10.30am: By the Seaside
Come along to a free drop in craft session with lots of things to make and do, all on a seaside theme.
Yate Library offers:
Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate, South Gloucestershire BS37 4AX
Phone: 01454 868006
Librarian: Neil Weston
South Gloucestershire’s Libraries are seeking volunteers to help children do the Summer Reading Challenge 2015. Volunteers will work as part of a friendly team and carry out a variety of tasks which include talking to children about the books they've been reading, helping children choose new books and assisting with holiday activities. The closing date for applications is 14 June. Volunteers must be aged 14 or over.
James aged 15 explained why he got involved: ‘Volunteering has made a big difference to me. This is because I am more aware now of how I can help others. In the case of the Summer Reading Challenge this was through encouraging children to read so, hopefully, they would enjoy it throughout their lives. It has improved my confidence by helping me speak to new people no matter what their age is.’
Encouraging young people to take part Martin Burton, Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire said “Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge offers young people a unique and powerful volunteering opportunity to gain confidence, life skills and team work. There's nothing more inspiring for a child than having a teenage volunteer from their own community spurring them on to read.”
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge runs from 11 July to 12 September, and the theme is Record Breakers. Once again children are challenged to read six books to collect their very own medal and certificate. Over 7300 children in South Gloucestershire took part in Mythical Maze, the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge.
For more information on how to get involved ask a member of staff at any South Gloucestershire library, phone 01454 868451 or email
The latest Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme has launched in South Gloucestershire, and all of the books on the recommended reading list are now available to borrow from your local library.
The Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme has been developed to support people with dementia and their carers. There are 25 titles on the scheme's reading list, which have been recommended by health experts as well as people with first-hand experience of dementia. The list includes a range of books offering information and advice about dementia and normal aging, support with living well after diagnosis, practical advice for carers, personal accounts, and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities.
Supporting the launch of the scheme Communities Chair Cllr Claire Young said: "Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia means that libraries will play a significant role in helping to build dementia-friendly communities in South Gloucestershire. It provides quality assured information and advice, support following diagnosis and with early memory loss, practical and emotional help for carers and suggested activities to help people remain active and independent for as long as possible. We are delighted to be working together with health partners to deliver this exciting development in libraries' health offer."
Minister of State for Care and Support Norman Lamb said: "Dementia can be devastating and it's vital people have as much information as possible so that they can live well with the condition. This is a fantastic project which has already helped thousands of people with mental health conditions and I hope the new dementia scheme will be just as successful in giving people and their families access to valuable information and support."
Research shows that dementia presents a key national health challenge with a profound social, personal and economic impact on the estimated 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition, as well as their carers and families. The new scheme will also help the many people living without a formal diagnosis, who may be worrying about symptoms and wanting to find out more.
Health professionals will be able to recommend helpful reading to support people with dementia and their carers but people can also borrow titles for free from their local library. At a national cost average of £1 per person, Reading Well Books on Prescription is a cost-effective way of delivering community-based dementia care and support.
Leaflets with details of the scheme are available from all South Gloucestershire libraries and on our website www.southglos.gov.uk/booklist.
Shopmobility offers scooter and wheelchair (powered and manual) hire to anyone with limited mobility, to give them the freedom to visit shops and leisure facilities in Yate.
Anyone is welcome: young and old, with temporary or permanent disabilities or injuries. You do not need to be registered disabled to use Shopmobility.
For more information, visit Shopmobility's web page.
*FREE WiFi* now available at Yate Library
*FREE LIBRARIESWEST MOBILE APP* available from Google Play or the Apple App Store: make the most of your library membership on-the-go. Search the catalogue with the built-in barcode scanner. Simply scan the ISBN barcode of any book to check availability in libraries and reserve online. Borrower number and PIN required.
Yate Library Exhibition Space
Yate Library exhibition space has opportunities to host visual arts and crafts exhibitions and is inviting artists to submit their work for consideration.
The space is designed to give local and regional professional artists an opportunity to showcase their work.
The library reference and community meeting area has a hanging system for framed work and three large display cabinets for craft work.
Spaces are limited and we aim to show a cross section of work throughout the year. Preference will be given to professional local work which will enhance the wider library programme.
Use of the exhibition space is free though the library does charge a small commission on work that is sold during the exhibition.
If you are interested in exhibiting your work, please send a cv and examples of your work or a link to your website to
The Mobile Library is free to join and borrow books from. Books in Large Print and Children’s books are available as well as popular authors and recent publications.
If we don’t have the author or subject available on board it can be reserved for free to be collected next visit. We also stock Talking Books (in both CD and Cassette format), Jigsaws and a selection of films on DVD.
You can use the Mobile Library service even if you also use another library so South Gloucestershire library cards or Active Cards are valid on board.
The Mobile Library is equipped with a lift for people with mobility problems.
New careers advice website - What’s your Next Step?
Next Step, a new FREE adult careers service, is now available which serves the needs of all adults in England, aged 19 and over, whatever their prior skills, qualifications or employment status.
Adults will experience a high quality service offering them expert, impartial advice and resources. Next Step will support them to make informed choices about future skills, careers, work and life. Call 0800 100 900 lines are open from 8am – 10pm, 7 days a week, and speak to an adviser on the telephone or arrange a face-to-face appointment in your local area, or search online for Next Step.
The Next Step adult careers website will be coming soon. In the meantime, adults can access online services through the Careers Advice website www.direct.gov.uk/careersadvice and the Skills Accounts website www.direct.gov.uk/skillsaccounts
Send us your Videos
Yate Library welcomes your videos to display on its new plasma screen.
They can be about anything Yate-related, and can publicise your events and activities.
Ideally we would like Windows Media Video files up to 4 minutes long, loaded onto a memory stick, which staff can upload onto our plasma screen using Microsoft powerpoint. Ask the staff for more information.
Calling all potential exhibitors, room hirers, advice workers and learning providers
The lettings charge for the library is £15 per hour (full rate) and £6.10 per hour (for community groups), which is standard for all South Glos libraries.
For more details, contact Neil Weston at Yate Library on 01454 868006 or email: .
Active card - an active mind in an active body
The Leisure Trust, Council and NHS of South Gloucestershire have created a new Active card to cover library and leisure.
Now one card fits all - it lets you borrow books, access the Internet at libraries, have a swim or use the gym. This is not all about sport and fitness - more about a balanced lifestyle, full of interest, vibrancy, reading, learning, playing and health.
All this on offer, and it's free to join! Pop in to the library or leisure centre to join, or visit: www.activecard.co.uk
The Active card replaces many of the existing cards you currently use in South Gloucestershire. When you join the Active scheme you'll have access to information and updates about what's going on, so you and your family can get active.
You also have the oppportunity to upgrade your card and save money on activities.
Home Library Service
If you enjoy reading but are housebound and unable to get to the library (even if it’s a temporary incapacity due to an operation etc.) or you find your library books are too heavy to carry home, our friendly and helpful home library service volunteers can bring library books to you in your own home.
Just give the library a ring or ask a friend or relative to contact us on your behalf.
Did you know you can also ask ‘Yate, Sodbury & District Community Transport’ to bring you to the Library? Just ask us for details.
Are you eligible for library concessions?
If you are in receipt of one of the following you are entitled to concessions:
Working family tax credit; disability living allowance; housing benefit; state pension; disabled person's tax credit; widows benefit; income support; industrial disablement benefit; incapacity benefit; student in full time education.
We will require initial proof of benefit. In most cases the concession will entitle you to half-price reservations, music CDs and spoken word tapes. In addition if you are visually impaired or housebound you will not be required to pay any charge (including overdue charges).
Who are you? People can now find out about their family history for free at all South Gloucestershire Libraries. Through the Ancestry website, which is normally a pay to view service, library users will have access to more than 4 billion names in over 4,000 collections which includes access to the censuses from 1841 to 1901.
The new service has been supported by local family history groups. Bob Lawrence, Chair of Bristol and Avon Family History Society said "Our society welcomes the initiative by South Gloucestershire to provide this access in their libraries, Ancestry.co.uk is a fantastic resource to both experienced family historians and those just beginning to look into their family history"
Ancestry Library Edition is available at all South Gloucestershire libraries. Time on the computers can be pre-booked by contacting any South Gloucestershire Library.
Please note this FREE service is only available from the library computers.
For more information on any of the above items please ring the library on 01454 868006 or visit our web-site: www.librarieswest.org.uk
You can use the website to renew your books, check the catalogue, reserve items and consult a wide range of on-line reference materials including Ancestry and Newsbank – local and national Newspapers online. You will need your borrower number and pin number (available from the library).
We can inform you of reservations and overdue items either by email, text or voice message. If you would like to opt into any of these you can change the details online, ask at the counter or ring on the above number. Please note to access many of these services you may be asked for your PIN number, please ask the staff for this.
For reference enquiries try our Library Enquiry Centre on 01454 866900 or email .
We also offer free Internet access and word processing.