Merry Christmas from East Sussex Libraries

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east sussex library and information service

December 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of your library newsletter. 

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From everyone at East Sussex libraries we would like to thank you for using the Library and Information Service in 2017, and we wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

East Sussex Libraries – The Way Forward

Thank you to everyone who took part in the public consultation on our draft libraries Strategy.  East Sussex Libraries – The Way Forward is a complete review of our Library and Information Service and is the final part of our wider Libraries Transformation Programme.  It is designed to deliver a modern and sustainable library service for the next five years, based on the needs of the people of East Sussex and in the context of a reduced budget for all County Council services.

The consultation is now closed and we will now begin to read and analyse all of the consultation responses and other comments and representations made.  Every piece of feedback is really valuable and will help shape the revised Strategy, which will be considered by the County Council’s Cabinet in March.

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who, in their consultation responses, expressed an interest in volunteering with the Library and Information Service.  We will be in touch in the New Year with a list of our current volunteering opportunities.

If you would like to keep up to date with our proposals, information will be provided at the time on the Council’s website ( and we will, of course, provide updates in our future library newsletters.

Meet our new Hastings Library writer in residence


As part of our Advantage East Sussex project (funded by Arts Council England) our newly appointed writer in residence for Hastings Library is offering creative writing workshops for young people. Do you know of a group who could benefit?

Alan Ward has been appointed writer in residence at Hastings Library between January and March 2018. The residency marks the re-opening of the refurbished library in the spring. In the lead-up to the re-opening of the library, Alan will be running writing workshops with young people in schools and other settings around Hastings. If you’re a teacher, librarian, or you have a willing audience of potential writers aged around 11 to 14 in any setting, please get in touch. Other groups are also being considered.

The workshops are designed to get participants writing and are free. Each will be around an hour long but can be tweaked to accommodate your needs. Where possible we’d like to organise a series of sessions with each group of participants. Some participants may even be asked to read at the library’s official opening ceremony.

Alan will also be holding a series of workshops to support writers in the Hastings area.To be sure you are the first to hear about these drop in workshops please like our East Sussex libraries facebook page.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in arranging for your organisation please email or visit for more information.

More Code Clubs coming in 2018

Code Clubs

We’re pleased to announce the start of new Code Clubs in Uckfield and Battle Libraries, as well as the continuation of our Lewes and Hastings Clubs. Using specially created Code Club materials, the sessions are designed for children aged 8 and above, and aim to build confidence and encourage creativity in three different coding languages. Each term has 12 projects for the children to work through, or they can work on their own project with the guidance of our volunteers.

We are still looking for volunteers for our Hastings, Eastbourne and Uckfield locations. No knowledge of coding is required, just an interest to learn, as full training and support will be given. To join a Code Club, or for more information about volunteering, please email or visit our website.


Download your Christmas reading for free


Check out RBdigital Magazines, the world's largest newsagent, which offers full-colour digital magazines for anytime, anywhere. Our collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles.  You can download as many titles as you like and keep them for as long as you like. Read online or download the app (RBDigital) to read on your own device.

Whether you need seasonal inspiration, to find out what’s on TV, recipes to impress your visitors over the Christmas period, or a fitness magazine to inspire your New Year's resolutions it’s all free with your library card and RBdigital.

Diary of events

If you are looking to do something over Christmas, or want to find out what is going on in your local community visit

The online community directory lists over 8,000 local groups, organisations and clubs, plus a diary of upcoming events. ESCIS covers East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. It is free to be listed, free to use, and the information is constantly updated.

Library opening hours over Christmas

Just a reminder that our libraries will be closed for Christmas from Monday 25 December to Wednesday 27 December – reopening on Thursday 28 December.

Libraries will be closed for New Year’s Day on Monday 1 January 2018.

Our mobile library will run as normal until Saturday 23rd December 2017, and will resume normal service on Tuesday 2nd January. 

Normal service in all libraries will resume on Tuesday 2 January.

To find the opening times of your local library please visit our website

Whilst we are closed over the festive period our eLibrary, including eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines will still be available.