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Sefton libraries’ pioneering project continues to grow

Local libraries in Crosby and Bootle are leading the way with a pioneering new project called the Human Library, which is creating a different type of story at these beloved local spaces.

The Human Library started life as an arts, wellbeing and togetherness project in Bootle Library and is now extending to Crosby Library.

On October 17, 18 & 20 the Human Library at Crosby will launch it’s ‘Pool Our Resources project, three days of free workshops, activities and demonstrations that highlight and share the hidden skills in our local community, initiated by artist Sean Roy Parker.

‘Pool our Resources will look at how we are reintroducing elements of craft, thrift and upcycling back into our everyday lives.

Everyone is invited to come and join in, and learn how to bake bread, pickle vegetables, make soap, make a picture frame, save seeds from garden produce or mend a puncture. Workshops led by artists, librarians, social enterprises and local people include DIY with Bootle Tool Shed, Embroidery with Dorlins Haberdashers, Bread for beginners by Homebaked, and candle-making with Ford Lane Allotments.

All workshops and sessions are free and drop in, but places are limited so turn up early to secure your slot! Suitable for anyone of any age with any level of experience – or none!

The Human Library believes that everyone has “gifts of the heart, the head and the hand” to offer their community, and so together with librarians, artists and local residents, the Human Library is producing creative activities, artist-led workshops, skills sharing sessions, events and happenings – where everyone is welcome and everything is free.

This celebration of collective knowledge is a reminder of the importance of our social spaces, and the positive effect of skill-sharing on health and wellbeing.

To find our more about our Human Library projects in Bootle and Crosby, you can speak to one of the Librarians, see the up to date programme on the Human Library website or find them on facebook, twitter or instagram.