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This series shares stories, resources and helpful information from our LRC team! Our friendly team of staff are always on hand to help and offer advice.

 

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As librarians, we have watched the enormous efforts being made across the board to maintain library services - whether libraries have had to limit opening hours, offer click & collect services, move their parts of their collection to an online platform - valuable changes have been made.
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Last week was Libraries Week, and up and down the country, and with a worthy presence on social media, libraries and their users celebrated the valuable yet humble services that they offer. One writer, Ann Cleeves - creator of Vera Stanhope and Jimmy (Shetland) Perez - is a huge supporter of public libraries. Unsurprisingly many other writers are too. 
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It’s Libraries Week. Every year, libraries around the UK celebrate the best that they have to offer for the communities that they serve. This year’s theme is recognising the part we play in the building of a Nation of Readers...
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It’s been interesting over the last few weeks watching how libraries have managed their reopening and any perceived risks. The plans that we were putting in place for reopening changed over the summer. Then changed again at the start of September, and now it looks as if the goalposts are shifting again. The primary aim is obviously to keep our staff and students as safe as possible so we’re busy focusing on maximising our online facilities and resources.
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What a strange few months it has been for us all. Throughout the country, many key workers continued to offer their services so that the rest of us could stay safely indoors and away from the dreaded Covid 19. To all those doctors, nurses, shop assistants, bus drivers, care assistants, delivery van drivers, and so many, many more - a huge, huge thank you. 
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Monday 14th September 2020 Did everyone have a nice summer? It has been a very unusual one for most of us. Firstly, we found ourselves in the middle of a pandemic, then there were the baby steps of opening society back up and a glimmer of what the ‘new-normal’ may be for this year. Then, […]
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Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Rating: 5/5 I’ve done a couple of reviews for the LRC and I’ve realised I must be a bit picky. As much as I’ve enjoyed previous books, I’ve never quite thought they deserved top marks. A 4.5 perhaps but there’s always been something that’s stopped my handing out […]
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Closer You Are: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices by Matthew Cutter Rating: 5/5 Robert Pollard (born 1957) is one of the most prolific, unique and creative individuals in music history. He is known globally, but isn’t a household name despite the 100+ albums he has appeared on. In many respects he […]
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Fingersmith by Sarah Waters Rating: 4/5 I read this after being recommended it by a friend. Initially I was not hopeful. I didn’t really like the style and thought it was a bit “naff”. However, trusting my friend’s recommendation, I persevered as was more than rewarded. The story was gripping and the twists in the […]
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The Whisper Man by Alex North  Rating: 4.5/5 From the start of the book, you’re never quite sure if you’re reading a mystery, a psychological thriller or something verging on horror. (Only verging thankfully otherwise I wouldn’t have gotten past the first chapter). It’s the story of Jake, his dad Tom, the eponymous Whisper Man […]
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At Home: A Short History Of Private Life by Bill Bryson Rating: 5/5 Not long after moving to an old rectory in Norfolk, Bill Bryson needed to go into his attic to fix a leak. He discovered there was a mysterious door on an external wall that was not visible from outside. This got him […]
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Cry Baby by Mark Billingham Rating: 5/5 Loved it. Absolutely loved it.  For this reader of a certain age, Cry Baby is one big nostalgia trip – and thankfully not always a rose tinted one. It’s set in 1996 at a time when England were hosting the UEFA Euro Cup (coinciding with my own early […]
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Monday 22nd June 2020 Good news. Library doors are about to reopen. No, not our doors. Summer term for us ends in a few days. This will be our last blog of the academic year and we will spend the next few weeks preparing for the huge welcome back to our students in September. The […]
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Monday 15th June 2020 Who doesn’t love a visit to a good bookshop? As Mary Ann Shaffer indicates in the quote above it’s so easy to come away with more books than you went in for, having browsed the central displays and the 3 for 2 stands. Over the years, bookshops have reinvented themselves, from […]
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Monday 8th June 2020 Book Clubs For the most part, reading is a solitary activity but there is a lot to be said for sharing the joys, thrills and disappointments that can be found in a book. And if anyone has ever thought about joining a book club to share these thoughts then maybe now […]
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Monday 1st June 2020 LRC staff can’t quite claim credit for this week’s theme. That lies firmly at the feet of our Marketing department who placed this wonderful quote from American author Jhumpa Lahiri on their Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago.  It is so fitting for current times. Although it appears that some […]
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Monday, 18th May 2020 When we first started this blog, it was very short and to the point – just an introduction to say “Hello, the LRC is here if you need us”. We are still around to help our students if they need us but we have since expanded our content a fair bit.  […]
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Monday 11th May, 2020 For centuries, music has been an essential key to combating fear, loneliness and isolation, especially during pandemics. And it’s no different now. Who could miss the scenes of Italian apartment building residents performing rousing renditions of folk songs and operas? Even people sitting alone at home can find comfort in the […]
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Monday 4th April, 2020 So said our own Queen Elizabeth very recently in an address to the nation during these very strange and testing times. And so Vera Lynn sang to the troops in the midst of World War II. Although fighting with Japan continued for several months until 2nd September, Victory in Europe was […]
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Monday 27th April, 2020 How did you spend Reading Hour on World Book Night? So, Thursday 23rd April was St George’s Day in many countries across the world, it was the Bard of Stratford’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Will) and it was also World Book Night. Oh, how we would have celebrated in the LRC. We […]
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A huge (virtual) welcome back from the Easter break for the start of the summer term. Thursday 23rd April is a big day for celebration. Not only is it St George’s Day and the birthday of William Shakespeare, it’s also World Book Night. In our last blog entry, we mentioned that we had successfully applied […]
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Welcome to week two of our new blog! Spring Reading Challenge In February, the LRC received an email from the Reading Agency to say that we’d been successful in a bid to win multiple copies of the book ‘Things a bright girl can do’ by Sally Nicholls to give away to some of our students […]
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Welcome to the Learning Resource Centre weekly blog! We are here for our students during this remote working period and will be offering hints and tips on using our e-resources, posting links to new resources and adding some leisure activities. We love… Audible Audiobooks – If you need some time out Audible has free access […]
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