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Bridgwater Library

Libraries prepare to re-open from next week

SOMERSET Libraries are getting ready to welcome customers back into library buildings again from next Monday (April 12) when restrictions are due to ease.

A spokesperson said: “Shelves will be crammed with an array of brand-new book with something for everyone. Library members can borrow up to 20 books at a time for free.

“Covid secure measures will still be in place, and charges will still apply to some other items including DVDs and Talking Books.

“For some members, this will be the first time they have used their local library in a while. To check if memberships are still active then just use the simple ‘membership checker’ form on www.somersetlibraries.co.uk or pop into your local branch where staff will be happy to help.

“Alternatively, contact them by phone or email, and they can check for you: email librariesmail@somerset.gov.uk or phone 0300 123 2224.

“The library service is getting ready to launch an exciting series of events and activities over the coming months.

“Somerset Libraries Presents… will see the return of some regular favourites alongside some exciting new events. Initially these will be online but as restrictions ease, they hope to be able to provide both an indoor and outdoor activity programme over the summer months.

“If you are a parent of a lockdown baby, or just want to chat to other parents, you can join an informal online ‘Reading Friends’ discussion groups to get tips on what to read for yourself, for your child or even just to share your experiences of parenting during lockdown.

“For anyone struggling with IT at home, free internet access is available in every library, and if you need to print something, you can make use of Wi-Fi printing service.

“Send your documents to print from home and collect at your convenience. Library computers are also available for essential users, but you may need to pre-book a time slot in advance.

“Jobseekers and people wanting to develop new skills for employment can borrow an internet-ready tablet which is pre-loaded with a range of useful links, information and support. You can keep the device for up to six weeks and make use of it to search for jobs, write applications and get top tips for virtual interviews.

“You don’t need to be a member of Somerset Libraries to access events and/or online activities, but if you do join the library you’ll get free access to 1000s of e-Newspapers, e-Magazines, e-Audio and e-Books, as well as being able to borrow up to 20 books, DVDs and Talking books at a time.

“Joining the library online has been made quick and easy – visit www.somersetlibraries.co.uk  for more information on joining and for other useful updates on opening times and our wide range of service

“To make sure you don’t miss out on latest library news and developments, register for their newsletter via their website, or by speaking to any member of library staff.”

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