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Summer Reading Challenge 2017

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 Who's up for Summer Reading Challenge?

Over the long summer holiday, children's reading levels can dip.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a fun and exciting way to encourage children to keep reading while they're not at school.

Animal Agents is the theme of this year's Challenge. This national activity takes place every year during the summer holidays. Children can sign up at any library in Cumbria to take part, and then read six library books of their choice to complete the Challenge. This summer there's something peculiar happening at the local library - and that's where the Animal Agents come in!

Daisy the rabbit asks children taking part in the Challenge to help the Animal Agents crack the case, by collecting clues in the form of stickers.  As well as revealing the clues, each sticker sheet contains a code; the codes can be entered online at to unlock extra surprises.  Children taking part in the Challenge in Cumbria will also get extra incentives as they read the books, including a certificate once the challenge is completed.

Children from 4 year old upwards can sign up for the challenge.

Children can sign up for the challenge at any library from Saturday 15th July and receive a FREE Summer Reading pack.  The challenge runs until Saturday 9th September.

We also have lots of exciting activities taking place in the libraries, ranging from mini-beasts to interactive video games sessions.  

It's all FREE to take part, so get involved!

Barrow Library
01229 407377

Barrow Streets, Your Photos, Our Town

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You can contribute to Barrow Archives creation of a comprehensive and up-to-date photographic collection of the Borough of Barrow in Furness.  Simply take photographs of commercial and residential streets, and notable buildings, from town centres, and suburban and rural areas in and around present day Barrow, Walney, Dalton, Lindal, Askam, Ireleth and Rampside.

 Attach your best photos, (maximum of four or less than 35MB) to each email and send them to  Include the name of the street and buildings in the file name, and give your full name in the email.

If you would like to donate printed photos from the past, or a large digital collection; or want further information on this project, email as above or call the Archives at Barrow Library on 01229 407377.

Once sufficient numbers of photographs have been received a webpage will be published. Contributors will be notified of this.

Thank you for helping develop this important community resource

for future generations. Only photos of streets and buildings will be accepted.

Any persons pictured should only be incidental or in the background

Visit Barrow Archives on

Barrow Archives and Local Studies Centre
01229 407377


Come and join us for songs and stories for under 5's and their grown-ups. This is a drop in session.  

Friday mornings 10.30am - 11.00am

Children's Book Craft Group

This activity group is for 6-11 year olds and will involve fun crafts based on favourite reads or authors.   

6th May, 10th June, 8th July    10:30am-11:30am

Places are limited. To sign up please contact Clare Bell on 01229 407369 or email

Macmillan Drop -In

Drop in session where help is available from a MacMillan volunteer. Every Wednesday 10 - 12am


Stories, songs and rhymes for under 5s and their grown ups at Barrow Library 

We hope to see you every Tuesday from 2.00-2.45pm

Come and join us!  

01229 407369

Family Room at Barrow Library

Family room available at Barrow Library

Please ask a member of staff about our facilities for breastfeeding and baby changing

Knit and Natter

Weekly Craft Group -  1.30pm - 3.30pm

Get Online at Barrow Library

  • We run FREE internet training and friendly assistance every morning Monday to Friday from 1000am until 1130am. The Learn My Way system offers an easy and informal way to learn about skills to equip individuals to make the best use of the internet. It covers:

  • Basic keyboard skills  Using email 
  • Internet searching     Safety on the Internet
  • Job searching            Filling in online forms
  • Shopping online         Using social media
  • Accessing health information on the website
  • For more information or to book a place please ring 01229 407373

One2one computer sessions

If you cannot get to any of our organised "Get Online at Barrow Library" sessions during the day, please get in touch. We can then discuss whether we could offer One2One sessions, appropriate to your needs.

For more information please ring 01229 407373

Creative Writing Group

Furness Writers: free creative writing session for aspiring authors, 15.45pm-17.00 pm, every Friday at Barrow Library. 


Wifi Wednesdays

Want to get to grips with a new laptop or tablet?. Sign up for one of our "Wifi Wednesday" sessions at 1.15pm - 2.15pm or 2.30pm-3.30pm

For more information or to book a place please ring 01229 407373


How to Job Browse at Barrow Library

We can show you how to:

  • Search and apply for jobs online
  • Save your search results and sign up for job alerts
  • Develop your CV and write covering letters 
  • Complete application forms 
  • Access online resources for information on benefits you could claim
  • Prepare for an interview, and learn how the internet can help. 

We can offer you one to one computer sessions if you have very little knowledge and we can show you how easy it is to pick up the basics.

Sessions are available Monday to Friday 1000am-11.30am at Barrow Library.
For more information or to book a place please ring 01229 407373


Silver Surfers

Join us at Silver Surfers. If you are over 50 and would like some help using the computer or want to learn something new, then this is the session for you. 

Every Thursday from 1.30pm - 3.30pm free refreshments and a friendly atmosphere here at Barrrow Library.

Please book a session at the enquiry desk or ring Barrow Library (01229) 407375 for more details.