Welcome to our official UWTSD Swansea Library Blog! We’ll be using it to post news and information about our resources and services, to help you make the most of our campus libraries and online library e-resources. We also welcome your comments & feedback!
It’s Beatrix Potter’s birthday on Sunday (28th
July). If she was still alive she’d be 147-years-old! The author is probably
best known for her enduringly popular children’s books about Peter Rabbit, the
Tailor of Gloucester, Jemima Puddleduck and Tom Kitten, to name but a few. I’m
sure most of us are familiar with her beautiful illustrations of these animal
characters, especially Peter Rabbit in his blue jacket.
Helen Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 in South Kensington,
London. Despite a city upbringing, the Potters enjoyed long holidays in the
countryside and had an array of much-loved family pets, many of whom went on to
appear in Beatrix’s books! You can find out lots more about the author from TheBeatrix Potter Society and
from books at Townhill Library. Amongst those shelved at 828.8 POT, you’ll
find The Journal of Beatrix Potter from1881 to 1897
and you’ll see conference papers from The Beatrix Potter Society
at 823.912 POT.
As you’d expect, we’ve got books written by Beatrix Potter
too! You’ll find Peter, Jemima and the gang in the Junior Fiction section of
Townhill Library. The linguists amongst you might like to read about their
exploits in French! Find L’histoire de
Toto let Minet and more at Teaching Practice 843.91 POT. Magnifique!
The House of the Tailor of Gloucester (photo by Hannah Meiklejohn)
This week we're delighted to introduce
another special guest blogger for you - Lizzy Evans, one of the assistant
managers at Swansea Central Library! Lizzy started to work for the library
service in December 2007, in time for the New Central Library opening. She
started working as an Assistant Manager in 2010, having graduated from
Swansea University in 2005 with a BA hons in History and Politics. She then went
to Aberystwyth to study a MA in Film Studies and has recently submitted her
dissertation for the BSc Library and Information Management degree. When not
writing assignments or working, Lizzy spends time travelling and going to the
Your course has finished for the summer, so why not
take this opportunity to try a different type of library experience?
At this time of year, Swansea Public Library
Service is inundated with requests for travel guides, guides for days out,
starting new hobbies, cooking, crafting, dress making etc. and the beach
holiday read… all for FREE! Swansea libraries have a lot to offer you, not only
throughout the summer, but all year round.
We hold a variety of eventsfor
adults & children. Literacy skills being at the heart of most libraries,
Swansea is no different. We hold many events for children which encourage
language skills through a variety of activities:
Up Story times
and Stuff’ craft events
Throughout July & August we will be holding
special events for children like our ‘OZ, The Great and Powerful’ Party on 25th July and the annual children’s Summer Reading
Feel you’re a little old for this? We have a lot to
offer you too! We hold a wide variety of events for adults, from guest author
events and Family History sessions, to INK our writers group and our book group for
which we are holding a special session in August where we are linking up with Radio Wales to join their book group (for more details, click here).
As technology advances, so must libraries, we now
have WiFi in the central library and offer a free ebook and e-audio book download service. Libraries still anchor their work
in books, be them physical or electronic, however this is no longer a library’s
sole purpose, libraries are now so much more.
So, here’s the low down on Swansea’s libraries:
17 branch libraries, a mobile service and a housebound service
internet in all branches
ebooks and e-audio books available to download
To join, all you need is to bring down some proof
of address and we can register you immediately, once registered you can use all
17 branches and all the facilities. Alternatively, you can register via the Libraries Together Passport scheme. If you’re reading this, you’re more than likely already
registered with the Swansea Metropolitan University Library, and therefore you
have access to many more libraries both academic and public from Pembroke, to
Aberystwyth, to Neath Port Talbot. This is available via the passport, for more
information visit www.library.wales.org.
Photo by Denise Krebs (mrsdkrebs),
available from Flickr under Creative Commons licence
Yes, it’s the 4th July, also known as American
Independence Day. Take a look at our database Oxford Reference Online to find
out more about the history of the day and to see how it’s celebrated in the USA
today picnics and fireworks!). You could also brush up on your American history
by browsing the shelves in Townhill Library at shelf mark 973. For a more
British perspective, try looking at some of our books on George III, who was
monarch when America won its independence. George III, of course, is famous as
the ‘mad’ king in Alan Bennett’s play The
Madness of George III and the later film The Madness of King George. You can find the play script in
Townhill Library at 822.914/BEN (not much mention of America, to be honest, but
it is a good play!).
If novels are more your thing, you’ll find all sorts of
classic American fiction at Townhill. The
Great Gatsby had its show-stopping release in cinemas this year, but the
original novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald takes some beating. If you’re more
interested in 1950s and 1960s counter-culture, try Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and The Big Sur. For the ultimate American novel, though, perhaps we
need look no further the Mark Twain’s The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, full to the brim with adventure, friendship
If all this gives you a taste for travel and exploration,
pop in to Swansea Business School Library to take a look at their travel
guides. You’ll find a whole host of countries covered, including the USA, so
you’ll have no trouble planning a trip to rival Kerouac’s!
If that’s a bit beyond your budget, or your planning
expertise, you could always watch other people living, and struggling with, the
American dream. Griffith Library at Dynevor has a whole host of American movies
on DVD: Once Upon a Time in the West,
Thelma and Louise, American Beauty, Malcolm X, Bowling for Columbine, The
Social Network and loads more are available to borrow for free! Remember,
we’re into the summer loan period now, so even two-day loans will be issued out
until the 4th October.