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Christmas has come and gone and we are well into 2024. We had a great time decorating the library, but sadly the decorations are all back in the cupboard until next December. But why not keep up the resolution to read more, to meet friends, stay to enjoy a chat, choose a book and see what the library and membership of the Friends has to offer. Keep up with the events page and see how you can join the Friends here.

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Lowbury Hill Events

In 2023 Kate and a team from Reading University put on a series of events telling the story of Roman occupation of this hill in the Berkshire Downs. The poster opposite is in recognition of their efforts to bring the subject alive and present it to the community at the library.
 

Although we didn't win, the library earned special recognition in this very competitive category. 

 

I would like to share a few quotes from our judges’ feedback:

 

“A great project connecting communities to the heritage on their doorstep.”

 

“Really good engagement at a range of fun events organised with a range of partners which has developed audiences, increased the use of both the museum service and the library hosting the exhibition, better physical and mental health and a legacy of skills development.”

 

“A delightful project with such tangible and immediate outcomes. It wonderfully highlights the impact that the presentation of local archaeology and placemaking can have on communities. This is the type of project which could be actively repeated by institutions across the country to support communities engage with and development investment in their local archaeology and history. It also shows how great impact can be achieved with very limited resources and the existing, potentially underappreciated, appetite communities have to understand their local archaeology/heritage once it is highlighted as existing and having value.”

The Lego workshop in the autumn produced some incredible landscapes of sport and adventure and was well attended. Keep a look out for the next workshop and if you love Lego, perhaps consider running one for school age children - we are keen to find someone to help run future Lego events

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