Something digital for the weekend

3 April 2020

Do you know how to sign the words for cow, sheep or pig? Thanks to a new Rhymetime broadcast on Facebook from Cheshire Libraries over 7,000 people now know how. The first shared video was signing and singing Old MacDonald and Baa Baa Black Sheep. There will be new videos every Tuesday at 10.30am. 

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “This is just the first chapter of a wide range of online resource on offer from the library service.

“Our libraries have offered online resources for some time but they have been enhanced during this period whilst the doors are closed and everyone is staying indoors.

“Let’s get the whole borough reading, rhyming, signing and visiting the digital library.”

All customers can access Library services online and it is now possible to join the Library online and use the digital resources straightaway, gaining free access to thousands of eBooks, audio downloads, eMagazines, eNewspapers and eResources.  

To sign up and get a library card number, just fill in the online form on the Council's website. Then email: (confirming your full name, date of birth and postcode).

If you have a library card but are not sure of your PIN/password or need to renew your library card then email: for assistance. You can also use the online chat facility on the Library webpages during office hours. 

One of the main ways the team will be communicating during this period is through their social media platforms – @cwaclibraries on Twitter and @cwaclibrary on Facebook.   

What's coming up:
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four 
    Working in partnership with Action Transport Theatre, is a 90 minute performance with extracts from George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The book that gave us Big Brother, Doublethink, Thoughtcrime and Room 101.

    The performances will take place on Saturday 4 April (2pm), Wednesday 8 April (7pm) and Thursday 9 April (7.30pm).

    The show is free, open to all (ages 13+). Booking is via the Action Transport Theatre website.
  • Virtual Lego club, Saturdays 10am
    Each week will be a different theme. Last Saturday was Rockets and this Saturday is Pirates. Everyone is invited to share their creations via social media. 
  • Online Rhymetime, Tuesdays 10.30am
    Not only good old classic rhymes but also some basic signing to help everyone in the community join in.  
  • Digital animation sessions, Wednesdays 11.30am
    Another regular session usually delivered in libraries, but now offered online as a reminder/tutorial on how to create animations at home.  ​​​​​​​
  • Storytimes at 3pm (normal end of school day), Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 
    This is a live stream from the libraries’ Facebook page. Storytimes from Storyhouse are also being shared which take place at 11am and 6pm every day. 
  • Something digital for the weekend, Fridays, 6pm​​​​​​​
    This will be a post promoting a specific digital offer. This week is, which is a reference catalogue of over 3,500 musical works filmed from the 1940’s through to the present day and 2,000 films including concert, documentaries, operas, ballets and master classes in high definition. Over 100 live events streamed every year and available in replay for three months. The library service has subscribed to this, making access available to customers through their library card until 30 April. 
  • Accessing digital resources 
    Find out more on the Libraries’ eResources page including access to free home schooling sites, a wide range of free cultural resources to help improve a feeling of wellbeing and even virtual tours of art galleries and museums around the world. 
  • Ancestry and Find My Past
    Access to these resources is provided through library accounts. All you need to do is log into your account and click on the link to Ancestry or enter the username and password provided to access Find My Past. 
  • Audio downloads - RB digital
    Cheshire Libraries offer a wide range of audio downloads through RB Digital ​​​​​​​
  • eBooks – Cloud Library
    Cheshire Libraries offer a wide range Books through Cloud Library. There is currently unprecedented demand for eBooks so the team is working hard to increase the number of titles and copies that are available.  ​​​​​​​
  • eMagazines – Magzter​​​​​​​
    Cheshire Libraries offer a wide selection of eMagazines through the Magzter. The Magzter app allows you to download and store magazines on your device, helping you to save data. ​​​​​​​
  • eNewspapers – Newsbank​​​​​​​
    Cheshire Libraries provide access to current local, regional and national newspapers (plus some back copies) through Newsbank. Digital editions of current newspapers are now available for the national newspapers. 

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