If shopping with Amazon, do it with a smile

The local shops are important to the community and help the community in various ways. They have lost a lot of trade as a result of the pandemic. If they are to survive they need local people to shop there when they can. Some local shops closed at present are still taking orders either online or by telephone .

However, if you are shopping with Amazon please use Amazon Smile by going into Amazon via smile.amazon.co.uk

This allows you to nominate Friends of Church Stretton Library to receive 0.5% of the price of your purchases every time you shop with Amazon. So please make use of Amazon smile and help us raise funds for the library.

Library during lockdown

During lockdown the library will be closed, but they will be offering a click & collect service.

There are three ways to request books

 1) Completing the online request form which can be found here

 2) Phoning the library on 01694 722535

 3) Emailing churchstretton.library@shropshire.gov.uk

NB Not everyone in Church Stretton has internet access so many people will not be aware of this. Please let other library users know about this service and that if they do not ahve internet access they can access it by telephoning the library on 01694 722535.

Please also offer to collect books for people who might struggle to get to the library in person.

When requesting books you will be asked which subjects/genres interest you most. You will be unable to request specific titles but staff will select appropriate books based on your interests.

All books will have been quarantined for at least three days before being issued.

Once your books are ready for collection, they will contact you.

The library will be open for book collection on:

· Thursday         10am – 12pm 1pm-4pm

· Tuesday          10am – 12pm 1pm-4pm

· Friday             10am – 12pm 1pm-4pm

· Saturday         10am—1pm

Books can also be returned during these times

Syria Then & Now: an illustrated talk

Thursday 5th November, URC Hall, 2.30 – 3.30pm, Advanced Booking Essential

Alleppo Citadel

We are delighted that Janet Longstaffe has agreed to give a talk about Syria. Syria is a war-torn country. Janet has stayed there three times as an independent visitor. Her last visit was three years before the latest war erupted. She has an on-going interest in events in the Middle East.  Hear about ancient civilizations, a variety of cultures and religions. Find out about some of the interesting people she met


 To Book: please email churchstrettonlibrary@outlook.com  

EARLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL as a maximum of 20 people are allowed to enable safe social distancing.   

Organisations can run events in community halls if they follow current Government COVID-19 guidelines. 

All funds raised to support the Library

Town Council Decision on Library Funding

We are delighted that the Town Council have demonstrated their commitment to supporting the library, by moving half the funds from the ‘Service at Risk fund’ into a ‘Library Reserve’ fund. The remaining half was put in a reserve to support the Leisure Centre/Swimming Pool if called upon. The motion to do this was carried unanimously by town councillors at their meeting on Tuesday 11th August.

This funding will help cover some of the library’s operational costs over the next few years. Friends of Church Stretton Library will also have to fundraise if we are to find the amount of money Shropshire Council is asking for. Payments to Shropshire Council will commence for the next financial year 2021/2022 and the amount required is expected to increase in the years following.