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Monday 5th June 2017

10am: South Gloucestershire Museums Exhibition
Thornbury Library

This is the first ever display devoted entirely to the heritage of South Gloucestershire found in our local museums and heritage sites.

The beautifully designed pull up banners will bring to life the history of our area for people of all ages and will be seen at museums, sites and events all over South Gloucestershire for years to come.

The exhibition will be on display at Thornbury Library from 5th to 30th June.


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Everybunny dance at your library this June!

South Gloucestershire Libraries are celebrating National Bookstart Week 2017 (5-11 June) with free drop-in rhymetimes and storytimes for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers, encouraging families to have fun reading together, anywhere and anytime.

It’s free to come along to any of our activities for little ones and new families are always very welcome. Sharing stories, songs and rhymes at the library is great for babies and young children’s development. A Mum said “It’s made him more sociable to other children and he’s learning lots of new games and songs, which is helping with his vocabulary”.

Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall. Click below,... Read more >>


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May Bank Holiday Closures

We will be closed on Bank Holiday Mondays 1 May & 29 May.

Standard Opening Hours


How to contact Thornbury Library

Librarian: Rebecca Furness
Address: St Mary Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AA
Phone: 01454 868006
Fax: 01454 865657
Website: www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries or www.librarieswest.org.uk

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Latest Book Review: “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly

Reviewed by Reviewed by Rebecca Furness, Thornbury Librarian

Everyone on the planet has surely heard of NASA? Few will previously have known about the ‘human computers’ who created the code for the Space Program’s greatest successes. Their essential contributions to the Space Race, and to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have received little acknowledgement and are largely absent from the history books. More than half a century later, Margot Lee Shetterly reveals the story of these remarkable experts, a long-overdue record of their enormous achievements. “Hidden Figures” inspired the Oscar-nominated film of the same name.

To place a free reservation for a print copy of “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly please enquire at Thornbury Library (one free reservation per customer). Available in standard print and CD Audio Disc (hire charge applies). Offer available until 31 May 2017.

Also available for free download 24/7 in eAudiobook format: bit.ly/2mMkJva (borrower number and PIN required). Don’t know your PIN? No problem – you can reset it easily by clicking “Forgot my PIN” at www.librarieswest.org.uk and we’ll send an email with reset instructions to the address we hold on your record.

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Bath, Book, Bed

Animal Agents

Want to know how to get your kids to sleep? Visit your local library to pick up a free Bath, Book, Bed booklet and choose your bedtime stories.

South Gloucestershire Libraries are giving away copies of a new free booklet featuring the top tips and advice of TV parenting expert Jo Frost of as part of the Bath, Book, Bed campaign: an initiative encouraging families to make stories part of every child’s bedtime routine.

All parents and carers worry about getting young children to sleep at night – and of course getting enough sleep themselves. But it doesn’t have to be a bedtime battle.

Reading a book before bed as part of a regular nightly routine is the perfect way to get your little one ready to visit the land of nod. Bath, Book, Bed is all you need to remember.

Bedtime routines are associated with improved sleep in young children. Benefits include earlier bedtimes, shorter amount of time in bed before falling asleep, less night-wakings and sleeping for longer.

But it doesn’t stop there. The same routine every night involving a story and shared reading won’t just help them fall asleep – it will also feed their imagination, creativity and confidence. Children who are read to every night start school ahead of those who aren’t - and the gap only widens as they get older.

Mother of Sophia aged 2 said: “We visit the library every week and choose books which I read to Sophia before bedtime. I believe that reading to Sophia everyday helps her language development and greatly helps with her creative play”

The library has lots of lovely picture books for you to choose from and they are all free to borrow. There are no library fines for children and no charge for any damage to books taken out by children under five.

Visit www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary to find your nearest library or go to www.booktrust.org.uk/bathbookbed to download the booklet and get more practical ideas and tips for making stories part of your child’s bedtime routine.

Be a Volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017

South Gloucestershire Libraries are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to join the team running Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

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Volunteers will spend their time helping children do the Summer Reading Challenge, talking with them about the books they’ve been reading and helping at a range of activities in the library.

This is a great opportunity to develop skills in communication, team working and creative projects, whilst having fun and making new friends. Ellie, aged 17, who volunteered last summer said: ‘Volunteering has been a really enjoyable experience. It has helped me to meet new people and develop my confidence when communicating with others.’

Encouraging young people to take part Martin Burton, Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire said “Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge gives young people a valuable opportunity to gain confidence, skills and experience which increases employability. It’s inspiring for children to have teenager volunteers from their own community encouraging them to read.”

Animal Agents

More than 6,600 children took part in The Big Friendly Read last summer helped by over 70 volunteers. The theme of this year’s challenge is Animal Agents – a whole host of clever creatures, ready to solve all kinds of mysteries. Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017, begins in all South Gloucestershire Libraries on 15 July and runs until 9 September. Libraries are also holding free activities throughout the holiday to help children complete the Challenge including: Bristol Zoo workshops, ‘meet a guide dog’ and craft sessions.

The closing date for applications is 30 June. Volunteers must be aged 13 or over. For more information ask a member of staff at any South Gloucestershire library, email or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries.

Like us on facebook and follow us @southgloslibs for the Animal Agents updates.

Low Cost Computer Scheme

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.

Are you making the most of your Library Membership?

Did you know that your library membership gives you 24/7 access to your account and many free digital services at www.librarieswest.org.uk

Log-in with your library membership number (printed on your card) and your 4-digit PIN. Here you can manage your account, search the catalogue and order books online (free of charge when using an U18s card). Click & collect from your nearest library.

If you don’t know your PIN you can reset it easily by clicking “Forgot my PIN” on the LibrariesWest website. This sends an automatic email with PIN reset instructions to the email address we hold for you on our records.


Bring your little one along to a rhyme time, story time or play session at your local library for a fun and family friendly activity for babies and toddlers.

Share rhymes, songs, stories and play!

It’s free to come along to the Bookstart Bear Club and new families are always welcome: “Coming to the library for Bookstart Bear Club is a regular part of every week routine for our family. My child really enjoys it and I noticed she is more open. She can also practice her English. We can also spend time together and have some fun” (Magda, parent).

Children can also collect Bookstart Bear Club paw print stamps and certificates each time they visit.

Log on to www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary or visit your local library to find out more.

Like us on facebook to keep up to date with what we are doing; or find us on twitter @southgloslibs.

Free Support for Young People’s Wellbeing and Mental Health

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.

Big Friendly Read

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

Free WiFi and App

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.

Available from Google Play or the Apple App Store. You will need your borrower number and PIN (ask at the library if you don’t know what these are).

For all the latest news at "South Gloucestershire Libraries" find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sgloslibraries

"Like" our page and be the first to hear about our latest services, FREE children's holiday activities, events for all ages and much more.

Other Services

Premium DVDs

We have a Premium DVD service. This includes the very latest DVDs which can be hired for £2.00 per week. Please note these DVDs cannot be renewed or reserved.

Overdues and reservation notifications by e-mail

Please help us to save money by providing us with your current e-mail address. This could benefit you as it's quicker and we could also tell you about library events/new books etc.

We have introduced pre-overdues for readers who have elected to receive information from us via email. If you would like to receive this service and have an e-mail address please contact us.

Library Reference and Information Service

As well as the reference resources available in the library and on-line on our website you can also contact our Library Enquiry Centre based in Somerset.

The Library Enquiry Centre offers a comprehensive service for all your information needs. Specialist librarians at the Centre have access to information resources not available in your library. You can contact The Enquiry Centre by phone (local rate), email, letter or fax. They will answer your enquiry immediately or get back to you with the information you require.

The Library Enquiry Centre also offers a range of business information solutions to support intending, new and established businesses. We have access to business databases, industry overviews, business directories and journals. We provide a free enquiry service to all business users. So, whether you are taking your first steps as a future entrepreneur, or already have a well-established business the Library Enquiry Centre will be able to help.

To contact the Library Enquiry Centre:

Phone: 01454 866900 (local rate)
Fax: 01823 336370
Text: 07919 540839
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-4.30pm

Rooms for Hire

Please contact the Library 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).

Free Computer Support

Do you have an i-pad or similar tablet but need some help using it?

Drop-in without an appointment on Monday mornings 10-12 to see Mike, our computer volunteer. Mike can help with quick enquiries. Bring your device and charger with you.

If you need more intensive support, book in to see computer volunteer Chris. Chris is available on Tuesday mornings at 9.30, 10.30 or 11.30. Sessions with Chris must be booked in advance – enquire in person at Thornbury Library or email

We have free WiFi - bring your portable device with you to make the most of the session. Our computer volunteers only offer support in the library and not in customers’ homes.

Bookstart Bear Club StoryTime and RhymeTime for babies and pre-schoolers

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Storytime Mondays 2.15pm – 2.45pm Rhymetime Fridays 11.15am-11.45am (note new timing - term-time only).

Most suitable for ages 0-4 years, all activities free of charge, no booking required. Nappy-changing facilities available, breast-feeding welcome.

Chatterbooks Reading Group - for children aged 9-11 years

Chatterbooks reading group meets monthly on Saturday afternoons in Thornbury Library.

Children discuss specially selected book titles and take part in fun activities related to books. There is no cost to take part.

Parents and carers of interested children should email to arrange their child’s place.

Forthcoming events

Monday 5th June 2017

Wednesday 5th July 2017

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