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east sussex library and information service

September 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of your library newsletter. 

You are receiving this newsletter because you told us you wanted to hear more about the libraries in East Sussex. You'll receive regular updates telling you all about the latest goings across the Library and Information Service. 

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Have your say

We are asking for your views on our draft Strategy for East Sussex libraries over the next five years.

East Sussex Libraries – The Way Forward – sets out our proposed approach to provide a modern, sustainable Library and Information Service for the future.  It is based on the needs of the people of East Sussex and recognises the financial constraints which East Sussex County Council faces and also the changes in the way that people are using libraries.

Our work to produce our draft Strategy shows that there are significant needs across the county, and especially within certain communities, around literacy, attainment, employment and ultimately health and wellbeing, which the Library and Information Service is ideally placed to help tackle. 

Our proposals would enable us to modernise the East Sussex Library and Information Service in order to respond to these needs, as well as meeting the increasing demand from customers to access library services online. 

We also need to recognise that the number of people visiting and borrowing items from libraries has reduced by around 40% over the past ten years. Our proposals would enable us to cut our costs by having fewer libraries and prioritise our resources to have a greater impact in supporting people in East Sussex. 

You can read our draft Strategy and all of the evidence on which our proposals are based in full on our website at

How to take part in this consultation

The consultation runs for 12 weeks until 14 December 2017.  We would like to hear from you whether or not you currently use the Library and Information Service.  We will do all we can to make it as easy as possible for everyone to have their say.

Complete the questionnaire online at

Begin to code this autumn

3D Printing

Have you ever wondered how to make video games, animations or websites? Code Clubs can show you how. Suitable for ages 8-12, our first term tackles the visual language Scratch, designed to help develop critical thinking skills in a creative, interactive environment.

Our Code Club in Eastbourne Library started on 20th September and takes place on Wednesdays from 4-5pm.  New Code Clubs are launching in October and November in Hastings and Lewes libraries. Places are filling up quickly; to register, please contact your preferred library or email

We are still looking for volunteers to help run our Hastings and Lewes Code Clubs. No knowledge of coding is required, just an interest to learn, as full training and support will be given. For more information and to register your interest please email 

Boost your wellbeing


Wellbeing boxes are now available from East Sussex Libraries.  Each box contains fun, interactive resources, including games, a pedometer, and stress relief balls as well as local service information and literature.  The aim is to help people to take ownership of their own health and wellbeing, helping people to cope better with stress, become more active, and support mindfulness.  The boxes are free to borrow for East Sussex library members for up to three weeks at a time.

Since their introduction the boxes have been in huge demand and we are pleased to announce there will be more boxes in libraries soon.

Wellbeing boxes can be reserved online. 

Diary of events

Did you know that there are often events happening in libraries?

Over the next few weeks we have lots going on, including:

  • Code clubs for children
  • Writing for wellbeing workshops
  • Living library volunteers and information stands on World Mental Health Day (10th October)
  • Support with getting the best energy deals with help from uSwitch

To see the full list of all our events visit ESCIS, our free community information website.

A book I have loved - The Essex Serpent

essex serpent

This month library volunteer, Frances, tells us  about The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, which she has recently enjoyed.

"This book evokes aspects of Victorian society, but from an unconventional viewpoint. It centres on the superstition about a sea serpent which was thought to lurk in the Blackwater river. The sighting of this serpent was believed by some to portend disaster and a local rural congregation becomes concerned and convinced of imminent punishment.

The local vicar tries to persuade them otherwise. Some London friends of his become involved and aspects of mass hysteria, palaeontology, medicine, autism and social reform all get drawn into the story. The Victorian era was one of intellectual and scientific ferment. Some aspects of life were hidebound by tradition but there were many individuals testing the boundaries of knowledge. This book portrays a range of characters who were doing just that and highlights the problems they faced and the relationships they formed.

I found the characters engaging and believable. The serpent is explained but not all the problems are resolved and, perhaps life is like that. "

Borrow this book from a library, read the eBook, or listen to the eAudiobook.

New DVDs out this month

DVDs sept

Why not borrow a DVD from one of our libraries this month?

Here's a pick of our favourites this month:

Life - When a crew of astronauts and scientists set out on a journey to the International Space Station, their task is to study a sample of matter taken from Mars and determine whether it can provide proof of extraterrestrial life.

The Finest – A British romantic comedy drama starring Bill Nighy. Set during World War II with London coming under sustained attack during the Blitz, young Welsh copywriter is employed by the British Ministry of Information to bring a female perspective to their latest propaganda film aimed at raising the morale of the British people.

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