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Kimberley Short Story Writing Competition


Have you ever wanted to share your words with others?

Umberto Eco says: “To survive you should share your stories.”


£100 for the winner and £50 each for two runners up

 Write a Short Story about anything you choose:

  • Between 1000 and 1500 words in length, anonymous (for the purposes of judging) and in doc, docx or pdf format.
  • Fill out the entry form here on the Library Website at and upload your story.
  • You will receive an email confirming your submission.
  • Submit by midnight on November 30th 2021.
  • You can submit more than one entry.
  • You must be 18 or over.

Les Kimberley had great plans to take the library forward to become a hub for activities to benefit the residents of Castle Cary. This competition, in his name, is one which sets out to bring the strands of reading and creative writing together for members of our community. 

In the words of Annie Proulx, “You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”


Summer Reading Challenge 2021 – Great fun for children, this year’s challenge has an environmental theme. Pick up a leaflet from the library to find out more and to help the Wild World Heroes solve problems. Collect stickers every time you finish a book and add these to your poster plus go online for more exciting things to do! Ask in the library and see online at:

And for both adults and children, don’t forget to organise your summer reading by dropping into our lovely little library to borrow a few books. Remember too, you can order virtually any book through the online catalogue at where you can also find plenty of online materials such as e-books and digital newspapers and magazines, as well as a range of activities for all ages.

The library is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4.30pm plus Saturday 10am – 12.30pm. We have a lot of new books in the library, both fiction and non-fiction, including children’s, so it is well worth paying us a visit.

We look forward to seeing you in our lovely local library soon.

Castle Cary Museum and the Library Working Together

This event postponed to a later date due to new restrictions.

Come into the Market House on Tuesdays, 10.15-11.45, and you will find an exciting collection of museum artefacts and local history books to have a look at. Most of the books can be borrowed if you are a Library Member (and if you are not it is easy and free to become one).

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!

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.”