Welcome to the summer holidays! With schools now taking their long break, we’re finding that bookings for our kids’ sessions are mounting. There are sessions from science clubs to crafts-learning, so there is something for all. Please check our What’s On pages to see the whole range of what’s on offer.
And don’t delay with your booking; places go quickly!
Be our poet
You don’t hear much about poetry these days, but – as we here at the library know – it is still very popular, and many people still do take up a pen (or keyboard!) to write it, as well as read it.
If you are someone who’s confident in the future of poetry, why not apply to be the next ‘People’s Poetry Representative’ for Staffordshire? The role calls for someone who likes poetry, but who doesn’t mind standing up and reading poetry as well (both your own and others’). The whole idea behind the project is simply to keep reminding everyone how brilliant poetry can be.
Staffordshire Libraries is supporting and organising this search for a county ‘laureate’ (as the role is officially called). Why not nominate yourself if you think you’d like to take it on? Two laureates are being sought – one adult one and one a youngster.
For further details and an application form, come and see us here at Blythe or click on to www.staffordshirepoetlaureate.wordpress.com.
Closing date for applications is 15 August 2022
Nice one Frank
It was great to see Frank Hopley featured in the local papers earlier this month. Frank is a great supporter of the Blythe Centre so we know just how much time & effort he puts into the local community.
He was in the papers because he picked up an award at the 2022 Staffs Moorlands Volunteers Of The Year ceremony; he received it for his work with the Blythe Bridge Friendship Group.
Well done Frank – well deserved!
Give peace a chance
In a world where war is often in the headlines, actions for peace are often sidelined, but simple gestures for peace are still worth doing anyway – like making a bird out of paper.
In Britain we remember VJ Day on August 15th, the day when the horrific Second World War came to an end and peace came back. One project to help us never to forget the horrors of that war is the Hiroshima Children’s Peace Monument.
Staffordshire Libraries are suggesting that our children can contribute to the monument this August by making this simple origami bird (a crane, which is symbol of peace in the Far East). See the video guide above,
Trying to stay cool
You may have noticed the steam coming from our ears as we tackle the new ‘Library Management System, SIRSI’. The whole way the library is run depends on it, but, like all updates, it has come with teething problems!
Mostly, it’s the volunteers that have to cope with the strange things that happen, but we appreciate that you too sometimes get caught up in the weirdness. Thanks for bearing with us.
Staffordshire Library Service is sorting out most of the anomalies, but they have advised us it could be the end of the summer before everything is working totally correctly. In the meantime, we will try to keep things moving as smoothly as we can…
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