The Libraries Unlimited podcast is here! We take an in depth look at Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs the Library Service in Devon and Torbay. Each week we will look at the exciting services that we offer, the events that we run, and meet the people that help make Libraries Unlimited one of the leading non-governmental library organisations in the UK.

There is so much to explore and celebrate but the Library Service is, at its core, about the people. This podcast aims to offer a welcoming space for people to meet, socialise, learn, read and enjoy new experiences.

The hosts, Lee Rawlings and Callum Archer, will guide you through each episode. 

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Intro music: So Happy by Scott Holmes

Episode 10 - The Future of Libraries

The final episode of the Podcast will be presented in the form of a video.

This is an open conversation that explores the views of Callum and Lee as they look into the Future of Libraries, from your small local branches to the larger buildings.

Thank you for sticking with us till the end, we had a great time putting this together. Big thank you to all of our guests over the weeks, the news items sent in and the staff members willing to take part in the Lightning Book Review.


The Video


Episode 9 - Keeping it Mobile

This week we talk with Rachel Gee, the Service Delivery Manager for Rural Services, about bringing the books to the people with our Mobile Libraries. Callum and Lee discuss choose & collect and the Summer Reading Challenge. Finally, the Libraries Unlimited Fundraising Assistant Rosie Gitsham has a go on the lightning book review and discusses what it’s like raising money for a charity.


Episode 8 - The Only Way is Exeter (and Essex)

Description: This week we invite Beth James and Sarah Moth from the Essex Library Service to talk about how they have been doing these past few months. Library Assistant Karen Siely takes part in our Lightning Review and Service Development Manager Kate Mackenzie discusses the fantastic Summer Reading Challenge for children. 


Episode 7 - Won't somebody please think of the teenagers!

What do we have for the Teenagers? Why is it so important to have a strong focus on those between the age of 13-19? We invite Matt Bakall and Jenni Scott from DYS to talk about some of the amazing work that goes on in the Youth and Library service in Devon.

HR Manager Beth Reynolds takes on the lightning challenge and Ella promotes the new book delivery service from Exeter Library.


Episode 6 - What role does technology have in a Library Service?

Today, the FabLab managers Kerala Cotter and Marcus Brown join us to talk about the technically wonderful things that they can do in their workshops and we hear about the amazing Tovertafel table at South Molten. We invite Amy Bell-Worfell from Barnstaple to take part in our lightning review.


Episode 5 - Tackling Loneliness

The man responsible for the health and well-being services at Libraries Unlimited, Colin Bray, joins us to discuss the role the Library has in tackling Loneliness. Exeter Library’s centre manager Emily Macaulay tells us how they help the homeless. We discover the Railway Library from Newton Abbot’s centre manager Lynn West and Heather Chapman from Princetown Library tackles our lightning review.


Episode 4 - Growing up with the Library

What is your earliest memory of the Library? What book helped shape your childhood? Lee and Callum are joined by the Libraries Unlimited Bookstart Officer Dominique Sequoia to talk about growing up with the Library. Ottery's Supervisor Xanthe Waite tackles the lightning review and we hear about lockdown history tours in Tavistock.


Episode 3 - Tell me something I don't know

In this episode we take a dive into the services that you may not be familiar with. Jez, Customer Service Assistant at Exeter Library, walks us through the magic that is ‘Naxos’, a free music library available with your borrower card, and Gemma, Supervisor at Bovey Tracey Library has a go at our lightning review.


Episode 2 - A time for Libraries

This week, Lee is joined by Tabitha Witherick, Libraries Unlimited Service Delivery Manager, to discuss libraries during lockdown and the positive effect we are having on the community during this time. We highlight What's On across Devon and Torbay in our News segment and finish with a surprisingly polished lightning book review.


Episode 1 - Welcome to Libraries Unlimited Podcast

It's episode 1! Welcome to our new podcast that dives into the Library Service in Devon and Torbay. We meet your hosts Lee and Callum, have a chat with the CEO of LU, Alex Kittow and attempt to entertain with our famous lightning book review segment.  

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