One of our key roles, as a library, is to enable access to information. We stock a wide range of materials, do not censor published content, promote understanding and provide good quality information that helps people educate and inform themselves. To challenge prejudice and discrimination we will be celebrating black authors and cultural role models… Continue reading Among the Shelves
First published in 1945, Pippi Longstocking is the creation of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. A passionate story teller - Astrid Lindgren first created Pippi for her daughter Karin. These treasured bedtime stories were first written down after a broken leg left her bed-ridden and bored, from this boredom the story was written down and illustrated… Continue reading Pippi Longstocking is 75!
Following losses in World War II, Britain was in need of labourers, this prompted a campaign to encourage people from other countries in the British Empire and Commonwealth to immigrate to the UK. On 22 June 1948, the first ship carrying immigrants from the Caribbean arrived. This first ship's name, HMT Empire Windrush , inspired the generation of imigrants to be called 'The Windrush… Continue reading Windrush Day 2020
This year Refugee Week will be running 15-21 June, with the theme 'imagine'. What is Refugee Week? Well, it's an annual UK-wide festival, founded in 1998, celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees.When situations are overwhelming, when life is hard or the old ways of doing something no longer work, then 'imagine' is just… Continue reading Refugee Week 2020
We invite you to seek wellbeing in nature by dipping into our new Naturally Mindful collection of 21 eTitles that explore the benefits of spending time outdoors. This collection will help you find your way as you start to explore the many, myriad ways of relaxing in nature. Whether you’re keen to try Shinrin-yoku, better… Continue reading Digital Naturally Mindful
Every year, during the month of June, Pride month is celebrated with various events across the world. Normally it's a month of parades, street parties, talks, festivals and educational sessions, and whilst this year will be slightly different - it won't stop the celebrations!This year might be different, but it doesn't mean we can't celebrate!… Continue reading 2020 Pride Month
Read stories - Build empathy - Make a better world 9 June marks the fourth annual Empathy Day; a day to open up conversations about the benefits that reading can have on a developing mind. Research shows that books are a great way to encourage empathy in children; whilst reading, children learn to identify with… Continue reading Empathy Day 2020