Keep the whole family entertained this Christmas

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December 2018

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Merry Christmas

Christmas tree

East Sussex Libraries would like to wish all of our residents a very happy and healthy Christmas. Whether you are staying at home or going away, let us relieve some of the seasonal stress and keep you entertained with our range of resources.

Libraries across the county are hosting festive displays showcasing our top seasonal picks throughout December.

Need the advice of a top chef for planning the perfect Christmas dinner? Try one of our many Christmas cookery books available in your local library or take inspiration from one of our free food magazines available on RB Digital.

If you're looking to keep the kids entertained during the holidays, we have plenty of resources to keep them busy, from Christmas craft books to micro:bit starter kits to help banish the boredom.

Need to escape for five minutes? Why not lose yourself in an eBook? Home or away, with our eBook site and Libby App it has never been easier to browse our collection and download a title. With new titles added every week you'll never be without a book again!

Christmas Opening Hours

Libraries will be closed from Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th December and on Monday 31st December and Tuesday 1st January, however normal opening hours will be operating in between these times.


East Sussex Children's Book Award Shortlist Announced!

Boy looking over books

Each year primary schools across East Sussex, Kent and Brighton and Hove have the chance to take part in our East Sussex Children's Book Award.

After children have been involved in selecting a shortlist of five fiction titles, they then read the books together and take part in competitions, author events and finally voting for their winner.

This year mystery, history, action and adventure are competing for the Top Spot:

The Starman and Me Sharon Cohen

The Sand Dog Sarah Lean

The Buried Crown Ally Sherrick    

The Jewelled Jaguar Sharon Tregenza

The 1,000-year-old Boy Ross Welford   

These spellbinding stories have animals, Aztec knives, aluminium foil hats, mythical prophesies, and a 1000 year old boy but who will be the ultimate winner of The 2019 East Sussex Children's Book Award? Watch our video to find out more about the shortlist and follow the award throughout the year on Twitter using #EastSussexBookAward

Want some inspiration when reading to children? Try Read Aloud

Child reading tablet

We have a range of eBooks for children that have professional narration and engaging sound effects that play whilst you read.

Our Principal Library Officer Rebecca says "my nephew loves listening to Lenny Henry read 'You Can't Take an Elephant on a Bus' whilst he follows the words on the page".

From the hilarious 'Dragons Love Tacos' to the action packed 'DC Comics Lego Super Heros', there's something to inspire everyone into reading. 

Library Services for Young People

Student reading in library

Manchester Metropolitan University and Birmingham City University are currently researching best practises for libraries working with young people.

If you can spare a few moments and would like to have your say, please fill out this short questionnaire on the Reading Agency website.

The Book I Have Loved...

The Bear and the Nightingale cover

This month our librarian Tamsyn reviews The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

'It is time to put aside dreaming. Fairy tales are sweet on winter nights, nothing more'

"The lands of medieval Rus’ are so harsh that winter is said to last eight months or more, the wind cruel and biting even in summer. Although the country is nominally Christian, families still huddle around their fires, whispering stories of the helpful household spirits and the fearsome winter-king Karachun.

In the depths of this winter, a daughter is born, Vasya, a confident, wild girl who is at home in the rugged, untamed landscape of the woods. Her freedom is threatened when her father remarries, bringing home an intensely devout woman, haunted by the same house-spirits and hobgoblins that befriend Vasya and keep her household safe. Buoyed by the fiery lectures of a fanatical priest, the stepmother is intent on crushing the local pagan traditions and rituals, even those that are protecting the village. Only Vasya, and her childhood connection to the mythical Karachun can protect them, but is it enough to truly keep them safe?

Katherine Arden’s stunning debut is lush and lyrical, weaving the story tight around you until you are completely lost in the thick forests and deep drifts of Rus’. Arden manages to imbue the story with the wistful cadence of an ancient and oft-told fairy tale, while keeping her characters fresh and modern."

Reserve your copy from an East Sussex Library or download the eBook now. 

Looking for more reading inspiration? Each month one of our librarians reviews five of their top picks on the Your East Sussex website: read our latest recommendations.

One to Watch - New DVDs out this Month

Dvd covers

December is the perfect month to catch up our new DVD releases, as well as rediscover some of those festive classics. Sing along to your favourites with 'Mama Mia! Here We Go Again', entertain the kids with the funny and heart warming 'Arthur Christmas' and get nostalgic with 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

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