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Libraries re-opening 6 July 2020  The Government has indicated in their Covid 19 Recovery Strategy that libraries would be included in step three of the roadmap to recovery.   This means that some form of opening could take place from early July 2020. 
Following assessments of all eight libraries a decision has been taken to re-open four libraries initially.  See
 further details below.



A click and collect book borrowing service is among new measures in place as Tameside libraries reopen from Monday 6 July 2020.
The library service is undertaking a phased reopening from 6 July 2020 subject to step three of the Government’s recovery strategy.
Four Tameside libraries – Ashton, Droyslden, Dukinfield and Stalybridge - have reopened initially, based on their size and layout and capacity to allow for social distancing.
The offer includes the following:

  • Return of outstanding items

  • A click and collect service for those not wishing to browse  

  • Pre-booked use of PCs for 1 hour only (or walk in if there is capacity)

  • Printing

Safety measures include hand sanitisers, one way systems, additional cleaning, managed access and capacity, quarantining books, removal of furniture that may encourage people to stay longer than necessary and sanitising of PCs between users. We will also be maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors, and sharing these with NHS Test and Trace where requested, so that we can help to identify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

There are Perspex screens around the library counters and the use of self-service machines is encouraged.

No unaccompanied children under 12 years of age are allowed into the library in order to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to.
Learning from the reopening will be monitored and reviewed and further libraries may be reopened at a later date as part of the phased approach.
The Home Library Service has resumed on a non-contact basis service and extended to include shielded people and those who are very vulnerable for health and wellbeing reasons.
Open + self-access hours will not be operating and library events and group activities will not be taking place however a full programme of online activities is available and being developed further.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Leanne Feeley, who is responsible for culture, said: “We all know the importance of libraries and the difference they make to people’s daily lives, whether that be for learning, health, information, reading for pleasure or any of the other many benefits offered.
“This much loved public resource has been greatly missed during lockdown and I am keen that libraries are re-opened as soon as possible with the safety of both customers and staff being of the utmost importance. This is a really positive step but I ask that people are responsible and work with us to keep themselves and others safe by observing the social distancing guidance and not spending any longer in the libraries than they need to.”

Fines/Book Renewal
All items that were due during the lockdown period had been renewed until the end of June to ensure that no fines are attracted when people are unable to return them. All loan items are now extended to the first date a branch is open after 31 August 2020 to allow sufficient time for people to return their items following opening of libraries.

If you think that your items were overdue before the libraries were closed, there may still be a fine. Please contact us on 0161 342 2031 or email so that we can help.

Telephone enquiry service
You can get help and advice with your information or library enquiries from Tameside Libraries Information Service. You can call Ashton Library on
0161 342 2031 during opening hours. You can also renew your library items over the phone.


Libraries Open From 6 July 2020

Ashton Library   Dukinfield Library
Monday 8:30am - 5:00pm        Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 8:00pm   Tuesday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5:00pm   Wednesday  
Thursday 8:30am - 8:00pm   Thursday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm   Friday  
Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm   Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Droylsden Library   Stalybridge Library
Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm   Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Tuesday     Tuesday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesday     Wednesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm   Thursday  
Friday 1:00pm - 5:00pm   Friday  
Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm   Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm
Open+ will not be available in the first phase of re-opening







The Reading Agency and Tameside Libraries are excited to introduce Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020; a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.

The Silly Squad is a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books. It’s fun, friendly and absolutely free! 

This year, for the first time ever, children can sign up to take part in Silly Squad online. All they have to do is read 6 books and collect rewards along the way with plenty of fun free activities to help. Check out the new programme of digital events, find out more about the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge at Tameside Libraries



Silly Squad logo

 Illustrations © Laura Ellen Anderson 2020.

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Online resources to keep children informed and occupied


There’s a wealth of useful resources on the internet to help with children’s homework, keeping them engaged with learning and reading even whilst they’re not at school. Look out for more ideas via our Social Media.

Facebook@Tameside_Libraries      Twitter@tmbc_culture

Encyclopedia Britannica is free to Tameside Libraries members, click the links and type in your library card number to log in.

Encyclopedia Britannica - Junior edition Link to External Website (ages 5 to 10)

Britannica Library

Encyclopedia Britannica - Student edition Link to External Website (ages 10 to 14)

Encyclopedia Britannica - Adult edition Link to External Website (ages 14 and up)


BorrowBox – maintain reading and language skills with a range of eBooks & eAudioBooks.



PressReader – Stay informed with daily national & international newspapers and amagazines, practise French, German or another language with the many foreign titles. Learn to cook, sew or get them engaged with a comic.



RB Digital – Older children may find eMagazines useful for homework, reading skills or keeping up with hobbies and interests.



The Booktrust has a range of fun things to do and inspiring items from authors and illustrators.
Booktrust Hometime

Booktrust Hometime


Chatterpack have a list of a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources! There’s something for everyone here so we can all learn along together.
Chatterpack boredom busters



The BBC’s Tiny Happy People is a new project with a wealth of ideas on giving babies and toddlers the best possible start on speech and language, so important to their future development and achievement.
Tiny Happy People

Tiny happy people


Story Makers author Caryl Hart has put together a collection of resources that authors & illustrators are creating for those in isolation and home learning.
Caryl Hart Children’s books

Caryl Hart Books


Openculture Guide to free cultural and educational media on the web



The Maths Factor is Carol Vorderman’s fun maths tutorials linked to the national curriculum for 4-12 year olds is free during the coronavirus school closures (it is usually £2 per week).

Maths factor


Chetham’s School of Music Outreach team have created some fantastic music activities, suitable for all ages that you can enjoy.

Chethams Outreach


Collins Educational Publishers have made a range of free resources available to help support your child's learning at home, while schools are closed.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre will be sharing a wealth of science learning resources and activities through our website over the coming weeks whilst they are closed.
Jodrell Bank




Tameside Libraries are participating in a project by Global Grooves - Can you help find The Missing Patch?

Image - the missing patch
A hot air balloon has come down in Tameside. A man is desperate to get to Rio in time for Carnival.

‘Questions, questions! We don’t have time for questions! Can’t you just get me a new patch? Then I’ll be in Rio in no time!’

‘Okay,’ I said. ‘I’ve got some friends that can help.’


What’s the project?
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Our friends in the Tameside Carnival arts organisation, Global Grooves, have stumbled across a downed hot air balloon. Can you help them find The Missing Patch and help the eccentric pilot on his way to Rio for Carnival?
Visit to read the story and hear from our hot air balloon pilot and then write what happens next in the story!

The challenge

You could be an author! Submit your work and you could feature in the Global Grooves digital storybook that will then be available on Borrowbox, The Tameside Libraries eBook lending service, for people to borrow and read.  We will also share our favourite Missing Patch poems and stories on our social media channels.

Prefer to make or draw something?
Then you could also:Image - balloon pilot

  • Request a batik kit to create your own patch at home.
  • Design your own batik patch by drawing round a dinner plate and decorating it however you choose.

You can find out more at where you can also upload and submit your creations.

Got any questions?
Please email or call 0161 8706895 and the Global Grooves team will be happy to help.
But make haste! We haven’t long to get the hot air balloon on its way!




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Trustworthy Health Information | Wellbeing

Health Information Week runs from 6 - 12 July 2020 and this year the themes are finding information you can trust and wellbeing. 
We all need information that we can trust, particularly in this time of coronavirus.  We also need to look after our well-being, whether our mental health or our physical health.  High quality health information can have a huge impact on your ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving you a better quality of life.


Tameside Libraries Health Resources

Tameside Libraries are involved in a number of health initiatives. This is a guide to the health information, books, services and resources available.  You can find out more about Reading Well which supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading and The Health Information Centre which provides a confidential health and care information service.

Healthy Tameside

Lifestyles can have a big impact on health and Healthy Tameside can support you to live longer, happier, healthier lives.  Whether you want to eat well, move more, give up smoking or manage your mental or physical health better, we can point you in the right direction.

NHS One You

One You helps you make small changes that fit your life, so you feel better and healthier every day.
Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it's moving more or eating more healthily.  You can take the free online health quiz - How are you?  One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.   


Check online information with WWW.

Can you trust the information you find online? This video from Buzz Information Manchester helps you learn 4 simple tips you can use to help you work out whether information you find online can be trusted.  Remember: Who. When. Where. Stop.


The NHS Go app provides young people between the age of 16 and 25 with confidential health advice and greater access to health information.  You can receive notifications about health information that is relevant to you and find out about local services in some areas. 

Age UK

Information and advice from Age UK on many topics from claiming benefits to health and wellbeing.  You can find out about being active as you get older, gardening tips and tasty recipes plus much more.

Grow in Tameside

Grow in Tameside is helping children and families to start well.   Grow is here to help and support you with your journey, offering the most up to date advice from local Health Visitors, Midwives and Early Years workers.

Reading for Health and Wellbeing

You'll find a Health Information Week Reading List here.  There are lots to choose from eBooks and eAudiobooks as well as some great magazines.
To borrow an eBook, eAudiobook, you will need to log into BorrowBox with your library card and PIN. To read eMagazines you will need to log into RB Digital with your library card and PIN. The PIN is the DDYY of your birth so the 1st January 1990 would be 0190. Find out more about eReading.
If you're not a member you can join online and start using BorrowBox and RB Digital now for free.






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