Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mayoral Update

Two quotes from Mayor Marvin Rees in response to questions from a Stoke Bishop Councillor:

Subject: Bristol’s Library Service
Q1. The Mayor’s Damascene conversion to becoming a supporter of Bristol‘s libraries is very welcome and a great relief to the many users of our local libraries. Will he give the people of Bristol his cast iron assurance that as long as he is Mayor no library in Bristol will close?
Q2. There is no branch library in my ward, so residents mainly use three neighbouring libraries - Sea Mills, Westbury and Henleaze. These are all very popular and well used. Will the Mayor promise to keep current opening hours for these specific libraries?

REPLY:
1. Despite Conservative attempts to decimate public services by passing budget reductions to local authorities. I am incredibly proud we have been able to keep ALL our libraries (and children’s centres) open despite your government
continued austerity programme. The guarantee I give you is that no library has closed under my administration, and will continue to be funded as alternative models come forward.
2. There is no question that the current library model is outdated and unsustainable. The situation has to become financially sustainable and we need a model of libraries fit for the 21st century.

Leaving aside the political rhetoric - the message I take from this is "No changes until April 2020 but another round of upheavals soon after as they try to save money for the 2020/21 and future budgets..." 
So enjoy the prsent calm but please be ready to respond with vigour to any proposals in the New Year!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Coffee Mornings

Our next Coffee Morning is on 
Saturday September 21st
from 11:15am to 1:30pm.

Come and join us for a (free) hot or cold drink 
and a couple of biscuits.

Find out more about the services available and tell us what more you would like from your library... 

It's your library - please use it or we may lose it...

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ideas for Westbury Library

Ideas for Westbury Library
Following the meetings earlier this year, a list of ideas is posted on the council website:  https://www.libraryideasbristol.co.uk/

A summary of the main ideas suggested and the subsequent Council responses are listed here.

Some have already been addressed eg. some increase of Extended Access hours and some changes to furniture; others are considered not to be possible in the current financial climate.  We will need to continue the dialogue with the Library Service to ensure that we all obtain the best use of the service...

Some are already being addressed eg. Extended Access hours, changes to furniture

Friday, September 13, 2019

Some Changes to the Library Layout

Megan Vowles, our Libraries Supervisor, on recent and proposed changes to the arrangement of furniture in the library:

We have recently replaced the two big wooden tables that are currently in the library with four moveable tables which will help make more space at that end of the library (e.g we will be able to move tables for the monthly coffee mornings, or it could come in useful in the future if the group wants to start running other activities). 
We have also moved the Non –Fiction and biography stock up a bit , freeing up some shelf space and these shelves now house the DVD collection, enabling the removal of the large, heavy DVD stand.
It would be good to get your feedback about these alterations and any suggestions for possible future changes.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Extended Access

Westbury Library is now open on Sundays!
If you are registered for Extended Access you can now use the library on Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm, as well as at any time from 8am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday... If you are a library member and over 16, it only takes a few minutes to register at the front desk - all you need is your library card... 
Click here for more details.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Libraries West

Libraries West
Do you know what you can access from your phone, tablet, laptop or computer? Bristol subscribes to Libraries West, which means you have FREE access to a wide range or resources... We will explain these in more detail over the coming weeks...

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