February 21, 2022

Celebrating 25 years of World Book Day

  This year’s packed programme will help more children than ever to discover a love for reading. The charity World Book Day turns 25 on Thursday 3rd March 2022 and is inviting everyone to its party celebrating the past, present and future of children’s reading. Reading for pleasure is the biggest indicator of a child’s […]

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February 14, 2022

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with 25 books children and young people in Wales love!

On 14 February, public libraries in Wales and The Reading Agency announced their Winter of Wellbeing shortlist, a collection of 25 brilliant books nominated by children and young people across Wales for their power to make them feel better, more connected and more understood.   This exciting strand of the cross-sector Winter of Wellbeing campaign […]

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February 4, 2022

Rhymes and songs take centre stage as the Big Welsh Rhyme Time returns for 2022

BookTrust Cymru, the children’s reading charity, is encouraging families, schools, and early years spaces across Wales to join in with Big Welsh Rhyme time this February. Now entering its fourth year, Big Welsh Rhyme Time is a week-long national celebration of sharing bilingual rhymes, poems, and songs with children in their early years. It is […]

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February 3, 2022

Original Features Restored in Penarth Library Upgrade

Penarth Library reopened in May 2021 following extensive refurbishment work. Funded jointly by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Government, the redecorated ground floor includes new furniture, enquiry desk, carpet and shelving. LED lighting has been installed throughout the building, which has also seen many of its features revived. Some of the finishing touches […]

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January 26, 2022

1921 Census: ‘This history belongs to us all’

The 1921 Census of Wales and England became available online for the first time on 6th January this year. The release is the culmination of a three-year digitisation project carried out by the genealogy company, FindMyPast, on behalf of the UK National Archives. The project saw 28,000 bound volumes of records carefully scanned and transcribed, […]

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January 17, 2022

Statistics reveal surge in usage of Ancestry in 2021

The all-Wales Ancestry statistics for the last two years reveal a growing popularity with accessing family history records as thousands of users across Wales took advantage of the remote availability of the popular resource. In 2021, 2,030,158 searches were carried out in 86,512 sessions by public library users in Wales, compared to 1,036,088 searches in […]

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January 13, 2022

A good book ushers in the winter of wellbeing in public libraries

  Children and young people are urged to nominate the books that make them feel better Today, public libraries are joining Wales’ Winter of Wellbeing initiative by launching a campaign to promote the proven difference reading can make to young people’s lives and the power of public libraries to support them. To celebrate the launch, […]

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December 8, 2021

Ancestry Library Edition Remote Access Ending

In March 2020 libraries around the world had to close their doors due to the global pandemic. ProQuest and Ancestry made the unprecedented decision to grant public libraries temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) for those who could provide a secure method of authentication. ProQuest and Ancestry happily made this decision to help […]

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November 4, 2021

CILIP Cymru Wales announces the Welsh Library Team of the Year Award winner and finalists

The Estyn Allan training and development programme has been selected as first place in the CILIP Cymru Wales Welsh Library Team of the Year Award. Joint second place was awarded to Coleg Sir Gâr Library Service and the Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Library & Learning Technology Service, and third place to the WHELF (Wales Higher Education […]

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