National Libraries Week 2019

Be a part of national libraries week!

This week is National Libraries Week - a celebration of our much-loved libraries. This year we are celebrating the role of libraries in the digital world.

Libraries Week 2019 will celebrate and explore how libraries are engaging communities across Cumbria through technology, building digital skills and confidence, encouraging digital participation and inclusion, supporting health, wellbeing and education and supporting local business and enterprise.

We are committed to our libraries, they're more than just books - they are community hubs providing access to a world of information, learning and opportunity. 

Find out what's happening at your local library below, or keep an eye on the council's social media accounts where we'll be showcasing library activities from all over the county throughout this week. 


Your Local Library In One App - Now UNLIMITED

A new feature will launch on BorrowBox, Cumbria Library's eAudio and eBook platform, to coincide with National Libraries Week (7 to 12 October) - it is called BorrowBox Unlimited. 

Due to publisher restrictions, the content on BorrowBox is usually "one book, one reader". Which means that if a book is being read or listened to by one reader, other readers have to request it and join a digital queue to wait for it. However, with BorrowBox Unlimited, we have a number of titles that are released as 'unlimited access' every month. 

This means no queues, no waiting for titles, no fuss! Library users in the north west will be some of the very first to be able to make use of this service. 

Get the app today from your app store and get ready to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks with no late fines, and now no queue!

British Way of Life

We are subscribing to a brand new online resource which will launch in this week for National Libraries Week. The program provides all new arrivals into the UK with essential information to make it easier for people to get used to their new home, to integrate and to succeed with British life.

"The British Way of Life" program covers amongst many other topics, content promoting British values such as  the acceptance of all nationalities, religious faiths and the UK's non-discriminatory philosophy and law.

The six sections of "The British Way of Life" cover a wealth of vital material:

The Basics includes:

  • Customs/Currency - Tolerance of Differences
  • Local Information includes: Accommodation - Public Transport
  • Staying Safe and Legal includes: Documentation - Social Conduct
  • Health and Hygiene includes: Home Hygiene - Local Medical Services 
  • Making a Living includes: Steps to Citizenship - Finding Work
  • A Better Life includes: Entertainment and Culture - The Right to Vote

Some of the most important topics covered are the different types of visa, finding a job, the NHS, emergency services, pre-school for children, further adult education, the communication network and even eligibility to vote.

The course does not leave it to the user to find out information themselves as there are many links to the Government, NHS and other useful websites, and a linked glossary helps with the understanding of new words and phrases.

"The British Way of Life" contains full human English speech for people with ESOL and Literacy requirements and Google Translate buttons on every page to over 85 community languages.


9am to 1pm - Ancestry and Find my Past Session - Ever wanted to do your family tree? Why not come along and see how to get stared (By appointment only)

Launch of British way of Life - new digital platform launch with Arabic keyboards



11am to 1.30pm - Rhyme time - Celebrate Libraries Week at our regular Rhyme Time for 0 to 5's using our interactive screen (Drop in)

10am to 3pm - Workington Town Centre Hub - Learn more about the many services and events libraries have to offer 

2pm - Digital Quiz - Prize for the lucky winner!                 

2pm to 2.30pm - Story Tots - interactive story time using our interactive screen 

10am to 12pm Knit and Natter online - Exciting interactive ways of exploring new techniques and patterns! (Drop in)



11am to 12pm - Lego club - digital themed activitiy (Drop in)

12.30pm to 1.30pm - Family Craft Club - with digital theme (Drop in)


2.30pm to  3.30pm Ancestry Session - Ever wanted to do your family tree? Why not come along and see how to get stared. 

2pm to 3pm - Storytots - We are celebrating Libraries Week at our regular stories and rhymes session for 0 to 5's and their grownups. (Drop in session no ticket required)

10am to 11am Social Media Session - What is all this social media about? Learn how to keep in touch and get connected at this fun introduction. 

10am to 11am Adult Coding Club - Coding is the future, come along and have a go at using computer code at coding for adults

10.30am to 11.15am Rhymetime - We are celebrating Libraries Week at our regular stories and rhymes session for 0 to 5's and their grown up. (Drop in session no ticket required)

10am to 12pm Online Resources for Everyday - exploring the online resources available from the library website including British Way of Life, Universal Skills, Driving Theory, FutureNet, Borrowbox and RB Digital, Ancestry and British Newspapers. Drop-in.

1.30pm to 3.30pm Introduction to Borrowbox drop-in session - demonstrating Borrowbox and helping people start listening and reading online. 


10.15am to 10.45am and 11.15am to 11.45am Digi-Baby @ Baby Bounce - online resources suitable for that age including Borrowbox audio, Tiny Tablet games and lullabies, apps for new mums/parenting. We'll also have Interactive Digi-play with the Tovertafel projecting onto a floor mat!

10am to 12pm Learn My Way introduction session highlighting new modules available. Booking advisable.

10am to 12pm Introduction to Borrowbox drop-in session - demonstrating Borrowbox and helping people start listening and reading online

2pm to 4pm Tiny Tablet session with the Refugee Resettlement Team and refugee families, demonstrating the new British Way of Life and other Cumbria Libraries online resources and giving an introduction to the library and library events and activities.


10am to 12pm Online Health and Tovertafel session - introduction to MyGP services and access to online health information. Open Tovertafel session and invited groups.

1pm to 4pm Crafternoon Club - using the Tiny Tablet to demonstrate online searches for craft-related activities 

4pm LEGO Club - Library of the Future construction session. Libraries Week competition


10am to 12pm Coffee and a Digital Demo - coffee morning with a demonstration of the Tiny Tablet including Borrowbox, Cumbria ImageBank, Know Where you Walk YouTube videos, Local studies webpage.

Whitehaven Library

2pm to 4pm - Tech Time . Bring along your laptop or tablet to learn the basics and discover new things including how to use the MyGP app. (Book via library)

3.30pm to 4.30pm - Lego Club (Digital theme) . Parent / Carer and children age 5 upwards can have fun building models together (book via the library)

Social @ the Library 10am to 12pm - Digital fun in a social setting 


Millom Library

1.30pm to 2.30pm Active Minds session - Using the Tiny Tablet to demonstrate apps


Millom Library

2pm to 4pm - Coffee and Chat - Use of Tiny Tablet for various social activities. 


Cleator Moor Library 

Digital Drop-in through out the day - drop-in with your tablet, smartphone or digital query at Cleator Moor Library including how to use the MyGP app

Whitehaven Library

Drop in 10am to 12pm - Digital Technology for the Visually Impaired - Struggling to read your post or papers? Are you unsure of what services or support you may be able to access? Come along to our drop in session to have a look at some of the new technology available.

Digital Drop in 10am to 12pm - drop-in with your tablet, smartphone or digital query, including how to use the MyGP app

2pm to 4pm - Witches and Wizards Halloween Coding for Kids 

Wednesday Jig - Tiny Tablet digital jigsaw


Millom Library

10am to 11.30am - Ancestry information digital drop-in for the curious.



Whitehaven Library

4.30pm to 6pm - Autism sensory drop-in session - take a look at our Tiny Tablet apps 


Millom Library

1.30pm to 3pm - Bookbabes event - Assorted fun & games and nursery rhymes with a digital theme


Cleator Moor Library

3.30pm to 4.30pm - Lego Club (Digital theme) Parent / Carer and children age 5 upwards can have fun building models together (book via the library) 

Penrith Library

11am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm - Come and have a go at one of our digital board games available to play on our 'Tiny Tablet' No booking required.

11am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm - Book a session with our Local History Librarian looking at our online research resources.

4pm - Digital lego - Come along and have a go at creating a digital script. Booking essential 5+ years

11am to 12pm Cyber Security Session - using Learn My Way, learn how to keep yourself safe online Booking essential

Windermere: afternoon games club for adults



Ulverston Library coffee morning and demonstration of online offers

Kendal Library: Customer appreciation event including demonstrations of Borrowbox and other online resources on the Tiny Tablet.


Grange Library: coffee morning and demonstration of online services demonstration of online offers

Windermere library: Coding club for children and ames session

Kendal Library: Using the social network: courses on social media


Windermere Library: Young teens reading group