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Libraries Unlimited and The Reading Agency launch ‘Reading Well for children’ booklist to support children’s mental health and wellbeing

Posted on 05 Feb 2020

The Reading Well for children booklist has been created in response to concerning data about children’s mental health in the UK. In 2018, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health reported that schools were on average making 183 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) referrals every school day, with 56% of those referrals coming … Continue reading

Showstopping sand installation at Barnstaple Library

Posted on 04 Feb 2020

Michael Morpurgo, one of Britain’s best loved writers for children, is back with his new publication Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver. To celebrate the release a giant sand sculpture of Omar, the main character from the book, has journeyed from a display at the crypt of St Martin in the Fields church, Trafalgar Square and … Continue reading

Kingsteignton Library to undergo exciting refurbishment to create a welcoming community space

Posted on 29 Jan 2020

Kingsteignton Library will undergo an exciting renovation thanks to funding from Devon County Council. The library, run by Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited, will be closing its doors from Wednesday 26th February for four weeks to allow for refurbishment. Library customers will be welcomed back to the library on Monday 30th March, when they will be … Continue reading

Library Lates at Exeter Library – a brand new after-hour cultural event for Exeter

Posted on 16 Jan 2020

Get special after-hours access to Exeter Library on Friday 7th February, 6.30-10pm, tickets £5, over 18s only, for an evening of music, innovative interactive artworks, storytelling, cinema, games, silent disco, hidden spaces library tour, food & drink and much more… Through its new Arts Council England funded initiative ‘Evolve’, Devon based charity Libraries Unlimited is … Continue reading

Exeter Library is 18th most visited library in Great Britain

Posted on 18 Dec 2019

Recently released national public libraries data (from CIPFA) has shown Exeter Library, in Devon, was the 18th most visited library in England, Scotland and Wales in 2018/19 with over half a million visits.  The data also shows that Exeter has the fifth highest level of stock issues in Great Britain – showing people are still … Continue reading

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

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