CEREDIGION Library’s Children and Schools Library Service have won a ‘Highly Recommended’ prize at the Marketing Excellence Awards for Libraries, Archives and Museums in Wales.
The prize was awarded to the Library Service in a ceremony at the National Library of Wales at the end of February for jointly arranging a special workshop for Year 7 pupils based on the novel Barti Ddu by T Llew Jones. The workshop was held at the Urdd Camp at Llangrannog in September as part of the T Llew Jones Centenary Celebrations in the County. This was for a Joint Marketing Project between the Library Service, the Education Service and Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog.
Delyth Huws, Ceredigion’s Children and Schools Librarian, said: “It was such a pleasure to be able to collaborate with the Education Service and Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog on such an exciting project promoting reading and literacy for the County’s Secondary School children. We had a fantastic day, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the activities arranged. This prize is in recognition of all the hard work done by everyone involved to ensure the day’s success. Barti Ddu’s spirit was truly alive at Llangrannog on that day!”
Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Customer Services, said: “It’s wonderful to see the children, departments and organisations working together to discover the magic of books, and see a local story by the renowned T. Llew Jones being used to help them achieve this prize.”
The Marketing Excellence Awards are part of the Welsh Government’s ‘Attracting the Audience’ programme for libraries, archives and museums, and recognises work done by library, archive and museum staff across Wales, often without much funding or resources.
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, commented: “We want to see as many people as possible using our excellent library, museum and archive services across Wales so that they can benefit from what’s available. Marketing plays an important role in encouraging people to use these facilities and I’m pleased we are recognising the positive work being done across the sector, despite the challenges.
“The standard of entries in this year’s awards has been excellent; it’s pleasing to see so many examples of good practice within these sectors and some really innovative ideas.”
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.
Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”
The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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