Select and Collect. A New Way to Borrow Books
From Monday 13 July, Huyton library will be providing a ‘Select and Collect’ service. This new service will be also be available at Kirkby, Halewood and Prescot branches from July 27. For details of how to access the Select and Collect service, see https://www.knowsleynews.co.uk/knowsley-library-service-update/
Click here to learn how to place a hold.
Summer Reading Challenge 2020 – Meet the Silly Squad!
The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is “Silly Squad” – a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter. A whole host of virtual events with guest celebrities and authors will take place on the Summer Reading Challenge Facebook page on Friday 5 June to mark the launch of the digital Challenge http://www.facebook.com/SummerReadingChallengeUK
Then sign up for the Challenge at sillysquad.org.uk. The site is free to access and will feature video content, games, quizzes, and digital downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. It is a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal.
Challenge starts on Friday 5 June 2020 and will run until September.
New Online Courses
During lockdown people are looking at different things to do and learn, you may have exhausted your reading supply and are looking for new things to keep you occupied at this challenging time. There are lots of free online courses and informative podcasts available. Why not have a look and learn a new skill, or brush up on the ones you already have, from learning skills for everyday life such as online banking or shopping to learning another language or brushing up on your maths and English, there’s something for everyone.
Even though the kids still need to do their school work there are some child friendly websites that have fun ways of learning, offering games and puzzles, coding, informative videos and even online books. All great ways of alternative learning, keeping their inquisitive minds busy.
Over the coming weeks we will be highlighting different courses, all free and easily accessible. Something to pass the time away while you’re at home, sit down with your laptop or tablet and have a cuppa while you’re learning.
See the current selection below
Free Online Courses – Kids
Whyville – Lessons about the real world in a fun way, also showing how to safely use the internet. More than 100 games covering a variety of subjects. Kids can make their own avatar.http://www.whyville.net/smmk/nice
Funbrain – Focusing on maths and reading in a fun way, online books, interactive games and puzzles, good for children who struggle to pay attention. https://www.funbrain.com/
National Geographic for kids – Child friendly education, games puzzles and video and learning in a casual environment. https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
BBC Bitesize – Offering daily lessons in a variety of subjects, for kids aged 3-16, great for home schooling https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Code – Children as well as adults, child friendly courses and one hour tutorials https://code.org/learn
Courses for Adults
Learn my way – Free courses to learn digital skills, covering online basics, office programs, etc easy to navigate https://www.learnmyway.com/
Memrise – Great if you studying for a language basic to advanced, covers GCSE integrating learning with entertainment. Lots of subjects covering GCSE and A level work i.e. maths, science, and economics https://www.memrise.com/
BBC Podcasts – For more casual learning, podcasts are updated weekly and range from finance, to sport to current events. Not too in-depth and easily accessible https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004kln9/episodes/downloads
Future Learn – Online courses to learn about subjects that interest you. Short courses covering a variety of subjects https://www.futurelearn.com/
Make it Click – Bite size resources to build skills using social media, email, Microsoft Office etc https://makeitclick.learnmyway.com/directory/about-us
Learn for Everyday Life – Provided by Lloyds bank with lessons on digital skills, video calling, online fraud, online safety and improving your CV https://www.lloydsbankacademy.co.uk/course-selection/
Cambridge in Colour – Online photography website which is a learning community for photographers, from beginner to expert. Tutorials and interactive learning covering everything related to digital photography https://www.cambridgeincolour.com/
Want to widen your reading repertoire, well why not have a go at our book bingo challenge! Just for fun, let’s see if you can read five titles and cross out five boxes in a straight line (either vertical, diagonal or horizontal). Some boxes are easier than others. They include ‘reading a book with a character’s name in the title’, ‘reading a book set in another country’, ‘a book that was written before you were born’ and a host of other categories to choose from. We would love to hear how you are getting on, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which books you ended up reading and if you enjoyed it. Happy reading!
The Big Lock In Newsletter – Issue No. 20 now available
Welcome to our Knowsley libraries Big Lock In newsletter! Whilst you can’t access our libraries at the moment, we thought we would come to you! This weekly newsletter will include book reviews, recipes, website suggestions and a host of other interesting snippets . We would also love you to get involved. If you want to write some poetry, send in a book review or your favourite recipe, or if you have suggestions for things to do at home during lockdown, then please email us at yourlibrary.knowsley.gov.uk.
We look forward to hearing from you! Stay safe.
Jump to the Big Lock In newsletter here
Creative Writing – latest task now available
Writing is whatever you want it to be. It could be a career ambition, it can be a hobby, or it might be a secret you’ve never told anyone about. The most important thing is that it’s yours.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be uploading a fortnightly writing task for anyone who wants to get involved. You don’t need to worry about writing a masterpiece or becoming the next Stephen King, the tasks are all about getting your imagination going and keeping busy during lockdown.
With each task we complete, our character and story ideas will grow. By the end of the tasks, you will be able to use the ideas you have accumulated to embark on writing a short story, poem, play, script, whatever you like! The main thing to remember is that everything you write down is yours. You’re free to do whatever you want with it, there’s no pressure. Want to share it with friends and family? Go for it! Want to share it with the library on social media or by email? Want to lock it away in a drawer so no one ever sees? That’s fine too!
We just want you writing!
Click for Task 1 – Creating a character.
Click for Task 2 – Create an object.
Click for Task 3 – Create a memory
Click for Task 4 – Create an opening
Click for Task 5 – Create a flash fiction
Let us know how you are getting on either by emailing us at email@example.com or contacting us via social media.
Facebook @ knowsleylibraries or twitter @knowsleylib
Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Trace Your Family History
Are you interested in researching your family history? Are you a Knowsley Library Service member? If so, during the ongoing lockdown restrictions, you can access Ancestry free of charge via your library account home page. Simply pop over to our home page, log in with your membership number and pin and start tracing your ancestors…🔍🔍🔍
View the latest information, advice and support here