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Barnstaple Library is a busy and vibrant space, open six days a week. The Library boasts a large selection of books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs and there is a reserve stack of approximately 28,000 items which are available on request.

On the First Floor of the library there are 22 computers which are free to use for up to 2 hours a day with printing and copying facilities. Barnstaple Library also houses a large collection of Local and Family History records for the area working with South West Heritage Trust and the North Devon Athenaeum staff.

There is a bright and busy children's area with regular events and activities such as weekly Bounce and Rhyme sessions, toddler time, craft and children's book group. For adults, the library offers regular groups including, knitting, colouring, scrabble, singing and walking groups and there are regular author events throughout the year.

On a Friday morning during term time, students from Pathfield School run a pop up café in the library, serving a selection of drinks and some delicious cakes.

Barnstaple Library has a range of high-quality meeting rooms and spaces available for hire. If you're looking for a venue or meeting room at reasonable prices, click here to find out more.

Services

Barnstaple Library Events Barnstaple Library Events

Knit and Mix

Come and join our social knitting group. Beginners or more experienced knitters welcome. Tea and coffee for a small donation.
Date: 18 November 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Come and join our social knitting group. Beginners or more experienced knitters welcome. Tea and coffee for a small donation.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Colouring and Coffee

Colouring for grown-ups. A friendly group and a nice way to relax for a couple of hours. Tea and coffee for a small donation. All materials supplied.
Date: 20 November 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Colouring for grown-ups. A friendly group and a nice way to relax for a couple of hours. Tea and coffee for a small donation. All materials supplied.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Computer Assistance

Free assistance with technology for those needing extra help. One to One sessions. To book please call 01271 318780 or come in to the library.
Date: 20 November 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Free assistance with technology for those needing extra help. One to One sessions. To book please call 01271 318780 or come in to the library.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Litcraft Workshops: Discover the Magic of Reading with Minecraft

Discover the magic of reading with just a little help from Minecraft! Litcraft is more than just a workshop, it’s a movement! Young people around the country are discovering their new favourite books and a love for reading through these innovative sessions. Read a bit of a book, then create the world on Minecraft via a series of unique custom worlds and specially created Minecraft activities. For ages 8 - 12. For more info, or to book a place, copy and paste: librariesevolve.org.uk
Date: 21 November 2019
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Description: Discover the magic of reading with just a little help from Minecraft! Litcraft is more than just a workshop, it’s a movement! Young people around the country are discovering their new favourite books and a love for reading through these innovative sessions. Read a bit of a book, then create the world on Minecraft via a series of unique custom worlds and specially created Minecraft activities. For ages 8 - 12. For more info, or to book a place, copy and paste: librariesevolve.org.uk
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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Poetry Corner

A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
Date: 23 November 2019
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Scrabble Saturday 2

A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group everyone welcome.
Date: 23 November 2019
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Description: A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group everyone welcome.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Boogie Books

Stories, movement and dance for under 5s
Date: 25 November 2019
Time: 10:30 - 11:15
Description: Stories, movement and dance for under 5s
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
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Festive Flowers

With the help of the Barnstaple Floral Art Club, create a lovely Winter arrangement to take home Cost: £8.00 per person to include flowers, materials and refreshments (please bring scissors if possible) Places limited, please purchase tickets in advance at Barnstaple Library
Date: 30 November 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: With the help of the Barnstaple Floral Art Club, create a lovely Winter arrangement to take home Cost: £8.00 per person to include flowers, materials and refreshments (please bring scissors if possible) Places limited, please purchase tickets in advance at Barnstaple Library
Audience: Adult
Cost: £8.00
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North Devon Literacy Hub

A support and friendship group for families and children who have reading writing and spelling difficulties
Date: 30 November 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: A support and friendship group for families and children who have reading writing and spelling difficulties
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Once Upon a Christmas with Boo to a Goose Theatre

Join Father & Mother Christmas in a magical show for children aged 2 - 8. Tickets can be booked at the Library and must be paid for at time of booking.
Date: 05 December 2019
Time: 16:30 - 17:30
Description: Join Father & Mother Christmas in a magical show for children aged 2 - 8. Tickets can be booked at the Library and must be paid for at time of booking.
Audience: Child
Cost: £6.00
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Pop-up cafe with Christmas singing by Pathfield School.

Come and join us for a festive cuppa with singing at 11.00.
Date: 06 December 2019
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Description: Come and join us for a festive cuppa with singing at 11.00.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Writing Group: Ideas Gang

Each Month the workshop is led by a different member of the group, giving a variety of writing experiences. Different forms and genres are covered and plenty of time is given for writing practice on the day
Date: 07 December 2019
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Description: Each Month the workshop is led by a different member of the group, giving a variety of writing experiences. Different forms and genres are covered and plenty of time is given for writing practice on the day
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Around the World Storytime

Explore different parts of the world with stories, songs and crafts. With North Devon Sunrise. Suitable for age 2 and over.
Date: 12 December 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Explore different parts of the world with stories, songs and crafts. With North Devon Sunrise. Suitable for age 2 and over.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
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Stories Under the Christmas Tree

Come in your dressing gown and pyjamas if you wish. Don't forget your teddy! Refreshments supported by Barnstaple Library Friends Group
Date: 12 December 2019
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
Description: Come in your dressing gown and pyjamas if you wish. Don't forget your teddy! Refreshments supported by Barnstaple Library Friends Group
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Raspberry Pi Jam

Get together and share ideas with other enthusiasts. All welcome
Date: 14 December 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Get together and share ideas with other enthusiasts. All welcome
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Scrabble Saturday 1

A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group everyone welcome.
Date: 14 December 2019
Time: 13:00 - 16:00
Description: A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group everyone welcome.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Make a bauble Christmas Crafts-Barnstaple Library

Join us each morning in the run up to the big day to make crafty festive paper decorations for our tree in the children's library. Suitable for all ages. Donations appreciated to help cover costs.
Date: 16 December 2019
Time: 16:30 - 17:30
Description: Join us each morning in the run up to the big day to make crafty festive paper decorations for our tree in the children's library. Suitable for all ages. Donations appreciated to help cover costs.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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BFGs Christmas Coffee morning and Children's Crafts.

Special Christmas edition of the Friends group regular coffee morning and children's crafts. Donations welcomed towards the craft costs. Choir singing during the morning.
Date: 21 December 2019
Time: 8:00 - 8:00
Description: Special Christmas edition of the Friends group regular coffee morning and children's crafts. Donations welcomed towards the craft costs. Choir singing during the morning.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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A Long Long Time-Reckless Sleepers

special live screening event with Dartington Live. Join us on an intergalactic theatre ride through the night sky this Christmas. This winter show takes children and their families to space & back, surveying the imaginary delights of the zodiac, from wandering giants, to bears, sisters, birds, fantastical creatures, gods, monsters & more. A beautiful storytelling treat for all the family. Suitable for all ages. Takes place in Henry Williamson Room. Tickets £4 per person includes a craft activity after the show. Please note eventbrite booking fee is added to the ticket price. Booking via LibrariesEvolve.org.uk
Date: 23 December 2019
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Description: special live screening event with Dartington Live. Join us on an intergalactic theatre ride through the night sky this Christmas. This winter show takes children and their families to space & back, surveying the imaginary delights of the zodiac, from wandering giants, to bears, sisters, birds, fantastical creatures, gods, monsters & more. A beautiful storytelling treat for all the family. Suitable for all ages. Takes place in Henry Williamson Room. Tickets £4 per person includes a craft activity after the show. Please note eventbrite booking fee is added to the ticket price. Booking via LibrariesEvolve.org.uk
Audience: All
Cost: £4.00
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Wednesday Wanderers group

Are you aged 55 and over? Want to enjoy the outdoors more? Want to be a bit more active?  Join us for a friendly walk exploring the walking routes around Barnstaple and over the 12 weeks maybe make some new friends too. Funded by Connecting Actively to Nature-Active Devon. Suggested donation of £2 per session to help cover costs. Book your place barnstaple.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk or on 01271 318780 or in person at the library.
Date: 15 January 2020
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Description: Are you aged 55 and over? Want to enjoy the outdoors more? Want to be a bit more active?  Join us for a friendly walk exploring the walking routes around Barnstaple and over the 12 weeks maybe make some new friends too. Funded by Connecting Actively to Nature-Active Devon. Suggested donation of £2 per session to help cover costs. Book your place barnstaple.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk or on 01271 318780 or in person at the library.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Please see event description
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Opening hours:

Mon 09:00 - 18:00
Tue 09:00 - 18:00
Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 09:00 - 18:00
Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00


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Contact us:

Jude Jeal

Email: Barnstaple Library
Tel: 01271 318780

Find us:

Barnstaple Library
Tuly Street
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 1EL

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