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Over 4,000 children sign up for Summer Reading Challenge

Over 4,000 children from across the county have signed up for Staffordshire libraries Summer Reading Challenge in the first three weeks. Activities have been running across the county’s libraries with this year’s theme ‘Mischief Makers’, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The scheme is asking 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any ...

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Families urged to explore Staffordshire over the summer

Families are being urged to take advantage of the warm weather and explore the county’s many attractions over the summer. Whether it’s a story telling festival, bushcraft skills, family cycle rides in beautiful countryside, or treasure hunting, the county promises something for all the family over the holidays. The Just So Festival (Friday 17th – Sunday 19th August) in Rode ...

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Centuries of life on Cannock Chase Retold in new exhibition

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s fascinating history can now do so in a new pop-up exhibition set to tour the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological sites, many ...

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Tolkien exhibition moves to Hednesford Library

People interested in celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ and his links with Staffordshire will get the chance at a unique exhibition. This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over 250,000 visitors since it launched in March ...

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Explore Cannock Chase’s military history at free weekend event

Families are being invited to explore Cannock Chase’s fascinating past at the annual Military History Weekend on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August. The free event, organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Rangers Service will include displays and re-enactments of military life from the Anglo-Saxon period through to the present day. Visitors will get the chance to see inside a Great ...

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Libraries plan approved

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Proposals to use more volunteers in Staffordshire’s library system have been approved. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet has passed plans for four more libraries to be offered for community management and to pilot the introduction of self-service technology to extend opening hours. Cabinet members heard that following a three month public consultation earlier this year, 16 groups have expressed an interest ...

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Children invited to join Mischief Makers at Staffordshire’s libraries

Children from across Staffordshire are invited to sign up to read six books this summer as part of the county’s Summer Reading Challenge. The scheme asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer holidays. The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge is Mischief Makers, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which ...

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Calls for new Young Poet Laureate for Staffordshire

Young people from Staffordshire with an interest in poetry are being invited to put themselves forward for the role of Staffordshire Young Poet Laureate. The role is open to teens aged 14 to 18 and is a one year position.  Applicants must either live or study in Staffordshire, share a love of poetry and a desire to promote it.  The ...

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Staffordshire backs England for semi-final success

Staffordshire’s leader is backing England for semi-final success tomorrow as the side take on Croatia in Moscow. County council leader Philip Atkins said the England team have had the best preparation for the tournament using the state-of-the-art training facilities at St George’s Park in Staffordshire. Philip added: England have every chance of reaching the final and then going all the ...

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New library prepares for opening

Final preparations are underway for the opening of a new town centre library, which is part of a £15.4 million development. Newcastle library is moving a few hundred yards from its current base on Ironmarket to the new Castle House civic hub next to Queens Gardens. The current building, originally designed as a department store, will close at 6pm on ...

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