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October 2019

Dyslexia Awareness Week

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2019

7-13th of October is Dyslexia Awareness Week. Dyslexia is a learning difference which affects information processing; primarily reading and writing skills. East Sussex Libraries have lots of resources to support people with dyslexia. We have children’s books from dyslexia specialist Barrington Stoke - super-readable books to help every child unlock a love of reading; and a collection of dyslexia friendly adult fiction and non-fiction.

We have ProDigi and Eye Pal Solo reading aids available in Bexhill, Hastings and Eastbourne libraries. These machines are for those who have difficulty with normal print. They have a text to speech function as well as tools to enlarge print and change font colour.


Get Online - download an audiobook

Max Porter Lanny

Get Online Week is the 14-20th of October. Why not download an eAudio book from our RBdigital app. RBdigital, the library eAudio resource, has 1,000s of books: fiction; non-fiction and children’s books all read by professional actors.

Audiobooks are no longer considered the poor relation to text reading, in fact our ancestors were sharing stories long before written language was invented.  Here, Henry from our Librarian Team tells how audiobooks have transformed his commute.

The same car journey everyday was making me angry, fidgety and impatient. Music didn't help - somebody save me from my tedious inner monologue (read moan-alogue!) and the day’s news was making me by turns stressed and furious. Audiobooks changed everything.

Now my tedious travel is transformed: I’ve been to Mexico; Japan and Narnia. I’ve ridden dragonback and fought the armies of the Night King; drifted on a raft on the Mississippi and sobbed and sobbed over poor Beth.

If you are a first time audio reader try revisiting a favourite, or a Classic that you always meant to tackle but never had the time. If you are looking for a new book with great (multiple) narrators then I loved the Booker nominated ‘Lanny’ by Max Porter.


World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day 2019

October 10th is World Mental Health Day and East Sussex Libraries have lots of resources to help improve your mental health. Libraries have self-help books for people who are finding it difficult to cope or need advice on a specific emotional or mental health problem. Topics for adults include panic attacks, depression, phobias and anxiety. There is a Reading Well collection, books recommended and approved by health professionals that cover a wide range of topics including depression, anxiety and OCD. You could try our Mood Boosting books, recommended by readers, offering a range of uplifting titles including novels, poetry and non-fiction.

Why not borrow a Wellbeing Box? Wellbeing Boxes are resources to help you take ownership of your health. Each box has interactive resources, local service information and literature about different areas of wellbeing. The boxes are easily portable with a clip on lid and carry handle and can be borrowed for free from the library for up to 3 weeks.


A new chapter for the East Sussex Children’s Book Award

East Sussex Children's Book Award

Watch this space for the new look Children’s Book Award. Children everywhere will be able read books, enter competitions, write reviews and vote for their favourite read.

Reading for pleasure is really important for health and wellbeing and the East Sussex Children’s Book Award encourages this. 

More information about how children and adults can get involved coming soon.


Diary of events

Rhymetimes and Storytimes are great for your child’s speech and language.  Research shows they have a positive effect on the mood and mental wellbeing of mums, dads, grannies and grandads.

Walking Iguanas and the King of the Golden River; this month we are supporting Hastings Storytelling Festival and Battle Festival.  There are Enormous Crocodiles at Heathfield and Hailsham Libraries 

Get Online, get help using computer, tablet or smartphone, learn how to use email, construct a CV, search and apply for work online and access online services and support. Get online at the IT for You open day events at Hastings and Eastbourne Libraries.

Get Digital with a Family Coding Session. Join us and learn basic programming with our Code Bugs. Or sample stop motion animation to create your own short film

Are you an LGBT+ aspiring writer in the Hastings area? Hasting Library is hosting a free writing workshop delivered by Eley Williams. 

Exercise therapy at the library, being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing.


New DVDs out this month

Sorry to Bother You Boots Riley

Frolicsome, feel-good and funny or extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile. Our Library DVD collections have something for everyone.
DVDs can be borrowed from as little as £2, and from £3.50 for the latest releases.