THE STALBRIDGE LIBRARY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE ANNUAL OPEN MEETING AND THE FRIENDS OF STALBRIDGE LIBRARY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING BOTH SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY 26th MAY 2020 WILL NOT NOW TAKE PLACE ON THAT DATE DUE TO COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS.
FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED
Dear Library Member,
While our libraries are still temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic we wanted to reassure you that we have been busy behind the scenes ensuring that we are still able to provide you with library services 24/7!
Keeping you reading:
1000s of e books, audiobooks, and even magazines, newspapers and comics are available to download for free! Whether you’re looking for the latest issue of BBC Good Food magazine, a great book to read or listen to just visit www.librarieswest.org.uk for more information. We’ve recently increased the number of available titles – more than 800 new e books & 1400 new audio books so there’s now even more choice, with more being added each week!
Keeping you entertained:
We’ve now got a vibrant events and activities programme happening across social media, including regular story-times, rhyme times and Lego clubs for children and books groups and author events for adults – and all for free! Find us on Twitter (twitter.com/DorsetLibraries) and Facebook (facebook.com/DorsetLibraries). We’ve also got a free trial of Medici.TV available to library members providing an inspiring programme of classical music, ballet and opera accessible from home. Ancestry Library Edition is now available from home for library members so if you are interested in researching your family tree, take a look - you just need to log in to your LibrariesWest account to access this.
Spread the word!
Tell your friends and family to join Dorset Libraries online for free by sharing this link: https://www.librarieswest.org.uk/join - a membership number and PIN will be generated to enable access to free e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines and e-comics. Once our buildings re-open, people who have joined online can call in to a library to upgrade their membership so they can also borrow books, DVDs and talking books.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our libraries when we re-open – for anyone who borrowed items just before libraries were closed in March, please be assured that you will NOT incur any overdue charges.
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Dorset Council Library buildings may be closed, but we wanted to inform you that we’ve updated our web pages (look left) to reflect what libraries can offer to people at home, even if you can’t visit an actual library. We are updating the pages regularly so make sure you keep checking to find out what’s new, what’s on offer, and what you can join in with.
Take a look yourself https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/libraries.aspx
In this strange, socially-distanced world, many of us are watching from our windows or gardens as winter gives way to spring. Leaves are sprouting, birds are singing, and the sun is shining just that little bit more. As the lockdown continues, and nature rolls onward, the team at Dorset History Centre wanted to offer you some 'hands-on' activities to keep you, or the children, entertained.
We also want to remind you that the staff are still working, and if you have any questions or queries about your own research, please feel free to get in touch!
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Who will you discover?
During these challenging times, Dorset Libraries and DHC are aware that many users can no longer access Ancestry for free from our facilities. To overcome this problem we are providing Ancestry Library Edition access to you from home whilst we are closed.
You can trace your family history and search:
*Please note that this service is only available to people who live in the Libraries West consortium area. If you are anywhere else in the UK, please check with your own local authority to see what arrangements they have made.
Go to Libraries West and begin your journey...
Something for the kids...
Recently, we have been developing some activity sheets for children to keep them entertained if their parents are visiting Dorset History Centre. Given the current situation, we hope parents are able to use them at home to inspire or entertain their children!
You can find three different sheets on our blog - looking at the themes of maps; World War Two in Dorset; and the work of John Hutchins. The sheets are available both as images in the blog, as well as PDF downloads for you to print out and explore with your kids at home!
If you have used the sheets, we would love to know how you've got on! Why not share some pictures with us on Twitter?
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First, a hand-grasp of solidarity to all the quiet heroes reading this, whether teachers, librarians, parents or students. Alan Bennett once said that good writing makes you feel as if “a hand has come out and taken yours”. This newsletter - six months ahead of National Poetry Day on October 1st - includes a few poetry-activities to try at home, our way of keeping-in-touch. Because making and sharing a poem is an act of connection..
Activities from our Ambassadors!
For younger kids, poet and YouTube star Simon Mole is running a series of free live poetry workshops online via Zoom. Sessions run on Tuesdays mornings, with a sharing session on Thursday. For more information on how to join, visit www.simonmole.com/online-poetry-workshops and follow Simon on Twitter @Si_Mole.
For older kids, author Sarah Crossan is sharing a poetry workshop every day at noon on Instagram Live. Featuring poetry challenges focusing on different themes, our personal favourite so far being her Vision themed lesson for National Poetry Day! Head to Sarah's Instagram @sarahcrossanwriter to view them all. Sarah will be sharing some of your poems so use the hashtag #WeAreThePoets when joining in.
And for the grown ups...
Liv Torc, #BBCLocalPoet 2019 for BBC Radio Somerset, asked her friends to tell her how they were feeling, in the form of a haiku. Her invention, the Haiflu, has inspired hundreds of witty, moving takes on the lockdown experience – and now you can join in too: just tag your creations #haiflu so we can see them. Find out more and view the Haiflu film on the National Poetry Day blog.
National Poetry Day is co-ordinated by the charity Forward Arts Foundation. We are delighted by 2019's National Poetry Day successes, and in the run up to October, we will focus on supporting schools, teachers, students and strengthening communities, particularly those in isolated places or in areas of multiple deprivation.
WE VERY MUCH REGRET TO HAVE TO INFORM YOU THAT CONTRARY TO OUR POST YESTERDAY THE LIBRARY WILL CLOSE UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE AT
5.00pm ON FRIDAY 20TH MARCH 2020
THIS IS DUE TO THE TOWN COUNCIL RESOLVING TO CLOSE THE ENTIRE HUB BUILDING FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE
WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS.,
IN THE MEANTIME WE HOPE YOU ALL STAY WELL.
This is the link to the reference sources, available to Libraries West members via the website: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/libraries/ebooks-audiobooks-and-online-reference/online-books-and-reference-sources.aspx
Each LibrariesWest authority also subscribes to a range of free online reference resources, including the Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford English Dictionary, Newsbank, Who's Who & Who Was Who, and Access to Research. Access varies by authority so please check the relevant link below for your local area.
Bath & North East Somerset
Online books and reference resources
Find online resources on these websites: