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New from Libraries West – Ancestry

If you have always thought about doing some family history research but never got around to it, now is the perfect time., which has previously only been available in libraries, is now available for you to use at home.

You just have to log in to Libraries West in the normal way and then you click on to the blue words “Access to Ancestry Library Edition” to open the software.

There are hours of fun to be had here!

E-books, Audiobooks, Magazines and Newspapers

Please remember that despite the temporary closure of the library you can still download e-books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers either by visiting or using the links on our own Essential Information page.

Underneath this you will see that Libraries West is also offering access to until 15 May. If you enjoy classical music, opera or ballet this channel has some amazing content.

Of course if you have never used the Libraries West e-services this won’t mean much to you. There couldn’t be a better time to start!

Audio books, e-books and magazine…. there is endless free material to read and listen to at home, and it is continually being updated. From now on, as well as the eMagazines and eComics, you will also be able to use RBdigital to access 1,000’s of digital Newspaper titles.

Big Christmas

The Library played its part in this year’s Castle Cary and Ansford Big Christmas with a Book Sale in the Library itself – a good opportunity to attract people who might not have been in the building before.


As you can see, volunteering to support the library presents a wide range of opportunities! Well done to all those who worked hard to set up and host the event.

Book Sale in the Library

Best of all, we didn’t get wet – (those with long memories will recall the ingenious book shelter which provided a number of logistical challenges).

Scratch Band

Happy Christmas to all our helpers.”

Scratch Band


If you, your family or friends play an instrument, do join us for some festive musical fun at the Library for Castle Cary Big Christmas Thursday 5th December at 7.00pm.

Please respond to Amelia or if you can make it.

Story Time

Our Friday sessions for babies and pre-schoolers are now scheduled for 9.30am – 10am, so that parents delivering older children to school can come straight on to Story Time with the younger ones. After the session your child can have fun choosing books to take home – they’re never too young for the library habit!

The last Story Time this term is Friday 20 December and first one next term will be on Friday 10 January.

Previously loved books for sale!

Don’t forget that we have a used book table at the Moat Garden and EatCary Coffee Morning at the Market House, Castle Cary from 9.30 to 12.00 on Saturday 12th October. Do come along and bring your friends.

A date for your diary

We plan to repeat our highly successful ‘Bookstop’ stall at Castle Cary BIG CHRISTMAS on Thursday 5th December. More information in a couple of weeks.