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January 2019

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New Year, Happy You!

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This January, ditch those punishing New Year’s resolutions and invest in making yourself happy. With so many resources and activities available from your local library, it has never been a better time to boost your wellbeing.

Our range of Mood- Boosting books contain uplifting titles including novels, poetry and non-fiction. All the books are listed on the Reading Agency website and are recommended by readers and reading groups around the country.

Our wellbeing boxes focus on all aspects of your wellbeing, from pedometers to get your daily step count up, to mindfulness colouring to focus busy minds. We have boxes for adults, teens and families, all with a wealth of activities and information to help improve your health.

Learning something new or starting a hobby can be a great way to meet new people and increase your happiness. The library has plenty of books to get you started including craft, gardening, cookery, history and even outdoor survival! Our range of online magazines is also a great introduction and range from photography skills to cycling. They are free to borrow and might just inspire you to try something new!

Pop in your postcode into ESCIS to find out what clubs and events are happening in your local area.

Family Rhyme Time at Hastings Library


Starting this January, Hastings Library will host a Family Rhyme Time on the second Saturday of each month to give working parents and other family members the chance to share rhymes and music with their children.

Meet other parents and introduce your little ones to new and familiar rhymes they’ll love to join in with.

Visit our Rhymetimes page for a full list of libraries and times.

Come and explore the new Crowborough Library

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We’ve given Crowborough Library a facelift, expanded the children’s area and created a new teen/young adult area. There is new study space, free access computer desks with places where you can plug in your own Wi-Fi devices, and comfy reading locations with new furniture. We’ve added a great selection of new stock, from children’s fiction and non-fiction to local studies, and crime to biographies.

If you haven’t already been in to see what’s on offer, please do come and join us to see the library and have a cup of tea and a slice of cake on Saturday 26 January from 11 a.m .

Please note that building works are still going on in the Pine Grove building next door to the library, which are due to finish in early 2019. While these works continue, access to the Library will be through the back door. Please also be aware that there are likely to be more contractors’ vehicles around Pine Grove, so please do take extra care.

Brush up on your Skills with our Adult Learning Courses

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If you’d like to learn something new or develop your existing learning then our adult learning courses are a fantastic way to enhance your skills.

Eastbourne and Hastings libraries have learning centres with qualified tutors who work in partnership with Sussex Coast College Group to deliver a range of City & Guilds courses in Maths and English to level 2. They also deliver the European Computer Driving Licence course (ECDL) at level 1 and 2.

If you do not have a GCSE in English, Maths or ICT, these courses will help you to improve your CV when searching for work or support your children with their homework. They will also be accepted when entering further education.

Most of the courses are free of charge or have reduced fees.  

For an informal chat contact your local learning centre on 01323 463903 for Eastbourne and 01424 724680 for Hastings.

Improve your Digital Skills with IT for You

Now available across ten libraries, IT for You is free of charge. Whether you’re an absolute beginner, want to refresh your skills, or just want to learn more, our team of experienced and friendly volunteers can help you -

  • set up and use email
  • search the internet for services, support and employment
  • complete online forms including job applications and Universal Credit
  • learn Microsoft Office
  • connect with your community

To find out more and book your place call 01323 463759 or visit your local library.  

J.D Salinger 100 Years on

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J.D. Salinger is the Godfather of Young Adult Fiction! Any list of books to read before you die is guaranteed to feature ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. Hailed as a significant portrayal of teenage angst, ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ follows the troubled 16 year old Holden Caulfield as he plays truant over a long weekend in Manhattan. He drinks, he smokes, he visits a sex worker, is beaten by her pimp and sits for a long, long time in the park. But he spends the bulk of the book complaining. Disillusioned with the world and unsure of his place within it, this classic work of fiction speaks to the anxious teenage misanthrope in all of us.

Jerome David Salinger was born on the 1st January 1919 in New York; he did poorly at school and dropped out of college. It was night school that sparked his interest in writing and where he first developed the idea for the book. He fought in World War Two and was traumatised by his experiences after which he suffered a nervous breakdown and spent some time in hospital.

In 1946 he returned to writing and revisited his ideas for ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ which was eventually published in 1951. Many critics condemned the book’s free use of religious slurs and casual sexual encounters and many schools and libraries banned it for its use of profane language, crude content and being part of "an overall communist plot".

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ is now an established literary classic loved (and hated) throughout the world; it seems to resonate with each generation of teenagers.

Revisit this classic; reserve it from your local library today.