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Libraries Unlimited is part of the successful bid awarding Exeter UNESCO City of Literature status

Posted on 07 Nov 2019

Exeter has been awarded prestigious UNESCO City of Literature status. It is the only place in the UK to be given the status. It joins 65 other cities across the world who have become part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Exeter’s bid was very much a collaboration of people and organisations across the city … Continue reading

Barnstaple Library: Make:Shift:Do A FabLab co-creation project with the Crafts Council

Posted on 31 Oct 2019

FabLab Barnstaple has been collaborating in the Crafts Council’s Make:Shift:Do programme working with makerspaces and FabLabs to engage a diverse audience with cutting-edge approaches to making, changing perceptions of the meaning of ‘craft’ and revealing its real world potential. In 2019 Make:Shift:Do delivered three mini action-research projects exploring how makerspaces and community groups can work … Continue reading

World Menopause Day

Posted on 17 Oct 2019

Friday 18th October 2019 is World Menopause Day – a worldwide awareness call for women who face health issues when approaching, during and beyond the menopause. The menopause is a natural process that all women will go through at an average age of 50-51. Some lucky women will sail through it with minimal symptoms, however … Continue reading

Q&A with Alex Kittow, Libraries Unlimited Chief Executive

Posted on 16 Oct 2019

A recent Q&A with Alex Kittow, Libraries Unlimited Chief Executive, discussing our future vision and plans for Devon Libraries, Torbay Libraries and Devon Mobile Libraries. Question: Library visits and stock issues declined in 2018/19, do you think it is possible to reverse the decline and increase visits and stock issues over the next year (or … Continue reading

Barnstaple Work Club Launch

Posted on 07 Oct 2019

The Barnstaple Library Work Club launched last week. The Club is based on the success of the Bideford Library Work Club, set up in May 2018 by a group of partner organisations, including LiveWest, Libraries Unlimited, Learn Devon, TTVS, PLUSS, Positive People, JCP, Alabare, CSW. By the end of August 2019, 220 people have benefitted … Continue reading

Brixham Library to undergo full refurbishment

Posted on 04 Oct 2019

Brixham Library, run by Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited, will be closing its doors from Monday 28 October for four weeks over November to allow for refurbishment. Thanks to funding from Torbay Council and a donation of more than £4,000 from the Friends of Brixham Library and £100 from the Rotary Club of Brixham, the library … Continue reading

Libraries Week 2019 Celebrating Libraries in a Digital World

Posted on 02 Oct 2019

Libraries across Devon and Torbay are celebrating Libraries Week by offering customers unrestricted access to Matt Haig’s bestselling title, Reasons to Stay Alive, via eBook and eAudiobook. Described as ‘astounding’ by Stephen Fry, Reason’s to Stay Alive was in the top ten charts for 49 weeks and has been published by 29 publishers around the … Continue reading

Public voting opens for new reading scheme for children in Devon

Posted on 01 Oct 2019

Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs Devon and Torbay’s libraries, has plans to develop an engaging new reading initiative for the county’s youngsters, and they need your help. Libraries Unlimited has been named as one of three finalists in the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grant initiative, a community funding scheme that supports community groups … Continue reading

The Owl and the Pussycat Coffee House comes to Exeter Library

Posted on 24 Sep 2019

Popular South Devon café and restaurant company, The Owl and the Pussycat, will be moving into the café at Exeter Library at the end of the month. Sandra and Mokhless Bouzayen, the couple behind the The Owl and the Pussycat, jumped at the chance to take on the popular library café following a successful year … Continue reading

Libraries Changing Lives: Katie Blackmore

Posted on 05 Sep 2019

Katie Blackmore volunteers at South Molton Library in North Devon, running a weekly wellbeing group called Better Together. Katie, who suffers with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), decided to get involved with the local library when she had to leave her job at the NHS. Katie said: “The staff at the library … Continue reading

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