Of Dice & Men! Formby Libraries New Games Club – Tuesdays 10:30am – 12pm

Formby Library are inviting table-top game lovers to join their new games group.

Staff at the Duke Street library are encouraging scrabble lovers, dominoes masters, monopoly wizards and more to sign up for ‘Of Dice and Men,’ a new board and table-top games group for adults.

Games including cards, scrabble, Connect4 and chess are available but members are encouraged to bring along their own games to play with the group.

‘Of Dice and Men’ takes place every Tuesday at Formby Library between 10.30am and 12pm.

Tea and coffee is also available.

For more information or to sign up please call 01704 874177.

Formby Library echoes with Whaling Stories

Visitors to Formby Library will have a whale of a time next month with a special talk by lecturer Simon Hill.

The Liverpool John Moores academic will visit the Duke Street library on Tuesday 13th March from 2pm to talk about Liverpool’s involvement in the 18th century Whaling trade.

A spokesman for Formby Library said: “In the words of one author, Georgian ‘Liverpool’s whaling trade has received little attention from historians’.

“This stands in sharp contrast to the port’s association with trans-Atlantic slavery. So, it is not surprising that we should want to learn more about Liverpool’s association with whaling during that period.

“The presentation begins in 1750, when the first Liverpool whaling vessel sailed to Greenland, and concludes when the trade effectively ended in 1823.

“Among the issues that shall be discussed are the financing of Liverpool’s whaling industry, patterns of trade and life on board a Liverpool whaling vessel.

“Guests will also be given a fascinating insight into what impact the whaling industry had across Liverpool and Merseyside.”

The talk is free but places are limited and booking is essential. To book or for more information call 01704 874177 or email Formby.library@sefton.gov.uk.

Formby Talk ‘From Mountaineering to the Paralympics’

At the next monthly talk at Formby Library on Tuesday, August 8, we’ll be hearing from Paralympic athlete, Deborah Cornwall.

You are invited to join Deborah and her assistance dog Dillon, to hear about her fun, thought-provoking and interesting journey from a sports crazy young woman, through to a life changing accident and different life as a wheelchair user. Deborah is a rock climber, who became a Paralympic athlete while in full time employment.

In lieu of a fee at the end of the talk Deborah will be asking for donations for the Mountain Rescue Association.

The talk starts at 2pm on Tuesday, August 8 and places are free, however booking is recommended. To secure a place contact Formby Library on 01704 874177 or email Formby.Library@sefton.gov.uk.

For more information about Sefton Libraries, log onto sefton.gov.uk/libraries

Young carers successful in new libraries pilot

Young carers from Southport recently took part in a unique pilot to help them meet challenges they face in their everyday lives.

The initiative from Sefton Council’s library service and Sefton Carers Centre, will enable young carers with a love of reading to indulge their passion while learning new skills.

Twelve girls from Greenbank High took part in the first session at Formby Library, after they were identified by their school as being at risk of falling behind in their studies due to their caring responsibilities.

At the pilot they were introduced to the library service’s e-lending service, Borrowbox, so that they do not have to worry about fines for late returns, while being able to reserve many more book and audio book titles.

Apprentices at Formby Library, who have developed their videography skills through the pioneering Chapters apprenticeship scheme with Sefton library service, passed on their knowledge in workshops they delivered to the young carers.

Supporting the apprentices was Louisa, a  library assistant in Formby Library, who herself has been a young carer.  The workshop was a huge success, culminating in a young carers book review, which you can watch at:

Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities said:

“It is very heartening to see these young women grasp the opportunity presented to them with such aplomb. It is also pleasing to see our libraries and Sefton Carers Centre working together to make a real difference to young people’s lives.

“Sefton’s library service is consistently delivering new and innovative programmes tailored to our communities, helping them to tackle a wide range of issues, from social isolation to joblessness and much more besides”

“If you have not done so already, visit your local library. You will find they are vibrant places with a world of information, advice and help in a welcoming, fun environment.”

Andrea Watts, Head of Communities at Sefton Council said:

“For many young carers, reading books can be about escapism when they cannot meet their peers outside of school. Introducing them to the e-lending service is such a simple but brilliant idea – I hope this is the start of something special. 

“Young carers juggle lots of different worries that can affect their mental well being, so we should not underestimate bringing the girls together for this pilot. It enabled them to socialise and have fun around their love of books and meeting apprentices and staff at the library.

“That their first book review was so composed and polished, is something that both they and the library apprentices should be very proud of.”

If you know a young carer who struggles due to their caring role, tell them about Sefton Carers Centre. You can contact Sefton Carers Centre on 0151 288 6060. You can also discover support for young carers by asking at your local library.

Families make their own Summer stories in Sefton libraries

Young visitors to Sefton’s libraries will be making their own stories during the school holidays as they enjoy a rich programme of fun learning opportunities. 

All libraries will continue to host craft days, StoryTime and RhymeTime sessions throughout the summer holidays.

In those libraries with the the mobile zoo, there is a charge of £2.50 per person for this activity.

Bootle Library

Bootle Library will be busy throughout August, with a Fun Day (3 August); finding fun ways to explore the relationship between buildings and people with Emily Speed and the Possibilities Club (7-11 August, 12-3pm), hosting a mobile zoo (10 August, 10.30-11.30am) and free print workshops (24 August, 10am-1pm) with local artists from The Bluecoat in Liverpool.


Crosby Library

Crosby Library will be playing host to a wide range of fun activities during the summer holidays. Children and young people can take part in the Summer Reading Challenge from 3 July, with this year’s theme of Animal Agents. They can also enjoy craft sessions (every Wednesday, 2.10pm), the mobile zoo (8, 14, 22 August), Lego club (every Saturday, 10.30am – 12.30pm) , print workshops and more.


Formby Library

Formby Library will provide a haven for children and young people throughout the summer, with free craft sessions (25 July and 10, 30 August, 2.30-4pm) for children up to 8 years of age; mobile zoo* (3, 17, 24 August, 2.30pm), print workshop (22 August, 1.30-4pm).

Formby will also host Sefton Rangers with their wildlife craft session on 7 August, 2.30pm.


Meadows Library (Maghull)

At Meadows Library in Maghull they welcome the mobile zoo on 4 / 11 / 18 August, 2.30pm and Sefton Rangers on 21 August.

There will also be free summer craft days on 2 and 16 August.


Netherton Library

The summer holiday programme at Netherton Library  begins with a free print workshop (31 July, 1.30- 4.30pm), which is followed by the mobile zoo* (10 August, 2.30- 3.30pm); Sefton Rangers animal craft (15 August, 2.30- 3.30pm)


Southport Library

The mobile zoo and the Sefton Rangers will be bringing wildlife to Southport Library, which is set in the beautiful surrounds of The Atkinson.

Special animal themed craft sessions for children will take place 28 July and 1 September, 10.30 -11.30 am.

Southport Library will also have RhymeTime and StoryTime sessions alongside the usual craft days.