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The Future of Okehampton Library
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 14, 2015: Developing Your Library Service An exciting new era is on the horizon for Devon Libraries, with plans to set up a new independent organisation to run the service. Work is underway to establish a staff and community owned ‘mutual’ which would be commissioned by Devon County Council to run libraries on their behalf from April 2016. We will be looking for non-executive Board members to help oversee the running and the future development of the new libraries mutual in the early Autumn. If you are interested in receiving information about this please let us know via futurelibraries-mailbox@devon.gov.uk and we will send you information as it becomes available. There are also lots of opportunities to get involved in your local library and we are always looking for friendly, outgoing people to help us. Please ask Okehampton library staff for information on their Friends Group which you could join. Forthcoming Events at Okehampton Library For children under 5 and their parents/carers we continue to run storytime every Tuesday at 10:40 followed by Bounce & Rhyme at 11:00 and Duplo storytime on the first Thursday of each month from 10:30. For older children we have Lego Builders every Saturday 10:30-11:30. Our next Friends of Okehampton Library Group meeting is on Monday 7th September at 14:30, everyone welcome. If you enjoy reading and are interested in discovering new authors come along to meet with other people in an informal environment to talk about books you have read at our Reading Group which meets at 14:00 on the third Tuesday of each month. Our new Writer’s Group meets at 10:00 on the last Saturday of each month – a chance to sit and chat with local budding writers. Elite Training are offering free beginners IT Training at Okehampton Library for you to be able to access the internet, send and receive emails or job search more effectively. They can even help you with your own laptop, iPad or tablet if required. Please book now for the 3 week course which will run from 13:00-15:00 on Thursday 8th, 15th and 22nd October. To find out any further details about our events or to sign up to receive a regular Devon Libraries newsletter by email, please contact Okehampton Library on 01837 52805

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