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Thursday 12th December 2019

12noon: Volunteer Centre Information Drop-in Session
Bradley Stoke Library


Interested in volunteering? We can help you find your ideal role!

Come and meet your local Volunteer Advisor for an informal chat.

To arrange an alternative appointment please contact: 01454 868 986 / info@volunteercentre-pfs.org.uk


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Bradley Stoke Library

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Address: Fiddlers Wood Lane, Bradley Stoke BS32 9BS

Phone: 01454 868006

Websites: www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries
or www.librarieswest.org.uk

Click here to view the current staffed and open access hours.

Severn Beach Community Library

A pop-up library open two days a week; use your Active Library card to borrow from a changing collection of books, audio books and DVDs. Click here to find details, including days/times.

Stoke Gifford Community Library

A weekly pop-up library; use your Active Library card to borrow from a changing collection of books, audio books and DVDs. Click here to find details, including days/times.

Regular Events at Bradley Stoke Library

Bradley Stoke Library


Rhymes and songs for parents and babies/toddlers to enjoy together – Monday mornings 10:45-11:15am, term time only.

International Rhyme Time:

Tuesdays at 11:30am, term time only. Everybody welcome – all levels of French!

Adult Craft Group:

2nd Saturday of the month, 11am-12noon.

DigiLocal Club:

Every Saturday 9:45am to 12:15pm. DigiLocal Club for 8-14 year olds. Places must be booked – email: .
DigiLocal will introduce children to computational thinking through project based activities building computer games and animations. DigiLocal is registered with and uses project guides from Code Club.

Latest News

Libraries Annual Report

Read the Libraries' Latest Report

This year, South Gloucestershire Libraries are celebrating the role of libraries in the digital world, exploring the way libraries are engaging communities through technology, building digital skills and confidence, encouraging digital participation and inclusion, supporting health, wellbeing and education.

Last year in South Gloucestershire our PCs were in use for 106,123 hours.

Click here to download and read our annual report for 2018–19.

As you will see, South Gloucestershire libraries are continuing to develop and respond to needs of users – this involves delivering services digitally but also remaining important community spaces where people can meet, learn, discover and have fun!

Thousands of children take part in 20th annual Summer Reading Challenge

Over 5000 children from across South Gloucestershire have participated in the 20th annual Summer Reading Challenge, which was held this summer.

Summer Reading Challenge

To celebrate the successful completion of the 2019 challenge, local children were presented with medals and certificates for reading six books through the summer months.

The national event was delivered by South Gloucestershire Council’s libraries service with the theme of this year’s challenge being ‘Space Chase’, which was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings.

Vice Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr June Bamford attended the ceremony to present medals and certificates to the children and volunteers. She said: “I’m really pleased to have had the opportunity to present the children and volunteers with their medals and certificates this evening. The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic scheme which inspires children to read for pleasure, as well as developing their reading skills and confidence so that they return to school ready to learn.

“It’s fantastic to see the children and their families so enthusiastic about reading. Thank you to the library service, the volunteers and all of the families who have taken part for helping to make this year’s Challenge such a success.”

Summer Reading Challenge

Children signed-up for the Challenge at their local library where they were presented with a folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey.

Callum Boulton was one of the children to complete this year’s Challenge, he said: “I enjoyed reading books, joining in the activities, face painting and I enjoyed the lunches at the library and met some new friends.”

Parent, Gemma North, said: “It was my son’s first time completing the Summer Reading Challenge, which he thoroughly enjoyed. As a parent I saw how it improved his reading ability. We will definitely participate again next year!”

Summer Reading Challenge volunteers were on hand throughout the summer to provide support with activities and to encourage the children to talk about their books. To recognise their contribution, volunteers were also awarded with certificates.

Amy Ferris was one of the volunteers involved this year, she said: “‘I enjoyed being a volunteer because it allowed me to help children with the Reading Challenge and other craft activities.”

A range of free programmes, events and activities have been held for families over the summer as part of the Summer Reading Challenge, including Fizz Pop Science workshops, Lego Mindstorm Mars Rover Challenge (with Aerospace Bristol museum) and Space Chase craft activities.

Visit www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary to find out more about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and library services for children, young people and families.

Children can find new books to read, win prizes and share recommendations with other readers on the safe, child-friendly and moderated, Summer Reading Challenge website www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

An Active Mind in an Active Body

Active Card

One card lets you borrow books, access the internet at libraries, have a swim, use the gym or take part in a host of sporting activities, all great social opportunities to meet new friends and try something new.

The Active card gives you access to a balanced life style, full of interest, reading, learning, playing and health. You will find out more about what is going on in your area by subscribing to our newsletters and hear all the latest news hot off the press.

The card is free and you can then take part in leisure centre activities either as a 'pay as you go' customer or by taking out an inclusive membership to bring even more benefits.

It gets even better… your Active Card works not only in leisure centres and libraries in South Gloucestershire: you can also borrow books from any public library in Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.

Pop in to the library or leisure centre to join, or visit the Active Lifestyle Centres website.

Extended Opening Hours

Many of our libraries are open longer thanks to new Open Access technology. This enables registered users to access the library outside staffed hours.

To find out more, including how to book an induction session and sign up, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/openaccess.

Open Access

During Open Access times signed up members can:

  • Connect to the free wifi
  • Use a computer
  • Print and photocopy
  • Access online e-resources
  • Issue, return, renew items and pay charges using the self-service kiosks
  • Collect reserved books and items
  • Use the library to meet others, read and study.
  • Libraries will be heated and lit, and CCTV is installed, which monitors the library with images recorded.

There have also been changes to libraries' staffed hours: all of which can be found on individual library pages of our website and by clicking here.

In addition, the mobile library has ceased to operate and Chipping Sodbury is run only by volunteers.

There will also be some community collections, run by volunteers – Marshfield (information here) which is already operational; St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford and Almondsbury, Severn Beach and Pilning mobile service (provided by N Somerset Mobile Library)).

Are you making the most of your Library Membership?

Did you know that your library membership gives you 24/7 access to your account and many free digital services at www.librarieswest.org.uk

Log-in with your library membership number (printed on your card) and your 4-digit PIN. Here you can manage your account, search the catalogue and order books online (free of charge when using an U18s card). Click & collect from your nearest library.

If you don’t know your PIN you can reset it easily by clicking “Forgot my PIN” on the LibrariesWest website. This sends an automatic email with PIN reset instructions to the email address we hold for you on our records.

Free to Share, Fun to Share

Bring your little one along to a rhyme time, story time or play session at your local library for a fun and family friendly activity for babies and toddlers.

Share rhymes, songs, stories and play!

It’s free to come along and new families are always welcome: “Coming to the library for rhymetime is a regular part of every week routine for our family. My child really enjoys it and I noticed she is more open. She can also practice her English. We can also spend time together and have some fun” (Magda, parent).

Log on to www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary or visit your local library to find out more.

Like us on facebook to keep up to date with what we are doing; or find us on twitter @southgloslibs.

Free WiFi and App

We now have FREE WiFi available. To access it, find SouthGlosLibrary on available networks in your settings and accept our terms and conditions to get logged on; no password required.

We also have a FREE LibrariesWest App. Manage your library account on-the-go. Renew books, place reservations (no charge for U18s) and much more.

Available from Google Play or the Apple App Store. You will need your borrower number and PIN (ask at the library if you don’t know what these are).

For all the latest news at "South Gloucestershire Libraries" find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sgloslibraries

"Like" our page and be the first to hear about our latest services, FREE children's holiday activities, events for all ages and much more.

Other Services

Digital Library Services

Find out more about our range of FREE digital library services, available 24/7 including eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines.

Ask at the library and staff will be pleased to help you. If you would like to bring your device with you we can help to get you started.

To find out more information about these free services visit: www.southglos.gov.uk/eresources.

Premium DVDs

We have a Premium DVD service. This includes the very latest DVDs which can be hired for a small charge. Click here to view current fees and charges. Please note these DVDs cannot be renewed or reserved.

Overdues and reservation notifications by e-mail

Please help us to save money by providing us with your current e-mail address. This could benefit you as it's quicker and we could also tell you about library events/new books etc.

We have introduced pre-overdues for readers who have elected to receive information from us via email. If you would like to receive this service and have an e-mail address please contact us.

Library Reference and Information Service

As well as the reference resources available in the library and on-line on our website you can also contact our Library Enquiry Centre based in Somerset.

The Library Enquiry Centre offers a comprehensive service for all your information needs. Specialist librarians at the Centre have access to information resources not available in your library. You can contact The Enquiry Centre by phone (local rate), email, letter or fax. They will answer your enquiry immediately or get back to you with the information you require.

The Library Enquiry Centre also offers a range of business information solutions to support intending, new and established businesses. We have access to business databases, industry overviews, business directories and journals. We provide a free enquiry service to all business users. So, whether you are taking your first steps as a future entrepreneur, or already have a well-established business the Library Enquiry Centre will be able to help.

To contact the Library Enquiry Centre:

Phone: 01454 866900 (local rate)
Fax: 01823 336370
Text: 07919 540839
Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday–Friday

Rooms for Hire

Please contact the Library for details.


Are you eligible for library concessions?

If you are in receipt of one of the following you are entitled to concessions:
Working family tax credit; disability living allowance; housing benefit; state pension; disabled person's tax credit; widows benefit; income support; industrial disablement benefit; incapacity benefit; student in full time education.

We will require initial proof of benefit. In most cases the concession will entitle you to half-price reservations, music CDs and spoken word tapes. In addition if you are visually impaired or housebound you will not be required to pay any charge (including overdue charges).

IT Enquiries

1:1 computing basics sessions available with IT volunteers to help with all IT enquiries including getting online, setting up an email account, basic computing skills, Universal Jobmatch, as well as help to download free Ebooks and e-audio books from the LibrariesWest website.

Just speak to a member of staff who will be happy to book you a free one hour session.

Other Facilities

Did you know that you can reserve and renew books online? You can also download e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Find out all that’s on offer at www.librarieswest.org.uk.

Other facilities at Bradley Stoke library include daily papers, laminating and fax services (charges apply), free internet access and free WiFi.

Forthcoming events

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Tuesday 17th December 2019

Tuesday 24th December 2019

Wednesday 25th December 2019

Thursday 26th December 2019

Friday 27th December 2019

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