be just for you. Join us for refreshment of body and mind (tea and chat!) at Barnstaple Library
Cost: Free
Bookings: Booking not required
Title: 'Work in Progress' writing group
Date:First Saturday of the month
Time: 10:30-12:30
Description: For those who are working on something at present. You get the chance to share with others in the same position, plus the chance to present your work to the group for friendly and constructive comments.
Audience:Any budding writers
Cost: N/A
Bookings: N/A
Title: Parachute Writers Group
Date:First Saturday of the month
Time: 13:30-15:30
Description: For those interested in learning more about this 'scribbling lark' and themselves as writers, in a safe and supportive environment.
Cost: N/A
Bookings: No need to book
Title: Creative Writing Group: The Ideas Gang
Date:First Saturday of the Month
Time: 13:30-15:30
Description: Each month the group is led by a different member of the group, giving a variety of writing experiences. Different forms and genres are covered and plenty of time is given for writing practice on the day.
Audience:Anyone interested,or engaged in writing.
Cost: N/A
Bookings: N/A
Title: Barnstaple Library Memory Group
Date:Every Tuesday
Time: 10:30-12:00
Description: Designed specially for people with memory loss conditions, this small, supportive, friendly group promotes the benefits of reading aloud to stimulate memories and imagination. Come along and listen to best-loved short stories and poems and a cuppa during shared reflection, debate and recollection. For more details go to the website
Audience:People with memory loss and their carers.
Cost: Free
Bookings: no need to book, just come along and see how you get on.
Title: Paws for a Book
Date:By Arrangement
Time: By Arrangement
Description: Reading with the Dogs Helping Kids School Dogs. This scheme is designed to encourage children and teenagers to read. The Certified dogs are all highly trained to be safe and competent in a school or library environment, their owners have also been given thorough training. Dogs are amazing listeners and are an uncritical audience for struggling, or reluctant, readers. If you would like to know more about this scheme please call in or telephone Barnstaple Library on 01271 388593 and ask for Sharon Dixon, or email You can also visit the website
Cost: Free
Bookings: Bookings are made through Barnstaple library, in the first instance please contact the library to collect a form which must be completed.
Partner: Dogs Helping Kids
Title: Baby Bounce & Rhyme Time
Date:Every Wednesday and Friday during school term times.
Time: 10:30-11:00
Description: Bring your baby or toddler to our popular bounce and rhyme session. We sing songs and nursery rhymes, bounce and shout and generally have a great time!. the activities help develop confidence, co-ordination, listening and social skills in your child and a re a great chance to give them some fun exercise.
Audience:Babies, toddlers and their carers
Cost: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just turn up at the appropriate time.
Title: Book Track
Date:On going
Time: Library opening hours
Description: It's not a race, it's not a test. Simply choose the books you like and when you have read them, chat to your local librarian about them. You are awarded a badge when you have read 10, 25, 50 and 75 books plus stickers at 40, 50 and 90 books. When you have finished your reading trail of 100 books you will get a special certificate and a gold badge!
Audience:Children aged 6+
Cost: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just bring your first 4 books in to your local library.
Title: Book Start Bear Club
Time: Library opening hours
Description: Join the fun at your local library. Collect a Pawprint stamp each time you visit, collect 4 stamps to receive a certificate, 10 certificates to receive a gold sparkly award. for a limited period there are teddy bears and free books for children receiving their 10th certificate, children can choose either a bookstart bear or a free book while stocks last.
Audience:Children aged 0 - 5
Cost: Free
Bookings: No booking involved just come in to the library and ask for a book crawl collecting card
Title:Active Life Active Mind Knit and Mix with Norma
Date:Every Monday
Time: 14:00-16:00
Description: Come along and either learn to knit or just have a sociable time with your own knitting, share tips and techniques.
Audience:All welcome
Cost: N/A
Bookings: N/A
Title: Bookaneers
Date:Alternate Tuesdays (contact the library for current date)
Time: 16:15-17:15 during school term times
Description: Children meet to read, review and discuss books.
Audience:Children aged 8+
Cost: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just turn up at the appropriate time
Title: Toddler Time
Date:Thursdays in Term Time (check with library for current date)
Time: 11:00
Description: Come along for stories, songs and crafts.
Audience:children age 2 and above with their carers
Cost: Free
Bookings: No need to book just turn up.
Title: Barnstaple Library Book Group
Date:1st Thursday of the month
Time: 14:00
Description: An opportunity to get together and discuss the book of the month, informal and friendly.
Audience:Anyone who enjoys reading
Cost: Free
Bookings: See library staff for details.
Title: Bright Sparks Book Group
Date:3rd Thursday of the month (contact the library for current date)
Time: 14:00
Description: An opportunity to get together and discuss the book of the month, informal and friendly.
Audience:Anyone who enjoys reading
Cost: Free
Bookings: Contact the library staff for details.
Title: Help with Family and Local History Research
Date:Every day. Time available for individual help will vary according to other customers demand and staff commitments on the day.
Time: During normal Local Studies Centre opening hours (not the same as the main Library).
Description: We offer help with all aspects of family and local history using our own resources here at the Centre and online resources such as the Ancestry and '19th Century Newspapers' websites which are available FREE to Library members.
Audience:From beginner to expert although computer experience is desirable for online resources.
Cost: Free. Please note that this is free expert help and is not to be confused with other fee-charging family history events hosted at Barnstaple Library
Bookings: Ring us on 01271 388607 to discuss your requirements or drop in during opening hours.

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