We were recently contacted by an individual who wished to run a not-for-profit creative writing workshop in our libraries. Encouraged by her interesting offer, we decided to review and revise the ‘Skills Sharing’ initiative.
Skill Sharing is an opportunity for people to share their skills, hobbies and interests with others in the safe and friendly environment of their local library. It can take the form of a practical ‘lesson’; demonstration; or a short series or a one-off talk on a particular subject.
Skill Sharing sessions should not be used as promotion for a business or as a way for an individual or group to earn money. Ideally, Skill Sharing sessions are intended to be free events that are open to anyone in the local community.
Skill Sharers are not required to follow the same procedures as our core volunteering roles. A potential Skills Sharer will first be asked to complete an initial interest form and if their idea is something the library would like to support more details will be collected and the event organised with the support of the participating library.
Not all Skill Sharing events will be suitable or practical for our locations but we would encourage staff and Skill Sharers to ‘think outside of the box’.
Here are a few great Skills Shared ideas…
- Writing: poetry; creative writing; essay writing
- Meditation & Wellbeing
- Art: calligraphy; drawing; portraiture;
- Craft: knitting; crocheting; jewellery; embroidery; make your own clothes; puppets; cards; fishing flies; pressed flowers; beadwork and beading; kite making; paper making; quilling; quilting; rubber stamping; scrapbooking; sequin art; origami;
- Flower arranging
- Conservation: wildlife; trees
- Stamp collecting
- Outdoors: willow weaving; knots; birdwatching; identifying birds
- Games: Bridge; card games; card tricks; board games; chess; Scrabble; dominoes; Lego; Mah Jong; Yu-Gi-Oh
- Cooking: quick meals; austerity recipes; home brewing; Asian cooking; pickling
- ICT: build a website; buy and sell on ebay; digital photography; coding; blogging
- Alternative interests: essential oils for health
- Reading: comic books; co-ordinate a reading group (for adults, teens or children);
- Specialist knowledge / delivering talks: e.g. local history; hobbies; gardening;
- Story telling
The idea of Skill Sharing is to encourage more people into libraries to participate in a wide range of events and help to promote the vision of libraries as hubs which are vital to their local communities.
If you have a skill you would like to share, please get in contact with us.
BLAST OFF !
The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 ‘Space Chase’ has taken off across our libraries and will run throughout the Summer Holidays.
Children between the ages of 4-11yrs can become space adventurers, and are simply asked to borrow and read any six library books. The theme for the 2019 is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. There are fun stickers to collect, a prize draw to win cinema tickets and even a 15% off family ticket for The Planetarium at The Tropicana.
But best of all, every child that completes the challenge will each receive an official certificate and gold medal, of which any space adventurer would be proud.
Volunteers are vital to the running of the Challenge, and we do rely on the wonderful support we receive each year. This year 105 volunteers have signed up throughout our libraries , including the mobile library.
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!!
To celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge many libraries are holding various space themed events and craft sessions, here are just a few ;
Clevedon Library: Moon on a plate craft
Monday 29 July 2-4pm (drop in)
Healthy Living Centre Library (Weston): Space crafts
Monday to Friday 2-4pm (drop in)
Nailsea Library: Make a spiral galaxy hanger
Tuesday 30 July 10am-4pm (drop in)
Portishead Library: Alien masks
Thursday 1 August 2-4pm (drop in)
Pill Library: Stand-up rocket card
Friday 2 August 11am-noon, 2-4.30pm (drop in)
Weston-super-Mare Library: Space-themed kindness rock painting
Tuesday 30 July 2-3pm
Weston-super-Mare Library: Makaton signed storytelling and craft
Wednesday 31 July 1.30-2.30pm
Worle Library: Alien bands
Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am-4pm (drop in)
Worle Library: Space-themed kindness rock painting
Monday 29 July 2-3pm
Worle Library: Lego Club
Yatton Library: Make a rocking spaceman
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am-4pm (drop in)
Don’t forget there are still plenty of non-space themed activities and events going on throughout the Summer in your libraries :
- Adult Colouring Club
- Children’s Code Clubs
- Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) advisory sessions
- Community Connect advice sessions
- Computer Support
- Councillor surgeries
- Credit Union advice sessions
- Family History advice sessions
- Gadget Clubs
- Health Trainers advice sessions
- Job Skills help
- Knitting group
- Lego clubs
- Reading groups
- Scam Awareness, Digital safety and Ways to Bank
- Summer Reading Challenge
- Summer Reading Challenge craft sessions and activities
- Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) advice sessions
- Yu-Gi-Oh! teen zone
You are sure to find something that suits you.
If you are interested in supporting libraries in any of our regular activities, visit our Vacancies page to find out where we are looking for help and sign up to one of our upcoming information sessions to find out more.
Hope to see you soon !
It’s Volunteer’s Week 2019 and we want to celebrate all the amazing volunteers who support libraries in North Somerset. Thank you all for the time you give and for the commitment you show. This year we have produced new graphics and a report to show our gratitude at the support out volunteers continue to give. To read the full report click here.
Thank you to each and every one of our volunteers for everything you do to support the work of libraries. Many of our activities would not be possible without you and we are truly grateful for everything you do. You are all stars and our libraries would be very different places without you – thank you.
We are continually looking to improve our volunteering programme and would love to hear from any of our volunteers about their experiences. We are always happy to have new stories to share on our Volunteer Stories page so please let the team know if you’d like us to feature you.