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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.

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Barnstaple Library Events Barnstaple Library Events

Harry Potter Month

February is Harry Potter Month. during half term week we will have themed colouring sheets available whenever the library is open. Look out for other Harry Potter themed activities.
Date: 01 February 2019
Time: 9:00 - 18:00
Description: February is Harry Potter Month. during half term week we will have themed colouring sheets available whenever the library is open. Look out for other Harry Potter themed activities.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme: Harry Potter Month

Rebellious Sounds Archive Throughout February

The Rebellious Sounds Archive Women’s contemporary stories of activism in the South West region. A mobile listening booth, built like a voting booth, will tour the South West in 2018 to museums and locations to gather and share contemporary stories of women’s activism, whilst also looking back 100 years to discover local stories and connections to the women’s suffrage campaign. Supported by HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund).
Date: 01 February 2019
Time: 9:00 - 18:00
Description: The Rebellious Sounds Archive Women’s contemporary stories of activism in the South West region. A mobile listening booth, built like a voting booth, will tour the South West in 2018 to museums and locations to gather and share contemporary stories of women’s activism, whilst also looking back 100 years to discover local stories and connections to the women’s suffrage campaign. Supported by HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund).
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Spoon Characters

Make a character from the Harry Potter books using a spoon. Drop in during the hours advertised.
Date: 19 February 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Make a character from the Harry Potter books using a spoon. Drop in during the hours advertised.
Audience: Child
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: 20 February 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
Theme:

Digital Assist

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 February 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
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
Theme:

Origami Sorting Hat

Come and find out how to create the Sorting Hat with origami. Drop in during the hours advertised.
Date: 20 February 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Come and find out how to create the Sorting Hat with origami. Drop in during the hours advertised.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme: Harry Potter Month

Lollipop Stick Bookmarks

Make a bookmark using lollypop sticks, either a broomstick or one of the Hogwarts House designs.
Date: 21 February 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: Make a bookmark using lollypop sticks, either a broomstick or one of the Hogwarts House designs.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme: Harry Potter Month

Cartoon Comic workshop

Join the Private Eye’s award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband to discover and create your very own comic strip. Your contribution will feed into a new comic made over both days, that will become available at our libraries for all to enjoy. (The 2nd day is at Exeter library) Tickets £10/£5 (under 14s) + booking fee Available in the library or from: https://tonyhusbandatbarnstaple.eventbrite.co.uk
Date: 23 February 2019
Time: 8:00 - 8:00
Description: Join the Private Eye’s award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband to discover and create your very own comic strip. Your contribution will feed into a new comic made over both days, that will become available at our libraries for all to enjoy. (The 2nd day is at Exeter library) Tickets £10/£5 (under 14s) + booking fee Available in the library or from: https://tonyhusbandatbarnstaple.eventbrite.co.uk
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
Theme:

Library Lego Builders

Build a Lego creation to display in the library. We will choose a different theme each week for you to create your masterpiece.
Date: 23 February 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Build a Lego creation to display in the library. We will choose a different theme each week for you to create your masterpiece.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

North Devon Literacy Hub

A support and friendship group for families and children who have reading writing and spelling difficulties
Date: 23 February 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
Theme:

Scrabble Saturday 2

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

Boogie Books

Stories, movement and dance for under 5s
Date: 24 February 2019
Time: 10:30 - 11:15
Description: Stories, movement and dance for under 5s
Audience: Under 5
Cost: £1.00
Theme:

Knit and Mix

Come and join our social knitting group. Beginners or more experienced knitters welcome. Tea and coffee for a small donation.
Date: 25 February 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
Theme:

Introduction to Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping is more than filling tax returns - it is the backbone of any business. Make it work for you! Mark Ponsonby from Blue Ink Bookkeeping is an expert in small business and self-employed accounts. Adult £5.00 Concession £2.50 Book tickets through Eventbrite here: https://bit.ly/2sdAqfl
Date: 26 February 2019
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Description: Bookkeeping is more than filling tax returns - it is the backbone of any business. Make it work for you! Mark Ponsonby from Blue Ink Bookkeeping is an expert in small business and self-employed accounts. Adult £5.00 Concession £2.50 Book tickets through Eventbrite here: https://bit.ly/2sdAqfl
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Bounce and Rhyme Wednesday

Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Date: 27 February 2019
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:

Rebellious Sounds Archive Record Your Story of Activism

Record your story of activism here. The Rebellious Sounds Archive is recording stories of women's activism on two afternoons in February as part of the Listening Booth's exhibition at Barnstaple Library. For more information or to book got to http://bit.ly/RSABarnstaple
Date: 28 February 2019
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Description: Record your story of activism here. The Rebellious Sounds Archive is recording stories of women's activism on two afternoons in February as part of the Listening Booth's exhibition at Barnstaple Library. For more information or to book got to http://bit.ly/RSABarnstaple
Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Toddler Time

Stories, songs and crafts for children aged 2 and over.
Date: 28 February 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Stories, songs and crafts for children aged 2 and over.
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme:

Bounce and Rhyme Friday

Come along, have fun, join in with some old favourite rhymes and learn some new ones.
Date: 01 March 2019
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:

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: 02 March 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
Theme:

Audio Book Group

For those who enjoy listening to and chatting about audio books.
Date: 07 March 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: For those who enjoy listening to and chatting about audio books.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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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

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Barnstaple Library
Tuly Street
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 1EL

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