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Date 2019

Back to Life - Adult Learning in Libraries

Learning Services two people using computers

The holidays are over so why not start the academic year by earning a new qualification in English, Maths or IT! Our fully trained, friendly tutors can help you gain accredited qualifications from our modern learning centres in Eastbourne and Hastings. Our centres offer a relaxed and supportive learning environment that will help you achieve qualifications quickly. Once you’ve enrolled, an allocated tutor will help you study flexibly either in the centre and/or at home.
Courses are free if you are receiving benefits and seeking work or if you are earning under £16,009. You may also pay a reduced fee if you are working. To discuss enrolment call 01323 463903 or visit our website for more information. 

Just want to improve your IT skills? Try IT For You for one to one for basic IT sessions. Ring 01323 463759 for further information.

September is World Alzheimer's Month

World Alzheimer's Month

World Alzheimer's Month is the international campaign by Alzheimer's Disease International to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
Dementia is a collective name for progressive brain syndromes which affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion.
Dementia affects almost 50 million people worldwide, with a new case of dementia occurring somewhere in the world every 3 seconds.
The library service has lots of free resources to support and inform people diagnosed with dementia and their families and carers. We have reminiscence resources activity books and training guides, films, music, pictures, jigsaws and objects which help to re-awaken people’s memories of their experiences and lives.  We also have a World Alzheimer's Month eBook collection featuring memoirs; like the inspirational Somebody I used to know by Wendy Mitchell and even fiction like the darkly riveting Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey. 

Banned Books

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We all know that reading is good for you but for some people knowledge can be a dangerous thing! One person’s recreational read is another person’s unmentionable taboo.
Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and promotes books – like Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ and Roald Dahl’s ‘Witches’ – that have at one time or another been censored, banned or challenged.

Laura from our Communications Team reviews her favourite banned book:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of six autobiographies by Pulitzer Prize nominated poet, writer, lecturer and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou.
It tells of her early years, as a black girl growing up in pre-Civil Rights America. It is not an easy read but it is one of the most beautifully written and powerful memoirs you will ever read. There are many terrible events and experiences in Angelou’s early years but they are written about with a hope for the future. Written without self-pity and at times with humour, it is a testament to what the human spirit can endure and still come out the other side.
Visit our Banned Books eCollection

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Alien drawn by Adam Stower

Over five thousand children are taking part in our Summer Reading Challenge 2019. There’s still time for children to join the Space Chase, read those books and claim a certificate and medal, so please encourage children to sign up, get reading and claim their prizes! Sign up at

Diary of events

This September we have:

Computer Training, find out about local clubs and events, keep in touch with family and friends with email, social media, Skype or Facetime.


ONE YOU Health Checks, If you’re aged 40 to 74 you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check with us. It’s a great way to check your health and get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active.


Code Clubs, using specially created Code Club materials, the sessions are designed to build confidence and encourage creativity in 3 different coding languages. For children aged 8 – 12 years old

New DVDs out this month

Us a film by Jordan Peele

Flying elephants, free climbing and homicidal doppelgangers. Our Library DVD collections have something for everyone this September.
DVDs can be borrowed from as little as £2, and from £3.50 for the latest releases.