With our library buildings temporarily closed, our staff are doing lots of different things behind the scenes. Some are helping at local community hubs, providing assistance to those who are vulnerable or isolated (if you think this might be you or someone you know, please have a look at the Warwickshire County Council website for more information).

Others are working on amassing resources and information for you to use while we’re #StayingAtHome – our ‘Home Learning‘ and ‘Libraries From Home Plus‘ pages are regularly updated so please keep checking for what’s available there (some resources may only be available on a temporary basis).

Others still are working on ensuring you have all the information you need about our digital library services so that you can make full use of them. You can contact us on libraryenquiryteam@warwickshire.gov.uk if you have any queries about accessing these resources and we’ll email or call you back.

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Don’t forget to explore our ‘Information and Learning‘ resources – they could help with school work, with any Zoom quizzes you might be doing or with the latest crossword. Our Local Studies pages likewise have much to discover.


BorrowBox

Victoria from Rugby Library has some insight into using BorrowBox – and how she became a fan.

In these troubled times I often find myself asking, how does one make the daily commute from sofa to fridge more diverting? I have no TV at my disposal, for I am struck in that terrible affliction they call marriage, and my current life soundtrack consists of the dulcet tones of gunfire over Tilted Towers.  

I love to read, and of course Hilary Mantel’s ‘The Mirror and the Light’ has just come out – suspicious timing considering we are all #StayingAtHome and have a lot of time on our hands  – but one cannot merely sit and stew in the world of courtly intrigue (no matter what I tell myself). Instead I have taken to my second favourite home-time activity, no, not eating, but listening to eAudiobooks while I work.  

I’ve been known to play the same Jeeves and Worcester on repeat for weeks but with this much time at home, I’ve finally packed my bowler hat away and ventured into new territory. BorrowBox has been a real best friend these past few weeks. She gives and gives and only occasionally takes away (at the end of your three week loan period).  

Give it a go, try something new.

The joy of having to listen to someone else read is that you don’t have to do it yourself! It’s pure entertainment, and means it frees up your hands to finally repaint that skirting board you’ve been eyeing for two years…

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If you’re just getting started with BorrowBox, or need any help at all, you can email us at libraryenquiryteam@warwickshire.gov.uk or we have two videos available for you – one for getting started which you can view here and a second with tips and tricks for making the most of our BorrowBox collection, available to view here. This includes the all-important ‘hit return’ – when you’ve finished with a title, please hit the return link in your ‘My Loans’ list so that the next reader can enjoy the title.