If you think it has been a few years since you last visited the library, then the library consultation team would love to hear from you. This is the second phase of the Dorset Libraries consultation where they are seeking views on their draft proposal. It is really important to try and find out what can be done differently with the spaces and encourage more usage. Our libraries will not survive if we don’t use them for one purpose or another. You can find the survey details at https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/lets-talk-libraries-consultation. You could even attend one of their #LetsTalkLibraries workshops.
Besides the regular lending of books and videos, and lots of after school reading clubs, there are a few other sessions at the library that you might be interested in. One is offered by the Citizens Advice Bureau who run a drop-in service at the library every Friday from 10am-12pm. This means you can stop by and have a free, confidential chat without an appointment. They have been working hard to collate lots of information that might be helpful to you in dealing with the cost of living issues we are facing. You can also phone the Dorset Adviceline on freephone 0800 144 8848 10am – 4pm weekdays.
In addition, you can meet up for a free chat with our local Digital Champions. They can help you set-up and use devices such as mobile phones, tablets and computers; get online; access digital NHS services or even set up Zoom to keep in contact with family & friends. With so many services moving online, including our own Doctors surgery, the Digital Champions are there to help you navigate around these new applications and get the best from them. Your local champion is available in Lytchett Matravers library every Friday from 3pm to 5:15pm. Just call the Digital Hotline on 01305 221048 to book an appointment. Alternatively, you can speak to one of the Digital Champions over the phone on the Dorset Digital Hotline by calling 01305 221048 and selecting option 2.