It’s easy to feel isolated right now so you might be pleased to know that West Sussex and Brighton & Hove library services have some great initiatives to keep you connected, keep the kids busy and help with learning and home schooling. Here’s everything going on within the West Sussex service!
West Sussex Library Service
For the kids Here you will find a list of websites for stories, book lists, nursery rhymes and much more. There’s also a list of favourite authors, making it nice and easy to discover a new title that you may not have had time to read before the lock-down.
If you’re a regular visitor to either Rhyme Time or Story Time at your local library then you are probably missing that weekly activity. By following this link you can watch a member of the library staff sharing a favourite song or rhyme. There’s also links to other sites, so children don’t miss out on fun activities. The page is updated regularly with new rhymes and songs.
Learning and home schooling
If you would like some extra support with your child’s learning then follow this link for a fantastic list of resources available online. Don’t forget that home learning needs to be fun for everyone, so don’t be too tough on yourself and take advantage of all the fab resources and guides. The library service will regularly update this page so keep checking back, and also remember to keep checking on the Compass ‘Learning, Leisure and Lockdown’ page here
Older children and young adults can head to this page. Although West Sussex Library buildings are closed at the moment, there is a wealth of free online resources for you to explore. If you’re at home unable to work, or self isolating, now is a good time to explore the West Sussex Library Service eInformation collection of digital databases and links to a wide variety of online courses so you can continue studying, build professional skills and connect with others.
Did you know that you can choose from more than 6,000 free eBook titles from West Sussex Library Service? Library Service members can borrow up to 20 eBooks at a time from RB Digital and read them on a computer, smartphone, tablet or eReader. Most titles have unlimited availability with no waiting lists, although some titles may need to be reserved if they are already on loan. You will receive an email once your reservation is available. You can renew eBooks if they haven’t been reserved and loans expire automatically after 21 days, so there are no late charges. Follow this link for information on how to use this service
If you prefer audiobooks, you can choose from over 3,000 free digital audiobooks to listen to on your device by clicking here.
If you can’t get out to buy a newspaper, you can read digital versions free. The eNewspaper service, PressReader, provides over 7,000 UK and international digital newspapers and magazines for free. Publications are from over 100 countries and in 60 languages. Follow this link for more information.
If you want some relief from the news, an eMagazine might be the answer. You can borrow digital versions of magazines for free to read on your computer, tablet or smartphone. The RB Digital app and website provides free access to over 100 eMagazine titles on a wide range of topics and there is no limit on the number of magazines you can check out, nor is their a time limit on accessing them. Here’s the link you’ll need.
There is so much to access online and you can get information on all services available here, where you’ll also find information about eComics, local history and the information and enquiry service. All these online services are completely free of charge to West Sussex library card holders and if you haven’t got a card then there’s information on how to join the library here.
Brighton & Hove Library Service
For the kids
Every morning at 10.15am Brighton & Hove Libraries are holding ‘storytime online’, which you can access through their Facebook page. They are also holding online ‘Baby Boogie’ three times a month. The best way to keep up to date on sessions and online activities is to follow the Facebook page above.
Learning and home schooling
There’s a wide range of online resources to help your young people stay up to date with their learning, including children’s encyclopedias, access to research, biographies and newspapers. Just follow this link for more information.
eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics and eMagazines can be loaned through either BorrowBox or RBDigital, for use on a home device. If you use BorrowBox, you can borrow up to 10 items at once. This is a maximum of five eBooks and five eAudiobooks. If you use RBDigital, you can borrow up to six eBooks and six eAudiobooks at a time. There’s no maximum number of eComics and eMagazines you can borrow. For all the information you need click here
All these resources are totally free of charge to library card holders in Brighton & Hove. If you haven’t yet registered for a card, just click here for information on how to join.
All of a sudden we have a lot of time on our hands and it’s easy to become bored and distracted. Maybe now is the time to learn something new that you’ve never had the time to before, perhaps the kids want to decide on a project that interests them or maybe now’s the time to all snuggle up together and share your favourite books. Whatever you choose, library services can help, so check out what’s on offer and most of all……have fun!
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