Essex Libraries Service Update

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Get your little ones writing with author Catherine Emmett!

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Calling all budding writers! Children’s author Catherine Emmett has made us a fantastic video workshop on writing stories to share with you. Whether you want to improve your story writing skills to help you with your schoolwork or love writing for fun, there are some great ideas and tips here to help you get started, help you develop your story, and help you come up with a fantastic ending.

Watch it now and get writing! 

Catherine Emmett is author of King of the Swamp.  Her second book, The Pet, will be out in May. 

A new community project, we want to hear from you!

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Essex County Council is the lead partner on the BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy Project. This EU funded project will help local authorities to accelerate towards a circular economy by streamlining waste management processes, increasing recycling rates and encouraging reuse and repair.  

As part of this project, the BLUEPRINT team would like to trial an equipment lending service using Essex Library Services. This will enable residents to hire items such as tools, kitchen appliances, camping gear, party items, musical instruments etc. This community project will help promote sustainability and meet the needs of those who may not have the space or finances to buy new equipment. 

We’d love to hear your thoughts on our community project! Do you think this is a good idea? Would you use this service? Please fill out our online survey so we can make this initiative work for your community! 

How to get rid of your waste

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Want to find out all the ways you can dispose of your waste? Simply visit the Love Essex website. At the top of the page you can type in an item and then enter your statutory Essex postcode. Once you click the search button you will have all the options to dispose of that item, with the most environmentally-friendly options at the top of the list.  

So why not have a try today and dispose of your unwanted items the right way?  

Find out about The Last Family in England with our Book of the Month

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This month’s Book of the Month is The Last Family in England by the number one Sunday Times best selling author Matt Haig. Meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their black Labrador.  

Prince is an earnest young dog, striving hard to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost). Other dogs, led by the Springer Spaniels, have revolted. As things in the Hunter family begin to go badly awry - marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide - Prince's responsibilities threaten to overwhelm him and he is forced to break the Labrador Pact and take desperate action to save his Family. 

Time is running out to register for the Essex Energy Switch

Essex Energy Switch

Let’s work together to save money on your gas and electricity. The Essex Energy Switch helps to find the best energy deals for you. The more people that register, the bigger the potential saving as we increase our purchasing power and can negotiate a better deal for you. These prices are not available direct or via price comparison websites.

Once registered you will receive a personal offer, you decide if you want to accept the offer and switch, there’s no obligation. Register easily and for free now, it takes 5 minutes and all you need is a recent gas and electricity bill.