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Northumbria Book Club – New Developments

We launched our Book club in February 2019 to highlight the benefits of leisure reading for clinical staff and students and to promote the library to non-users. Every month, we choose a Book of the month (BOTM), which is displayed in our 4 libraries and recommended on social media. Our choices often tie in with topical events, for example, Women and power for International Women’s Day and Life on our planet for NHS Sustainability Day. We run a Facebook poll to choose a summer reading Book of the month and select a Christmas book for December – Twas the nightshift before Christmas is one of our most popular BOTMs so far.…

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Black History Month and Show Racism the Red Card in Northumbria Trust Libraries

Black History Month (BMH) was founded over 30 years ago to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations. Now it has expanded to include the history of black people in general. For many years our library service has celebrated Black History Month with displays of posters and an increasing collection of books either written by BAME authors or about diversity topics. This year our BHM offer was embedded in the Trust’s celebrations over the month, and in the campaign which they ran to Show Racism the Red Card on 22 October. We were invited to join the steering group for SRRC which enabled a fit between our offer and publicity through the Trust’s Communications department.…

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