Neston Library is on Parkgate Road just down from The Cross. It is free to become a member and you can join in person or online. We offer local and virtual access to a wealth of resources. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always here to help you find books or information.
Summer Reading Challenge 2018 – Mischief Makers
Summer Reading Challenge begins on Saturday 14 July. It’s a free scheme that encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the summer holidays. Each year there is a different theme and children can read any library books they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, eBooks or even audio download books. There will be rewards, including collector’s cards, a wristband and a fold-up game, given out on different visits to the library. There’s a certificate and medal for everyone who reads at least six books.
The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all school children and is designed for all reading abilities. Just visit your local branch from Saturday 14 July to take part. If you’re not currently a library member you can join for free online or at any Cheshire West Library. There’s lots of activities and fun available at your local libraries this summer.
So what is Mischief Makers?
The 2018 Summer Reading Challenge celebrates 80 years of the publication of the Beano and this year’s theme is called Mischief Makers. The challenge is aimed at all children, especially those in primary school, rewarding them for reading books over the summer holidays. The scheme includes:
• A free foldout presentation pack upon joining. Includes a map of Beanotown.
• Two collector’s cards and a fold-up game after reading two books (any two books: although we encourage them to be library books and not too easy or quick for your child to read: it is a challenge after all).
• Two more collector’s cards and cardboard glasses to colour in, after reading two more books.
• The two final collector’s cards and a wristband after reading the final two books.
• Each “completer” will be invited to an award ceremony where they will receive their certificate and medal.
As it’s based on the Beano this year, the graphics are fantastic. There are lots of events planned, including John Kirk’s Dennis and the Chamber of Mischief, Neston Library, Wednesday 15th August, 2.30pm
You can access Cheshire West Council Services here through the Customer Servicesstaff at the Library, allowing you to sort out queries from council tax, to parking permits. We have an i-Connect Video Kiosk which enables you to speak directly to a Customer Advisor at the Customer Contact Centre in Winsford, allowing you to ask for advice about Housing Benefit too.
The Plus Dane Housing Officer for Neston is now based at the library. Plus Dane hold rent surgeries every Thursday for tenants.
Neston Library may have been built in 1907 but we have changed a lot since then. (It is the last remaining Carnegie library in Cheshire and was built thanks to the generosity of Andrew Carnegie ‘the patron saint of libraries’ and the dedication of local people.)
Incorporating self-service machines into the library allows staff to spend more time helping our users and running activities such as reading groups, story times, class visits and local history sessions. We have a huge number of online services which you can access from your home 24 hours a day, such as a music streaming site called Naxos. Our latest service is OneClick Digital which enables you to download audio-books free! Additionally you can download e-books from home (ask staff for more details)
We have, of course, a brilliant range of books for all ages and tastes, with friendly skilled staff who will help find the right book for you, whether it’s the latest best-seller or that quirky little gem.
If you want to find out about Neston we have a fascinating local history library which includes the collection of the late David Scott and lots of old photographs of the area.
As a library member you are entitled to free computer access for up to an hour every day which includes use of all our e-Resources. Subscriptions include Ancestry.com (library edition), Which? Online, Theory Test Pro and The Times Digital Archive. For those who need extra help with computers we have IT Buddies Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10 – 12, Friday 5.30 – 7. Also available are the latest releases on DVD, Wii and Nintendo DS and every Tuesday and Friday between 5.30 and 6.30 pm is Happy Hour with 2 for 1 hire on all CDs, DVDs, Games and Talking Books (cheapest item free).
There is always something going at the library, whether it is story time, author visits, poetry evenings, live music or murder! During the school holidays there are activities for children from storytellers and dragons, to meeting snakes and tarantulas. Every summer we take part in the Summer Reading Challenge.
Adult colouring club on alternate Mondays 10 -11.30
Knit and natter on alternate Mondays 10 – 11.30
Lego Club for young people on alternate Saturdays 10 – 11.30
The library has a very active Friends group who always welcome new members. They put on a wide variety of events throughout the year as well as looking after the sensory garden and Centenary mosaic. The Friends usually meet monthly in the library. You can join the Friends and be added to the mailing list for all the latest events and happenings. Please email the library if you would like to be included.
We have two reading groups – one on a Tuesday (3.30 – 4.30 p.m.) and the other on a Friday* (10 – 11 a.m.)*. They meet on the last Tuesday and Friday of each month (except December – 19th and 22nd). Why not join us for a relaxed get-together and discussion about the book of the month. No need to book (!) – just turn up. *Change of time from June 2018*.
Why not pop in to see us? You will always receive a warm welcome.