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Roadmap for reintroducing in-person library services. Find out more about our services from Monday 12th April. Services may differ per library. Learn more on our Covid-19 updates page.

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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

Bounce and Rhyme Online
We've pooled the expertise of our teams from Devon and Torbay Libraries to bring you a varied programme of Bounce & Rhyme sessions from across the county. Join in the action with songs and rhymes and enjoy meeting staff from different libraries. https://www.facebook.com/events/461369691850582
Date: 20 April 2021
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: We've pooled the expertise of our teams from Devon and Torbay Libraries to bring you a varied programme of Bounce & Rhyme sessions from across the county. Join in the action with songs and rhymes and enjoy meeting staff from different libraries. https://www.facebook.com/events/461369691850582
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Custom 3D Printed Cameo - Barnstaple FabLab
Keep your profile, or a loved ones profile, forever as a 3D printed Cameo. Cameos are traditionally, beautifully carved images used to adorn ones person. They have been around for many years and to celebrate the month of February we are giving you the opportunity to have your own custom 3D printed version. There is a lot of history and folklore to suggest that cameos attract health and good fortune, so what better gift to give or make yourself. For this event all you will need to do is send us a photo of the person's profile (side on view), a simple background or clear difference would be preferred to get a clear line. You will also need to pick from the colour options given. These details can be included in an email. Once you purchase this event you will be able to view a document with more details and examples. After we have received your choices via email we will get printing! The Cameo will be approximately 8cm on the longest length as this differs for each frame. Your cameo will be posted 1st class. Only available for UK postage. Available until 1 May 2021, 00:00 Cost £8.68 Book here: https://bit.ly/3p2SuUF Book Here
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Time: 10:00 - 22:00
Description: Keep your profile, or a loved ones profile, forever as a 3D printed Cameo. Cameos are traditionally, beautifully carved images used to adorn ones person. They have been around for many years and to celebrate the month of February we are giving you the opportunity to have your own custom 3D printed version. There is a lot of history and folklore to suggest that cameos attract health and good fortune, so what better gift to give or make yourself. For this event all you will need to do is send us a photo of the person's profile (side on view), a simple background or clear difference would be preferred to get a clear line. You will also need to pick from the colour options given. These details can be included in an email. Once you purchase this event you will be able to view a document with more details and examples. After we have received your choices via email we will get printing! The Cameo will be approximately 8cm on the longest length as this differs for each frame. Your cameo will be posted 1st class. Only available for UK postage. Available until 1 May 2021, 00:00 Cost £8.68 Book here: https://bit.ly/3p2SuUF Book Here
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
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Laser Cut Wooden Candle Holder - Barnstaple FabLab
Design your own beautifully cut wooden candle holder Create you own design for a Laser Cut Wooden Candle Holder. After purchasing a ticket you will be directed to a tutorial video in order to make your design. For the design you will need the software Inkscape which is free to download, but you will need internet (for the download) and a computer. Once you have finished please email us the design to fablab@librariesunlimited.org.uk with the subject text
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Time: 10:00 - 22:00
Description: Design your own beautifully cut wooden candle holder Create you own design for a Laser Cut Wooden Candle Holder. After purchasing a ticket you will be directed to a tutorial video in order to make your design. For the design you will need the software Inkscape which is free to download, but you will need internet (for the download) and a computer. Once you have finished please email us the design to fablab@librariesunlimited.org.uk with the subject text "Laser Cut Wooden Candle Holder Barnstaple Fablab - Your Name/Eventbrite username", including the postal address. Once we have received the finished file we will get making. Your holder will be posted out 1st class (UK only), and the item will come flat packed with simple instructions to put together. We hope you enjoy the workshop! Available until 1 May 2021 01.30 Cost £11.37 Book here: https://bit.ly/36YGa1p
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
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Poetry Corner
This is an online event for now,. A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
Date: 26 February 2021
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Description: This is an online event for now,. A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Red Vinyl Fabric Patch - Barnstaple FabLab
Digital workshop Create your own design to become a red patch that you can iron on to fabric at home. In this workshop you will be shown, using Inkscape, how to create a black and white image. Inkscape is free to download from inkscape.org. You can use other software that you are comfortable with as long as you can send this as a JPEG/PNG. Once you have decided on your design you will email us and this will be made. The longest side of your design will be approximately 10/15cm, unless you have a specific size that you would like. We ask for the image you send to be black and white. The black will end up being red and the white will be negative space. We will then post this to you 1st class (UK only). Available until Saturday 1st May 00:30 Cost £7.59 Book here: https://bit.ly/3cVSPpJ
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Time: 10:00 - 22:00
Description: Digital workshop Create your own design to become a red patch that you can iron on to fabric at home. In this workshop you will be shown, using Inkscape, how to create a black and white image. Inkscape is free to download from inkscape.org. You can use other software that you are comfortable with as long as you can send this as a JPEG/PNG. Once you have decided on your design you will email us and this will be made. The longest side of your design will be approximately 10/15cm, unless you have a specific size that you would like. We ask for the image you send to be black and white. The black will end up being red and the white will be negative space. We will then post this to you 1st class (UK only). Available until Saturday 1st May 00:30 Cost £7.59 Book here: https://bit.ly/3cVSPpJ
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
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Reset. Restart: How to Thrive, Not Just Survive - 4 Week Course
Has 2020 left you feeling like your business is in survival mode? Transform your business from surviving into thriving in 2021. This 4-week course delivered by James White will help you to dig deep, take an honest look at your business and understand how you can start growing your business in a direction you want. The course is FREE through BIPC Devon, so sign up today to access a wealth of knowledge which will enable you to pivot your business and start 2021 off on the path to thriving. Thursdays for 4 weeks. Book here: https://bit.ly/3cHQ8YX
Date: 03 February 2021
Time: 19:00 - 20:00
Description: Has 2020 left you feeling like your business is in survival mode? Transform your business from surviving into thriving in 2021. This 4-week course delivered by James White will help you to dig deep, take an honest look at your business and understand how you can start growing your business in a direction you want. The course is FREE through BIPC Devon, so sign up today to access a wealth of knowledge which will enable you to pivot your business and start 2021 off on the path to thriving. Thursdays for 4 weeks. Book here: https://bit.ly/3cHQ8YX
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Scrabble Saturday 2
A Scrabble Club for players of all levels. Friendly group, everyone welcome
Date: 27 March 2020
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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Virtual Wanderings Group Barnstaple Library Facebook
Virtual Wanderings group is for us all to stay connected, stay safe and stay active. Please share images of the beautiful world we live in as it comes alive during Spring whilst we are limited in our daily activity. All activity and pictures posted in this group are subject to government guidelines regarding social distancing and outdoor activity allowances. Please refer to the latest advice via: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Find the group on our Facebook page by copying and pasting the link: https://bit.ly/34TV0nE
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Time: 8:00 - 22:00
Description: Virtual Wanderings group is for us all to stay connected, stay safe and stay active. Please share images of the beautiful world we live in as it comes alive during Spring whilst we are limited in our daily activity. All activity and pictures posted in this group are subject to government guidelines regarding social distancing and outdoor activity allowances. Please refer to the latest advice via: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Find the group on our Facebook page by copying and pasting the link: https://bit.ly/34TV0nE
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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World Book Night: Books to Make you Smile
Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, hosted by The Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers. World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. During this special event, you’ll be treated to exclusive readings and hear from special guests about the books that make them smile. World Book Night Ambassador Sandi Toksvig talks live to featuring best-selling authors David Nicholls (One Day, Us, Sweet Sorrow), Bolu Babalola (Love in Colour), and World Book Night founder and Canongate Books CEO Jamie Byng. https://www.facebook.com/events/1180604595720205
Date: 23 April 2021
Time: 20:00 - 21:00
Description: Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, hosted by The Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers. World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. During this special event, you’ll be treated to exclusive readings and hear from special guests about the books that make them smile. World Book Night Ambassador Sandi Toksvig talks live to featuring best-selling authors David Nicholls (One Day, Us, Sweet Sorrow), Bolu Babalola (Love in Colour), and World Book Night founder and Canongate Books CEO Jamie Byng. https://www.facebook.com/events/1180604595720205
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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World Book Night: Kazuo Ishiguro and Kate Mosse
Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the world’s most treasured and celebrated contemporary fiction authors, whose award-winning novels include Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day. He appears in conversation with no. 1 bestselling author Kate Mosse to discuss Klara and the Sun, his first book since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, in this special event presented by The Reading Agency and the British Library. The event also marks the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, The Reading Agency’s national celebration of books and reading. https://www.facebook.com/events/115355680552531
Date: 23 April 2021
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Description: Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the world’s most treasured and celebrated contemporary fiction authors, whose award-winning novels include Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day. He appears in conversation with no. 1 bestselling author Kate Mosse to discuss Klara and the Sun, his first book since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, in this special event presented by The Reading Agency and the British Library. The event also marks the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, The Reading Agency’s national celebration of books and reading. https://www.facebook.com/events/115355680552531
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
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Email: Barnstaple Library
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