The Guille-Alles Library is committed to bringing library services to all sections of the community, including those who for various reasons are unable or unlikely to access the services we provide in our main building. In order to achieve this we work with a variety of other agencies, including:
We regularly visit Homestart’s Dragonflies group to run a story and rhymetime with the families there. We also run a special introduction session so the group can visit the library together, find out what we offer families and get familiar with the library.
The Kindred Family Centre
We visit the Kindred Family centre drop-in every fortnight to run a story and rhymetime with the families there. We also work with the family support team to provide a 4 week parenting course teaching the importance of early literacy skills.
We provide the Prison Library with a regular loan to improve their collection, as well as running a very popular book request service, and staff visit regularly to support the orderly librarian in running the library.
We also work with staff at the prison to run the Storybook Dads scheme, where prisoners are recorded reading a bedtime story and the recording is sent to their children for them to listen to. See here for more information about this project and the charity behind it.
We work to enhance the services offered by our volunteer run community libraries. We run regular rhymetimes at both the Western Community Centre and La Nouvelle Maritaine.
Free Book Packs
Following on from the tremendous success of the Bookstart scheme, we work with the Health Visitors to provide all babies with packs of free books at their 8 month and 2 year health checks. As well as the books, the pack contains rhyme sheets and advice for parents about reading and rhyming with their baby or toddler, vouchers for children’s activities at Beau Sejour, and information about joining the library.
We give out a free book pack for all 3 yr olds: children receive a voucher via their preschool, and come into the library to claim their book pack.
As well as family story and rhymetimes, we are also able to offer specialist advice about the importance of reading and literacy in the Early Years, and support parenting courses such as The Incredible Years.
If you are working with a group you feel could benefit from accessing our outreach service, or would like to find out more about what we offer, please contact our Outreach Librarian, Emily Pailing, on firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library on 720392.
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