Hollingdean – Library Access Point Launch

On Thursday 1st August several members of library staff (and Spider-Man) headed over to Hollingdean Community Centre to launch the all new Library Access Point.

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Situated in one corner of the hall, this space is available for the community to use from 10am – 2pm on Thursdays, when the Junk Food Project also provide a delicious pay as you feel lunch.  The library is self-service and available resources include books for adults and children to borrow, a free to use PC with internet connectivity and Wi-Fi for those bringing their own devices.

During the event we had the opportunity to speak to members of the Hollingdean community – from seniors browsing local history texts and young multi-lingual families looking for dual language picture books, to teens wanting support to learn to drive.

Gemma and India were on hand to promote the vast array of free e-resources available to those with library cards – there are too many to list here but highlights include e-magazines, e-comics and e-books.

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Hollingdean’s Favourite 3 Resources:

Theory Test Pro – a realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory test

BorrowBox – e-books and e-audiobooks

Britannica – a comprehensive online encyclopaedia

To see our full list of free resources visit https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/leisure-and-libraries/libraries/free-access-subscription-websites

Matt from Free University Brighton (FUB) joined us to promote their Freegree courses, another fantastic resource available free to anyone looking to further develop their education. If you think this might include you, pop over to http://freeuniversitybrighton.org/ or follow them on Twitter @FreeUniBrighton.

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For younger customers, our colleague Jo also hosted a free Party Bag Making Session with cake decorating and arts and crafts. With 13 children and 5 adults getting involved Jo’s session was a big hit and two dedicated young readers even managed to start and finish the Summer Reading Challenge to win their medals!

We would like to say a big thank you to Ceza and Shirley for their behind the scenes support of the event and for all their assistance on the day. It was a pleasure working with you!

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