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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 16 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

Scrabble Saturday 2

A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group, everyone welcome
Date: 28 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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Bowen Technique Taster Sessions

Book a 1-2-1 taster with local qualified Bowen Technique practitioner Rosie Roome. This gentle and subtle treatment method can provide relief from pain and relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions. Try it for yourself & use the £10 price as money off your next session. Book and pay at the library. A variety of appointment times available throughout the day.
Date: 21 January 2020
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Description: Book a 1-2-1 taster with local qualified Bowen Technique practitioner Rosie Roome. This gentle and subtle treatment method can provide relief from pain and relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions. Try it for yourself & use the £10 price as money off your next session. Book and pay at the library. A variety of appointment times available throughout the day.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Book Lovers at Barnstaple Library

Book yourself a bookish treat! An hour long reading lovers appointment with one of our Barnstaple Library team. Over a drink and some cake enjoy informally discussing your reading loves and come away with a tailored list of recommendations. The £20 price includes a book bag, refreshments and goodies. Book your appointment via eventbrite on https://booklovers-barnstaplelibrary.eventbrite.co.uk or if you would like assistance to book please ask a member of staff.
Date: 23 January 2020
Time: 10:00 - 15:00
Description: Book yourself a bookish treat! An hour long reading lovers appointment with one of our Barnstaple Library team. Over a drink and some cake enjoy informally discussing your reading loves and come away with a tailored list of recommendations. The £20 price includes a book bag, refreshments and goodies. Book your appointment via eventbrite on https://booklovers-barnstaplelibrary.eventbrite.co.uk or if you would like assistance to book please ask a member of staff.
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
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Peter Christie at Barnstaple Library

Peter will be giving a talk based on the reporting of folklore beliefs in the 19th Century North Devon Journal - with some ideas on what we still believe. Proceeds from the talk will go towards Barnstaple Library Friends Group
Date: 25 February 2020
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: Peter will be giving a talk based on the reporting of folklore beliefs in the 19th Century North Devon Journal - with some ideas on what we still believe. Proceeds from the talk will go towards Barnstaple Library Friends Group
Audience: All
Cost: £3.00
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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: 26 February 2020
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: 26 February 2020
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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Toddler Time

Stories, songs and crafts for children aged 2 and over.
Date: 27 February 2020
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Stories, songs and crafts for children aged 2 and over.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
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Working in Refugee Camps

Thursday 27th February 2-3pm A Talk by Mary-Flowa Houldsworth, Mary worked in the Kunduz region of Afghanistan as a Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders nurse and midwife. Mary will share her experience and the stories she heard of those forced to flee their home and become refugees. Tickets £3 inc refreshments. Book and pay in advance at the library.
Date: 27 February 2020
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Description: Thursday 27th February 2-3pm A Talk by Mary-Flowa Houldsworth, Mary worked in the Kunduz region of Afghanistan as a Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders nurse and midwife. Mary will share her experience and the stories she heard of those forced to flee their home and become refugees. Tickets £3 inc refreshments. Book and pay in advance at the library.
Audience: All
Cost: £3.00
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Author Event: James D Mortain

They left him for dead. Now he’s back. And he wants revenge… James D Mortain discusses his latest book at Barnstaple Library Tickets: £3 including refreshments: booking essential
Date: 02 March 2020
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Description: They left him for dead. Now he’s back. And he wants revenge… James D Mortain discusses his latest book at Barnstaple Library Tickets: £3 including refreshments: booking essential
Audience: All
Cost: £3.00
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Boogie Books

Stories, movement and dance for under 5s
Date: 02 March 2020
Time: 10:30 - 11:15
Description: Stories, movement and dance for under 5s
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
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Knit and Mix

Come and join our social knitting group. Beginners or more experienced knitters welcome. Tea and coffee for a small donation.
Date: 02 March 2020
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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Storytime with Mama G

Join panto dame Mama G and listen to stories about being who you want to be. funded by the Friends of Barnstaple Library.
Date: 02 March 2020
Time: 16:30 - 17:30
Description: Join panto dame Mama G and listen to stories about being who you want to be. funded by the Friends of Barnstaple Library.
Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
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Mindfulness

Our taster in January was so popular that we are offering weekly Mindfulness Meditation sessions with Sue Keane from The Boost. Bring focus and clarity to your life and improve your sense of well-being. £4 per session. Payable at time of booking. Please book at the library.
Date: 03 March 2020
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Description: Our taster in January was so popular that we are offering weekly Mindfulness Meditation sessions with Sue Keane from The Boost. Bring focus and clarity to your life and improve your sense of well-being. £4 per session. Payable at time of booking. Please book at the library.
Audience: All
Cost: £4.00
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Treasures of the Stack

Celebrate World Book Day 2020 with a behind-the-scenes tour of the stack and access to some hidden treasures. Time included to browse and borrow. Tickets £6 booked in advance at the library.
Date: 05 March 2020
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Celebrate World Book Day 2020 with a behind-the-scenes tour of the stack and access to some hidden treasures. Time included to browse and borrow. Tickets £6 booked in advance at the library.
Audience: All
Cost: £6.00
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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 March 2020
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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Bookstart Corner

Parents and carers can build their confidence reading with their children, sharing stories and rhymes and make an enjoyable part of every day. Free goodies to take away. Books, rhymes, puppets and mark making. Free booking essential. This is a two part course, attendance at both is advised.
Date: 09 March 2020
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Description: Parents and carers can build their confidence reading with their children, sharing stories and rhymes and make an enjoyable part of every day. Free goodies to take away. Books, rhymes, puppets and mark making. Free booking essential. This is a two part course, attendance at both is advised.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Sing-Along-A-Library

For anyone who wants to sing for fun, we're not a choir so don't worry about being a good singer, just come along for a good sing song and a cuppa.
Date: 10 March 2020
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: For anyone who wants to sing for fun, we're not a choir so don't worry about being a good singer, just come along for a good sing song and a cuppa.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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3D Printed 16GB USB Case Barnstaple FabLab

Design a USB cover during this 1 hour workshop. You'll have the opportunity to customised the case however you would like, this will then be used to cover a 16GB USB. No one else will have the same USB as you or get to try 3D printing. These will be printed after the workshop. Suitable for 10-16 year olds. To book please copy and paste this link: https://bit.ly/2vaaHtv Please note that booking onto this workshop will end at noon on the 13th of March.
Date: 14 March 2020
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Design a USB cover during this 1 hour workshop. You'll have the opportunity to customised the case however you would like, this will then be used to cover a 16GB USB. No one else will have the same USB as you or get to try 3D printing. These will be printed after the workshop. Suitable for 10-16 year olds. To book please copy and paste this link: https://bit.ly/2vaaHtv Please note that booking onto this workshop will end at noon on the 13th of March.
Audience: Teen
Cost: £10.00
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3D Printed Face Scan Barnstaple FabLab

This workshop will cover how to 3D scan and print a 3D model. All involved will get their own head scan that will be printed after the session. These can be collected anytime after. Suitable for ages 6+/All Ages. To Book please copy and paste this link: https://bit.ly/38XPFwI Please note that booking onto this workshop will end at noon on the 13th of March.
Date: 14 March 2020
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Description: This workshop will cover how to 3D scan and print a 3D model. All involved will get their own head scan that will be printed after the session. These can be collected anytime after. Suitable for ages 6+/All Ages. To Book please copy and paste this link: https://bit.ly/38XPFwI Please note that booking onto this workshop will end at noon on the 13th of March.
Audience: All
Cost: £7.50
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Bookstart Corner

Parents and carers can build up their confidence reading with their children, sharing stories and rhymes and making it an enjoyable part of every day. Free goodies to take away, books, rhymes puppets and mark making. Free, booking is essential participants should attend both sessions.
Date: 16 March 2020
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Description: Parents and carers can build up their confidence reading with their children, sharing stories and rhymes and making it an enjoyable part of every day. Free goodies to take away, books, rhymes puppets and mark making. Free, booking is essential participants should attend both sessions.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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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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