Red tape and sealing wax? Using old title deeds for local and family history.

Have you discovered that one of your ancestors, or a house you are researching, features in a bundle of parchment title deeds? Are you feeling defeated by line after line of repetitive text reading ‘whereas’ this, ‘whereas’ that, ‘of the one part’, ‘of the other part’? Help is at hand!

Reading Well; using the power of reading to support mental health

With many of us are struggling with mental wellbeing during these tough times, we’re eager to make sure your local library is a valuable source of support, information and guidance. There is a growing amount of evidence about the value of reading to support health and wellbeing. In addition we believe people feel libraries are… Continue reading Reading Well; using the power of reading to support mental health

LGBT+ History Month 2021

In the UK, February marks LGBT+ History Month, which we celebrate every year as an opportunity to explore LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) history and culture, and recognising the achievements of LGBT pioneers from all fields of life.

Welcome to the Winter Reading Challenge 2021

This theme of this year's challenge is 'Reading Together' and we encourage your to get cosy inside and read, listen and enjoy some stories together. The challenge is for all ages, and with the prospect of a certificate for anyone who reads four books before 28 February, it's a great opportunity to encourage the whole… Continue reading Welcome to the Winter Reading Challenge 2021

Digital Readers – December 2020

The book our online reading group will be reading (or listening to) and discussing in December has been decided on through a vote in the group. The results are in and the December book is...

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance? The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The first event commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year, it has become a day to commemorate… Continue reading Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

Digital Readers – November 2020

The book our online reading group will be reading (or listening to) and discussing in November has been decided on through a vote in the group. The results are in and the November book is...

Black History Month 2020

October is Black History Month, an awareness month and a nationwide celebration of black history, arts and culture throughout Britain. As well as applauding achievements and success over the decades, the month also provides a vital reflection on the challenges that remain. In this way the month plays a vital role in raising awareness of British social history and the continued importance of identity, social equality and integration