Inventors wanted – March’s Info and Digi update

Above: United States Patent 3962748 from 1976: “A TV control device for rotating a dial of a TV set, from an area distant from the set.”

If the last month seems to have flown by, it’s because we’ve had so much going on! As part of Evolving English we saw the Newcastle Scrabble Club keenly contesting members of the public at City Library and we hosted an interesting talk by colleagues from Newcastle University on dialect and its development in the North East.

We have seen our new ebooks and audiobooks in the Newcastle Libraries Digital Collection grow so that we now have nearly 1300 items for you browse and download and we have held our first internet taster classes to introduce customer to ebooks. We also launched our first iTea and biscuits groups in the community libraries – these are informal, friendly groups for older people interested in learning more about computers and the internet.

We held our first Work Clubs at City Library and in the branch libraries in partnership with Newcastle Futures. These group meetings offer free help and support on cv writing, online job searching and interview skills. The aim is to build up the confidence of group members and their ability in finding work. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the jobcentre plus kiosk on level 1 at City Library for all the latest vacancies. We’ve been doing so much and I haven’t even mentoned the Science Fest’s beautifully designed Lung Dress or our new QR codes!

In March, the Information and Digital team have a couple of highlights relating to our Business and Intellectual Property Services. Firstly, there is an Entrepreneurs’ Question and Answer event at City Library and we are also supporting the ‘Wallace & Gromit World of Cracking Ideas’ exhibition at the Centre for Life. As part of the marketing for the exhibition we are looking for one or two local inventors to showcase in the press. Would any local inventors / entrepreneurs like to step forward with their success stories? If so, please just drop me an email to the address below outlining your invention or product and how it has taken flight.

Whether you are looking to put a great idea into practice (like the one in the picture above perhaps!), learn something new on the internet, or simply pick up a good book we look forward to welcoming you in a library this month.

Nick Stopforth
Information and Digital Team Service Manager

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