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Taibach Community Library is currently CLOSED until further notice


This evening our volunteers and trustees were intending to post the letter below through local letterboxes. Unfortunately with the Coronavirus epidemic taking over this letter posting has been cancelled.

We need your support. Please please please SHARE this post far and wide. We need to raise £5,000 to save the library from closure. The library operates entirely on a voluntary basis, and has done so since May 2014.

Everyone who works in the library gives up their own time to keep the library running. All of our money comes from donations, fines, printing etc and we receive no other financial support. Every penny we take goes towards paying essential bills such as heating, lighting, security alarm etc.

We currently have a crowdfunder running at www.givey.com/savetaibachlibrary/ Please support us if you can. All donations, no matter how large or small really will make a great difference and allow us to continue providing a valuable service to the communities of Taibach, Goytre and Margam.

If donating via the Givey site, and you are a UK tax payer, you can choose to add Gift Aid to your donation. This will give us 25% extra on top of your donation and it won’t cost you any extra.

You can also donate via Facebook. Or PayPal (visit www.taibachlibrary.org.uk/donate to find out more about this). We also accept cash or cheque. This can be posted to the library/through the letterbox. You can also send us money via bank transfer. Please message us if you’d like our details for this.

If you run a local business or work for a national organisation and you’d like to Sponsor the library for a year please get in touch. In return we can promote your business on all our promotional material.

One final way you can support us is by becoming a member of the Taibach Community Library Charity for just £10 a year. This membership enables you to attend our Annual General Meeting and stand for a position on our board of Trustees. It’s also a great way of showing your support, whether you use the library on a regular basis or if it holds a special place in your heart. Visit www.taibachlibrary.org.uk/charity-membership for details on becoming a member.

Thank you so much in advance for your support. Don’t forget to Share this post. Thank you 👍

Afternoon Tea Party

Join us for an Afternoon Tea Party on Friday 6th March 2pm to celebrate International Women’s Day. Entry fee £2.

Change to Opening Hours

With effect from January 2020 there will be a slight amendment to our Saturday opening hours. The new opening time will be 11.00 – 15.00. As a result of this, the time of our weekly Kids Club will also change.

Christmas Opening Hours

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are outlined below.

Christmas Party

Come along to Taibach Community Library’s Christmas Party! It’ll be held on Saturday 21st December between 1pm – 3pm.

Storytime with Santa & Elves

This December we’ll be holding a Storytime with Santa & Elves. Hope you’ll be able to join us on Saturday 7th December at 1.30pm.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Taibach Community Library will take place on Wednesday 20th November 6.30pm at Taibach Community Library, 5 Commercial Road, Taibach, Port Talbot, SA13 1LN.

The meeting will include the financial results of the following periods:
7th May 2017 – 6th May 2018 and 7th May 2018 – 6th May 2019.

Please click on the relevant period above to view the Trustees’ Annual Report and Charity Finances for that period.

The Notice of AGM can be found below.

Celebrate Love Your Library Month

This February, Taibach Community Library is celebrating Love Your Library Month. It’s our way of encouraging you to take advantage of the many free services we offer and for you to demonstrate your support for the Library.

If you don’t already have a library card, now is the perfect time to apply for one. Pick up your free NPT Libraries card from Taibach Community Library. We’ll just need to see some proof of your address to sign you up.

Lost your card? Call in and pick up a replacement card for just £1.

Using your Library card you can access our range of adult and children fiction and non-fiction books and DVDs. We also have free internet access with an A4/A3 colour printer which can be used for a small fee. 

To celebrate Love Your Library month and with Valentines’ Day just around the corner, starting Monday 11th February we’ll be running a Blind Date with a book campaign. Simply pick up a wrapped, secret book and discover a new author or genre. After reading, fill out a Rate your Date slip and enter it into our prize draw.

Here at Taibach Community Library, we also have many groups and clubs to suit all ages. Here’s what’s coming up this month:

Saturday 2nd February at 12pm: Lego Club (50p entry)

Monday 4th February at 2.30pm: Family History (Free)

Saturday 9th February at 12pm: Lego Club (50p entry)

Monday 11th February at 2.30pm: Family History (Free)

Saturday 16th February at 12pm: Lego Club (50p entry)

Monday 18th February at 2.30pm: Family History (Free)

Friday 22nd February at 10am: Coffee Morning (Free, donations welcome)

Saturday 23rd February at 12pm: Lego Club (50p entry)

Monday 25th February at 2.30pm: Family History (Free)

Thursday 28th February at 12.30pm Book Club (Free)

Taibach Community Library is a registered charity in England & Wales. Registered charity number 1158698. We rely solely on donations from local people and businesses. Donations can be made in person at the library or you may contribute online at www.taibachlibrary.org.uk/donate

Thank you for your support!

This week at Taibach Community Library

Good afternoon everyone! Another new week is almost upon us and there’s lots going on at Taibach’s community-run Library this week to suit all age groups!

The summer holidays are very nearly here so bring the kiddies along and sign them up to the Summer Reading Challenge!

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven, and encourages them to keep up their reading skills and confidence over the long summer break. It is run in almost all libraries in the UK and it is completely FREE.

Come along to Taibach Community Library during the summer holidays – the sooner you sign up the longer your child will have to read six books. Staff will register your child for the Challenge and give them some fun materials to get them started.

Also coming up this week…

On Monday at 14.30 come along and discover your ancestry at one of our FREE family history sessions. Then at 18.30 charity members are invited to our EGM.

Tuesday afternoon sees the launch of our Summer Lego Club. Fun for all ages from 14.00.

On Friday morning all are invited to attend our monthly fundraiser coffee morning from 10.00. All funds raised go towards keeping our library open.

And don’t forget all week long we offer FREE computer access and we stock a good range of children’s books and adult fiction to keep you entertained this Summer.

Have you just finished School or College and looking for something to do over the Summer break? Why not volunteer at the Library? Volunteering can be fun and rewarding and is a great way to meet new people, gain new skills and it looks great on your CV!

We’re always looking for new people to join our team, even just on a short term basis. To find out more contact Luke@taibachlibrary.org.uk

(Volunteers must be aged 16+)


Celebrating four years of Taibach Community Library

Four years ago today Taibach Library became Taibach Community Library after it was handed over by the council to a small group of volunteers who formed the charity.

Over this time, over 30 different people from all ages and backgrounds have given up their own time freely and willingly to open up the Library on a daily basis, come rain or shine!

The library has been open for almost 800 sessions (AM or PM) since May 2014 and only 16 of these have we been unable to open due to volunteer sickness or other unforeseen circumstances.

We’ve held various different events and activities, such as coffee mornings, quiz nights, family history research sessions, photography classes, story times and song and rhyme sessions.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the library over the past 4 years, whether you are a borrower, a volunteer, a trustee or you just follow us on social media to keep up to date with what’s going on! Your support is greatly appreciated.

We’re always on the look out for new people to join our dedicated team of volunteers, so if you’re interested just get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Once again – thank you/diolch yn fawr.

Easter 2018 Opening Times

Christmas Closure

Easter Closure

The Library will be closed on Good Friday (14th April) & Easter Monday (17th April).

We will re-open as normal on Tuesday 18th April at 10am.

Happy Easter to all our borrowers, supporters and volunteers!

New Opening Hours from 06-02-17

With effect from Monday 6th February 2017, the opening hours of this library will be changing. The new hours can be found below:

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Help out when you check out

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for Taibach Community Library? There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to Taibach Community Library to say thank you for shopping with them.

Find out more below.

Volunteer plea to boost library

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VOLUNTEERS at Taibach Library are appealing to members to join them in a bid to ensure the service remains.

The library is run by a community group of residents after Neath Port Talbot cut funding for the service last year in a bid to meet their budget.

One year later and the library is still going, but volunteers are sending out an appeal for more people to join them to ensure it remains open.

A spokesman for the community group running the library said: “We are hoping others will come forward to help us run the library.

“More volunteers helping out would be a great boost for us and would make sure the library will be here for years to come.”

Article taken from the South Wales Evening Post, Monday 1st February 2016

If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer at the library, head over to our Volunteer page to find out more about what the role entails and to apply.

Plea for Unwanted Christmas Presents

Receive any unwanted gifts for Christmas? Your community library would be happy to recycle them as raffle prizes!
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Friends of Margam Park Christmas Cards now available!

We now have these fantastic Friends of Margam Park Christmas Cards for sale at Taibach Community Library, priced at just £1 each.
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Black Friday Coffee Morning & Gift Sale

Thank you to everyone who attended our Black Friday Coffee Morning & Gift Sale. We raised a fantastic £90 which will go towards keeping our community run library open.


Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

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Join us for our Christmas Charity Quiz Night

We will be hosting a Christmas Charity Quiz Night at Taibach Community Library on Wednesday 9th December at 7pm.

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Please be aware that the Library is currently CLOSED as a precaution due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Please check our Social Media feeds for up-to-date information.

Thank you.

Opening Hours

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