Free Membership to Henry Bloom Noble Library for Arbory Residents

Arbory Parish Commissioners have made arrangements with Henry Bloom Noble Libray so that Arbory residents can enjoy membership and all it brings for free.  This is a trial for one year and decisions on continuation will depend on usage.

A Henry Bloom Noble Library card entitles you to:

  • Borrow up to 8 items including books and audiobooks
  • 2 hours of free PC use
  • Free wifi
  • Download up to 6 eBooks or audiobooks
  • Download free eMagazines, comics and graphic novels
  • Free access to online reference resources

The library has over 30,000 books including the bestsellers in adult fiction and nonfiction, books for children and young adults, graphic novels, an extensive Manx collection, language courses, large print and audiobooks. They also offer a jigsaw swap.

There are 16 PCs and 2 iMacs available for public use with printing facilities and a photocopier. We have a study area with charging points, tables and free wifi as well as offering a full online range of reference materials from Encyclopaedia Britannic and Oxford Online.  They also have a hot drinks machine and a water cooler.

The children’s area has special furniture and offers books from board books and picture books for babies and toddlers to the latest bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction for older children and a comprehensive young adult section. We also have a Barrington Stoke collection aimed to help children with dyslexia. We hold a story time each Thursday for pre-school children, children’s craft activities during school holidays and take part in the Summer Reading Challenge each year.

If you don’t come into Douglas you can have a whole library at home using your PC, tablet or smart phone! You can download eBooks and audiobooks, eMagazines, comics and graphic novels and view our online reference material. You can also renew or reserve items and search our catalogue of physical stock online. Their online library is available 24/7 just visit www.douglaslibrary.im.

Keep up to date with library news using our website or social media pages; we have Facebook www.facebook.com/hbnlibrary and Instagram www.instagram.com/douglaslibrary.

What are you waiting for? Join HBN Library today!

Road Resurfacing Ballabeg

Road Surfacing in Ballabeg.

On behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, Colas will be applying an antiskid surface to the road from Arbory Church to approximately 100 metres past the junction to Ronague Road.

In order to this Colas ask if all cars parked in the area can be moved off the road for the duration of the works taking place. The intended dates are Friday 3rd November through to Sunday 5th November 2017.

The intended works with take approximately 3 days and will be done in two halves. Traffic Lights will be employed to managed the flow of vehicles.

Should anyone have any queries or concerns, please contact Graeme on 320686 or John on 433329.

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Ian Lowey

It was with great shock and sadness that Arbory Parish Commissioners learned today that their Clerk, Ian Lowey, had suddenly passed away on 31st August 2017.
Ian had faithfully served the parish as clerk for 40 years and his knowledge, experience and commitment will be greatly missed by the current Board.  Sincere condolences are sent to Ian’s family and many friends at this difficult time.
Any enquiries for Arbory Parish Commissioners should be directed to the current Chairman, Jane Glover, by telephoning 835013 or 492010 or by emailing janeglover68@gmail.com