Thursday, 31 May 2012

Book & Bake Sale 5th June

FoSL is having a Book and Bake Sale at the Jubilee Fete on Tuesday 5 June at 1pm, on Spicers Field (off New Road/Babraham Road).  Books or baking would be much appreciated! Please bring them along on the day, or let me know if I can collect for you.  Offers of help on the day would be gratefully received too - just turn up on the day, or let me and Pat know.  We'll be there from 12.15.  
We'll also have a display of refurbishment ideas, including a Lego Library! 

Sawston Library Refurbishment Ideas

Thanks to those of you who attended our recent Open Meeting and the follow up meeting.  You may remember that we contacted the Library Service to say that we'd like to refurbish the children's section - and they got very excited and presented us with a plan (see tab above).  It involves moving the children's section (including the teenage collection) to the window half of Room 2, partly on new lower mobile shelving.  The local history section would join non-fiction in the other half of Room 2, along with some adult fiction on new mobile units.  The rest of adult fiction (Crime and Adventure) would move to Room 1, and Talking Books would be united with Large Print near the computers.  The adult table currently in Room 2 would move to Room 1.  Cost is £4876.67 for the whole lot or £2250.91 for the things that seem necessary.

Those who attended the presentation had mixed feelings about the plan.  One big concern was that the lighting in Room 2 might not be up to the job, so I've arranged to get further advice on this issue (no doubt there'll be an extra cost there).  There are various pros and cons, so we'd be very grateful if you could have a look at the attached plans, have a good think, and return the questionnaire (see tab above).  Paper copies will be available at the library and we'll also be asking your opinion at the Jubilee Fete, where you'll be able to see our lego model of the refurbishment ideas.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Services unavailable

In preparation for the changeover to the new Library online system, the following services will not be available between 11 - 22 June 2012:
  • Telephone renewals
  • E-books or online information sources
  • Online catalogue, renewals and requests
This is unavoidable for technical reasons and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
All other services will continue as normal and customers will be able to borrow and return items in libraries.
The public computers and WiFi will remain available for existing members, but new members joining from 11th June will not be able to use these facilities until the new system goes live.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

from Cambridgeshire Libraries

If you go down to the library today you're in for a BIG surprise... the Bookstart Bear Club is here!

Each child who joins the Bookstart Bear Club bookstart bear clublibrary will receive a membership folder containing a Bookstart Bear Club Passport, a bookmark, a press out puppet sheet and a rhymesheet. Children then receive a paw stamp in their Bookstart Bear Club Passport every time they take part in Rhymetime, Storytime or borrow items. After six stamps they receive a reward certificate. There are ten reward certificates to collect, including an extra-special tenth gold certificate! The certificates can take pride of place on their nursery wall and be a lovely keepsake of their early visits to the library.

The club is available to join now. To take part your child must be 0-4 years old and have their own library membership card. Library membership is free and you can join them online or by visiting your local library. You can also do an online version of the Bookstart Bear Club with your child by posting book reviews, playing games and sharing stories together at home.

from Cambridgeshire Libraries

A new, improved Library System
Cambridgeshire County Council is installing a new, modern library system that will improve the library catalogue and provide you with a wider range of services, including a new Library App for mobile devices. The system has been funded by Improvement East and will pave the way for improved customer service.

To make sure the new system is installed successfully we will need to close libraries briefly, however during this time we'll be increasing book loan periods.

We will do our best to keep disruption to a minimum and most libraries will be shut for a single day or less. The closure will take place as follows:
  • Wednesday, 20 June 2012 - Libraries closed in City and South Cambs

This is unavoidable for technical reasons and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

All other services will continue as normal and customers will be able to borrow and return items in libraries, and use the PCs. 

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Meeting & Presentation 22nd May

The Friends of Sawston Library committee have arranged to meet on Tues 22 May, 7.30pm at the library, and we thought you might like to come along?

Dawn Nash of the Library Service will be coming to explain some suggested improvements to the library.  We asked them about renewing the children's section, and their furniture supplier visited and drew up diagrams for a large revamp.  We haven't seen the plans yet, but have the impression it's all on a larger scale than the small table and chairs we had in mind. Dawn is coming along to explain their ideas; should be interesting.  Do come along and offer your thoughts.  

Tony Orgee of the County Council is also coming, so we'll be able to hear any news from the County Council.  

We hope to see you on Tuesday.  Please let Chrissie and me know if you'd like to come, so that we can bring extra chairs if need be!