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iPads for Carers

Borrow an iPad!

We are thrilled to announce a new project in collaboration with Connecting Carers (Wales Co-op)

We are offering free iPad loans with technical support for anyone who identifies as an unpaid carer. If you are looking after someone – be it a neighbour, a family member, a friend – you can borrow an iPad to make life easier or more enjoyable.

All our iPads have SIM cards, so you don’t even need WiFi or the internet in your home.

For more information, get in touch with us on
01656 754840 | libraries@awen-wales.com
or contact Paula Lunnon on
07776961253 | paula.lunnon@wales.coop

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The Summer Reading Challenge is back!

The Summer Reading Challenge is back!

Wild World Heroes summer reading and activities scheme launches 17th July

Meet the Wild World Heroes! David, Willow, Marcus, Faiza, Carys and Callum.

The Heroes all live in Wilderville. It’s a pretty cool place, but recently the Heroes have noticed a few problems. Our Heroes need your children’s help to fix them and to make Wilderville the best place to live for humans and animals.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge combines FREE access to books with fun, creative activities during the summer holidays, helping children to discover new authors and illustrators and to explore a wide range of different types of books and ways of reading,

 

How the Challenge works

    • Children sign up at their local library and receive a Wild World Heroes collector poster
    • Set a reading goal (at least 6 books!) and borrow and read library books of their own choice during the summer, collecting special stickers to complete their poster and extra incentives along the way
    • Book on to our family friendly activities!
    • Children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge are presented with a certificate and a medal at school in the autumn term
    • Take part online at the official Challenge website, wildworldheroes.org.uk, where there are digital rewards, author videos, games and more for children to enjoy all summer

Registration doesn’t close until the summer does, so pop in any time to any library to sign up!

This year children joining the challenge will also get EXCLUSIVE access to the Summer Adventure Club, an exciting programme of outdoor and indoor activities for you to do at home, created by Flossy & Boo. Head to our Summer Adventure Club page for more details!

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Summer Adventure Club

The Wild Outdoors: Summer Adventure Club

Hello Adventurer!
Looking for new and exciting challenges?

Whether it’s making your own theatre, building a wild den or
discovering the amazing stories just beyond your doorstep,
come and join us for an activity packed summer.

If you haven’t already joined the Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge at your local library, pop in and sign up! You will get a Wild Outdoors Summer Adventure Club pack giving you EXCLUSIVE access to the Club.

You’ll need the pack to take part in all the WILD activities and challenges in the videos.

Pop to our Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge page to find out how to sign up!

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Y Llynfi library re-opens for appointments: the new home of our local & family history collection

We’ve relocated our local and family history resources into the Gallery space of Maesteg Sports Centre. You may remember this beautiful space if you’ve ever accessed our periodicals or visited to do some quiet research.

It’s an amazing gallery, based in the old Engine House of the Llynfi Iron Works. Founded in 1837, it closed in 1899 and was later redeveloped in 1983 when it became Maesteg Sports Centre.

Just look at that ceiling! We think it’s beautiful and hope you love it too if you visit us.

We are open for appointments on Wednesdays and Fridays. Contact us for more information and to arrange a booking on 01656 754859 or yllynfi.library@awen-wales.com

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Porthcawl Library Officially Reopened Following Refurbishment

PORTHCAWL Library has been officially reopened by the Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Councillor Ken Watts, following its recent refurbishment.

 

A grant from the Local Government Cultural Service Fund (Welsh Government Culture and Sport Division) was used to reconfigure and redecorate the front half of the library, to increase the size of the children’s library and move the public computers to a space with more privacy and closer to the printing facilities.

 

The front desk has been moved, so that it no longer causes a bottle neck at the entrance, and there is a new seating area, which will provide a welcome space for groups to meet again, once the current Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

 

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which manages the library services across Bridgend on behalf of Bridgend County Borough Council, said:

 

“Porthcawl Library is one of our busiest libraries for traditional book borrowing but its former layout meant that access was severely limited, especially when observing the necessary social distancing measures to keep staff and customers safe.

 

“We are grateful to the Welsh Government for their funding, and to the Mayor of Bridgend County Borough for officially reopening the library today. We look forward to welcoming our customers back and hope everyone enjoys using this community space once again.”

 

Mayor Cllr Ken Watts said: “Porthcawl Library remains at the heart of the local community. With coronavirus rates continuing to fall and lockdown restrictions easing, I am sure that people will welcome its availability as it once more opens its doors.

 

“For a long time now, local libraries have been about far more than simply lending books, and it is great to see how the new layout and refurbished facilities are going to enhance the many services that Porthcawl Library offers to the people of Porthcawl.”

 

Councillor Dhanisha Patel, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations, said: “Porthcawl Library is one of the most popular and well-used libraries in Bridgend County Borough, and I would like to thank Awen and the Welsh Government for enabling these improvements to go ahead.”

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Awen Libraries Launches Virtual Tour

Awen Cultural Trust has today launched a new 360° virtual tour of the libraries it manages across Bridgend county borough, to provide reassurance to customers returning to borrow books following the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

 

The interactive tour, which features Aberkenfig, Betws, Bridgend, Maesteg, Pencoed, Porthcawl, Pyle and Sarn libraries and the Books on Wheels home delivery service, has been developed in partnership with award-winning learning technology company Aspire 2Be.

 

Available to access from the new Awen Libraries website – www.awen-libraries.com – the virtual tour will allow users to travel through each of the library spaces by touching the screen of their digital device or the arrow keys on their computer keyboard.

 

There are videos embedded into each of the tours to give more information on topics including how to download e-books, how to carry out family and local history research, where to book IT and study spaces, and how to use the self-service machines.

 

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which runs the library service in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, said:

 

“Our libraries were closed for the majority of the year, due to the pandemic, so there will be many customers who may not have visited in person for quite some time. We hope that by providing these 360° tours, we can give people an insight of what to expect to see at their local library when they return.

 

“The tours may also inspire others to visit a library they may not been to before, or even encourage people to visit a library for the first time. From the comfort of their own home, everyone will see how bright, welcoming and accessible our libraries are, however, for those who are still wish to limit our interactions, we will also continue to operate our popular Book and Collect service.”

 

Councillor Dhanisha Patel, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations, said: “The virtual tours demonstrate how Awen has launched a range of procedures to ensure that people can visit the library safely, and they also offer a unique insight into how local libraries operate.

 

“I hope that they will offer people greater reassurance as we seek to make more services available once more.”

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Self-Service Scanners Help Keep Book Borrowers Safe

AWEN Cultural Trust has invested in new self-service machines at Aberkenfig, Maesteg, Pencoed, Porthcawl and Pyle libraries to help keep book borrowers safe during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

The self-service technology, which has been successfully used in Bridgend library for several years, enables customers to borrow, renew and return their books, freeing up library staff to focus on customers who need more help and support during their visit, and give them more time to plan and deliver activities.

For customers who want a quick and completely contact-free visit, the new technology will also allow them to check their library loans in and out, by using their smart phone as a personal scanner and following the simple on-screen instructions.

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which runs the library service in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, said:

“Our libraries are no longer transactional places, where books are simply borrowed and returned, they are vibrant community spaces, where the staff enjoy the interaction and individual support they can provide customers during their visit.

“By introducing this new technology in more of our libraries, our staff can spend more time away from the desk, providing an even better customer service and experience, especially to those people who have missed this interaction most during the lockdown.

“By helping our customers to manage their own transactions, they can speed up the check-out process and also keep it as contact-free as they would like. However, our library staff will remain on hand to help those who prefer the traditional service.”

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New app for Magazines and Audiobooks

 

We are pleased to announce that more than 3,000 popular magazines and audiobooks are now available to download and read on any device 24/7. Users with a library card can read digital magazines on Libby, the award-winning reading app from OverDrive, or by visiting Downloads – Awen Libraries.

Digital magazines and audiobooks through Libby have no waiting lists or reservations, do not count towards checkout limits and provide readers the option to renew their selections. Awen Libraries borrowers can browse lists of magazines within the app and search by format to find available titles.

Named by Popular Mechanics as one of the top 20 apps of the decade, Libby connects first-time users and experienced readers alike with Awen Libraries’ digital collection. Readers can browse and borrow titles instantly and then start reading for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major PCs and devices, iPhone®, iPad®, Android ™ and Chromebook ™ phones and tablets. All titles automatically expire at the end of the loan period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles to Libby for offline use.

To get started, download Libby or visit our Downloads page to access magazines and audiobooks via the web browser.

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LGBT+ History Month

Awen Libraries is proud to be supporting LGBT+ History Month throughout February.

Visit our Facebook page @awenlibraries to find out the range of materials relating to LGBT+ topics available to ‘book and collect’ or download from our libraries.

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Supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing

To coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week, UK charity The Reading Agency and Libraries Connected are launching a new children’s mental health scheme as part of their Reading Well programme.

The Reading Well for children booklist is available to ‘book and collect’ in English and Welsh from libraries across the county borough of Bridgend. They cover topics such as anxiety, bereavement and bullying and have been carefully selected by leading health professionals to support the mental health and wellbeing of children.