Make this new year the time to learn a new skill
There’s never been a better time to learn new skills with the help of your local Library.
·  Improve your IT skills with theIT for You trainers– learn how to use the internet & email, update your CV, social media and apply for work online
·  Gain qualifications in English, Maths or IT with ourLearndirect centres
·  Dip into bite sized online guides onAtomic Training– perfect for getting the hints and tips on your new ipads. Available to all library customers (you will need to set up and account)
And all sessions and resources are free of charge!
Call 01323 463759 or w for more information or to book your place.
BBC library book club
East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey Libraries have teamed up with BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey for a monthly book club. The Book Club is broadcast on Allison Ferns’ Afternoon show; the first Wednesday of the month. The feature goes out between 2 and 2:30pm when Allison is joined by one of our librarians.
The book for December was Anne Enright’s critically acclaimed‘The Green Road’, the story of four siblings returning to the west coast of Ireland for one final family Christmas before their childhood home is sold. Our librarian, Henry, spoke about the book on the radio last week, and listeners heard about how the book’s plot surprised both Allison and Henry.
If you missed it, there is still time tocatch up with the show. You can hear the book review from 2hours 10minutes into the show.
The Book for January is'The Power'by Naomi Alderman, the show will be broadcast 1st February on Allison Ferns’ Afternoon show between 2 and 2.30pm. You can join the discussion and share your thoughts on the book, call 03459 57 00 57 or text RADIO and your message to 81333, or
All books featured in the BBC book club are available from East Sussex libraries.
Visit your library on a Saturday
Every East Sussex library is now open on a Saturday, so why not visit and take advantage of the great range of things we have to offer. From books and audiobooks, to computers and free Wi-Fi, and DVDs there is something for everyone.
Our library in Ringmer is also now open between 10am-12pm every Saturday. For a list of opening hours for all our librariesvisit our webpages.
Books I have loved
This month our Principal Library Officer, Ceris, tells us about a book she has read and loved:
“I picked 'Stuffocation' up because I was planning to declutter in the New Year (inspired by Marie Kondo’s 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying' – also a great read). However, this is less of a “how to get rid of stuff” book, more of an exploration of why we accrue so much “stuff” in the first place and what we might be able to do about it. It’s a thought-provoking read, digging into the sociological and environmental impact of our consumer society. With just the right mix of amusing anecdote, inspirational stories and up to date research it is, unusually for non-fiction, a real page turner and I found it difficult to put down.
It inspired me, yes, to declutter, but more than that, to question the source of the clutter, particularly at Christmas time with the gifts spilling out from under the tree and the children wading through piles of plastic. James Wallman doesn’t provide the answers to your untidy cutlery drawer or overstuffed garage (Marie Kondo has all those answers and more) but he will get you thinking and maybe aspiring to be an “experientialist” rather than just another consumer.”
Both James Wallman’s 'Stuffocation' and Marie Kondo’s 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying' are available from East Sussex libraries, and as an E-book from ourE-library.
New DVDs out this month
Why not borrow a DVD from your local library this month?
With lots ofnew releasesfor January now in your local library, it's the perfect time to watch that film youmissed at the cinema, or have been wanting to watch for a while.
·  AbsolutelyFabulous - the movie
·  War Dogs
·  Suicide Squad
·  Pete's Dragon
·  Planet Earth - The collection (every episode from the BBC documentary series showcasing life on planet earth)
DVD's can be borrowed from as little as £2, and from £3.50 for the latest releases.