Bream Community Library


January 2017

Visit to Gloucester HQ!

Several volunteers from different community libraries had the pleasure of being shown around the Gloucester Headquarters, the county offices where Gloucester libraries are supported .

Rebecca our Support Officer welcomed us into their boardroom where we enjoyed a bit of a chat and tea and biscuits. This hub organizes, administers, and distributes all that the libraries need in Gloucester.She then introduced us to a very busy lady who is also called Rebecca 🙂 she is the Country-Wide Operations Manager. She handles a varied list of things, from the Mobile libraries, to Health & Safety, liaising with the IT support, sorting delivery schedules and income generation.

Marilyn then took us around the ‘Stacks’. I use a capital letter S because there is a huge amount of them, holding an enormous amount of books in perfect, beautiful order. The first thing I noticed when I walked into the room was the overwhelming scent of old paper. Yes, many would not like that smell – but to me it is pure heaven. The only thing that would make it better would be wooden shelves, but we can’t have everything we want. 🙂

We were then shown around the green boxes. These are the boxes that we use to receive and send boxes of books to and fro between Headquarters and the libraries. The sorting room is quite large, with each library’s green boxes positioned around the rooms walls. Richard sorts through enormous amounts of books in time for the drivers to load them up and make their deliveries. They do deliveries every day, starting at 5am!

Despite all the rain and cold it was a good day and the morning was very well spent. Thank you to all those who spoke to us and explained what they do, we are very thankful to have such a dedicated group of people supporting us day after day so that community libraries like ours can thrive.

Thank you!

Would you like to help your library?


Help your library win GBP5000.00

The monthly magazine, The Local Answer is running a draw for ÂŁ5,000 for a Gloucestershire based charity or not-for-profit organisation. Why not give your Local Community Library a chance to win it!

It’s easy to enter. Simply send the organisation’s name along with your name, address (including postcode) and telephone number to:

• Postal: ‘TLA Charity’, The Local Answer, Unit I Churchill Industrial Estate, Churchill Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham GL53 7EG

• Email: ‘TLA Charity’ to

For full details, see your January 2017 copy or look online:

Closing date: Thursday 9th February 2017.

 By entering you agree to have your name and photograph featured in their March 2017 issue and online should you win.

Reading More in 2017!

The sixties were a decade of social revolution where the spirit of “free love”, rock and roll and the mini skirt prevailed.  Some writers wrote coming of age tales that give alternative views of freedom and the battles for social justice. Your Reading Passport journey continues into the 1960’s with a look at Harper Lee’s classic – “To Kill a Mocking Bird”.


To Kill a Mockingbird is a one off. For decades it was Harper Lee’s only book, (Go Set a Watchman was only published after her death), and the novel hovers between a children’s book and an adult one. It creates a shifting and mysterious world of childhood fancy and adult folly, which its narrator,  nine year old “Scout” Finch will never see in the same way again.

The novel contains one of the most famous court scenes in fiction when Scout’s father, Atticus defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in an Alabama small town in the early 1930’s. The scene outside the courthouse where Atticus is confronted by a lynch mob has concentrated power.  But the novel isn’t just a courtroom drama. Its also a tender and comic evocation of childhood, where the scenes of the half-scared and half-swaggering pranks on the reclusive Boo Radley have atmosphere and charm. The narrative has both dramatic force and plenty of variety.

If you like “To Kill a Mockingbird” you could try the first novel by Harper Lee’s childhood friend Truman Capote called “Other Voices, Other Rooms”, a haunting story of a boy sent to live with his unknown father in the Deep South


National Story Telling Week

National Story Telling Week runs from the 28 Jan  – 4 Feb 2017. The Society for Story Telling’s website is full of resources and events that are being hosted all around the country.


Costume fitting! :D

Our Alan Day had a fitting on Thursday night to make sure the Bookstart Bear costume fitted. We think he looks fab!

New arrivals

City of Bones – A major motion picture!

We have all three books of Cassandra Clare on our shelves ready to be issued.

Do you find it difficult to get to the library?

Do you find it hard to get to the library?

Or do you know someone who does?

If you love reading books but have difficulty in either being able to choose them and/or collect them our volunteers are here to help.

If you would like any of the following services please get in touch:

  • Someone to find books that you like on your behalf.
  • Someone to help you set up a new library account if you don’t have one.
  • Someone to deliver/collect books to you at home, or if you/a friend/relative are able to collect books from the library we can set them aside and let you know when they are in.

Contact us via our comment section here or via Facebook @breamcommunitylibrary


Thank you

Asiza Tait and Scilla Lees

Reading more in 2017!

Following the hardships of World War Two, writers began to open up new , and largely unexplored subjects. Your Reading Passport journey continues with the 1950’s, a decade that saw the ‘rise of the teenager’. This week we look at a novel by the American author J D Salinger who explores the not-belonging of adolescence in his enduring classic “The Catcher in the Rye”.


The Catcher in the Rye is the great tragi-comedy of troubled adolescence. Holden Caulfield, 17 years old, is highly strung, fragile and unpredictable. His voice in the novel is rapid and excited, and relates all the “madman stuff” that happens to him after he ran away from his expensive school the previous year and holed up in New York with the last of his grandmother’s birthday money. He has increasingly bizarre encounters with suspicious cab drivers, a menacing hotel elevator guy, some “whorey-looking blondes”, some old school friends, and assorted “tiny kids”. All these encounters link together to create an accelerating drama of emotional chaos that ends up with him planning to go out West as a deaf-mute.

The novel is written in an adolescent voice full of jokes, ramblings and complaints about “phoney” adults. Holden Caulfield’s tragedy is that he is trying himself out in various situations, but doesn’t feel comfortable anywhere; not with adults, or the tiny kids, or even with his older brother and kid sister. Salinger is able to define with clarity and sensitivity the adolescent’s feeling of not belonging.

If you like The Catcher in the Rye why not also read Salinger’s Nine Stories/ For Esme with Love and Squalor (1953), a collection of wry, funny and tragic stories.

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