Bream Community Library



New Build Club Challenge – ‘Can You Dig It?’

Calling our Build Club members!

New competition has begun. It’s called ‘Can You Dig it?’

You will be building this monster Excavator – but there is a twist! The parents can help build and by taking out books for themselves they can give their child a bonus point.

Don’t miss out next Thursday, oh and please bring empty ice-cream tubs…🙂

We are finalists for the David Vaisey Prize!

Bream Community Library is privileged to announce that today in Gloucester we were announced as finalists for the David Vaisey Prize.

For details about this prize please visit:

Winning the prize would of course be incredible, but to be shortlisted is such an honour in itself, so much thanks need to be said to everyone involved, all our volunteers and Gloucestershire libraries for their continuous support. A special thanks must be said to our Support Officer who takes care of all the community libraries.

Two volunteers from Bream Library attended the function held at Gloucester Cathedral today. The announcements were made in the reception room called the ‘Laud Room’. It is a room dedicated to the Dean of Gloucester (1616) William Laud DD.

After, there was refreshments and some networking to be done and of course pictures to be taken (as I would need them for this blog post 🙂 )


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Craig Tait (Bream Library volunteer) with Anne Robinson, one of the judges
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A picture of the lectern with the Dean of Gloucester looking on
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Another view, slightly to the right to see the paneling in the room
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Gloucester Cathedral

Coleford Festival of Words. Winners Announced.

Andrew Taylor announced the winners of the Festival’s writing competition on Saturday evening, and each excellent entry was read out to the audience.

Congratulations to

Izzy Daly for Him  – winner of the Youth Award, donated by Foresters’ Forest, Reading the Forest project

Deborah Gregory for Postcard – first prize, awarded by Chepstow Bookshop

Val Ormrod for The Joy of Word – second prize

Paul Stephens-Wood for I’m Reading my World – third prize

Information taken from:


Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017

Royal Society
Screenshot from the Reading Agency’s website (click on link below)


The Royal Society celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people through their Young People’s Book Prize. Each year an expert panel of adult judges choose a shortlist of their favourite science books from entries submitted by publishers.

Here is the 2017 shortlist:

  • A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davis, illustrated by Petr Horácek (Walker books)
  • 100 Things to Know About Space by Alex Frith, Alice James and Jerome Martin, illustrated by Shaw Nielsen and Federico Mariani (Usborne Publishing Ltd)
  • Home Lab by Robert Winston (DK)
  • This Little Pebble by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Sally Garland (Hachette Children’s Group)
  • The Awesome Body Book by Adam Frost (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • If…A Mind-Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams (Hachette Children’s Books)

The adult judges will hand over the task of picking a winner to groups of young people under 14 across the UK. These groups are from schools, libraries, scouts and brownies, science centres or youth groups. They form their own judging panels, and will read and discuss the books over the summer. Once they’ve made their decisions, they will submit their verdict to the Royal Society – together they decide the winner, who will be announced in November.

Find out more about the shortlisted titles by clicking on the link.

Congratulations to our first prize winners

A little belated but we can finally put faces to our grand prize winners for our Poetry Competition!

Our First prize winner in the Adult Category was Lesley MoffattIMG_20170505_113733-01

Our first prize winner in the Junior Category was Ewan Shakeshaft


Well Done! Enjoy spending your book tokens!


Your library may be hosting one of the events for the Coleford Festival of Words. In the meantime, sharpen those pencils/pens or just dust off your keyboard and get writing! The Competition is open and the closing date is the 29 May 2017.

Entry forms in the library or print off one online at this website:


Writing competition poster

Poetry Comp entry forms

Winners of our Poetry Competition are…



Well done to all our poets!!

Here are our winners:

Adult Category:

1st Prize: Lesley Moffat

2nd Prize: Rachael Boucker

Junior Category:

1st Prize: Ewan Shakeshaft

2nd Prize: Isobel Eisel


In honour of World Poetry day we are running a Poetry Competition!


The rules are as follows:

  1. Your poem is limited to 140 characters (this includes spaces)
  2. Subject to be about books, reading, libraries or literature and must not be offensive.
  3. Authors agree to let us use your poems in the libraries promotions and on social media
  4. Tell all your friends and family to like your poem on Facebook
  5. The poem will be judged by a panel for the 1st place prize and the poem with the most likes on Facebook will win the popular vote for the 2nd prize.
  6. Closing Date for entries is 21 March 2017
  7. A winner for the popular vote will be announced midday on the 28th March and the 1st place winner will be announced on the 29th

Please e-mail your poems to


Message your poem on Facebook to Bream Library’s Facebook page


Hand in your poem at the library

Then log into Facebook and see how your poem is doing!


There are three categories – Adults, Teenagers and Juniors.

Each category has two prizes: Judges Vote   GBP20.00 book vouchers.

Popular Vote GBP10.00 book vouchers.

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