Built in 1905 and a member of Warwick County Council is a quaint little library set in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. To see this library from the outside, one would be very impressed with the amount of room that the building actually provides. The collection of nonfiction is the largest catalogued by the Dewey Decimal System and the fiction was catalogued by author's last name. They also have audio books, DVDs, music and electronic collections.
The children's department is a very impressive place. I loved the children's computers with the over sized and color coded keyboard. The Summer Reading Challenge was underway while we visited, this year the theme was "Space Hop". The shelves in the children's areas are actually movable, so when larger groups, such as the summer reading program, arrive they can be moved to make more room. The librarian stated that some of the programs can have from 100 to 150 children.
The library has monthly book discussions on the first Thursday of every month and also a group called Silver Surfers, for people over fifty to help with the web and email. They have two different story time programs one for toddlers and one for 2 to 5 year olds. I also like the fact that on the bulletin board they have many other programs for the public. Such as:
- Assistance with resumes and job searches
- Help for teens with alcohol and drug problems
- The Silver Surfers classes
- Other classes for computer assistance for all ages
More information can be found on their website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries .