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Festival offers chance to celebrate Staffordshire’s history

Local history craft event

September sees the start of a major history festival across the county. Staffordshire’s Libraries, Arts, Archives and Heritage services will be taking part in a two month celebration of local and family history and the county’s cultural heritage. Local people can choose from over 90 events, activities, exhibitions and other opportunities to engage with Staffordshire’s history and heritage. County Councillor ...

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Tolkien journey expected at Penkridge Library

Penkridge Library Tolkien Collection

An exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire continues its year-long tour across the region. “J.R.R. Tolkien – Soldier and Myth Maker” organised by The Haywood Society, supported by Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts Service and the Museum of Cannock Chase, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, is to close at Codsall Library ...

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Lighten your luggage with Staffordshire Libraries’ e-loans

Staffordshire Libraries e-loans

Staffordshire County Council’s libraries service has the answer to lightening your holiday luggage. Whether going abroad or staying closer to home, Staffordshire Libraries’ large range of e-books, e-audio and e-magazines means no-one has to worry about cramming heavy books into their case or carry on. It’s easy to sign up for this FREE service and, using the new for 2016 ...

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Great War and more explored at Cannock Chase Military Weekend

Great War Hut - Cannock Chase

People will get the chance to experience centuries of war tales and activities at this year’s Cannock Chase Military History Weekend. The free event will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August at Marquis Drive Visitor Centre and is being organised by Staffordshire County Council. The event will include recreations of military life from the Anglo-Saxon period, right ...

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Libraries can help ‘take the pulse of nature’ with the Big Butterfly Count

Big Butterfly Count image

Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries Service can help residents take part in a nationwide survey aimed at assessing the health of our environment. The annual Big Butterfly Count was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 52,000 people took part in 2015, counting over 580,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK. It’s ...

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Libraries all set for ‘Big Friendly’ challenge

Summer Reading Challenge volunteer

Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries & Arts service is setting a ‘Big Friendly’ challenge for younger readers The Big Friendly Read is this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, and young people are invited to join their local libraries in celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. The annual Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read at least six books ...

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Unique exhibition now at Codsall Library

Tolkien Exhibition at Codsall Library

An exhibition celebrating Staffordshire’s links with the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings has arrived at Codsall Library as part of a year-long tour. Visitors to the “J.R.R. Tolkien – Soldier and Myth Maker” exhibition, will be able to explore the personal story of a young, newly-married army officer and also the continuation of a literary ...

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Still time for county teens to vote for their top reads

Author Tom Becker

Staffordshire’s Library Chief is urging the county’s teenage book lovers not to miss out on voting for their favourite read. The Young Teen Fiction Awards is an annual book award, designed to encourage the county’s young people to enjoy reading books and share their enthusiasm with others. Now in its twelfth year, the countywide initiative invites youngsters aged between 11 ...

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Aspiring young writers invited to apply for top poetry competition

Matilda Houston-Brown

Budding writers in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are being reminded that there’s still time to put pen to paper to enter a county-wide poetry competition. For the fourth year running, the county council and the city council have joined forces to recruit a new Young Poet Laureate for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, who will hold the post for a year. The competition ...

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Communities Gearing up to Welcome Ironman 70.3 to Staffordshire

Ironman crowds at finish line

Communities across Staffordshire are counting down to IRONMAN 70.3 in the county on June 12. With more than 70 miles of spectating opportunity, Staffordshire is set to come alive on race day as athletes and visitors flock to the county. To give people the best views of the event, key spectator hotspots have been set up for people to see ...

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