Dyslexic readers - what your library can do for you

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east sussex library and information service

November 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of your library newsletter. 

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Hands on coding in the library


The Micro:bit Foundation has provided East Sussex Libraries with micro:bits to loan in our libraries. The BBC micro:bit is a mini computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life.

By making these fun little devices freely available, we hope to make coding and digital literacy accessible to our users, and to empower a new generation of digital pioneers in East Sussex.

We will be offering our micro:bits out as a quick-start kit, with everything you need to get started. Each pack can be borrowed for up to three weeks and can be reserved just like a book.

Check the website or the catalogue for more information.

Dyslexic readers - what your library can do for you

During Dyslexia Awareness Week (2nd-9th October) a group of 9 children from Tollgate Junior School visited Eastbourne Library. After a story session featuring Michael Rosen poems, the children had a chance to browse the resources we have available, including dyslexia-friendly books, story CDs and our new computer software, Supernova. Everyone borrowed something, and one very enthusiastic reader went away with 10 books! The children also learned how they can use the library website to download eBooks and eAudiobooks completely free of charge.

If you or your child is dyslexic or struggles with reading, there is plenty at the library that can help, including: books in dyslexia-friendly fonts, read/hear books so that children can follow along with a book whilst it is read out and computer software which can change the colour of the text so that dyslexic people can choose the colour which is easiest to read.

Who do you think you are?

who do you think you are

Did you love the first series of The Crown? The drama based upon one of the world’s most well-known family has been a huge hit this year. Are you like us and can’t wait for the next series to start?  Are you inspired to research your own family history?  Pop in to a library to access Ancestry and Find My Past for free or take inspiration from Who Do You Think You Are and download the eMagazine for free, just sign in using your library card.

You can also visit The Keep, where our county archive is kept. The archives are a goldmine for people looking into their family and personal histories.  You will find Parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials date from 1538 onwards as well as registers from nonconformist congregations, workhouses, hospitals and cemeteries. Their website also has a wealth of information to support your family research, including catalogues and guides for how to research your own family history. 

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:

  • Rhymetimes and Storytimes for pre-schoolers
  • Local history and family research in Seaford library

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

A book I have loved - Envious Casca

Envious Casca

This month library volunteer, Jane, tells us about Envious Casca  by Georgette Heyer which she has recently enjoyed.

“Georgette Heyer is probably best known for her historical novels but she also wrote 12 mysteries.

Envious Casca is a classic "whodunit". The action takes place at a Christmas gathering of friends and family at Lexham Manor, owned by Nathanial Herriard, a wealthy, cantankerous and miserly bachelor.

Living with him are his brother and sister in law. Add to this trio a further 6 guests; a nephew, and his fiancée a niece, a distant cousin, a business partner and a playwright.

The idea for this seasonal gathering isn't well received by Nathaniel and his bad mood sets the tone for a thoroughly unpleasant Christmas!  Ultimately he becomes the victim of his own disagreeableness and the story when he is murdered on Christmas Eve.  Step into the mix Inspector Harrington, a regular sleuth of Heyer's and the scene is set for  a lively investigation! 

Heyer's crime novels are full of twists and turns and complex characters designed to keep the reader enthralled and intrigued but what I particularly like is the subtle humour that runs seamlessly throughout.

It in no way detracts from the grittiness of the plot, rather it adds to it by making the characters more realistic. A thoroughly entertaining and gripping 'period piece whodunnit'.”