Kent marks national Libraries Week

KCC is celebrating national Libraries Week (4-10 October) by focusing on the innovative and surprising activities that libraries are undertaking to support the county’s communities. Libraries Week is an annual showcase and celebration of the best that libraries have to offer and this year’s theme is “Taking action, changing lives”. This celebrates the central role…

Youngsters take on the libraries’ Wild World challenge

More than 12,000 children signed up to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge through Kent’s libraries. This year, for the first time, children were able to participate either physically, by visiting a Kent Library, or virtually, by visiting the Summer Reading Challenge website. The topic changes each year, this year’s being Wild World…

Double cause for celebration at Hythe Library

Hythe Library has reopened following extensive work to replace its heating system and now boasts an additional 130 books donated by three residents. Aimée Margott, Lianne Sandford and Laura Taylor felt moved to do something practical to address issues of inequality and discrimination. They decided the power of books was one way to help and…

Programme for all remaining libraries to re-open

Plans are in place for Kent’s Libraries, Registration and Archives services to return to normal service following the government’s decision to ease Covid restrictions across the country from yesterday (19 July). KCC says it will be taking a “phased approach” to changes, beginning with 18 libraries reopening from the week beginning 26 July. The plan…

Youngsters challenged to meet the Wild World Heroes

Youngsters across the county are invited to become acquainted with Wild World Heroes as the annual Summer Reading Challenge gets under way in Kent libraries. This year’s theme is a celebration of nature and action for the environment and is bring run in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund. The challenge runs from Saturday (10…

KCC encourages volunteering opportunities in libraries

Kent libraries is encouraging people to volunteer at one of the county’s 99 libraries. At a committee meeting last week, members heard that last year 1,119 volunteers gave over 45,000 hours of their time adding value to the Kent libraries and archives. Head of Service Libraries, Registration & Archives James Pearson, said: “We are extremely…

Three-year strategy for Kent’s libraries

Kent residents have their chance to comment on a draft three-year strategy for the county’s Libraries, Registration and Archives service during a 10-week public consultation which opened on Wednesday (21 November). All of Kent’s libraries will continue to be maintained, although many could have their opening hours changed according to plans announced by the council.…

Get connected to free Wi-Fi in all Kent libraries

Visitors to any of Kent’s 99 libraries can now get online with free Wi-Fi. It has been made possible after Kent County Council secured full funding from Arts Council England to complete the roll-out of free Wi-Fi across all library buildings in the county. Of the 99 libraries in Kent, 33 already provide free Wi-Fi.…

Kent Libraries abolish reservation fees

Using Kent Libraries to borrow books, CDs and DVDs will get even better from April when the reservation fee is removed. Customers are currently charged a 35p fee if they order and reserve any item stocked within the county, but that service will be provided free of charge from 1 April. Cabinet Member for Community…

Consultation on charitable trust for Kent libraries is launched

An extensive 12-week public consultation on KCC’s plans to modernise its Libraries, Registration and Archives service by the creation of a charitable trust begins on Monday (12 January). KCC is committed to maintaining and protecting its popular library service, but the council faces much-publicised financial challenges which have led to a review of all its…