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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.

Services

  • FabLab Devon maker space
  • Business and Intellectual Property (IP) Centre
  • Meeting rooms for hire
  • Exhibition and display space
  • Children’s events
  • Book groups and events
  • Free computers and WiFi
  • Printing, copying and scanning facilities
  • Self-service machines
  • Home library service
  • Local Studies Centre
Barnstaple Library Events Barnstaple Library Events

BFGs Coffee Morning

Barnstaple Friends Group are holding a coffee morning to raise funds for future events at the library. Coffee tea and soft drinks available, along with cakes and biscuits. Take a little time out from Saturday’s hectic routine.
Date:
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Barnstaple Friends Group are holding a coffee morning to raise funds for future events at the library. Coffee tea and soft drinks available, along with cakes and biscuits. Take a little time out from Saturday’s hectic routine.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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Toddler Time

Stories, songs and crafts for children aged 2 and over.
Date: 15 November 2018
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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Bounce and Rhyme

Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Date: 16 November 2018
Time: 10:30 - 11:00
Description: Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
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Children’s Drop in Crafts Saturday

Come and have fun with our monthly craft session. A different set of craft activities every month.
Date: 17 November 2018
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Come and have fun with our monthly craft session. A different set of craft activities every month.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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Writing Group: Writing for Children

If you write for children come along to our group where we will support one another's writing and share information.
Date: 17 November 2018
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: If you write for children come along to our group where we will support one another's writing and share information.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Boogie Books

Stories, movement and dance for under 5s (Term time only)
Date: 19 November 2018
Time: 10:30 - 11:15
Description: Stories, movement and dance for under 5s (Term time only)
Audience: Under 5
Cost: £1.00
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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: 19 November 2018
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
Theme:

Baby Bounce and Rhyme Wednesday

Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Date: 21 November 2018
Time: 10:30 - 11:00
Description: Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme:

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: 21 November 2018
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

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: 21 November 2018
Time: 14:30 - 17:30
Description: 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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Christmas Craft Fair

Local crafts people will be showing their creations for you to buy. Unique gifts for everyone. Support local artists Free entry.
Date: 24 November 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Description: Local crafts people will be showing their creations for you to buy. Unique gifts for everyone. Support local artists Free entry.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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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: 24 November 2018
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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Poetry Corner

A chance to share and discuss favourite poems in a relaxed setting.
Date: 24 November 2018
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: 24 November 2018
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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Bookstart Corner

A 3 week course on Mondays at Barnstaple Library From 1.30-2.30pm 26th Nov, 3rd Dec, 10th Dec Parents and carers can build up their confidence reading with their children and sharing stories and rhymes and make it an enjoyable part of everyday. Free goodies to take away Books, Rhymes, Puppets and Mark Making. Ideally you will attend all three workshops to get the most from this opportunity.
Date: 26 November 2018
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Description: A 3 week course on Mondays at Barnstaple Library From 1.30-2.30pm 26th Nov, 3rd Dec, 10th Dec Parents and carers can build up their confidence reading with their children and sharing stories and rhymes and make it an enjoyable part of everyday. Free goodies to take away Books, Rhymes, Puppets and Mark Making. Ideally you will attend all three workshops to get the most from this opportunity.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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Untied Theatre - Library Lion

Library Lion is an interactive theatre show bursting with music & film. Suitable for 4-7 year olds. This is a show that fuses storytelling, music, and interactive learning to immerse children in the world of the book. Above all it is fun, funny, and full of feline wonder! Adapted from the award-winning book by Michelle Knudsen and published by Candlewick. Places will be limited please book your ticket in advance at the Library.
Date: 27 November 2018
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Description: Library Lion is an interactive theatre show bursting with music & film. Suitable for 4-7 year olds. This is a show that fuses storytelling, music, and interactive learning to immerse children in the world of the book. Above all it is fun, funny, and full of feline wonder! Adapted from the award-winning book by Michelle Knudsen and published by Candlewick. Places will be limited please book your ticket in advance at the Library.
Audience: Child
Cost: £3.00
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Flower Arranging workshop: winter Creation

With the help of Barnstaple Floral Art Club, create a lovely winter arrangement to take home. Tickets are £8 each and must be booked in advance. Includes flowers, materials and refreshments. (Please bring scissors if possible.)
Date: 01 December 2018
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: With the help of Barnstaple Floral Art Club, create a lovely winter arrangement to take home. Tickets are £8 each and must be booked in advance. Includes flowers, materials and refreshments. (Please bring scissors if possible.)
Audience: All
Cost: £8.00
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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: 01 December 2018
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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Audio Book Group

For those who enjoy listening to and chatting about audio books.
Date: 06 December 2018
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: For those who enjoy listening to and chatting about audio books.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Boo to a Goose

theatre Christmas show for under 5s and their grown-ups. (No Bounce and Rhyme that day.) Ticket price includes a gift.
Date: 07 December 2018
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Description: theatre Christmas show for under 5s and their grown-ups. (No Bounce and Rhyme that day.) Ticket price includes a gift.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: £4.00
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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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