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Creative project reigniting the lost art of flower pressing at Braunton library chosen for European recognition

Posted on 24 May 2024

Libraries Unlimited partnership with arts charity Honeyscribe encourages connection with nature and mental wellbeing. A Libraries Unlimited project celebrating the importance of the natural world to people’s mental health and wellbeing has been selected as one of the best in Europe. ‘The Gatherers’ is being staged at Braunton Library and Braunton Countryside Centre throughout spring … Continue reading

Chief Executive of Devon charity has conversation with the Queen about the importance of libraries

Posted on 17 May 2024

Libraries Unlimited CEO attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace Alex Kittow, Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs the libraries in Devon and Torbay, attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace yesterday (15th May 2024). The Garden Party was held in honour of the country’s Creative Industries. Of the 4500 guests, Queen … Continue reading

Centenary Celebrations: 100 years of the Devon County Library Service 

Posted on 01 May 2024

This year, Libraries Unlimited is celebrating 100 years of a county library service in Devon. In 1924, the County Library Service in Devon was inaugurated by the County Council with a grant from the Carnegie Trust. The Trust was founded in 1913 with the specific aim of improving well-being, and of course, the building of … Continue reading

Winners of The Secret Book Quest prize draw announced!

Posted on 25 Apr 2024

Ten more dedicated young readers from across Devon and Torbay have won prizes after successfully completing The Secret Book Quest at their local library.  The Secret Book Quest is a reading challenge aimed at primary school aged children but open to any child 5 years+. After signing up for free at their local library, children … Continue reading

Exciting new library programme for under-5s aims to boost children’s love of books

Posted on 05 Apr 2024

An exciting new early years reading programme with stickers to collect has been launched in libraries across Devon and Torbay, aiming to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Libro’s Friends is an extension of Libraries Unlimited’s hugely successful The Secret Book Quest, which was launched in 2021. Both programmes have been created as part of … Continue reading

Bringing the outdoors in to the library

Posted on 26 Mar 2024

Visitors to Barnstaple Library next month (Saturday 13th April) could be forgiven for thinking they are taking a walk in the local countryside rather than browsing the shelves for books! The library will be staging a Nature Take Over Day featuring talks, workshops, displays and a chance to participate in creating a mossy carpet artwork. … Continue reading

Pride of Place – Music, film, art, creativity and fun across libraries

Posted on 15 Mar 2024

A new season of fun and creative adventures for everyone is being rolled out in libraries across Devon and Torbay from April to July this year. The Pride of Place season encourages communities throughout the county to discover and enjoy where they live. It’s the second time Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs libraries across … Continue reading

Libraries Unlimited wins £1,000 Movement for Good Award

Posted on 26 Feb 2024

Libraries Unlimited has been selected to receive a £1,000 donation as part of Benefact Group’s annual Movement for Good Awards, which is giving over £1million away to charities and good causes. Members of the public were invited to nominate good causes and winners, including Libraries Unlimited, were drawn at random. Libraries across Devon support all … Continue reading

After hours party – in Barnstaple Library!

Posted on 21 Feb 2024

Music, a bar, food, games, and a chance to let your creativity run riot is in store at Barnstaple Library when it opens its doors for an after-hours party on Friday 15th March. Barnstaple’s first Library Lates will take over three floors of the library with festival-style fun between 7 and 10pm. Jane Petch, Senior … Continue reading

Libraries, Communities and Democracy

Posted on 06 Feb 2024

Libraries Unlimited has been awarded a grant by the Europe Challenge to deliver an arts project tackling social isolation, loss and grief in North Devon. Braunton Library has been chosen to host this project, as it lies at the heart of its community in North Devon. Communities in North Devon face many barriers such as … Continue reading

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