We have now been open for a few weeks so have mostly got used to our new ways of working and welcoming the public back to the library.
You will find things quite different when you visit the library but we have tried very hard to make it welcoming and safe for both staff and public.
If you have items to return you will be asked to either return them in the book drop outside the library or put them in a box in the foyer. These items will then be quarantined for 3 days and then taken off your library card.
You will be welcomed by a member of staff and if you would like to come into the library you will be asked to fill out a track and trace form which will be destroyed after 21 days and to also sanitise your hands.
If the library is busy you may be asked to wait outside until some-one leaves.
Also, please wear a mask as per government guidelines.
Once you enter the library there is a one-way system and we ask that you keep socially distant. Unfortunately, for hygiene reasons, we no longer have newspapers or magazines in the library for public use, but you can access them online for free through the Oxfordshire libraries website or on the Oxfordshire Libraries app.
Items can be issued on the self service or at the counter by a member of staff if necessary.
If you would like to join the library, please bring in some ID and you will be asked to fill in a form or alternatively join on-line and your membership card will be posted to you.
If you have problems returning your books or picking up reservations, please contact us as soon as possible and we will do our best to rectify the situation.
In the library you can still use the photocopier and there is limited access to the public computers for access to the internet, printing and scanning.
We are also validating Bus Pass and Blue Badge applications. In the first instance please phone the relevant team to give your details. If any documents need validating, you will need to make an appointment in the library.
The children’s Summer Reading Challenge 2020 is called the ‘Silly Squad’.
This year it is all online and children can join via the Oxfordshire Libraries web site or via sillysquad.org.uk. Once on the site there are lots of ideas of books to read and activities to join in with and virtual rewards to earn along the way. As a lot of children have now been off school for a long while it’s a good way to keep them reading. There are also rhymetimes, activities, storytimes, a book club and recommendations on the Oxfordshire Libraries facebook page.
From home, if you are a library member you can manage your account, borrow eBooks and eAudio for free, reserve from the catalogue, access reference online and download free of charge eNewspapers and eMagazines.
There is a lot of information on our website or please give us a ring.
Useful contact information.
Oxfordshire Libraries web site www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries
Kidlington Library Tel. 01865 373067
Bus Pass Team 0345 310 111
Blue Badge Team 0345 050 7666 Option 5
Summer Reading Challenge
This year the Summer Reading Challenge Silly Squad is going digital due to Covid-19 and the ongoing social distancing measures in schools and public libraries.
The theme for the 2020 challenge is funny books, having a laugh and happiness! You may wish to look at the following link which gives you some information about the challenge and the characters. The Reading Agency will be running the challenge from now until September.
The launch of the digital challenge was on Friday 5th June. It is a virtual Let's Get Silly programme which can be accessed via The Reading Agency Facebook page and includes a programme of events from celebrities and guest authors/illustrators.
For more information please see https://readingagency.org.uk/news/media/first-ambassadors-announced-for-2020-summer-reading-challenge.html
In partnership with the Reading Agency libraries are being asked to deliver the Silly Squad digital reading challenge throughout the Summer using their e-lending platforms and their virtual services.
Oxfordshire Libraries are hoping, when libraries re-open, to promote the challenge both in the library, on social media and the libraries website.
Oxfordshire Libraries have also signed up for the libraries digital package.
Keep an eye out for updates from The Reading Agency on our Facebook page (Oxfordshire Libraries) or on Twitter @oxonlibraries
Plans are in hand for the core libraries, which includes Kidlington, to re-open in the next few weeks.
The libraries will look very different with screens, a one way system and various other measures to protect both the staff and the visitors to enable us to open safely.
We look forward to welcoming you back.