NEWS

Book loans can be renewed by emailing librarian@libraryofavalon.org.uk

NEW OPENING TIMES

MONDAY 4 PM TO 6 PM

TUESDAY 10 AM TO 1 PM

WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY 1.30 PM TO 4.30 PM

SUNDAY 12 NOON TO 2PM (from 26th November 2023)

The beautiful extendable table seats up to 10 people in comfort. Its perfect for your meetings. To Hire the Library Reading Room costs just £15 for 4 hours ! We will set it up for you too. Below are various ways we can arrange the seating to suit your event.

Use our Reading Room to host an Internet Meeting with our State of the Art Super Fast Broadband, 4k 180 degree Smart Camera and Screen and Conference audio system.

Lately we set up for a talk with projected slides with seating for 20.

For Discussions or Group Therapy the space allows for up to 18 people to sit in a circle in comfort. The movable bookcases also allows for more intimate spaces to be created too.

For film screenings or internet conferences this layout provides seating for 12 in comfort with excellent view of the large HD screen.

RECENT EVENTS

Another April 2023 Event at the LoA.

We are delighted to welcome Helen Garrett who will be running a workshop in the LoA on Sunday 30th April. Read below for details and booking information.

Party to celebrate Barry Taylor’s extraordinary contribution.

On the Saturday 11th March we had a wonderful party to celebrate Barry Taylor’s extraordinary contribution to the LoA as a founder member and supporter over 30 years. Many members and volunteers enjoyed an opportunity to meet and mingle sustained with much bubbly and cake. It was a great opportunity to try out our “new” open space and was a thoroughly enjoyable success. Thanks to all those who attended and supported in making this such a memorable day.

Helene Koppejan

On Monday 27th we gathered at the Library of Avalon to honour the memory of Helene Koppejan (born Helene van Woelderen) who, with her husband Willem, purchased a number of buildings in Glastonbury in which they set up what came to be called the “Glastonbury Experience”, a complex of alternative shops and studios. Helene and her husband were famous Dutch astrologers and authors who themselves had a library of some 30,000 books and she was co-founder of the Glastonbury Trust, an organization which promoted ecological awareness and sustainable development, and which took over the Experience development.

Unfortunately Dirk was unable to participate in his own event and so It was an inspirational meeting led by Mano Mannaz, creator of the Avalon Ascension Oracle,Teacher, Life Path Guide,  Writer, Visionary Artist and Travel Guide. Dharam Barrett , executive director of the Glastonbury Trust, also was there and brought a wonderful collection of photographs from the 1970’s illustrating the building and opening of the courtyards.

The discussion ranged across subjects as diverse as the founding of the Glastonbury Courtyards, astrology, the lost tribes of Israel, English dark age history, grail legends, medieval libraries, St Dunstan’s lost manuscripts, the importance of weaving, the Dutch influence in trade and the local landscape and in the development of craft skills in Glastonbury as well as the importance of the Glastonbury courtyards in the development of the alternative Glastonbury society and economy.  Born on exactly the same day as Barry Taylor, who played a key role in helping Helene realise her vision; their graves now lie just a few feet apart in Glastonbury Cemetery.  It is 45 years since the opening of the courtyards and we were inspired to discuss possible future projects and developments to ensure the continuation of Helene’s and Barry’s vision in the years to come.

Billy The Celt

Billy The Celt will be giving one of his fascinating talks on ancient wisdom at the LoA on Friday 3rd March at 7pm . This talk will be on the Toltec tradition which inspired a number of South American cultures.

We look forward top seeing members on the 11th March. Please RSVP your invitation which will be arriving soon.

The LoA Is Now Open Again .

Following a month long library reorganisation and refit.
During January we moved and expanded the Librarian’s working area to two desks, allowing two librarians to simultaneously loan out books and renew memberships.
We moved the Librarian’s desks to the window side and installed new cupboards on the old window seat which was never comfortable to sit on and generally covered in boxes.
We also got rid of some old cabinets and created more space for the reading area.
The mobile bookcases can now be repositioned to create a much larger and more usefully shaped area for events and performances.
At the end of this month we are having 10 new spot lights installed in the reading room. These will be easily directed as required, and can be dimmed and have coloured Gels added which will give us a flexible lighting solution for events. We are also having more lighting installed in the far corner of the annexe which previously was under lit.
We are very pleased with the result and we hope you are too.

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You can now pay for your membership or merchandise with a card or contactless with a card or mobile device.

SUPERFAST INTERNET CONNECTION NOW AT THE LIBRARY

We now have a superfast broadband connection with 60Mbps Download and 20 Mbps Upload available. This means that when you hire our Reading Room facilities you can broadcast HD video live on the internet. If you are considering running an online or mixed live and online course, workshop or a meeting then we can offer the best technical facilities in the unique and impressive environment of our wonderful reading room from just £15 for 4 hours!

EVENTS

More information on weekly groups such as Strangely Spoken Words (an LGBTQ+ poetry evening)

can all be found on our EVENTS page.

NEWSLETTERS

We’ve stopped writing monthly newsletters as lack of feedback suggested a lack of interest and readership, and the writer’s energy was needed elsewhere.

If you’d like to read or help WRITE library newsletters, get in touch at librarian@libraryofavalon.org.uk or secretary4loa@gmail.com to write to Richard.

Below are old newsletters.

DECEMBER 2020

NOVEMBER 2020

OCTOBER 2020

Updated August 2021