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Wednesday 22nd August 2018

10.30am: Rhymetime
Kingswood Library

A chance for babies and pre-school children to sing along to nursery rhymes and children's songs.

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Kingswood Library

How to contact Kingswood Library

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Address: High Street, Kingswood BS15 4AR
Phone: 01454 868006
Website: www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries or www.librarieswest.org.uk

Click here to view the current staffed and open access hours.

How to find the Library

Kingswood Library

Kingswood Library is on the High Street, diagonally opposite Alma Road and 1/4 mile east of Kingswood Park.

There is limited on-road parking in front of the Library, and a Sainsbury's car park to the left. Please be aware that if you park in the Sainsbury's car park for more than 30 minutes, you may face a £60 fine. Disabled Parking is available on the road, and the Library is all on one level.

Regular Events

Kingswood Library
  • Coffee Morning Friday 10.30am-12noon
  • School Holiday Activities
  • Rhyme Time for babies/toddlers and parents/carers Wednesday 10.30-11am
  • Chatterbooks Reading Group for 8-11 year olds Saturdays, once a month 10:30 – 11:30am
  • Bookwurms reading group for 11–15 year olds: one Saturday a month 10.30-11.30aam
  • Job & IT Club and Volunteering Kingswood - find out more about opportunities in your local community Thursdays 1-3pm
  • Positive State of Mind Peer Support Group fortnightly on Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm
  • Bristol Credit Union - You can drop in to the library every Thursday 1-3pm to open an account, deposit money or find out more about BCU services. Visit bristolcreditunion.org or call 0117 9247309 for more information.
  • Tea, Talk and Stories Shared Reading group – a place to relax, make new friends and share stories with others every week. You can just drop in, sit down and enjoy listening to a great story or poem. There’s no pressure to talk or read, Wednesdays 1:30–3pm.

Latest News

Get ready for Mischief Makers, the Summer Reading Challenge 2018!

There’s a ton of fun waiting for you at a South Gloucestershire library this summer...

Mischief Makers

Join Dennis, Gnasher and friends on a hunt for Beanotown’s famous buried treasure! Read 6 library books over the summer, collect special stickers and explore your map of Beanotown to find clues.

But watch out – Dennis is usually up to all kinds of mischief. He’ll make sure some of those stickers are extra stinky! Read all 6 books and you’ll get a medal and certificate too!

Mischief Makers runs in all South Gloucestershire Libraries until Saturday 8 September – it’s FREE to take part.

Please encourage your children to visit the library and sign up and see the difference the Summer Reading Challenge makes to their reading.

“My son really improved his ability to read. Every day he was asking me to take him to the library and take out new books.” (Parent)

PLUS beat the boredom this summer! Find out about libraries FREE Fizz Pop Science workshops and Mischief Makers fun craft activities at www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary.

Like us on facebook and follow us @southgloslibs for Mischief Makers updates.

An Active Mind in an Active Body

Active Card

One card lets you borrow books, access the internet at libraries, have a swim, use the gym or take part in a host of sporting activities, all great social opportunities to meet new friends and try something new.

The Active card gives you access to a balanced life style, full of interest, reading, learning, playing and health. You will find out more about what is going on in your area by subscribing to our newsletters and hear all the latest news hot off the press.

The card is free and you can then take part in leisure centre activities either as a 'pay as you go' customer or by taking out an inclusive membership to bring even more benefits.

It gets even better… your Active Card works not only in leisure centres and libraries in South Gloucestershire: you can also borrow books from any public library in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.

Pop in to the library or leisure centre to join, or visit the Active Lifestyle Centres website.

Extended Opening Hours

Many of our libraries are open longer thanks to new Open Access technology. This enables registered users to access the library outside staffed hours.

To find out more, including how to book an induction session and sign up, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/openaccess.

Open Access

During Open Access times signed up members can:

  • Connect to the free wifi
  • Use a computer
  • Print and photocopy
  • Access online e-resources
  • Issue, return, renew items and pay charges using the self-service kiosks
  • Collect reserved books and items
  • Use the library to meet others, read and study.
  • Libraries will be heated and lit, and CCTV is installed, which monitors the library with images recorded.

There have also been changes to libraries' staffed hours: all of which can be found on individual library pages of our website and by clicking here.

In addition, the mobile library has ceased to operate and Chipping Sodbury is run only by volunteers.

There will also be some community collections, run by volunteers – Marshfield (information here) which is already operational; St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford and Almondsbury, Severn Beach and Pilning mobile service (provided by N Somerset Mobile Library)).

Are you making the most of your Library Membership?

Did you know that your library membership gives you 24/7 access to your account and many free digital services at www.librarieswest.org.uk

Log-in with your library membership number (printed on your card) and your 4-digit PIN. Here you can manage your account, search the catalogue and order books online (free of charge when using an U18s card). Click & collect from your nearest library.

If you don’t know your PIN you can reset it easily by clicking “Forgot my PIN” on the LibrariesWest website. This sends an automatic email with PIN reset instructions to the email address we hold for you on our records.

Free to Share, Fun to Share

Bring your little one along to a rhyme time, story time or play session at your local library for a fun and family friendly activity for babies and toddlers.

Share rhymes, songs, stories and play!

It’s free to come along and new families are always welcome: “Coming to the library for rhymetime is a regular part of every week routine for our family. My child really enjoys it and I noticed she is more open. She can also practice her English. We can also spend time together and have some fun” (Magda, parent).

Log on to www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary or visit your local library to find out more.

Like us on facebook to keep up to date with what we are doing; or find us on twitter @southgloslibs.

Free WiFi and App

We now have FREE WiFi available. To access it, find SouthGlosLibrary on available networks in your settings and accept our terms and conditions to get logged on; no password required.

We also have a FREE LibrariesWest App. Manage your library account on-the-go. Renew books, place reservations (no charge for U18s) and much more.

Available from Google Play or the Apple App Store. You will need your borrower number and PIN (ask at the library if you don’t know what these are).

For all the latest news at "South Gloucestershire Libraries" find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sgloslibraries

"Like" our page and be the first to hear about our latest services, FREE children's holiday activities, events for all ages and much more.

Other Services

Digital Library Services

Find out more about our range of FREE digital library services, available 24/7 including eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines.

Ask at the library and staff will be pleased to help you. If you would like to bring your device with you we can help to get you started.

To find out more information about these free services visit: www.southglos.gov.uk/eresources.

Premium DVDs

We have a Premium DVD service. This includes the very latest DVDs which can be hired for a small charge. Click here to view current fees and charges. Please note these DVDs cannot be renewed or reserved.

Overdues and reservation notifications by e-mail

Please help us to save money by providing us with your current e-mail address. This could benefit you as it's quicker and we could also tell you about library events/new books etc.

We have introduced pre-overdues for readers who have elected to receive information from us via email. If you would like to receive this service and have an e-mail address please contact us.

Library Reference and Information Service

As well as the reference resources available in the library and on-line on our website you can also contact our Library Enquiry Centre based in Somerset.

The Library Enquiry Centre offers a comprehensive service for all your information needs. Specialist librarians at the Centre have access to information resources not available in your library. You can contact The Enquiry Centre by phone (local rate), email, letter or fax. They will answer your enquiry immediately or get back to you with the information you require.

The Library Enquiry Centre also offers a range of business information solutions to support intending, new and established businesses. We have access to business databases, industry overviews, business directories and journals. We provide a free enquiry service to all business users. So, whether you are taking your first steps as a future entrepreneur, or already have a well-established business the Library Enquiry Centre will be able to help.

To contact the Library Enquiry Centre:

Phone: 01454 866900 (local rate)
Fax: 01823 336370
Text: 07919 540839
Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday–Friday

Rooms for Hire

Please contact the Library for details.


Are you eligible for library concessions?

If you are in receipt of one of the following you are entitled to concessions:
Working family tax credit; disability living allowance; housing benefit; state pension; disabled person's tax credit; widows benefit; income support; industrial disablement benefit; incapacity benefit; student in full time education.

We will require initial proof of benefit. In most cases the concession will entitle you to half-price reservations, music CDs and spoken word tapes. In addition if you are visually impaired or housebound you will not be required to pay any charge (including overdue charges).

Down Memory Lane...

Kingswood Library 1961

The High Street library opened to the public in February 1961 and has provided an excellent facility for the community to enjoy ever since.

The photograph of school children was taken around the same time as the official opening on March 16th 1961 – are you in this photograph?

If so please contact librarian Julie Barker on 01454 868006, as library staff are hoping to put names to faces and record memories of the library as it has developed over the years.

This has been included in a commemorative diary which is kept at the library for users old and new to enjoy.

Forthcoming events

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Friday 24th August 2018

Wednesday 29th August 2018

Friday 31st August 2018

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Thursday 6th September 2018

Friday 7th September 2018

Saturday 8th September 2018

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Friday 14th September 2018

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Friday 21st September 2018

Wednesday 26th September 2018

Friday 28th September 2018

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Thursday 4th October 2018

Friday 5th October 2018

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Friday 12th October 2018

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Friday 19th October 2018

Wednesday 24th October 2018

Friday 26th October 2018

Wednesday 31st October 2018

Thursday 1st November 2018

Friday 2nd November 2018

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Friday 9th November 2018

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