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Mental Health Awareness Mental Health Awareness

The theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is "kindness". Have a look at the Mental Health Foundation's website to see why "kindness" has been chosen and find out ways to support your and other's mental health.


The following titles all have a theme of kindness and are available as library eBooks


  • Mental Health Awareness Week - Kindness Reading List
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon
  • The music shop by Rachel Joyce
  • Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  • Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
  • Once upon a river by Diane Setterfeld
  • Talking to strangers by Malcolm Gladwell 
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. 
  • Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig. 
  • This book will change your mind about mental health by Nathan Filer.
Kindness Hour Book List Kindness Hour Book List

These books were recommended by our Librarians and Borrowers for Kindness Hour, part of Mental Health Awareness Week.


  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • Talking to the Moon by S. E. Durrant
  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green
  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax
  • Challenge Accepted by Celeste Barber
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox & the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  •  What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor
  • Walking Home by Clare Balding
  • Nobody Told Me: Poetry & Parenthood by Hollie McNish
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  • Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
  • Wesley – The Story of a Remarkable Owl by Stacey O’Brien
  • Be Kind to Your Mind by Claire Chamberlain
  • Unfiltered: No shame, no regrets, just me by Lily Collins
  • Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph
  • A Random Act of Kindness by Sophie Jenkins
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Walk Like A Man by Robert J.Wiersema
  • The Women of Primrose Square by Claudia Carroll
  • Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell
We Love to Talk About Reading We Love to Talk About Reading

If you don’t already follow us on Social Media, now is certainly the time! We are @WSCCLibraries on Twitter and West Sussex Libraries on Facebook.


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If you want to keep your interaction on Facebook for simply discussing books and reading then you can join our West Sussex Libraries Virtual Reading Group. This is a friendly forum for West Sussex borrowers to connect over the pleasure of reading. Everyone is welcome to join us, you don’t need to be a member of an existing reading group and we’d really love to see you there.   


We asked the group to give us their favourite Fantasy novels and you can have a look here at what they suggested. Fantasy Booklist.

Cultural Events Cultural Events

The National Theatre are streaming a play every Thursday.


Listen to poetry read by the poets themselves on the Poetry Station or Poetry Archive.


Also have a look at the BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine website for a look at what's available from home.


Find local cultural attractions and lots of other information with Google Arts & Culture.

Feeling Inspired? Feeling Inspired?
If staying at home is giving you the time to explore creative writing then there are some good online resources written by bestselling authors, such as this Free 10 Lesson Course on Writing Short Stories by Toby Litt or these Writing tips by Nikesh Shukla. Both are full of writing tips, prompts and anecdotes designed to help you get words on a page. Finally you might want to check out the Writers & Artists website which has lots of practical advice on getting published.

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The Novels That Shaped our World The Novels That Shaped our World

As part of the BBC Novels That Shaped Our World campaign we helds events throughout February with three bestselling authors, to talk to them about the books that have inspired and influenced them and the role that reading has played in their lives.



 Find out the books that Elly Griffiths recommended here.






Find out the books that Isabel Ashdown recommended here.







 Find out the books that Jane Lythell recommended here.



Black Stories Matter booklist Black Stories Matter booklist

We’ve put together a list of some excellent BAME fiction and non-fiction that we have in stock or have recently added to our collection. The titles with a single Asterix * are currently available as eBooks and those with a double Asterix ** are available as eAudiobooks.


If you need help accessing our digital content, our digital support page may help. The rest of the books listed will be available to reserve from West Sussex libraries in the coming weeks. If there are any titles that you would like to see recommended or that you think we have missed, please contact us

My Favourite Book - Sussex Newspapers My Favourite Book - Sussex Newspapers

Missed any of our My Favourite Book articles in your local paper? Read them here:


Rebecca Robertson – And Then There Were None / Agatha Christie

Samantha Kimber - Chocolat / Joanne Harris

Tom Batten - High Fidelity / Nick Hornby

Holly Burrell - The Blind Assassin / Margaret Atwood

Steph Fuller - The Martian / Andy Weir

Kirsty Franks - Perfume / Patrick Süskind

Sarah Brand - Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times / Edited by Neil Astley

Graeme Page - Tess of the d’Urbervilles / Thomas Hardy

Susan Whitington – Atonement/Ian McEwan

Amy Potts Belgarath (and its sequel) Polgara / David and Leigh Eddings

Amanda Martin The Girl with Seven Names / Hyeonseo Lee

Rachel Willmer - Jamaica Inn / Daphne du Maurier

Sam White - Magician / Raymond E. Feist

Kathryn Gallop How Not To Be a Boy / Robert Webb

Hannah RelfeMoonshine / Christina Jones

Jackie MannersCider With Rosie / Laurie Lee

Rose Cable Howl’s Moving Castle / Diana Wynne Jones

Fully Booked video reviews Fully Booked video reviews

"Fully Booked" is our series of book recommendations from staff in the Library Service. Keep an eye out on Social Media and here for the increasing number of recommendations!


Click here to view the whole playlist on YouTube.



Reading Group Tips During Lockdown Reading Group Tips During Lockdown
We know that some of our reading groups are missing the opportunity to meet in person over this lockdown period and that many are venturing into the world of virtual reading groups, eBooks and video conferencing for the first time. We’ve put together a guide to try and pull together various online resources that might help you to get started. 
Website for Booklovers Website for Booklovers
The BBC have put together a Culture in Quarantine page with lots of great articles about books and links to book-related TV and radio programmes. There’s even some visual walks through British art.
The brilliant BBC Novels that Shaped our World pages
This is the Reading Agency Website complete with ‘Stay Connected’ resources, such as their Reading Friends Top Tips for living in self isolation.
Our very own Mid Sussex Reading Challenge Blog, this site has lots of recommended reads and book reviews from library staff and customers. You don’t have to be signed up to this challenge to take part.
Goodreads - find and read more books you'll love and keep track of the books you want to read. Be part of the world's largest community of book lovers on GoodReads.
Comprehensive webpages full of interviews with authors, book reviews, booklists etc from The Guardian newspaper.
The Lit Hub website is a central place for readers, writers, publishers, books, bookstores and librarians to congregate and celebrate books and literary culture.

Staying Safe Online Staying Safe Online


Don't forget to stay safe online. For the latest advice, guidance and information:




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Essential Delivery Service Essential Delivery Service

We are now offering an online reservation service or a Staff Select Service. Items reserved or selected through these will be available for collection from your chosen library. If you feel safer staying at home or are unable to get to the library, we can offer an Essential Delivery Service and may be able to deliver items to you. Please indicate on the Staff Select form or during the phone call to the library that you would like to arrange a delivery.


For further information about the Essential Delivery Service, please email

Celebration of Reading Event Celebration of Reading Event

On December 16th 2020 we ran a virtual event to celebrate reading with Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books.


There were so many great suggestions of books to read that we wanted to share them with you. Click here for the booklist of suggested titles.


To request Dear Reader click here.


Cathy Rentzenbrink's other titles:

Common people, an anthology of working class people


A manual for heartache: How to feel better


Last act of love, the story of my brother and his sister

Hi Vis Hi Vis

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Formerly known as Make a Noise in Libraries, Hi-VIS fortnight is a great opportunity for libraries to shout about their stock, services and activities for visually impaired people.


We have our eLibrary of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines which offer you a great choice of reading material. Our Digital Support Team can assist you if you need help to use these.

Quiz! Quiz!


Agatha Quiztie


Think you know your books? We present Agatha Quiztie, 5 rounds of literary questions for you to challenge yourself at home or share with friends and family however you stay in touch.  


Questions online or download here.


Answers online or download here.


If you're not sure how to share the fun by video, Learn My Way has a fantastic FREE course on video calling!

Book Events Book Events

Attend online book events!


Check out Book Gig, a brilliant website curated by The Bookseller magazine bringing together lots of online book events, Q&A’s and webchat’s with bestselling authors.


If you missed out our event with Ken Follett at the Chichester Cathedral last year you can still view it online here!


Vintage Books through Instagram are hosting conversations with authors every Thursday at 12.30pm. Visit them here for more information.

Listen to Others Talk About Reading Listen to Others Talk About Reading

Now might be the time to try the wonderful world of podcasts. There are lots of great free podcasts available about books and reading. Some of our favourites include:

PressReader PressReader

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We also through the app PressReader provide access to over 7000 newspapers and magazines.


Including these national newspapers:


  • The Guardian
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • Daily Mail
  • Daily Express
  • Independent


You can read these daily and best of all it's totally free!


For helpsheets to guide you in accessing PressReader click here.

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