Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Llyfrygell Torfaen Libraries

Cwmbran Library

Even in these days of ebooks and apathy, libraries are still great places. Free books, free research facilities, and a place for all kinds of groups and organisations to meet and offer advice and information. I try to take Marianna to our local library on Tuesdays after nursery - you can read about her very first visit to sign up to the Bookstart Book Crawl scheme HERE - although I'm very pleased that books taken out on kid's cards no longer incur late fees.

Sometimes life kind of gets in the way!

There are three libraries in Torfaen, and all of them have plenty going on. Kids' book clubs, toddler 'Rhyme Time' sessions, CV support, health drop ins, and more. You can keep up to date with it all on the library service's social media channels. (Blog / Facebook / Twitter) Read on for the general lowdown on each of them...


Blaenavon Library

The library is now in the heritage centre on Church Road (NP4 9AS), and is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9:30 onwards. Check out the details HERE. There are IT support drop-in sessions every Wednesday, 2pm - 4pm, and family history sessions every Friday from 10am to 1pm.

Blaenavon Library


Cwmbran Library

This is my local library - it's in Gwent Square in the centre of Cwmbran Shopping, under the walkway leading towards Boots, etc. Shut on Sundays and Wednesdays, the library is open from 8:45 most days. You can find the full details HERE. There are IT support drop-in sessions on Thursdays, 10:00-12:00 and 2:30-4:30, and the 11+ Book Club meets on the first Thursday of every month from 4:30-5:30pm.

There is also a 'quick stop' service in the foyer at Cwmbran library which is great if you're in a hurry.


Pontypool Library

On Hanbury Road, opposite the Civic Centre, Pontypool library is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30am. For more details on opening times click HERE. There is an IT support drop-in session every Tuesday, 10am - 12pm.


To become a member you need to bring proof of your name and address, and ask the librarian to sign you up. Alternatively you can sign up online HERE and your card will be posted out to you. Once you have a library card you can borrow up to 20 books for three weeks at a time, and - for a small fee - up to 5 DVDs and 5 CDs for a week.

(For those unable to visit a library, there is a home service available, a volunteer 'Read to Me' service, and a special Carer's Library Card.)

In addition to books, you can use the computers which is especially handy if you don't have decent internet access at home. At peak times (i.e. not long after school kicking out time) it can be a hassle trying to get a machine, but you can book a slot online up to 8 days in advance. Printouts have a small charge (10p), but you can get them free if you're using the computer for job seeking or homework.

Plus your card gives you access to lots of fab online resources, from the library service's own catalogue to eMagazines and ComicsPlus.




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Out and About in Torfaen



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