Community Library News

Since 2016, our library has been community run by a team of volunteers and many readers of What’s On have positively commented on the growing number of services and activities the Library now offers. As such, we think it’s time we put forward a vision for how we hope that Wenvoe Community Library may develop.

When most people think 'library' they think of books and directing people to information, and while that is true, the way people are using libraries is changing. Libraries are now transforming into community hubs where they connect people to people. Our vision is that the Library will grow as a place for community engagement, a platform for creation and collaboration. By providing a range of information resources and activities, we see the library serving the people of Wenvoe by working alongside its residents and other organisations in the village in helping to build a stronger, cohesive community.

With the addition of the Grange, St Lythans Park and Cambrian Park, the population of Wenvoe has significantly increased and we are encouraged by the support of a good number of residents from these developments who have registered and volunteered with the Library. For the moment, we are housed in an aging, prefabricated building which does not represent our needs. However, when the new library construction (an extension to the Community Centre) comes to fruition we will have the facilities to run more events in-house. We are informed that the Community Council has been progressing the grant application for this and a decision is expected before the end of August.

The Library team has a host of innovative ideas for the future but would welcome the views of the people of Wenvoe in how we can make the library reflect the members of our community’s individual and group needs. So we would like to hear from you. Please send your ideas and suggestions to Alternatively, post them anonymously in the suggestion box on the library issue desk.

Village Show: Saturday September 8th. This year the show is organised by the Library and the Wildlife Group. If you can help out on the day in any way, we would really welcome your support.

Books, Bakes and Bric-a-brac: Saturday 10th November, 10am – noon. at the Community Centre. Join us for refreshments, delicious cakes, with Christmas bakes for sale. Donations welcome.

Friday 30th November: Bus trip to Bath Christmas Market stopping off at Dyrham Park for morning coffee. Tickets available at the Library from October 1st.

Clwb Clonc: Mondays at 11 am in the café in Pugh’s Garden Centre. This continues to thrive with

numbers growing on a weekly basis. Join us to practise your Welsh conversation skills.

NEW BOOKS FOR September:

In addition to a good number of new books we have a wide selection of new audio books including Sebastian Faulks, A Week in December (an excellent listen), Kate Moss, Citadel; and Peter Carey, The Chemistry of Tears.

Online Welsh language magazines: three are now available through the RBDigital Gateway on the all Wales e-zines site:

Y Wawr – Leisure – aimed primarily at women (it is Merched Y Wawr’s own publication – quarterly)

Barddas – poetry – quarterly

Mellten – children’s – quarterly