While Warwickshire’s museum and library buildings are shut as a consequence of Covid-19, staff are at work behind the scenes to deliver heaps of virtual activities so residents can still enjoy libraries and museums from home.
Today (Monday 20th April), younger children can take part in Arty Tots from Home. Join in games, songs and crafts you can easily do at home with your under 5s. Today’s theme is ‘What’s Outside Today?’. Visit http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/arty-tots-at-home/.
Each weekday lunch time at 12.30pm, join Warwickshire Libraries on Twitter and Facebook for a book-themed #LunchtimeLibraryChat.
On Wednesday this week there will also be a special #EveningLibraryChat between 7pm and 8pm where you can discuss with libraries staff on social media your thoughts on the titles shortlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, which will be announced on Wednesday.
Throughout Thursday and into World Book Night (23rd April), libraries staff will be sharing digital resources and activities, including encouraging library members to take part in #ReadingHour from home from 7pm to 8pm – a time where you can share a book with your family and loved ones or post what you are reading on social media. You can find more information about World Book Night here.
On Tuesday, discover what the Heritage and Culture Warwickshire team are working on from home on their website at http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/workingfromhome/. Each week, a different member of the team will be sharing information on what they are working on while the museums and archives buildings are shut.
Look out for the publication of a fresh book review from a member of libraries staff, which may give you some inspiration for what to borrow this week from Warwickshire’s online library service, BorrowBox, which you can access for free at https://library.warwickshire.gov.uk. All you require are your library card number and email address. If you’re not already a member, you can join online. Hundreds of people already have in recent weeks!
There will also be a brand new library blog published at https://librariesblog.warwickshire.gov.uk and a weekly update newsletter including all the up-to-the-minute news on online library services. Sign up to receive the weekly update at https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/keepmeposted.
On Wednesday, ‘Warwickshire Museum in your Home’ will bring to you a taste of the events they would usually hold in their museums at this time of year. This week’s theme is ‘Sweets and Treats’! Visit http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/warwickshire-museum-in-your-home/.
On Thursday, there will be another new library blog published at https://librariesblog.warwickshire.gov.uk. You can also meet the Heritage & Culture Warwickshire team! Every week, get to know a member of staff and find out about their work role, their favourite archive or article, and additional thought-provoking facts! Go to http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/meet-the-hcw-team/.
On Friday, take part in a digital ‘Show and Tell’ as curators and archivists in Heritage and Culture share a talk with you on YouTube, so you can learn about the Warwickshire archives and museum collections from home. This week’s theme is ‘How to deal with an epidemic – Victorian style’. Visit http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/show-and-tell-from-home/.
On Saturday, discover the stories of ‘Our Warwickshire’ with a virtual quiz, where your family can answer questions about history, heritage and the natural environment by going through the pages of the Our Warwickshire website. The website contains thousands of photos, stories, memories, and maps uploaded by local people, museums and archives. Go to http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/our-warwickshire-quiz-from-home/.
Likewise on Saturday, there’s no need for families to miss out on the entertainment provided by the popular Lego Clubs that are usually held in Warwickshire’s libraries, as they can take part in a brand new Facebook Lego Challenge at home every week. Like and follow the Warwickshire Libraries Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/warwickshirelibraries/ and check every Saturday morning for this week’s challenge!
Lastly, on Sunday, it’s the ‘Where in Warwickshire?’ challenge. Track the clues on social media to a Warwickshire landmark or place, which will be shared on the Warwickshire Archive Twitter account @Chambearlin.