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Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism celebrates World Book Night in Wrexham Library

April 24, 2015

World Book Night is an annual celebration of books and reading which takes place across the world on Thursday 23rd April and many libraries across Wales and the UK will be taking part.

As part of Wrexham’s first Carnival of Words, Wrexham Library is hosting an evening of World Book Night celebrations, inviting people to come along to receive a book, have the chance to chat to local authors, hear from the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates and to listen to winning stories from a young peoples’ creative writing competition. Refreshments will be provided from 6.30pm.

Ann Hughes, Library Services Manager, commented: “World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading – or are yet to gain it – to pick up a book and read. Passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading with people who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure or own books.

“Whether you’re a regular reader or rarely turn the pages of a novel, comic, newspaper or magazine, you can come along to our carnival event, be part of something special and help World Book Night spread a love of reading across Wrexham and indeed across Wales.”

 

The Deputy Minister said “Reading is a great way to escape into other worlds, whether that’s sci-fi, historical or thrillers, there’s something at your local library to suit everyone’s taste Encouraging a love of reading is important in improving literacy and other life skills.

 

“I’m delighted to have been chosen as one of the volunteers gifting books for World Book Night and hope that these books and the event will inspire people to read their way to a new adventure. Libraries are a great treasure trove of material for you to explore – why not go along to your library tomorrow and start your reading adventure.”

 

PHOTO: DM at event

 

 

 

 


Wrexham Library celebrates World Book Night

April 22, 2015

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books which takes place across the world on Thursday 23rd April. Libraries across the UK will be taking part

As part of the Carnival of Words, Wrexham Library is hosting an evening of celebrations to promote World Book Night inviting people to come along to receive a book, have the chance to chat to local authors, hear from the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates AM and to listen to the winning stories from the young peoples’ creative writing competition. Refreshments will be provided from 6.30pm

Ann Hughes, Library Services Manager, commented: “World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading – or are yet to gain it – to pick up a book and read. Passionate volunteers give hundreds of thousands of books away in their communities to share their love of reading with people who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure or own books.

“Whether you’ve signed up to be a giver, you’re the lucky recipient of a book, or you come along to our special events, you can be part of something really special and help World Book Night spread a love of reading across Wrexham and indeed across Wales.”

 


It’s Spring Online Week!

April 20, 2015

Spring Online is an award-winning campaign that makes it possible for thousands of people, often older people, to try out using computers, tablets and the internet, many for the first time.

This year, between 20 – 26 April 2015, hundreds of free taster events will be held by volunteers and organisations across the UK to help and inspire local people achieve a lasting use of the internet.

Libraries across Wales are taking part in the campaign and a number of great events are happening including:

 

Cwmbran Library

Tablet Tuition Session – Friday 24th April, 11am – 12pm

 

Wrexham Library

IT Taster Sessions – 30th April and 7th May

 

Newport Libraries

Will be holding 3 events for residents of housing complexes (closed events) between the 20th – 23rd April.

 

Abercynon Library

WEA Complete Beginners Course – Friday 24th April, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

 

For more information about events happening across Wales for Spring Online visit the dedicated website: http://digitalunite.com/spring-online-2015

 

 

 


£2.7million for Welsh museums, archives and libraries

April 17, 2015

Museums, archives and libraries across Wales will benefit from almost £2.7million in the latest round of Welsh Government grant funding announced today by the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates. The main focus of the funding will be to support museums, archives and libraries to deliver the recommendations made in Baroness Andrew’s report on culture and poverty, in which she made a compelling case for joint-working across the sector to ensure culture is accessible to all. The funding includes £1million to modernise seven public libraries in Fishguard, Ebbw Vale, Blaenavon, Porthmadog, Deeside, Cardiff and Powys. This is part of the Welsh Government’s Community Learning Library Capital Development Programme, which aims to establish libraries as community hubs, where customers can access a range of council services as well as the traditional library amenities. The remaining £1.7million will be used to help widen access and encourage the use of Wales’ rich and diverse collections on offer at museums, archives and libraries across the country, including £235,000 for programmes to increase the number of users, particularly those living in Communities First areas. £255,000 will be used to establish a national Digital Library Service, allowing customers to access a free all-Wales e-books and e-zines service, as well as free audio books and free reference sources. The Deputy Minister said: “I am delighted to announce almost £2.7million for our museums, archives and libraries. Tackling poverty is at the heart of our community policy in Wales, which is why I am committed to ensuring this funding will be used to widen access to culture in some of our most deprived areas. “The funding will go towards a range of projects and will provide a valuable boost, enabling local museums, archives and libraries to develop their services and improve facilities, including widening digital services, making it easier for the public to access these important services. “I want to see Wales become the most creative nation in Europe and to achieve this it is vital that everyone is able to access the treasures available in our museums, archives and libraries, and be inspired.” The funding will also support the further roll-out of Every Child a Library Member, deliver an enhanced Sharing Treasures Programme, where local museums work in partnership with larger museums, and matched funding for the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust to continue their work to preserve important cultural items. Many of the programmes being funded will support the 2016 Year of Adventure initiative, launched by the Deputy Minister to promote Wales as the capital of adventure tourism, with activities, events and attractions across Wales taking part.


New online shopping initiative launched by Businessline of Wrexham Library service

April 16, 2015

Easter Monday (6th April) marked the official launch of Virtual Wrexham; Wrexham’s online shopping destination: www.virtual-wrexham.co.uk

Businessline of Wrexham Library service first began working on the Virtual Wrexham concept in 2014, with the aim of creating a new and convenient ‪‎buy local scheme, to allow local residents along with people living outside of the Wrexham area, to support Wrexham based businesses, from the comfort of their home.

As a largely free business support service Businessline work with both new and established businesses on a daily basis and as a result are ideally situated to appreciate that Wrexham is home to a wide variety of retailers, ranging from skilled arts and crafts makers, fashion designers, health and beauty producers, bakers and much more. Support is provided to individuals that are both planning to or have already taken the brave step to launch their own business, trading via a retail outlet, crafts fairs, outdoor events and exhibitions.

Two of the largest issues new businesses face are; generating sufficient funding to be able to invest into shop premises and effectively raising awareness of their products. As a result the internet is often seen as a cost effective means of launching a business, with online shop platforms such as eBay, Etsy and Folksy often proving popular, as well as many businesses choosing to develop their own ecommerce website.

As the internet is such a competitive marketplace however, it’s not always easy for people to discover the unique, home-made and original range of gifts and products which are made or sold in Wrexham.

The Virtual Wrexham initiative essentially provides a virtual high street aimed at supporting, showcasing and raising awareness of the Wrexham based businesses that sell online, to people living both within and outside of the area, with the core aim of the project being to bring money into and keep money within the Wrexham economy.

Whether you’re looking for ‎homemade, unique products or simply items sold from Wrexham, you’ll now be able to find a fantastic selection via the Virtual Wrexham high street and will be supporting great local businesses.

By purchasing from Wrexham based businesses you’ll be helping to grow and strengthen the local economy, which could result in the enterprises raising sufficient additional finances to be able to open a physical shop, if they don’t already occupy a high street presence in Wrexham, and the creation of new employment opportunities.

Gareth Hatton of Businessline, who developed the concept and will be managing the initiative, said; “Many individuals I’ve spoken to over the years have been quite passionate about supporting local people that run their own business and as a result we wanted to break down any barriers or restrictions associated with this, such as the normal opening hours of shops and it simply being quite difficult to identify local businesses selling online. As well as showcasing what Wrexham has to offer, we very much hope that Virtual Wrexham will help improve business survival rates; it’s a great shame that so many businesses unfortunately close due to people being unaware of the fantastic range of products that are available. Another key aim of the project is to help businesses raise additional finances which they could invest into their own shop, bringing more independent retailers back to the town and creating a more vibrant high street, phase two of the project will assist further in this respect.”

Saffy Allen of Be.Loved Handbags added: “I thoroughly believe in supporting local businesses and think the wealth of skills and talents we have in the local area are undervalued and under promoted.  Handbag HQ here in Wrexham is ideally placed for me; all of my suppliers are with an hours drive and the Virtual Wrexham initiative is going to make it so much easier for people, like me, who want to support local producers of unique and gorgeous items for instance.  I can’t wait to discover some hidden gems too!”

To keep up-to-date with new shops that are added to the Virtual Wrexham website, details of new products available from the existing participants together with any sales or promotions which may be held, please feel free to follow Virtual Wrexham on:

Facebook:        www.facebook.com/VirtualWrexham

Twitter:           www.twitter.com/VirtualWrexham

For further information please feel free to contact Businessline:

Telephone: 01978 292092      Email: businessline@wrexham.gov.uk