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Hundreds of children turn out for the launch of the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge

Posted on 17 Jul 2017

Hundreds of families gathered at Barnstaple Library on Saturday 15th July to celebrate the launch of the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge. Despite the weather, Barnstaple Library, Castle Green and Library Square were packed full of local authors, organisations and exotic animals, plus over 530 children who were the first to sign up to this year’s … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited say No to hate crime

Posted on 13 Jul 2017

Blog by Emily Macaulay, Centre Manager, Exeter Library It is part of our six core purposes to offer welcoming spaces, and to support people to connect to the wider world. It is perhaps no surprise then that we were pleased to sign Devon’s ‘Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime’ Pledge. Launched by Devon and Cornwall Police … Continue reading

‘Animal Agents’ help to launch the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge

Posted on 05 Jul 2017

Children and families across Devon are invited to meet real-life ‘Animal Agents’ as Devon Libraries launch the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge at Barnstaple Library. The Summer Reading Challenge, run by The Reading Agency in partnership with libraries, encourages children to read six books of their choice during the summer holidays. This year’s Animal Agents themed … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited launches new scheme to support people living with long term conditions

Posted on 03 Jul 2017

Libraries Unlimited has launched a new series of reading material to support those living with long term health conditions, as part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription programme. At a time when 26 million people in England are living with at least one long term condition[1], Libraries Unlimited has launched the scheme within Devon … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited introduce arts and culture programme to Devon Libraries after receiving Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation status

Posted on 27 Jun 2017

Libraries Unlimited will introduce a new programme of high-quality arts and cultural activity across Devon Libraries after receiving National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status from Arts Council England (ACE). As an NPO, the charity is set to host international artists, increase access to pioneering digital facilities, expand its live webcasting programme and partner with leading artists … Continue reading

20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Posted on 22 Jun 2017

To mark the 20th Anniversary of the publication of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on 26th June, we’ve got unlimited copies of the Philosopher’s Stone eBook, available to all Devon Libraries members. Many people, young and old, will remember reading the first in the series of the wizarding world of Harry Potter. … Continue reading

Barnstaple Library Young Volunteer of the Year!

Posted on 20 Jun 2017

Blog by Jude Jeal, on behalf of all staff at Barnstaple Library As part of Volunteers’ Week, North Devon Voluntary Services (NDVS) held a celebration evening at the Cedars Hotel in Barnstaple in recognition of the work and support that volunteers provide to organisations and services across North Devon. At Barnstaple Library, we have a number … Continue reading

Second round of Exeter’s rare books up for adoption

Posted on 19 Jun 2017

Exeter Library’s Adopt a Book initiative has launched a second series of ancient books for adoption, following the return of the first two fully restored items to Exeter’s Special Collections Archives.   The Adopt a Book initiative was launched in December 2016 by Exeter Library senior supervisor Joanne Cousins. Now, six months on, the scheme … Continue reading

Famous Food Entrepreneurs to appear at Barnstaple and Exeter Library

Posted on 07 Jun 2017

Exeter and Barnstaple Libraries will be hosting a range of famous foodie entrepreneurs and local food companies as they live stream the British Library’s Inspiring Entrepreneurs ‘Brilliant Brands’ event on Thursday 15th June. As part of the British Library’s Business and Intellectual Property (IP) National Network, the two Devon Libraries are inviting local business people, … Continue reading

Topsham Library open today!

Posted on 02 Jun 2017

Topsham Library will be opening the doors to its temporary new home today (Friday 2nd June), from 14:30pm. The library has been temporarily relocated to the Nelson Close Community Centre whilst a new Community Hub, which will include a new library space, is built on the former library site by the Estuary League of Friends. … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited believes…

…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.