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Libraries celebrate as more than 10,000 children take the Summer Reading Challenge

More than 10,000 children from across Staffordshire have taken part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and there’s still time to join. As part of the scheme, youngsters are borrowing and reading six library books to earn their stickers and certificates. This year’s theme is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings. Children are teaming ...

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Residents advised to take care and enjoy the heat safely

Chasewater

Staffordshire County Council is renewing calls for people not to cool off in potentially dangerous lakes, reservoirs and quarries, as temperatures are set to reach the high twenties in some parts of the county over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites. Many of these drownings occur due to a lack of knowledge ...

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County prepares to celebrate Staffordshire history festival

Families from across Staffordshire are being invited to join two months of celebrations of the county’s fascinating past. The 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard and the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII are amongst the stories being explored as part of this year’s Staffordshire History Festival. Taking place throughout September and October, more than 100 ...

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Exhibition is ‘distinctively Staffordshire’

A fascinating new exhibition will give people the chance to explore some of the extraordinary stories, objects and documents from across Staffordshire. The Distinctively Staffordshire exhibition, which runs from 20 August to 29 September at the Staffordshire Record Office, will showcase the diversity of the county. The exhibition features the local customs, identities, industries and people of Staffordshire, from pottery ...

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Landmark for Staffordshire libraries

Staffordshire’s flagship community library programme is celebrating a major milestone. This month’s transfer of the day-to-day management and delivery of Penkridge library to Penkridge Parish Council is the 27th successful completion and marks the end of the fourth phase of this four-year programme. Staffordshire’s library service now has more than 950 volunteers contributing at its 27 community run libraries and ...

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Acclaimed children’s poet and author to visit Audley library

Families will get the chance to meet children’s poet and author Joseph Coelho when he visits Audley library as part of his ‘library joining marathon’. Joseph has set himself the challenge of joining a library in every local Authority in the UK in a quest to celebrate the inclusive, vital role libraries play in people’s lives. With his trusted campervan, ...

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Exhibition is ‘distinctively Staffordshire’

A fascinating new exhibition will give people the chance to explore some of the extraordinary stories, objects and documents from across Staffordshire. The Distinctively Staffordshire exhibition, which runs from 20 August to 29 September at the Staffordshire Record Office, will showcase the diversity of the county. The exhibition features the local customs, identities, industries and people of Staffordshire, from pottery ...

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Memories rediscovered in new exhibition

People in Cannock are being invited to explore the area’s rich history in a new touring exhibition at the town’s library. Using objects, documents and photographs from Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service collections, the ‘On Your Doorstep’ exhibition will help shine a light on local stories and memories from the past. Amongst the objects on display is a camera used ...

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Ten great reasons to staycation in Staffordshire this summer

Families are being urged to get out and about and explore the county’s many attractions over the summer school holidays. Whether it’s thrilling rollercoasters, an arts festival, family cycle rides in beautiful countryside, or a virtual trip to the moon, the county promises something for all the family over the holidays. At Drayton Manor Park in Tamworth there’s a Summer ...

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Children invited to blast off in Summer Reading Challenge

Children from across Staffordshire are invited to join in the Space Chase as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries Service are backing the campaign and are asking 4-11 year-olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the ...

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