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east sussex library and information service

February 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of your library newsletter. 

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World Book Day - 1st March 2018

WBD 2018

It’s World Book Day (WBD) next Thursday (1st March) and our libraries are getting involved. The popular 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 who visit the library on World Book Day, and also at our Rhymetimes and Storytimes taking place during the week of 26th February – 3rd March.

The £1 tokens will be accepted at all participating bookshops, supermarkets and retailers, who should be displaying the WBD posters in their windows, and can be used as payment towards an official WBD book, including books for pre-schoolers.

East Sussex Libraries – The Way Forward

the way forward

On Tuesday 6 March 2018 the County Council’s Cabinet will consider a revised Strategy for the future of East Sussex Libraries.  This follows a 12 week public consultation on our draft Strategy which took place between 21 September and 14 December 2017. Thank you again to everyone who took part in the public consultation. Your comments and feedback have helped inform the revised proposals.

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.

The papers for the Cabinet meeting will be available online from next Tuesday, 27 February.

Booking now open for creative writing workshops in Hastings Library


Get in quickly to book your place on a creative writing workshop with the writer in residence at the refurbished Hastings Library. On selected Saturdays in March, Alan Ward will be running free creative writing workshops for adults and young people aged 11-16, and limited one-to-one feedback sessions (follow the relevant link to book). 

It's a great opportunity to generate some creative ideas, try out some writing, and attend some of the first events in the newly reopened building.

The project is part of our Advantage East Sussex project (funded by Arts Council England) and you can read more about the residency including blog posts on Alan's activity so far, and a chance for you to try out some creative writing at home.

Read all about it

press reader

Read the day’s newspapers online for free!  Download the PressReader app from your app store or visit PressReader’s website

Log in with your library card to gain access to thousands of titles. 

There are hundreds of national and international newspapers and a range of magazines which you can access for free from your own device or a computer in the library. No need to pop out for your daily paper now, just read!

Libraries closed on 8 March

8th march

All East Sussex libraries will be closed on Thursday 8 March for staff training sessions. We apologise for the disruption this causes to our customers. The eLibrary will be available on this date and the Mobile Library will be operating. 

Please note that Battle and Uckfield Code Clubs will go ahead on 8 March at their normal times.  The libraries themselves will be closed to the public, and no other library functions will be available.  We will be in touch with Code Club participants about access details for the sessions on 8 March.

Renew your library books 24/7


Did you know you that the easiest way to renew your library books is by using one of our automated services?

You can renew your library books online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  You can also search and reserve books online.  All you need is your borrower number and PIN.

You can also renew your books over the phone by using our automated telephone renewal service.  All you have to do is call 0345 608 0195 at a time that’s convenient to you, have your borrower number from your library card ready and your PIN.

You can request your PIN from our website and it will be sent to the registered email address on your account.

Diary of events

Did you know you can use to find out what is going on in your local community?

You can also find out what is happening in our libraries. Forthcoming events include:

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.

New DVDs out this month

DVDs feb

As well as picking up the latest blockbuster on DVD at your library we also have a selection of films which you might not have caught at the cinema.

Our recommended films this month include:

  • The Levelling
  • I am not a witch
  • Love is thicker than water

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