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February 2016

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Volunteer and help others to learn basic IT skills

IT for you

IT for You is an exciting East Sussex Libraries project providing basic IT training to East Sussex residents.


We support our customers to learn a broad range of skills including how to open and use email accounts, how to search and apply for work online, how to create CVs, use Microsoft Office, stay safe online, use Social Media and more.


To date we’ve supported over 100 customers. To meet demand we are now growing the project and are seeking new volunteers to share their IT skills.


IT for You volunteers have the opportunity to acquire excellent training experience and the chance to make a real difference.


If you would like to know more about our work or join the IT for You team call Phil Lanham on 01323 463759 or email Phil.Lanham@eastsussex.gov.uk.

What was life like in East Sussex during the First World War?

First World War in East Sussex

The East Sussex WW1 project is now in its third year and continues to expand its rich collection of information and resources.


East Sussex Library and Information Service, alongside other local organisations, has contributed to the project, coordinated by East Sussex County Council. The WW1 project has now digitised every edition of the Eastbourne Gazette, Eastbourne Chronicle, Hastings and St Leonards Observer, Hastings and St Leonards Pictorial Advertiser, and the Sussex Daily News for the First World War period. This fantastic collection is being released on the project’s website each month to correspond with the same month 100 years ago.


Alongside over 130 stories relating to East Sussex during the war, the website also hosts a number of educational resources to assist both teachers and school students learning about the conflict. Existing resources focus on soldiers, women, whilst new resources on places and empire were added to the website at the beginning of February. Check out the website and learn a little bit more about WW1 in East Sussex.

World Book Day 2017 is coming

World Book Day 2017


With World Book Day taking place on Thursday 2nd March 2017, libraries are gearing up for a special week of activities for the under 5’s.


The World Book Day £1 Tokens, provided by Bookstart, will be gifted at all our libraries across East Sussex. These Tokens will be handed out to children aged 0-4, visiting the library on World Book Day, and also at our libraries rhymetimes and storytimes which take place in libraries during the week 27th February – 4th March.


The £1 tokens will be accepted at all participating bookshops, supermarkets and retailers, who will be displaying the World Book Day posters in their windows, where children will be able to pick up a copy of specially produced books aimed at pre-schoolers and written by popular authors.


Also this year those children attending the rhymetimes and storytimes during this week will also receive a copy of the sticker book Bear’s Reading Adventure.


So bring your little ones along to your local library and receive a free sticker book and your World Book Day token when you join in with a rhymetime or storytime.

February is LGBT History month

And Tango makes three

LGBT History month is a month of events celebrating the achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people across the world and promoting education about the issues which still affect the LGBT community today.


East Sussex Libraries have a great collection of books, from Patrick Gale’s  A Place Called Winter depicting the intolerance of the Edwardian era, to the celebratory children’s picture book And Tango Makes Three the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.

A book I have loved - The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing

This Month, Eve, a librarian, tells us about a book she has loved:

"When I'd finished reading The Girl On The Train, I didn’t know what to do with myself. It felt like I was riding that commuter train with Rachel every day and I didn’t want to get off. I decided to search the internet for "books like The Girl On The Train".


This was a great decision. 


A suggestion for another gripping spine-chiller caught my eye: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. It seemed the perfect answer for people in need of their next fix of a Gone Girl / Girl On The Train thriller. 


The Kind Worth Killing also begins with a transport theme, this time on a night flight from London to Boston. Here, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Their light conversation turns darker when Ted jokes that he could kill his cheating wife Miranda. Lily, without hesitation, says, “I’d like to help”.  Their relationship grows, but Lily hasn't been completely honest about her past. 

Pursued by a tenacious detective, the various twists of the conspirators seemingly spiral towards a doom-laden conclusion."


Why not borrow The Kind Worth Killing from your local library, or download it as an eBook or eAudiobook.

New DVDs out for February

Why not borrow a DVD from your local library this month?


With lots of new releases for February now in your local library, it's the perfect time to watch that film you missed at the cinema, or have been wanting to watch for a while.

  • Bridget Jone’s Baby
  • Ethel and Ernest
  • Hell or High Water 

DVD's can be borrowed from as little as £2, and from £3.50 for the latest releases.

From 4th March for one week only, Bexhill library will be holding a DVD sale to make room for our newest DVDs. Pop along to the library and buy a DVD from as little as £1.

Feb DVDs