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Libraries building happy, healthy communities with Active Life Active Mind

Posted on 17 Dec 2018

Those looking for new ways to get active this January can do so at their local library. During the month of January, 50 libraries across Devon and four libraries across Torbay will host events and activities designed to get people of all ages exercising their mind, body and soul. Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs … Continue reading

A message from our Chief Executive

Posted on 13 Dec 2018

Whilst it has been an incredibly hard decision to make, I have decided to leave my role as Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited. It has been a privilege to lead one of the country’s most innovative library services, but now is the time for me to step aside for a new Chief Executive to take … Continue reading

Library charity appoints University Professor as Chair of the Board of trustees

Posted on 26 Nov 2018

Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries, has appointed Professor William Harvey as Chair of the Board of trustees. Will, who takes up the role with immediate effect, is Associate Dean of Research & Impact and Professor of Management at the University of Exeter Business School. He conducts research, teaches and … Continue reading

Are you ready yet-i for the Winter Mini Challenge 2018?

Posted on 19 Nov 2018

This year’s Winter Mini Challenge is going to be SNOW MUCH FUN! The Winter Mini Challenge encourages children to keep reading through those cold, winter holidays. How can children take part in the Winter Mini Challenge? To take part, children simply read three books of their choice over the winter holidays, then add each book to their Winter … Continue reading

Blog: CILIP Public and Mobile Library Teachmeet

Posted on 09 Nov 2018

Blog by Ros Parkes, Ashburton Library On Friday 12th October I was very lucky to celebrate the end of Libraries Week by attending the CILIP (the library and information association) Public and Mobile Library Teachmeet alongside other public and mobile library people from around the country at CILIP HQ in London. The day covered a … Continue reading

Sir Peter Bazalgette’s Desert Island Books

Posted on 07 Nov 2018

The Friends of Totnes Library recently welcomed British TV executive and former Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette, at their regular Desert Island Books event at Totnes Library. Sir Peter was asked to name the 10 books he would take if he was stranded on a desert island, here’s what he had to … Continue reading

Scorching Summer Reading Challenge results revealed as Devon and Torbay’s library staff come together for second annual staff conference and AGM

Posted on 26 Oct 2018

Over 12,000 children and young people in Devon took part in the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge, with a record number of participants completing the Challenge by reading six books during the summer holidays. An impressive 6,661 children aged between 4-11 were awarded their very own medal and certificate for completing the Challenge at one of … Continue reading

Libraries…everyone’s cup of tea

Posted on 04 Oct 2018

Libraries Week takes place between the 8–13 October to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries. This year, with a focus on well-being, libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health. Devon and Torbay Libraries will be hosting … Continue reading

Devon and Torbay Libraries gear up for a weekend of action with Fun Palaces 2018

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Libraries across the county are gearing up for an action-packed weekend full of fun and frolics, with the annual Fun Palaces celebrations. Fun Palaces is a free, nationwide campaign taking place on 6th and 7th October 2018. Libraries Unlimited, the charity responsible for running Devon and Torbay Libraries is committed to providing culture for all, … Continue reading

Devon’s library service named one of Nesta’s national New Radicals

Posted on 17 Sep 2018

Libraries Unlimited, the charity responsible for running Devon and Torbay’s library service, has been named as one of the 50 most radical thinking individuals and organisations changing the UK for the better. New Radicals is a search led by Nesta (the innovation foundation) and The Observer to find the top people, projects and organisations offering … 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.