Tag Archives : libraries


Magic! Celebrate Harry Potter Book Night at the library

Plymouth libraries are joining schools, bookshops, libraries and community groups across the country in celebrating the first ever Harry Potter Book Night on Thursday 5 February. Organised by Bloomsbury Children’s Books, the event is a chance for Harry Potter newbies and existing Muggles to share JK Rowling’s unforgettable stories and introduce the next generation of […]


Talking rubbish and recycling near you

Council staff are out and about in the next few weeks to spread the ‘New Year new bin day’ message. A number of community events are being organised across the city so that people can chat about the new arrangements that will come in on January 19. The roadshows are a chance to ask questions […]


Find a Winter Wonderland at your library this December

Plymouth libraries are counting down to Christmas with stories, crafts and puppet shows that are guaranteed to get families feeling festive. Children aged five to 11 can snuggle up and enjoy some polar storytelling and heart-warming stories of winter, with cosy favourites such as Big Bear, Little Bear by Jane Chapmen and Oliver Jeffers’ Lost […]


Autism drop-in sessions at the Central Library

Have you, a friend or family member recently been diagnosed with autism? Would you like to know more about the information and support available to you? Our library service is running drop-in sessions for anyone on the autistic spectrum, their family and carers. Staff will help you find books and resources and access online information, give […]


Mayflower Academy Primary go mad for Mythical Maze

Young readers from Mayflower Academy Primary School have won £50 worth of books from Plymouth City Council’s library service to schools. The school won the prize for the biggest increase in the number of pupils taking part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge. Children were set the challenge of joining their local library and reading […]


Plymouth library worker launching her own novel

Plymouth author, student and part-time library customer services assistant AJ Cunningham is launching her first self-published children’s fiction novel ‘The Flight of the Naturne’ next week. AJ Cunningham is the pen name of 20-year-old Abigail Cunningham, who started volunteering at Efford Library at the age of 14 and continues to work part-time for the Council’s […]


Look for the bear necessities at your library this half term

Don’t let the kids get grizzly this October half-term – head to your nearest library for some bear-faced fun. Families are invited to go on a bear hunt to unearth some furry interesting facts, enjoy favourite stories of loveable bears such as Winnie the Pooh and Paddington. Youngsters can get their paws dirty and make […]


Thousands opt for Books on Prescription in Plymouth

As we mark World Mental Health Day (Friday 10th October), thousands of people in Plymouth are literally ‘reading themselves’ well. Since the Books on Prescription scheme was launched in June 2013, more than 2,000 books have been issued under the scheme in Plymouth. The self-help books available cover a range of common mental health conditions […]


Explore new worlds with the South West Reading Passport Challenge

Libraries from across Plymouth and the South West are taking readers on a journey to new worlds over the next three months. The Reading Passport Challenge is encouraging people to read books from four genres they may not have tried before – the World of Darkness, World of Passion, Lyrical Worlds and Future Worlds. Organised […]


Libraries team up with Plymouth Community Healthcare to promote Blue September

Plymouth City Council’s library service is supporting the nationwide Blue September health campaign, which aims to raise awareness of male cancers. Men in the UK are 40 per cent more likely to die from any cancer than women. Every year 80,000 men in the UK die from cancer but many cases could be prevented by […]


History gets horrible at the Central Library

There’s gruesome fun for all the family on Saturday 20 September as Plymouth’s Central Library hosts an afternoon of ‘Horrible Histories’ activities. Staff in the children’s library will be transformed into Rotten Romans and Smashing Saxons and there may even be an appearance from Henry VIII so hold on to your heads! The costumes are […]


Free courses on copyright and intellectual property from South West’s patent library

Plymouth City Council’s library service is offering free short courses on protecting business ideas, thanks to funding from the Intellectual Property Office. Based at the Central Library, Plymouth PATLIB serves the whole of the South West as part of a network of Patent Information Centres across the UK. It provides free information and help with […]


Go digital and celebrate Read an eBook Day

Plymouth libraries are inviting people to share their favourite books and stories online in celebration of Read an eBook Day on Thursday 18 September. The national event encourages readers to share the books they love, or their favourite reading places on Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #eBookDay – and everyone who does will […]


Pirate fun at Devonport Library

Families are being invited to get into nautical fancy dress for a day of fun pirate capers at Devonport Library on Saturday 4 October. Hosted in partnership with the River Tamar Project and supported by Working Links, the Pirate Day is one of the highlights of the It’s All About the River film festival, running […]


Browse academic research for free in Plymouth libraries

Library members in Plymouth can now browse more than 10 million academic research papers for free. The Council’s library service has joined the national ‘Access to Research’ pilot, a collaborative project with publishers to make worldwide research more widely available to the public. Articles from over 8,800 journals can be viewed, free of charge, on […]


Young readers invited to step into the Mythical Maze this summer

There’s an a’maze’ing challenge in store for young readers at Plymouth’s libraries this summer. Children aged between four and 12 are being invited to step into the ‘Mythical Maze’ and read at least six books or e-books over the school holiday, collecting scratch-and-sniff stickers, games and wristbands along the way. There’s a poster to help track […]


Get e-books for free with your library card

Library members in Plymouth will soon be able to get e-books and audiobooks for free using their library cards. From Monday 7 July, anyone with a smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop or other digital device with an internet browser will be able to enjoy a range of best-selling novels, well-known classics, autobiographies and more. The service […]


New work club launches at St Budeaux Library

Plymouth City Council’s library service is launching its fourth work club on Friday 11 July, this time at St Budeaux Library. The work club will give jobseekers practical advice on putting together a CV and covering letter, searching for jobs and using websites. There will also be support with completing application forms and preparing for […]


Free cream tea for carers

Plymouth Central Library is celebrating Carers Week with a special event on Tuesday 10 June, which will include advice and information for carers, a free cream tea and pampering sessions. Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign that aims to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. Every day, 6,000 […]