So which library book is the most overdue from Cornwall Council libraries? Interesting question, and one that was asked via a FOI request (don’t know by whom) back in February.
The answer is: The complete colour, style and image book and A woman’s place : an illustrated history of women at home both checked out May 5th in 1995 from Truro Library. Do you have it? If so I am sure Truro library would like it back after 17 years!
For all Cornwall Council’s most overdue books, click HERE.
Cornwall Council is taking part in a national social media campaign between the 24th and 28th September at various locations around Cornwall. Sadly, it is not being held in that many places. But the reason for this is these are ‘testing-the-water’ events. As if successful, they will be held on a more regular basis and more inclusive locations
I feel like I am preaching to the converted, as if you are reading this, you are probably proficient in the use of social media. However, I am sure we all have friends and family who runaway screaming when you mention social media. This might be through choice, but in a lot of cases it is not.
Social media can be a powerful tool, and is becoming an everyday part of life with the likes of blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. The Government has recently made it easier for ‘citizen journalist’ to get access to council meetings and report directly from them. Social media is also a good way to keep people and groups informed. I know I can get an important message out very quickly via social media.
The aim of the surgeries is to introduce people to social media. These will be held in four locations and they are being held at:
- Monday, September 24, Wadebridge Library 5-7pm
- Tuesday, September 25, Launceston Library 5-7pm
- Wednesday, September 26, St Austell Library 5-7pm
- Friday, September 28, Helston Library, 12-2pm
I shall be in attendance at the Helston Library to help offering help and advice (like pitfalls). There will also be Cornwall Council officers there showing how social media can be used to contact the council.
For those who know what the hell I am talking about in the world of Twitter, there will be a 12-hour Tweetathon on Thursday September 27th in line with a national day where local authorities will be tweeting. The official hashtag is #Ourday Cornwall Council will also be using #CCDay.
My Twitter is @CllrAWallis
And the poster:
As technology moves along at a blistering pace the simple things that people enjoy sometimes have to move as well. How we read books is just one of those areas. You may have heard of things like Kindle, iPad and a Sony Reader. These items, along with your home computer, or mobile phone (smart type) can be used to read books in electronic form. Many will still argue that half the joy of reading is feeling the paper between your fingertips, but there is still a growing market for e-books, especially as the equipment to read them is dropping in price.
Now Library members across Cornwall have even more opportunities to get more from Cornwall Library Service now that it is offering e-Books to all of its members. The Public Library Online from the Bloomsbury Publishing Group provides access to a range of fiction and non-fiction titles over the Internet and is now available through the Cornwall Library Service.
There are no complicated downloads, or decisions on which device to buy, simply access the books using your existing computer or Internet enabled mobile phone in the library and remotely from home or elsewhere. To access e-Books from the Library website simply click the e-Bookshelves link and enter your library card number when prompted.
We are subscribing to five shelves of books including
Reading Group – Each book comes with a reading group guide including questions for discussion as well as an author interview and more.
Quercus Crime – From noir to comic, there’s something for crime fans of all varieties
Soldiers and Spies – A collection of books on war and espionage
Childhood – An exciting collection of fiction and non-fiction books on the theme of childhood.
Britain and Empire – A collection of critically acclaimed history books.
To access the e-Book collection visit the libraries section of the Council’s website http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/ and click the ‘e-Bookshelves’ link.
I do think this is a great idea and will hopefully encourage more people back into reading
I have to admit its been a few years since I have been into a Library. It’s not that I don’t like reading, but I used to do it for pleasure. Now with the amount of paperwork, reports and other documents I have to read in my role I don’t now read for pleasure.
Cornwall Council is looking into how a library should function in today’s modern and somewhat electronic world. A new way is looking to see what books are in stock and available in the various libraries in Cornwall via the internet. It would be better if you could actually read those books online, but it’s a start.
Click HERE to see what books are held and in stock. It also gives you the earliest date that a book is meant to be returned. This is a good start, and well done to Cornwall Council.