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Mythical Maze
Mythical Maze

Summer Reading Challenge - Mythical Maze

Let your children get caught up in an epic adventure in Gwynedd Libraries – it’s Mythical Maze – the Summer Reading Challenge 2014.

Mythical Maze is organised by The Reading Agency and local libraries – children are encouraged to read six or more books of their choice during the summer holiday and with posters, stickers (some of them are scratch and sniff!) and other incentives to complete the challenge, it’s a highlight of the holiday for thousands of children. Teachers often comment that children who take part return to school as more fluent, confident readers.

Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member, Councillor Ioan Thomas, who leads on libraries, said:

“Over 2,900 children took part in the challenge last summer. The success of this event over the years shows how much pleasure Gwynedd children get from reading, and our libraries play a key role in supporting this.

“This is a great way of getting our children to read and I would encourage everybody to call by their local library this summer and take advantage of what is available.”

There is a different theme to the Reading Challenge every year and children can read whatever they like - picture books, audio books, joke books, fact books – they all count.

Gwynedd Council’s Libraries Service is also offering adults the chance to enter their own reading challenge, setting a good example to the children and with the chance to win a prize.

Going on holiday? Just take the books with you or download some of the free e-books from onto your e-reader or mobile device.

Log on to the Mythical Maze website and your children can keep track of their progress online, rate the books for other readers and get tips on what to read next.  This year there’s even an app that brings illustrator, Sarah McIntyre’s amazing creatures to life.

Taking part is FREE and there will be an exciting launch at Caernarfon Library on 21 July and Dolgellau Library on 25 July where children can register, and take part in loads of free activities. Don’t miss out.

For more information about the Reading Challenge in Gwynedd, contact Nia Gruffydd, Gwynedd Council Library User Services Manager on 01286 679465.


Drowned Village Competition

A poetry competition was held recently on the theme Drowned Village. We are delighted to announce the names of the winners below in the Welsh Poetry category.

The poem by the winner,  Gwyneth Owen from Pwllheli will be published in the next edition of the poetry magazine, Barddas, and will also be turned into a song by twm Morys.

Click here to see the poems

We are delighted to announce that the winner in the recent Drowned Village  poetry competition belongs to  Catherine Baird, North Lanarkshire

The other poems coming to the fore from the other two areas are Coffin Routes by Simon Sylvester from Cumbria and Submission by  Justin Griffiths-Bell from Gwynedd.

Click here to see the poems


Cancer support available in Gwynedd Libraries

The new Macmillan Cancer Support information and support service has recently opened in four libraries across south Gwynedd. 

This new service is available to anyone affected by cancer, whether you are currently undergoing treatment, have survived cancer or if you are a carer, friend or relative of someone who has or has had cancer.

Drop in sessions will be held every Friday in Porthmadog (10:00am-12:30pm) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (2:00pm-4:00pm) and every Tuesday in Dolgellau (10:00am-12:30pm) and Barmouth (2:00pm-4:00pm) – all are welcome.

Alaw Mon Thomas-Davies will be available at these sessions to provide information and support on a one-to-one basis. To contact her directly, contact her on email: or call 07878448447.


Story Time

Welsh and bilingual story and rhyme times sessions - a warm welcome to all! Please contact your local library for further details

Bangor Library - every Friday, 1:30 - 2:30

Barmouth Library - first Friday every month, 2:00 - 3:00

Blaenau Ffestiniog Library -  first Wednesday every month , 2:00 - 3:00 and every Friday 10.00 - 12.30

Caernarfon Library - every Thursday, 1:30 - 2:30.

Dolgellau Library - first and third Tuesday every month, 11:30 - 2:30

Llanberis Library - first Tuesday  every month, 1.30-2.30

Penygroes Library - second Friday every month, 10:45 - 11:30

Porthmadog Library - second and fourth Monday every month, 2.00 - 2.45

Pwllheli Library - second and fourth Friday every month, 1:30 - 2:30

Tywyn Library - first Tuesday every month, 2:00 - 3:00



Welsh Drowned Village Competitionpdf (pdf, 55k)
Drowned Village Competitionpdf (pdf, 37k)

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Last updated: 06/08/2014

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