Everyone welcome at our first-ever Family History Day!On Saturday 13 May Worthing Library
will be hosting a genealogical extravaganza for all the family
! Meet experts in the field
offering top tips for beginners, plus advice for the more advanced genealogists.
We’ll also have some great illustrated talks
, plus Information Librarians and Archivists will be on hand to help you explore Ancestry, Findmypast and other online sources.
Children are welcome too at our special family-themed storytime
, then follow our leafy trail and find out about your family history with our quick quiz!
Can you spare some time this summer to help children enjoy reading?We are looking for volunteers to help us run the Summer Reading Challenge
in libraries. We need volunteers who can help families register to take part, listen to children talk about books they have read and hand out rewards and encourage children to keep reading.
Whether you have a little or a lot of time to spare, if you’re interested in helping families enjoy reading we want to hear from you! Find out more online
, or ask in your local library
Bath, book, bed – for babies and toddlersBedtime battles can be exhausting, that's why Book Trust – the national ‘books for babies’ charity – has devised Bath, Book, Bed
: a simple solution to sleepless nights. Did you know that a regular nightly bedtime routine is associated with improved sleep in young children?
There's nothing better than snuggling up and sharing a soothing bedtime story to send them off to the land of nod and your local library
has a great selection to choose from, right from birth through to preschool.
Your library supporting mental healthWe will be supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 May. Do you know about the ways your library can support mental health?
Research has shown that reading can reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing. We have books and information including the Reading Well Books on Prescription
for mental health titles which are free
to reserve, our eBook
wellbeing collection and eMagazines
covering many different interests and topics.
Or come to one of our regular daytime events
and meet new people while relaxing with colouring, knitting and nattering, playing board games or just having a cup of tea and a chat.
Help and support for people living with dementiaWe are supporting Dementia Awareness Week 14-20 May with Dementia Awareness drop-ins
and Dementia Friends
sessions in several libraries. If you would like to become a Dementia Friend, increase your understanding of dementia and think about the small things that you can do to make a difference to people affected by dementia in your community, see if there is a session near you.
We also offer the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia
book collection for people living with dementia, their carers, family and friends and a Reminiscence Collection
including special packs on different themes. If you or someone you know needs help to use the library because of dementia, please speak to staff at your local library
Thinking of starting your own business?Our brand new business information newsletter
can help established businesses or those just starting out.
It will be packed full of useful information, such as;
- Guidance on using COBRA, our online small business resource
- Alerts and reminders about our business information drop-in events and other events across West Sussex
- Reviews of new business books in the library
- Contact details for support organisations
You can also find lots of useful information now on our dedicated business information webpage
Step into the pastDo you enjoy reading about the past but prefer fiction to fact? Then have a look at the historical fiction display at your local library
Find even more in our eBook
collections. There will be something for everyone!
Talk on Sir Patrick MooreTo celebrate the 60th anniversary of the BBC’s Sky at Night programme, Dr John Mason will give a talk on the late astronomer, author and broadcaster who lived in Selsey.
It will take place at West Sussex Record Office
, Chichester on Tuesday 27 June, 7.00pm. Limited tickets at £8, available in advance on 01243 753602 or email
for more information.