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Burton Library to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

Burton Library is celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year with a special abridged performance of one of the Bard’s most famous plays Oddsocks Productions will be performing a 90-minute version of Romeo and Juliet on Saturday 22 October at 3pm in Burton Library.  Billed as the ‘Bard’s Best Bits’, the show aims to entertain family audiences with a comedy adaptation of ...

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Bestselling author to visit Staffordshire libraries

sarah beeson author

Book worms and library-goers can spend an afternoon with best-selling author Sarah Beeson MBE at a talk hosted by Staffordshire Library Service. ‘Our Country Nurse’ is Sarah’s second memoir from her 35 year career as a nurse, some of which she spent in Staffordshire, and tells the story of a newly qualified health visitor working her patch in 1975. Sarah ...

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Staffordshire libraries get Great War puppy book exclusive

Harlequin Great Dane

Staffordshire Libraries are telling the tale of “Freda – The Anzac Puppy” this September and October as part of the Staffordshire History Festival. ‘Freda – The Anzac Puppy’ by author Peter Millett is the story of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade’s mascot, an adopted Harlequin Great Dane, who trained with the unit on Cannock Chase during WW1. Now, following a ...

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Second round of community library transfers announced

Staffordshire County Council has named the applicants set to take over the management and delivery of its community libraries. Eight contracts have been offered to community bodies, schools and a business enterprise group in the second phase of transfers, bringing the total number of libraries transferred, or in the process of transferring, to 19. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet ...

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Still time to join in Staffordshire’s Summer Reading Challenge

Gill Heath with medal

Staffordshire’s young people still have time to join in and finish their local library’s Summer Reading Challenge. 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. More than 10,000 children and young people have already signed up to ...

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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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£1m library investment approved

Proposals to move Lichfield library to St Mary’s for at least the next 30 years have been approved. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: The £1 million investment will ensure a first class library in the heart of Lichfield, safeguard the future of two landmark buildings and support shops and businesses around St Mary’s.” Preparatory ...

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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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