Posted: Friday 17th April 2020
It's a strange time at the moment but our staff are doing their best to bring you things to do on their Facebook pages. Here we have a range of articles from around our libraries.
On the Hertfordshire Library 'central' facebook page you can find the new online reading group, Readers Connected - this is a new group who have been reading The Familiars by Stacey Halls. Anybody can join the group and over this coming weekend (18th & 19th) we are inviting everybody to join us for a discussion of the book. We will then announce what the next book is and don't worry about getting hold of the book, we are using ebooks and eaudiobooks from our FREE online resource BorrowBox and all the books we are choosing have at least 500 copies so everybody can download the book. Stop by the page anytime and join us and please do post your comments about the book, we'd love to hear from you.
Also on the 'central' account we recently launched the My Story project for adults and families and post as many links to authors and online resources as we can find. Another regular feature is our 5 Minute Creative challenge, each day we post a simple creative challenge for you to try at home, why not have a go and please do post your creations on our page.
The library is running a daily online quiz which is proving very popular and occasionally very hard! They also have an online LEGO club, visit their page and join in.
The Library are running regular online story and rhyme sessions, some are live streamed and others are recorded stories. Stop by their page and find out when the next session is and watch previous stories
St Albans Library
The library received the following message from the local Citizens Advice Service.
To help reduce the risk of Coronavirus we regret that Citizens Advice will temporarily not be offering face to face drop-in services at the Civic Centre Hub in St Albans or the outreaches until further notice. However Citizens Advice aim to give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward in these difficult times.
There are a number of ways people can continue to get advice during this time:
Call Citizens Advice St Albans on 01727 811118, where advisers will be available locally to provide advice, from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. This is the best option if you need help to complete forms or write a letter
Visit castad.org.uk for local webchat and email advice
Seek general advice from the Hertfordshire Adviceline service, which people can reach by calling 03444 111 444, or 03000 3300 650 from a mobile.
Visit the national Citizens Advice website for advice and to chat online to an adviser
You can find frequently updated advice on a range of issues related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak
Get help with a new claim for Universal Credit by calling the Universal Credit Help to Claim line on 0800 1448444.
Contact the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133, or chat online to an advisor on our website, for advice on consumer issues (e.g. issues related to products or services you've purchased).
Waiting times for some of these services may be slightly longer than usual as the service adapts to new patterns of working.
As well as advising on the main subject areas (Debt, Benefits, Housing, Employment, Consumer, Family/Relationship), it is also possible to refer clients to specialist lawyers and other agencies and charities where appropriate.
We can advise self-employed individuals. However other businesses can obtain information here and advice could be obtained from the St Albans Chamber of Commerce and STANTA (St Albans Enterprise Agency)
Of course St Albans still have their very popular Not Forgotten Friday posts each week, so if you know St Albans visit and see if you know the location, building or year.
From the 23rd April they will be having online baby rhyme time - more information can be found on their facebook page. The also have an online LEGO club and most exciting of all is their digital escape rooms! Current and previous ones are available on the page for you to have a go at.
You can still join in the fun of Throwback Thursday and guess the book cover.
Welwyn Garden City Library
The library had their first recorded story time this week, with Steve delivering the rhymes from home with lots of his Bear friends, you can still see the video on their page.