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Dorset libraries busy during lockdown

Although Dorset libraries are still closed, the teams have been keeping adults and children entertained during lockdown with a packed programme of online activities.

Mary Howell, Library Assistant, with Bookstart Bear
Mary Howell, Library Assistant, with Bookstart Bear

Reading groups, rhyme times and craft sessions have been improving wellbeing and bringing people together, virtually.

Councillor Tony Alford, customer, community and regulatory services portfolio holder, said, “It’s been a great way for everyone to stay connected, learn something new and have fun, which are all good things for mental health.

“We wanted to be sure people could still access our services, even though they can’t physically come into our buildings. Like many other people, the teams had to quickly adjust to a new way of working. They all rose to the challenge immediately and have been wonderfully creative.

“Although Dorset libraries had a good online membership, we’ve gained a lot more members since lockdown started. There has been a 48 per cent increase in people joining Dorset’s online library service, with almost 27,000 e-books, e-audio and e-zines accessed.”

Activities are taking place five days a week. Find out what’s on and how to join by visiting the Dorset Council library web pages at

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