Go on an adventure this half term!

February 13, 2016

2016 marks the Year of Adventure in Wales so if you are looking for fun, adventurous and interesting activities this half term look no further than your local museum, archive and library!

Here is a taster of some of the great events that are happening across Wales:


    • Half Term Fun with Raspberry Pi – Swansea Central Library (17th February 2.30pm)
    • Watch how you can make a Raspberry Pi pop balloons, then have a go yourself! Create a sweet shop game or build a beeping, flashing robot! FREE
    • Little Time Travellers at Flintshire Archives
    • Then and Now – activities to introduce young children (18months – 5 years) to archives.  Explore the past with your children.  Discover historical treasures through pictures, stories, craft and music sessions.
    • National Museum, Cardiff – Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology (26th January – 30th October 2016)
    • Step into the world of famous explorers and travel on an adventure uncovering treasures from around the world at this exciting new exhibition at National Museum, Cardiff.
    • Adventure in the Library – National Library of Wales  
    • Come on an adventure around the Library’s exhibitions with the help of our brand new activity book. It’s full of exciting activities, games and puzzles…
    • Wrexham Library – Kids Takeover
    • Kids will be taking over Wrexham Library on February 16th, drop in to see them at work!
    • Tredegar House – Bird Box Making (15-19 February)Head into the House to discover the secret lives of the servants in the ‘Below Stairs’ rooms and go exploring on tours to the ground floor rooms. Be a helper in the Great Kitchen, smashing up spices and get hands on making bird feeders.
    • Join in with our lively bird box making workshops and invite some feathered friends into your own garden.


  • See another side to the museum as night falls over St Fagan’s castle – an hour of frighteningly good family fun!  Suitable for children aged 7-11, must be accompanied by an adult.


  • Tutankhamun’s Tomb – The Egypt Centre£20 for the day 10am – 3.00pm
  • Explore the secrets of mummification as you practice on our dummy mummy. Find out what was needed to live forever in the afterlife, and learn how to write your name in magical hieroglyphs. You will also have a go at some arts and crafts activities, and make your very own mummy model.



    • Calling all kids, join us at Chirk Castle for some spring themed crafts. For the active amongst you we’re going to be making kites, which with a bit of wind can be flown from the meadow in front of the castle. For the more artistic of you we will also be doing some snowdrop art, so take inspiration from our beautiful snowdrop displays and see what you can create!
  • Valentine’s Treasure Hunt – Ammanford Library (13Th February 10am-12pm)


  • Valentine’s Treasure Hunt with the chance to win a family ticket to see the show ‘Shapeshifters’ in the Miners Theatre.


  • Neath Library – Revolting Rhymes and Ludicrous Limerick Workshop (18th February 11am)

An hour of naughty fun with Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts finishing off with the creation of our own ludicrous limerick! The first part of the session will have a selection of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts read aloud followed by a fun workshop creating our very own Neath Library Limerick!


  • Build a fantastic Lego robot using the Lego Mindstorms NXT robotics kit and programme your robot to complete a maze!






  • Based on a major new study carried out by Swansea University’s Disability and Industrial  Society project, this exhibition will explore how disabled people were treated and viewed in the mining industry and the South Wales communities that relied upon it.

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Potter fans take over Torfaen libraries on national book night

February 10, 2016

WIZARDS and witches turned out in force to take part in Torfaen libraries’ second celebration of the national Harry Potter Book Night.

At libraries in Blaenavon and Cwmbran, children dressed up in all manner of magical beings before the Sorting Hat put the attendees into their houses for the evening.

The children created their own wands, participated in a hunt for magical items and created their own mythical monsters and creatures, on Thursday.

Bettina Robinson, senior library assistant, said: “Harry Potter Book Night is now in its second year and it is always a delight to see children so enthused and excited about books and reading.

“This is the first event we have held Blaenavon Library’s new home at the World Heritage Centre, and we couldn’t have had a better location.

In keeping with the fun activities, the libraries were transformed into Torfaen’s very own Hogwarts, and the children discussed their favourite parts from the stories by author JK Rowling.

“The building is itself an old school and with an old fashioned school room, was a perfect stand in for Hogwarts,” she added.

“Both events were a great success, and a great opportunity for children to take part in this national event.”


Scorch is hiding in your local library!

February 8, 2016

A competition for children aged 12 and under will be taking place in libraries across Wales with some fantastic WRU prizes up for grabs!

The competition aims to encourage children to discover what they can find in their local library and will take place in libraries across Wales between the 7th February and the 19th March 2016 to coincide with the RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Children will have to discover where Scorch, the WRU mascot, is hiding in their local library and fill in a short form to enter the competition. There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs including Wales Rugby Union shirts, WRU wallets, pin badges and activity packs.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates said: “This is a creative idea offering young people across Wales the chance to embrace this year’s Six Nations tournament while also making the most of their local library facilities. 2016 marks the Year of Adventure in Wales so I would definitely encourage everyone to get involved with this adventure competition. While searching for Scorch why not also use this opportunity to discover your next favourite book or author.”

To find out more about the competition and to view the terms and conditions please visit:


February 5, 2016

Hundreds of events will take place across the country to celebrate National Libraries Day on Saturday 6 February 2016.

Now in its fifth year, this national celebration of libraries and library staff will round off a week’s worth of events and activities in public, school, college, university, and workplace libraries highlighting their work promoting learning, literacy and the enjoyment of reading to all.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said:

“Libraries make a real difference to the lives of people from all backgrounds right across Wales. National Libraries Day is a great opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the excellent free services libraries provide, from a range of books, to digital services and training, that inspire people of all ages to develop and enhance their skills.

“In Wales we are ahead of the game in terms of modernising our libraries and co-locating services. We continue to invest in the public library service here as we firmly believe it is essential for improving literacy and tackling poverty. If you have not been to a library for a while, I encourage you to see how they have changed and the wide range of services now available.”

On Saturday 6 February library users new and old are being encouraged to go along to their local library and find out about the great services on offer – from book loans and homework clubs to advice on starting a business or how to get online. Even if people can’t make it to their library, they can still get access to a range of services through library websites, including downloading free e-books and e-audio books or browsing the fantastic collection of over 200 free e-zines.

Last year libraries in Wales conducted a survey of library users asking them why they love their library – over 100 responses were received including:

I go every couple of weeks with my little boy to change his library books. Signing him up as a member of the library was one of the first things I did with him after he was born. In the first few days of my maternity leave, after my husband had gone back to work and I was feeling a bit lost, I headed out to the library because I needed to get out of the house and it just seemed like a nice place to take my boy. A member of staff saw me looking lost in the children’s section and came over to chat. She encouraged me to come to rhyme time, and it became our regular outing for the 9 months I was off work. Through going to library story times, my little boy started going to other groups like TWF and LAP, and has taken part in activities like the summer reading challenge. And he really likes books!!!”

“Every book is an adventure – whether it’s a detective novel, a romance or indeed a new cookbook. I love that my visits take me to places I’ve never been but also give me an opportunity to learn more about where I live. And it really helps that the staff are all so friendly and helpful. I’ve been made to feel so welcome since I joined that it’s one of my favorite places!!”

A larger selection of the responses can be viewed here

For more details about what’s happening at a library near you visit

Kids Take Over the Library and Family Information Services

January 28, 2016

Ever wanted to see what it would be like to work in your local library or family information service? Here’s your chance. Museums, galleries, arts organisations , archives and heritage sites across the UK are gearing up to invite children and young people to take over for the day – so how can Wrexham children get involved.

Wrexham Library and Wrexham Family Information Service would like children from year 6, 7 and or 8 (aged 10, 11 & or 12) to applyby letter for the following positions: Caretaker, Reference Librarian, Library Assistant x 2, Early Years Librarian, Businessline Librarian, Information Assistant.

Please state in your letter which position you are interested in and why. Please send your letter to Mrs Shan Cooper at Wrexham Library, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham. LL11 1AU. The closing date to submit your letter is 1 February 2016.

For further information please contact Wrexham Library on 01978 292090 or e-mail

If you are interested in the Information Assistant position, please send your letter to Alma Belles at Family Information Service, Wrexham Library, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham. LL11 1AU. For further information about the Information Assistant please telephone 01978 292094 or