New and exciting Craft Workshops will be introduced to the Library, starting in February half-term. Gilly Page has successfully developed enjoyable Adult and Children’s Craft Workshops across the West Midlands and her talents will be very welcome at Kinver Library. Gilly will be making a charge of £5 per participant for each workshop, which will be held in most of the school holidays.
Gilly will supply materials to create exciting designs for festivals and presents.
The next workshop will be on Friday 23rd February from 10.00am until 12 noon, and the theme is Scrapbooking. It’s suitable for both girls and boys of Primary School age but older children are also welcome.
The Beacon Centre for the Blind will be running an outreach service at Kinver Community Library starting on Thursday 2nd February, 10.00 – 12.00, then at the same time on the first Thursday of each month.
Helpful specialist support on offer will include: Vision assessment; Low vision strategies; How to gain employment with vision impairment; How to gain independence despite vision impairment; Use of technology; Sight awareness training.
Calling all local artists and photographers!
We would like to brighten the library and your day with a permanent exhibition of paintings and photographs.
Please therefore bring in your artistic masterpieces in early January 2017 and display it on our notice boards for free, with tags of expected prices if the items are for sale.
Our only proviso is that should we sell your work, the Library receives 10% of the proceeds. Marie Roberts will be the organiser of these displays and be your point of contact.
By increasing the number of volunteers dedicated to the promotion of Library Services for Tiny Tots, we hope to grow the number and frequency of sessions for the youngest members of our community.
We hope to build relations with the four Kinver and Stourton Nurseries, but call on mothers who do not send their little ones to nursery, that they too are welcome to join our sessions.
We currently offer “Baby Bounce and Rhyme” on Fridays from 2.15 – 2.45pm. It’s a time for parents and their little ones to enjoy nursery rhymes and songs, with the occasional addition of musical instruments. Leader Sue Finucane runs a reward system, whereby participants get a sticker each time they attend, and earning four stickers leads to presentation of a certificate! A great way to introduce babies and toddlers to the library: never too early!
We hope to develop “Play Time” with the potential of 3 dedicated Volunteers.
We will be announcing the dates and scope of these sessions in early 2017. Watch this space.
If you are interested in exploring your family history, it’s well worthwhile joining the GenealogyGroup.
Meeting at the Library every Friday between 12 noon and 1pm, it’s run by the U3A (University of the Third Age) and therefore to join the group you must be a U3A member.
Forfurther information please visit Kinver’s local group at www.u3asites.org.uk/kinver or contact Denise Geoghegan on 01384 877450. Membership costs £20 per annum but that allows you to take advantage of all the Kinver U3A group’s other activities as well.
As researching via the internet is a crucial aspect of this interesting hobby, membership of the Genealogy Group allows free access to one of the UK’s largest ancestry websites. All four of the library’s free computer terminals are reserved exclusively for this group for the hour.
A new group run by Marie Roberts will give people the opportunity to socialise and at the same time enjoy the art of knitting and other yarn-based crafts. There will be no charge for this group, which provides the chance to share skills and learn about different methods. We hope you will join Marie and drink lots of hot drinks instead!
The first session will be on Tuesday 17th January, 10.00am – 11.30pm and thereafter on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring your own needles and wool!
We currently have two book clubs, meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month during the Day and the 3rd Tuesday of the Month during the Evening.
Both book groups have expressed an interest in widening their current activities from just discussing individual books at their sessions, to actively seeking authors from our wider geographical area to visit us and talk about their past published work, their success and failures and their future writing. A potential list of potential speakers is requested from book group members.
There will also be regular talks by invited authors.
Every year Staffordshire County Council Library Service has participated in the “National Summer Reading Challenge” for children and young adults. In 2016 the featured author was Roald Dahl. A selection of his amazing stories was eagerly read by a multitude of Staffordshire’s children who filled their sticker books with delightful drawings on after reading each selected book. Involvement in the challenge by Kinver Library and its younger members was enthusiastic.
The chosen author for the 2017 National Summer Reading Challenge is eagerly awaited. Once we know we will announce details on this section of our website.
Not to be confused with the U3A-run Genealogy Group, a second group known as the Family History Group is starting on Wednesday 11th January, 11 am to 12.30 pm. Jenny Metcalfe, one of our volunteers, has great experience in guiding and advising individuals in the complexities surrounding this subject.
Thereafter, these sessions will take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 11 am to 12.30 pm.
Groups to a maximum of 8 will be held, using the 4 library public computers and a further 4 participants using their own laptops (iPads or similar computer tablets are not recommended for this purpose). Bookings are essential but any level of experience is welcome.
The group will have free access to www.ancestry.co.uk and other indispensible online resources during the sessions. A fee of £2 per session will be charged for this group.
Please register your interest for this group with your friendly volunteers or contact Jenny Metcalfe for more information at email@example.com
Whether we like it or not, much of modern life revolves around computers and being online. Do you feel that you need to get to grips with technology but don’t know where to start? Or do you perhaps know the basics but wish to gain in confidence and take it to the next level?
We are offering Computer Courses using our public access PCs, or you may bring along your laptop or tablet if you prefer. A Beginners’ course runs each Tuesday afternoon from 2.00 to 3.30pm with Craig de Mott, and an Advanced course twice a month on Wednesdays from 2.00 to 3.30pm with Jennifer Metcalfe (please see “What’s On” on the Home Page for exact dates).
Both user-friendly courses cost £3 per session and you should reserve a place by phoning us on 01384 872348.