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
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.
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
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The Honesty Library section within Stalbridge library is run by the Friends of Stalbridge Library
The Honesty Library holds lots of fiction and non-fiction books by famous authors. These books have been generously donated by local people.
These books can be taken out on loan by first selecting your book or books, then writing your name, library card number and the date you have taken out the book(s) in the folder provided within the Honesty Library.
The book(s) can be read at your leisure as there is no "book return by date"
Come along and take a look, you will be surprised at both the number and variety of books on offer
Stalbridge Community Library has been running very successfully for over five years and is now in need of new volunteers to help run both The Library Management Group and The Friends of Stalbridge Library
The Management Group meet every two months and The Friends Group every three months with meetings lasting a maximum of two hours
Do you think you can bring some fresh ideas and maybe some particular skills to help run our Community Library and take it forward, if so please contact Margaret Jackson by either e-mail or telephone for an informal chat
Do you have three hours to spare every two weeks?
Do you enjoy reading and books?
Then we have a space for you as a volunteer at Stalbridge Community Library.
We are a happy group who work hard to keep the Library open for Stalbridge and surrounding villages.
Please contact Christine Peters for further details firstname.lastname@example.org