Beat the boredom this summer

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east sussex library and information service

August 2019

Got five? Dip into one of our free eMagazines

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Whether you have five minutes spare in a waiting room, or you're able to sit down, undisturbed, with a cup of tea , our eMagazines are easy to download and free to borrow.

With titles covering a wealth of subjects from History and Science, Gardening, Cookery and the latest on Fashion, Health and Beauty, there is something for everyone. Not, of course, forgetting the kids; with plenty of titles for children of all ages, including Wild and The Beano, there's plenty for them to dip into too.

Beat the boredom this summer

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Have you heard the words 'I'm bored' yet? If so, your library has plenty of FREE activities and resources to fill the summer holidays and keep little (and big) ones entertained.

Our libraries are filled with stories to take children on the greatest adventures, as well as information books to satisfy the most inquisitive of minds. Children and adults can borrow up to 20 books at a time so why not stock up your bookshelves for the summer.

If they haven't signed up already, there is still time for children to take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge where they can receive prizes for reading over the summer holidays. Make sure you use your child's library card number and pin to sign up, so their name appears on the certificate when they finish. If you don't know their pin you can request a new one online or ask at your local library.

Our Family Activity and Wellbeing boxes have ideas and activities for the whole family, from cooking healthy meals together, to going on a nature hunt. Borrow a box for free and explore it together.

The library is also running some fantastic events this summer, all linked to this year's Summer Reading Challenge theme Space Chase: Indoor planetarium domes, Claymation workshops and a Reading Challenge tour. See what's happening in your area!

What our Librarians are reading this summer

Stuck for ideas for your holiday read? Let our Librarian team help! Here we share our top reads for the summer.

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Tamsyn:  'This Summer I'm reading Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

"Did you really think we were the apex predators of the world?”

When I was young, there was a spate of shark sightings along the coast we holidayed on. I remember a week of staring at the sea, refusing to leave my beach towel and swim, absolutely certain that were I to dare to dip a toe, a great marine horror would devour me whole. This book perfectly recreates that feeling, the creeping, prickling sensation that you do not belong, that each splash and stroke into the surf draws the attention of something dark and hungry.'

Reserve the pBook or Listen to the eAudio book


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Henry:  'This summer I'm revisting Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

I thought that middle-aged Henry would scoff at the books that the teenage Henry loved. But this is an amazing book, most definitely a bloke’s book but an amazing book; the dialogue just zings! Heller spends a whole two thirds of this book introducing characters only to kill them off in the final third!

Still so fresh and modern with a total disregard for narrative structure or conventional timeline this (weirdly) reminded me of Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins the way we know a character is dead or dying before we meet them properly.  And even though you know they are dead (and this is the clever bit) their death; when it finally happens ‘in real time’ shocks and saddens. Brilliant!'

Reserve the pBook, download the eBook or listen to the eAudio book        


girls by lisa jewell

Michele:  'This summer I've enjoyed The Girls by Lisa Jewell

You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbours for years and you trust them. You think your children are safe. But are they really? Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

This was a good story. I was quite sad to leave those moody, complicated teenagers behind. They stayed with me most of the day after finishing the book. I'm still not sure who 'did it' but I guess that is the point - the closed world of the teenager that the parent never quite gets a handle on. This was a perfect holiday beach read.

Reserve the pBook, download the eBook or listen to the eAudio book

What will your summer read be?

Diary of events

Various dates until Saturday 31st August -Ed Boxall Summer Reading Challenge Tour across the county

Monday 19th August - Claymation Workshop at Hastings Library

Tuesday 20th August - Claymation Workshop at SeafordLibrary

Tuesday 20th August - Reboot UK at Hastings Library

Tuesday 20th August - Free Health Check at Lewes Library

Thursday 22nd August - Write in at Hastings Library

Saturday 31st August - Claymation Workshop at Eastbourne Library

For more events in your area, including recurring library events such as rhyme times, our new study zones and I.T For You course, visit ESCIS.

New DVDs out this month

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Super heroes, anime, dragons, revenge and war. Our Library DVD collections have something for everyone this summer. Perfect for those (hopefully occasional) rainy days or quiet evenings in.

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