The County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “Digital literacy is one of the core priorities of our library service. Our libraries, like those across England, are proud to contribute to the important digital skills that are now so crucial to everyday life. Digital services are part of our libraries’ evolution into modern community hubs – where people of all ages, backgrounds and interests can read, learn, create and engage with one another.”
The national, annual campaign is focussed on encouraging people to visit their local library during Libraries Week – with this year’s theme “to get creative, get connected and learn new skills”.
Councillor Woodward continued: “Library members can use the technology at their fingertips in many positive ways, such as learning new and developing existing digital skills, increasing their knowledge, boosting their wellbeing, and connecting with others in the community.”
Hampshire library members can access national and Hampshire-specific digital resources, including:
- The Borrowbox app – e-books and e-audiobooks for children and adults;
- The Digital Readers group – a monthly online reading group;
- Code Clubs – regular computer coding sessions for children;
- Microbits - mini computers for loan to learn basic computer coding.
- Learning in Libraries digital courses, such as ‘Get to Know your iPad’.
Councillor Woodward added: “We want everyone to feel confident and able to take advantage of what’s on offer digitally in Hampshire Libraries – so do please come and join in.”
Hampshire Libraries have a range of digital services and activities on offer; outlined on the Hampshire Libraries Blog.Discover more about National Libraries Week