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This month's Library of the Month is Cardiff Central Library, which is a part of a wider network of 20 libraries across the capital city. Cardiff shows us how libraries can be a fantastic community resource as well as offering some fantastic must-read suggestions.
We have 20 Libraries throughout Cardiff: A Central Library Hub, 12 Community Hubs and the remainder are being developed as Community Wellbeing Hubs focusing on supporting local communities with their wellbeing needs.
Ambitious, Supportive & Welcoming
The following list is not exhaustive but gives a flavour of what we offer our customers: Into Work services, Tenants support, Money Advice, Housing & Benefits advice, Health and wellbeing events, social groups, Reading Groups, digital events, Reading Festivals e.g. Crime & Coffee, Children’s activities like storytime, rhymetime, lego clubs, Homework clubs, literacy events, singing groups, Friends & Neighbours Groups, Dementia Cafes, Health and Wellbeing collections including Reading Well – Books on Dementia
A customer asked for a book that would help him research his theory that global warming was caused by Peruvian tuna farming. Weirdly we did actually have a book that helped him with his query and he went away happy.
Suzy from the Train to impossible places by P G Bell because she gets to go to lots of amazing magical places!
The variety of the work – no one day is ever the same!!
The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
The Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchings. I love it because of the vibrant illustrations and because it hasn’t got any words I found it so accessible from an early age. Because my first language is Welsh – there wasn’t a lot of variety when I was growing up so this book was fantastic for me.
They are such a fantastic community resource and focus on meeting the needs of local residents – whether that be reading material, help with their financial circumstances, their health and Wellbeing, their education or helping to remove barriers to employment.
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