On Wednesday evening (25.4) a small group from the Friends of Brixham Library lead by Mike Langman, did a walk through Long Wood, near Noss Marina. The path took us through a carpet of bluebells still waiting to show themselves at their best but looking so beautiful under the impressive oak hanging on the side of the Dart Estuary. Mike frequently stopped to point out the many songs of the bird population from robins to blackbirds and black caps to wrens in their ‘dusk chorus’. Of special interest were the Goldcrests and Firecrests, the latter only recently discovered in this local habitat. the group were also entertained to an aerial display from four buzzards as they took advantage of the evening thermal currents.
Bob Clark, Executive Head of Information Services, Torbay Town Council has provided the following update on the contract with Libraries Unlimited, who are now operationally delivering the Torbay Library service.
Torbay Libraries are entering into an exciting new chapter as Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited takes to the helm to run all four libraries on behalf of Torbay Council. As of 1 April 2018, Libraries Unlimited is responsible for running the libraries in Torquay, Brixham, Paignton and Churston through a five-year contract with the council.
Torbay Council and Libraries Unlimited have been working closely together over the past few months in the run up to the handover, and library staff from across Torbay become employees of the charity from 1 April 2018. All four libraries across the Bay will remain open with the same opening hours and will be professionally staffed.
Libraries Unlimited were appointed as the preferred provider late in 2017, due to their experience of successfully running Devon Libraries on behalf of Devon County Council, and their national reputation for innovation. They will be bringing their community focused services, digital inclusion, health and wellbeing offering to Torbay Libraries, as well as offering access to a wealth of information and resources.
Libraries Unlimited will continue to work closely with the council to ensure all existing services continue to operate smoothly over the next five years. Over time, the charity aims to implement a more integrated library service that will offer extended services and resources, for both Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries users.
Libraries Unlimited is committed to making financial savings and ensuring the sustainability of the service. The charity will need to make savings of £800,000 over the duration of the contract, as well as securing additional sources of income and ensuring the libraries are operating as efficiently as possible.
For your information, the telephone numbers for the libraries are remaining unchanged but email addresses have changed. The new email for Brixham Library is: firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about Libraries Unlimited visit www.librariesunlimited.org.uk, follow on Twitter @LibrariesUnLtd or on Facebook.com/LibrariesUnlimited.
All information about Torbay Libraries can be found at: www.torbay.gov.uk/libraries
Shoalstone Pool took a major beating from the high winds and waves of Storm Emma. Railings torn off, damage to the surrounding wall and doors wrenched off their hinges, the kiosk seemed to end up over by the Breakwater Bistro. The damage has been estimated at £20,000 and so there are a number of fundraising events and activities taking place in the town in the hopes that the pool can be fixed and ready to open in May for the summer season. If you would like to donate then please go to the fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shoalstonepool
On the first Friday of every month, The Friends of Brixham Library are now holding a coffee morning. As a regular fund raiser, everyone is welcome between 10.00am and 12.00 noon with coffee or tea being served and cake and biscuits too. So why not pop your head around the door; arrange to meet up friends or relatives there or perhaps go along to make new friends too. At the same time, it is a wonderful opportunity to look for a book, borrow a CD or DVD for the weekend or just enjoy using the library for a quiet morning browse. Chairman of the Friends, Alasdair Anderson, said ‘our coffee mornings have been a great success with lots of people turning out to enjoy a natter over a cup of coffee. The library makes a great stop off place if you’re out in town shopping and a great place to arrange to meet people too’. So why don’t you make this a regular date in your diary?