10am: Community Learning Courses Enrolment Session
Tuesday 6 September, 10am – 12noon
Thursday 8 September, 5 – 7pm
Free* part-time courses for adults aged 19 and over, with few or no formal qualifications, to boost your confidence, qualifications and job prospects. *Subject to availability.
Our friendly courses take place in accessible local venues, such as libraries, community halls, children’s centres and schools; and are run at times to suit you.
Join us at your local library to find out more information, get advice and enrol on any course.
To enrol, please bring some form of ID and your National Insurance number. We may ask you to complete a quiz that will help your tutor to help you.
Yate Library offers:
Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate, South Gloucestershire BS37 4AX
Phone: 01454 868006
Librarian: Neil Weston
Dorset County and Borough of Poole library services are now part of your LibrariesWest membership. Customers are now able to access libraries, “coast to coast” from the Bristol Channel to the south coast.
LibrariesWest now incorporates Dorset County and Borough of Poole library services, so you can now access libraries, “coast to coast” from the Bristol Channel to the south coast.
You can now:
What’s more, the LibrariesWest website: www.librarieswest.org.uk has been improved with many new exciting features. Take a look! Best of all, if you didn’t know or forgot your PIN you can easily reset it and have instant 24/7 access to digital library services.
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The Big Friendly Read is now on until Saturday 10 September!
It’s fun, it’s friendly and best of all, it’s totally FREE. It’s not too late to take part in The Big Friendly Read. Read on and be part of the #RoaldDahl100 celebrations…
All children have to do is read six library books over the summer (before 10 September), collecting special Big Friendly Read collector cards from some of Roald Dahl’s best-loved stories along the way, to get their medal and certificate.
More than 6,700 children took part in Record Breakers last summer. A parent of children who did said “My three children loved the reading challenge. I think it is a fantastic idea and gets kids reading through the summer.”
Libraries are also holding free activities throughout the holiday to help children complete the challenge. Visit your local library or log on to www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries to find out more.
Reading Well for young people is a national scheme which helps young people to understand and manage their wellbeing and emotional resilience by providing high-quality information, support and advice on a wide range of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm, and difficult life pressures, like bullying and exams.
Reading Well for young people’s list of 35 books has been selected by mental health experts and young people and includes a wide range of self-help and information titles, as well as memoir, graphic novels and fiction.
The scheme is supported by a range of health organisations including NHS England, Public Health England, Mental Health Foundation, Mind and YoungMinds. Gaby, a Young Advisor from YoungMinds who helped select the books on the list, says: "I believe Reading Well will challenge stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding mental illness, educating young people about mental health in general. The easy accessibility of the books that are part of the scheme is key, enabling young people to explore the topic of mental health discretely and at a speed they are comfortable with."
All the Reading Well for young people books are free to borrow from any South Gloucestershire Library. The list is at www.southglos.gov.uk/shelfhelp and you can find out more at www.reading-well.org.uk/shelfhelp
At the end of 2015 we invited readers to share some of their favourite books with us, as part of #Time4Reading – South Gloucestershire Council’s year to get everyone reading. Thank you to everyone who shared their choices with library staff.
Here are a selection of your reading recommendations: “The Lovesong of Queenie Hennessy” by Rachel Joyce; “The Disappearance Boy” by Nick Bartlett; “The Light Between Oceans” by ML Stedman; “Lamentation” by CJ Sansom; “Terminal” by Kathy Reichs; “Cleo and After Cleo” by Helen Brown; “The Diving-Bell and The Butterfly” by Jean Dominique Bauby; “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde; “Sovereign” by CJ Sansom.
We now have FREE WiFi available. To access it, find SouthGlosLibrary on available networks in your settings and accept our terms and conditions to get logged on; no password required.
We also have a FREE LibrariesWest App. Manage your library account on-the-go. Renew books, place reservations (no charge for U18s) and much more.
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Are you aged 65+, registered disabled, on a low income or an unpaid carer?
South Gloucestershire Council have teamed up with an IT provider to offer a range of low cost, professionally refurbished starter computers at special discounted prices to eligible residents and registered UK charities.
Prices start at £90 including Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 plus a 12 month return to base warranty. To find out of you are eligible and for more details visit www.southglos.gov.uk/goonline or enquire in person at the Library.
Did you know that popular magazines are available for free download 24/7 to library members?
Titles include HELLO, TOTAL FILM, TOP GEAR, MEN’S HEALTH, COSMOPOLITAN …and many more NEW titles now added.
Full details available at: www.southglos.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/libraries/library-e-resources/
If you need a hand to get started, please speak to a member of staff to book an appointment. Bring your device with you and we’ll be happy to help.
If you are living with autism or Asperger’s, or know someone who is, you might find a new collection of books available in South Gloucestershire libraries helpful.
Your local library has a new collection of books that has been recommended by people with autism and those who live and work with them, including the library service and the South Gloucestershire Autism Planning Group.
The recommended books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, plus personal stories.
Communities Chair Cllr Heather Goddard said: “These books are free to borrow for a special extended loan period of six weeks, and if the book you want is not on the shelves when you want it, the library can get hold of it for you free of charge. “Libraries provide great places for people to meet and find free entertainment as well as information. The library staff are always very welcoming and libraries belong to the Safe Places Scheme.”
The interactive list of new autism books can be found at www.southglos.gov.uk/reading4health.
If you have any questions about these books or library services generally please contact or phone 01454 868006.
Alternatively visit the Libraries West website where you can order books, borrow ebooks and download e-magazines for free, or download our library app.
The Safe Places Scheme provides locations for adults with a learning difficulty or vulnerable people to get help when they are out and about. For more information visit www.southglos.gov.uk/safeplaces.
Become a Reading Hack Volunteer and meet new people, learn new skills and inspire others to read
South Gloucestershire Libraries are seeking young people aged 13 to 24 to take part in their exciting new volunteer scheme.
Getting involved gives young people the chance to meet new friends and learn skills including: marketing and promotion, creative skills, team working, communication skills and many more.
Volunteers will work as part of a friendly team and there are a range of volunteering opportunities available depending on the volunteer’s skills and interests.
This new, year round volunteering scheme is part of Reading Hack, a programme led by young people who do reading activities and volunteering to gain skills and experience.
One 17 year old Reading Hacker said, “It’s an amazing idea in that it tries to actively engage teenagers to read and get involved with changing their community for the better.”
Encouraging young people to take part, Martin Burton, Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire said, “Volunteering with South Gloucestershire Libraries offers young people a unique opportunity to gain new skills and experience, supporting them in their college, university and job applications.”
For an application form or more information, ask a member of staff at any South Gloucestershire library, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries or email .
Do you know someone who likes reading but is unable to visit the library, due to disability or illness?
Our Home Library Service Volunteers visit people in their own homes. Please ask at the library for more details about this free service.
Library charges are a thing of the past for young people at South Gloucestershire Libraries. This is one of the changes introduced in response to comments made from the children and young people’s library user survey.
To get this message out, teenagers Rebecca and Dan have designed a poster to promote what’s awesome about the library including: free Wi-Fi, borrowing best sellers for free, no charges to reserve books or for overdue books and the chance to make new friends at one of the teen book groups.
For a closer look at the poster, click here to download the .pdf.
Find out more – either in person at the library, online at www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries or download the FREE LibrariesWest mobile app on Google Play or App Store.
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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.
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.
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.
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.