WEEKLY – IN THE LIBRARY
*1. Book group
*2. Computer class
*5. Book group (for different ages)
Further details below.
*1. Two evening book groups that meet every third week and a 1 monthly daytime book group which means there is always a weekly book group at the library.
*2. At least 1 weekly computer class (this can be in a small group or one to one, depending on people’s needs – 3 classes offered consisting of ‘Basic introduction to the Internet’, ‘Shortcuts to Searching the Internet using Google’ & ‘Setting up and using an e-mail account’. These classes have run for about 4 years and new people are always registering. People in our demographic may have their own computers so the take up of free computer use isn’t as great as other areas but the classes are well attended.
*3. Storytime and a craft is offered once a week for pre-school children.
*4. Rhymetime is offered twice a week for babies and preschool children
*5. Bookgroup is offered 3 out of 4 weeks, aimed at specific ages of children.
*6. Visit to several care homes in the local area to offer Read Aloud sessions (these are very short stories which are read out loud and the group can either just listen or read part out themselves. They are very well received and offer the residents to discuss their thoughts and reminisce about past events)
*7. Also, weekly Sing Along sessions for care homes to start soon.
Weekly visit to one of the local primary schools with view to extending to other local primary schools. These will start in the Spring term and consist of options of Read Aloud, help with their reading, Storytime sessions and reorganising one of the school’s libraries.
MONTHLY – IN THE LIBRARY
*8. Weekend rhymetime (so that parents who work, grandparents, etc can accompany children and enjoy a session)
MONTHLY – OUTREACH
*9. Book group in a care home.
QUARTERLY – IN THE LIBRARY
*10. Class visit from any of the schools nearby. Exclusive use of the library for the class and to tie in with whatever the school is studying. These have proved very successful. These are also coordinated to facilitate partnership work with the police and schools.
YEARLY – IN THE LIBRARY
*12. Coffee morning.
*13. Summer Reading Challenge – Educational and motivational scheme to encourage children to continue reading through the holidays. It has been shown that children who continue to read whilst off school maintain their level of literacy.
OUTREACH – TWICE YEARLY
*14. Library talk to local group (Church, Health, WI) about the History of Libraries in Wales.
*15. Visit local schools to promote SRC (see *13) and then return to hand out certificates and medals.
OCCASIONALLY – IN THE LIBRARY
*15. Talks from local historians and/ or authors.
*16. Quiz night.
*17. Open University/Walking for Health/ Adult Education Information desks.
*18. Family history help on the computers
*19. Seasonal parties, usually summer time and Christmas time.
*20. BBC Wales interviews for World Book Night/ Book Group news, etc.
*21. Storytime at the local community day (an annual event but Rhydypennau Library don’t always attend)
The figures show that Rhydypennau Library is the most costly library to maintain but this is misleading as they have three services operating from their building. On the ground floor they have a busy community library and from the basement they run the Housebound service and the Mobile service which covers all areas and residents who cannot access a library. They have their own stock in the basement and of course this area has to be heated and lit for the 3 staff members who work from there. They also have 3 vehicles kept on site and used for the mobile and housebound services.
Obviously, the library’s benefits are many and varied and it appeals to all ages and stages of life. The library has books, computer access for free, many online resources the public can access free of charge (Which?reports/ Ancestry.com/Times Digital and many more), daily local and national newspapers, audiobooks, cd’s & dvd’s, study areas, quiet spaces, toilets, book clubs, children’s sessions, a public information centre, recycling bags, a place for the local PCSO’s to consult with residents. It is a safe and friendly environment where people can study, read and meet. Rhydypennau Library is one of the few remaining welcoming, free, socially accepting public places accessible. It is also the only community space in our locality that is under roof.
The library is a vital educational support for the children of Cardiff High School, Rhydypennau Primary School, Lakeside Primary School and Ton-yr-Ywen Primary School. It serves are large area that includes Cyncoed, Lakeside, the Heath, Lisvane, Llanishen and even residents from as far as Pontprennau visit.
The elderly in the local community very much rely on this service for many different needs. They have not all found it easy to fill in the public consultation form or go online but it is vital that their voice is not ignored. It would hit them hard if the library went and some would feel positively lost. I know this as I have spoken with many of the elderly of the local community on this issue.