Newnham Community Library opening hours changed from May 2015
Our Thursday hours are now from 14:00 to 18:00.
Help with your iPad and Tablet, or smartphone
NEXT iPAD SESSION will be at 2:30 on
Monday, 29th January 2018
Following a number of recent meetings with fellow iPad users in Newnham, and finding we all seem to
need a bit of help, Mike Penny will be in the Library from 2:30 till 4:00 on the last Monday of the month.
Bring your iPad and a donation to the library, then we can see how we can assist each other.
The sessions are run along the lines of a workshop where those that know a little can help those who know less than a little!
History Talk – Newnham High Street
A presentation by Newnham History Group
7pm, Thursday, 8th February
Beachley and the First World War
The Story of a Shipyard, a Railway and the Transformation of a Rural Parish
7pm, Thursday, 8th March
In the early months of 1917 German U-Boats were sinking Allied merchant ships at a much faster rate than they could be replaced and Britain faced a real danger of being starved into surrender. One of the Government’s responses to this crisis was to boost shipbuilding capacity by building three new national shipyards on the banks of the Severn Estuary, the largest of which was to be located on the rural Beachley Peninsula in Gloucestershire. On 3rd September 1917 the inhabitants of this quiet country parish were given ten days’ notice to vacate their homes in order to allow thousands of Royal Engineers and German Prisoners of War to begin construction. The authors have painted a vivid picture of local life before the war, the impact of the evacuation on the community and the construction of the huge shipyard together with its associated housing schemes, army and POW camps. They also record, for the very first time, the history of the railway branch line and the numerous railway locomotives which served the shipyard. At the end of the war the yard was still unfinished and accusations regarding its cost and alleged mismanagement grew into a national scandal which provided a rich vein of humour for satirical writers of the time. The scheme was eventually abandoned and the site converted into an Army Technical School while local people continued their long struggle to reclaim their homes and obtain fair compensation. This absorbing book draws on a wide range of contemporary sources and is illustrated by a superb selection of photographs and documents, very few of which have been published before. It will delight railway, industrial, military and social historians, and appeal to anyone with an interest in the local area
In the past few months we have bought the following books:-
|New Adult Books|
|A Great Reckoning||Louise Penny|
|A Legacy of Spies||John Le Carre|
|Bathurst Bathing Belles||Amanda Harwood|
|Black Water Lilies||Michel Bussi|
|Blood Card||Elly Griffiths|
|Bookbinding A Step By Step Guide||Kathy Abbott|
|Call of the Weird||Louis Theroux|
|Career Of Evil||Robert Galbraith|
|Column Of Fire||Ken Follett|
|Dog Stories||D Secker Tesdell|
|Don’t Run Whatever You Do||Peter Allison|
|Exit West||Mohsin Hamid|
|Forest in Old Photographs||Humphrey Phelps|
|From The Fortunate Isles||Tony Curtis|
|History Of Wolves||Emily Fridlund|
|La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust volume one)||Philip Pullman|
|Lincoln in the Bardo||George Saunders|
|Never Let Me Go||Kashio Isiguro|
|On Trails||Robert Moor|
|Police At Station & Dont Look Friendly||Adrian McKinty|
|Postcards From Pillowell||David Adams, Chris Nancollas|
|Raw Spirit||Iain Banks|
|Some Kind Of Immortality||Tony Curtis|
|The Buried Giant||Kashuo Ishiguru|
|The Dry||Jane Harper|
|The Golden House||Salman Rushdie|
|The Road to Little Dribbling||Bill Bryson|
|The Secret Life of Cows||Rosamund Young|
|What Remains Of Me||A L Gaylin|
|Wilde Lake||Laura Lippman|
|Woman In Cabin 10||Ruth Ware|
|New Childrens Books|
|Ballet Shoes||Noel Streatfield|
|Boy Called Christmas||Matt Haig|
|Darkest Dark||Chris Hadfield|
|Elephant and the Bad Baby||Elfrida Vipont|
|Fungus The Bogeyman||Raymond Briggs|
|Giraffes Cant Dance||Giles Andrae|
|Girl Who Saved Christmas||Matt Haig|
|Let it Snow||Anne Fine|
|Scarecrows Wedding New Edition||Julia Donaldson|
|That’s not my Santa||Fiona Watt|
|Twit Twoo School Mouses Big Day||Lydia Monk|
|Willy The Wimp 30th Anniversary Edition||Anthony Browne|
|Zog and the Flying Doctors||Julia Donaldson|
The Library has FREE Wi-Fi access to the Internet, so you can come in and surf the ‘net’ too.
We can do copying, scanning, binding, trimming and laminating
Please ask in the library office
We have a laptop all set up for visitors to use. It allows much faster Internet access than the People’s Network Computers and can be used at any table in the library. Please ask the librarian when you visit. It is not suitable for use by un-supervised children. You can use it for writing, browsing the Internet and looking at your emails. You can also print from it too – in colour and up to A3 in size.
On the book front – do keep feeding us ideas on what to get.
So look out for great things shortly, and do please tell us if you have any ideas or concerns. We are determined to make the Library become a great success, and without your continued input that will be impossible.
Some of the things that we have done already
John Putley talked to us about Tudor Barber Surgeons, the highwaymen of Gloucestershire and there will be another one coming soon, possibly on pirates – who knows?
In the past
Adventures in The Book Trade
Meet the authors:- Tony Curtis, Rebecca Tope & Andrew Taylor
Ghost Stories for Christmas
Doctor Who days
F W Harvey evening
Cabinet of Change – Flow Contemporary Arts.
Medieval Barber Surgeons
Victorian Workhouse at Westbury on Severn
Poetry Reading – Tony Curtis
Baroness Royall of Blaisdom
A Little Off The Top
Stand & Deliver
We are now NEWNHAM COMMUNITY LIBRARY (NCL for short) which continues to provide all the services and features Newnham Library users have always enjoyed. You can order books from other libraries, return books that you have collected from other Gloucestershire County Council libraries and browse the book shelves just as before. We still have a photocopier and two computers for Internet use.
The Library is now open in its new location at the Armoury Hall. Where we have all new bookcases funded with great help from Newnham Parish Council. We have our own office space, but share the main ground floor space with other community users.
Outside normal library hours (which remain broadly the same as they always have been) you can return your books through our letter box. This is sited uphill and to the left of the Armoury Hall entrance. The phone number remains the same 01594 516296.
NCL is run by a board of directors as a Charitable Company Limited by guarantee whose main members are Isobel Bihlmeier, Susan Faircloth and Mike Penny. The directors are supported by a team of over 30 volunteers. This decision was taken after careful consideration and lengthy discussion. We now have a larger space that is more useful and flexible, with better disabled access and as a community venture, we will be in a community building.
We now have 33 trained volunteers.
Just as a gentle reminder, please remember to bring your library card with you when you come and visit us.
Our opening hours will remain just the same – they are listed at the top of this page.
The Armoury Hall
Gloucestershire GL14 1BB
Tel. (01594) 516296
If you know your borrower number, you can renew your books on line
The library also has two computers provided by GCC for access to the internet, and remember there are some things like Ancestry.com which are accessible for FREE via the County Library network.