What’s on in Staffordshire Libraries

What’s happening at Your Library in South Staffordshire this August

We’re getting into science and innovation for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Gadgeteers, launching on Saturday 9th July at a Staffordshire Library near you!

The Gadgeteers’ story

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about science and innovation! Our six fictional characters, the Gadgeteers, love creating new inventions and working together to solve problems. They spend their days using their curiosity, creativity and innovation to come up with lots of awesome inventions. The printed core pack poster will show the setting for the Challenge: a community centre where our Gadgeteers are planning an epic summer party! Children will join the Gadgeteers in understanding the science behind a whole range of interests, including fashion, technology, cooking and music. In doing so, they’ll learn about inventions such as holograms, kinetic tiles, and non-Newtonian fluid.

How to take part at your local library

  • Visit your local Staffordshire library to sign up for the challenge.
  • You will receive a starter pack containing all the items you need to begin your reading adventure – including a pull-out poster and stickers! Take out three books and get reading!
  • Return your first three books and borrow another three books. Receive your next set of stickers
  • When you have read these three books bring them back to your local Staffordshire Library, and collect your completers certificate, medal and bookmark.

In addition, we will also be offering the Mini-Challenge for pre-school aged children from our libraries.

The Mini Challenge is  bite sized version of the Summer Reading Challenge for our youngest readers. Children collect stickers on a special collector card for the books they borrow and read.

  • Sign up at your local library.
  • Choose any books your child likes
  • Share the stores together.
  • Collect a sticker for each book.
  • Collect six stickers to finish and earn a gold medal sticker.

Find out more at: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ and keep an eye on our social media for information about what is going on at libraries during the Summer holidays for the kids.

Discover the Trent Valley’s Military History at Wombourne Library

Wombourne Library is playing host to a fascinating mini-exhibition about Second World War pillboxes from the ‘Transforming the Trent’ organisation.

Pillboxes in the Transforming the Trent Valley landscape were part of Stop Line Number 5, a network of defensive emplacements that used the rivers Trent, Tame and Dove to provide a natural barrier to invading forces.

Find out more at Wombourne Library from 14th June.

Seisdon Wellbeing Bus to be calling at Perton Library

Perton Library will be welcoming the Wellbeing Bus most weeks, on Thursdays, for private appointments for people in South Staffordshire with members of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent wellbeing Team.

The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent wellbeing team consists of a team of therapists based in Codsall who specialise in treating common mental health problems, as well as physical health problems ( as we know one usually affects the other), such as: Low Mood, Worry and anxiety, Panic, Obsessions and compulsions, health anxiety, PTSD, Chronic fatigue, IBS & Chronic pain to name a few.

The therapies they provide are evidence based treatments in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence( NICE) guidance, which is a national recommendation of best practice. They are currently offering telephone, face to face or online appointments.

Simply call the self- referral telephone on 0300 303 0923 in order to make an appointment, or self-refer online via our website www.staffsandstokewellbeing.nhs.uk

All details are kept strictly confidential between you and the Wellbeing Team.

Staffordshire Libraries offer Reading Well collections from the Reading Agency which can help you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

The books are all chosen and recommended by health experts, as well as people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers.

‘Sunflower Time’ at Staffordshire Libraries

Not all disabilities are visible – that’s why Staffordshire Libraries have implemented ‘Sunflower Time.’

What is Sunflower Time? It’s an allocated time slot in libraries where we can support you or your child. This support may be with sensory overload, visual impairment, anxiety or another hidden disability. During Sunflower Time we hope to help you navigate your library visit.

Codsall Library – Weekly – Tuesday 5:00pm-6:00pm

Perton Library – Alternate Sundays 2:30pm-3:30pm

Wombourne Library – Alternate Wednesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Please contact Codsall Library on 01902 506060 Perton Library on 01902 506050 or Wombourne on 01902 506055 for more information.

Aged 14 to 18?

Have you considered volunteering with Staffordshire Libraries?

We have opportunities available during this year’s Summer Reading Challenge

This role is for you if you’re:

  • Seeking to develop your confidence, communication or social skills
  • Would like to demonstrate your skills and abilities to future employers, universities, or colleges
  • Are taking part in Duke of Edinburgh Awards, School Enrichment Programmes, Arts Award or similar
  • Are interested in books and reading especially children’s books
  • Would like to make new friends
  • Cheerful, friendly, patient and non-judgemental, flexible and willing to take direction
  • Are punctual, reliable and well-presented
  • Are interested in supporting your local community
  • Would like to gain volunteering experience

Ask at your local library for more information.

IT Buddy available at Wombourne Library – Every Wednesday

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Free-Bookable slots

Please contact Wombourne Library for more information via the Staffordshire County Council Contact Centre, on 0300 111 8000


Perton Library Astronomy Club

Pop along to our next meeting for informal chat, presentations and observing if the skies are clear. Bring your own telescope or binoculars if you have them and get help in making the most of them.

Beginners welcome!

Thursday 21st July and 18th August 7:00pm-9:00pm (and every third Thursday of the Month)

Contact us for more information on 01902506060 or email: perton.library@staffordshire.gov.uk


Compassionate Communities – Bereavement Information Hubs

After what has been a challenging year for so many people, we are really pleased to say the Community Development Team  at Compton Care have reopened the Bereavement Information Hubs in Perton Library and Wombourne Library.

Compton Care’s Bereavement Information Hubs run across Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire and offer peer support for those who have or are currently experiencing loss and grief. The hubs provide a safe space to meet people in situations similar to your own and a shoulder to cry on should you need it!

It is great to be back in the libraries offering this much needed support within the heart of local communities – Maz Kull, Community Engagement Coordinator

Perton Library 2:00pm – 4:00pm on the second Friday of the month.

Wombourne Library 1.30pm-3.30pm on the second Monday of the month.

Ask at the library for more information or contact: compassionatecommunities@comptoncare.org.uk or 01902 774570