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New Neyland Library to offer Order and Collect service

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Pembrokeshire Libraries has extended its popular Order and Collect service to the new Neyland Library.

From today (Friday 13 th November), the library has begun accepting orders for the service, which is already available at libraries in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Narberth, Newport, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Saundersfoot and Tenby.

Orders can be placed online via the Order and Collect form at https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-guidance/libraries-re-opening or over the phone by calling 01437 775131.

Library members can select up to a maximum of six items, and can either ask for a pre-selected collection such as romance or thrillers, or select specific titles from the online catalogue that are located at Neyland Library.

To access the online catalogue, log on to https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/libraries-and-culture and select ‘Find Library Books’.

When placing an order, members can also specify their preferred format, such as Spoken Word, Large Print or items in the Welsh Language.

On submitting an order, members will be allocated a timeslot on a specified date to collect their items.

Library members should be aware of the following guidelines when using the Order and Collect service:

  • The service is for collection only – you will only be allowed to collect your chosen items and will be required to wear a face covering.
  • Queue only if you have an appointment to use the service.
  • Aim to arrive no more than 10 minutes before your allocated timeslot.
  • If you wish to order books but are unable to collect the items yourself, a friend or family member can do so by prior arrangement.
  • You will need to provide your own bag/box when collecting your items.
  • 2 metre social distancing must be observed during the collection process.
  • Do not use the Order and Collect service if you or a member of your family is displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, said “It’s fantastic to see the new library offering the Order and Collect service for local residents, which is the first step towards reopening the whole service for library members to enjoy.”

Mike Cavanagh, Head of Cultural, Leisure, Tourism and Registration Services, added “When the restrictions allow, we will broaden the services that we can make available, which include some cutting-edge technology that will be a first in the county.”

Neyland Library will be the first library in Pembrokeshire to offer the Open Plus system, which will enhance opening hours by giving customers the option to use the library outside of regular opening hours, when no staff or volunteers are on duty.

The library space will also feature self-service technology, enabling customers to loan, return and renew their items.

The new library is based on the ground floor of the town’s Community Hub, which also boasts a multi-purpose sports hall, lounge bar, Town Council office, meeting room, and a hot-desk facility for community service providers.

The Hub will continue to welcome a wide range of groups and activities, including bridge and computer clubs, bingo, family history sessions and dance groups.

Funding for the new library came from Pembrokeshire County Council and Welsh Government.

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Masks now advised in all secondary schools

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PUPILS across Wales are now being advised to wear facemasks in all communal areas of secondary schools (including playgrounds), colleges and on transport to and from places of learning by the Welsh Government.

Although not compulsory, the new recommendations have been made by ministers to ensure a consistent approach in tackling COVID-19 across Wales.

People picking up and dropping off children are also advised to wear face coverings too to minimise the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19.

The new guidance, aimed mainly at secondary schools, which the Education Minister has described as ‘easy to follow’ was announced today and now means that the only spaces where staff and pupils can safely remove their facemasks is in the classroom.

The majority of councils already require secondary pupils and staff to wear masks in corridors and on most school transport with those rules extended to primary pupils too in some areas.

Education minister Kirsty Williams said: “It is vital that young people, parents, adults and the workforce feel confident that all measures are being taken to ensure the educational environments are as safe as possible.

“We have been clear that we will keep every policy under review and will continue to follow scientific advice. The policy we are announcing today does just that”.

The new advice has been recommended by the Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Group (Tag), which has been looking at the “possibility of wearing face coverings for older age groups in more circumstances, including on public and dedicated transport” and could “even include in the classroom on a risk assessed basis…. balancing benefits with harms to overall wellbeing of students.”

Tag is also looking at how feasible a mass asymptomatic testing programme in schools and colleges could be, the Welsh Government has said it is considering that approach.

Debbie Thomas, Head of Policy at the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru, said: “Face masks and coverings in communal areas could have serious consequences for Wales’ 2,500 deaf children, almost all of whom rely on lip reading and facial expressions to communicate.
“Socialising in corridors, break time chats and playground games are all rites of passage, but deaf young people now risk missing out because they can’t understand what others are saying. They’re also more likely to experience loneliness, isolation and bullying.
“Public health is the priority, but schools and colleges must move quickly to introduce reasonable adjustments to help deaf young people during this difficult time.”

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Two day centres to close temporarily as a precaution

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TWO north Pembrokeshire Day facilities for older people and people with learning disabilities are to close temporarily as a precaution following the rise in coronavirus cases in Ceredigion.

Bro Preseli Day Centre in Crymych and Wintern Day Centre, Goodwick, are to close temporarily from tomorrow (Tuesday, November 24).

The decision to close each site will be reviewed regularly.

It is emphasised that there have been no positive cases of Covid-19 detected at either site and the temporary closures have been put in place as a precaution.

 

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North Pembrokeshire schools remain closed

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THE SIX North Pembrokeshire schools which were closed today (Monday, November 23) as a precaution following the increased spread of coronavirus in South Ceredigion, will remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday, November 23).

The Pembrokeshire schools are:

• Ysgol Preseli
• Ysgol y Frenni
• Ysgol Llandudoch
• Ysgol Eglwyswrw
• Ysgol Cilgerran
• Ysgol Clydau.

The Pembrokeshire schools are closed as a precaution as they share services – such as transport – with the Ceredigion schools.

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