Talk by Sunday Times Author
The Friends of Lytchett Library are pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Dorset Library Service, that BEN KANE, a Sunday Times Best Selling Author, will be speaking at Lytchett Matravers Library on Tuesday 29th March 2016 at 7.30pm on his new historical fiction novel 'Hunting the Eagles. This is the second book in the 'Eagles of Rome' series.
Tickets for this even can be obtained from Lytchett Matravers Library. telephone number 01202 621281
Talk on 'Smuggling in Dorset'
The next meeting of the Friends of Lytchett Library is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 16th February 2016 when the guest speaker will be Malcolm Angel speaking on the subject of 'Issac Gulliver'. New members and friends are welcome.
Lytchett friends of the library - new season
Friends of Lytchett Library announce the start of their new season of meetings which commences on Tuesday 20th October 2015 at 7.30pm when Tim Medhurst from the Auctioneers, Dukes of Dorchester will be giving a talk and valuation on Antique items brought by members of the Friends.
Tickets for the event can be obtained from the Library as from 1st October.
Drop in visits to Libraries
Nigel Morris, Deputy Political Editor of The Independent, newspaper in an article in the paper on Saturday 8 February stated that according to research by the House of Commons Library commissioned by the Labour Party, 282 million visits were paid to libraries in England in 2013-14, compared with 322 million four years earlier. The report also showed that library use was falling in every part of England and was particularly steep in the most deprived areas. Statistics also showed that that there are now at least 330 fewer libraries open for more than 10 hours a week, a fall of 8%. The Seighart Report recommended the complete 'reinvigoration of the library network' with every library fitted with wi-fi to attract people who would otherwise visit cafes. William Seighart has reportably stated that the library service is at a critical stage and if we are not careful we could lose many. AD-LIB strongly recommends that the public in Dorset use their libraries to the full else they could lose the facility. Remember that the Councils have already been told by the present Government that they will have 8.5% less in their budget for 2015-16 to spend on services such as libraries. Remember that you can have out up to 12 books on your card at any one time SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
National Library Day
Saturday 7th February 2015 is National Library Day and at Lytchett Matravers Library we will be having a Coffee Morning between 10-12noon. So come along and meet new people, read magazines and if you are not a member of the library then why not join.
The Seighart Enquiry into Public Libraries set up by the Government has recently submitted its report to the Government on its finding and recommendations.
William Seighart Chairman of the Independent Committee stated in the forward of the report 'For 150 years the library service has been run by Local Government with oversight from Central Government, Many Local Authorities are delivering a impressive and comprehensive service. Their delivery and management is inovative as well as excellent. The need now is to build on and extend these practices to the benefit of every library in the country.
The independent report which took seven months to compile acknowledges that there were two themes that emerged, consistently and dramatically (1) That there had been too many reviews of the Public Library Service which had come to nothing and (2) That not enough decision makers at National and Local level appeared to be suffiecently aware of the remarkable and vital valuie that a good library service can offer communities if every size and character.
The report goes on to make three major recommendations which are as follows:-
1.The provision of a national digital resouce for libraries to be delivered in partnership with Local Authorities
2. The setting up of a Task and Finish Force led by Local Government in partnership with other bodies involved in the library sector, to provide a strategic framework for England and implement the following.
3. The task force to work with Local Authorities to help them improve, revitalise and if necessary change their local library service, whilst encouraging, appropriate to each library, increased community involvement.
The report acknowledges the importances of the library service to the community and we now await the Governments response to its findings.