The party’s over…

The OrbitWell, that’s it for the London Olympics and Paralympics for another 64 years or so, and the residents of Treasure Hunt Towers are in mourning for archery, wheelchair rugby, synchronised swimming, sitting volleyball, the Cultural Olympiad and all the other delights of London 2012.

It’s been a fantastic summer and, to be honest, we’re feeling just a little depressed as the days grow shorter, the nights grow chiller and we wait for Christmas decorations to appear in the shops. So, how can Westminster Libraries help us in our mission to cheer ourselves up?  On the cheap, obviously.

If you’ve been inspired to take up a new sport or maybe want to get more involved with the organisation side, why not have a look at The Games and Beyond, a site set up by Sport England with information about how to take part in every Olympic and Paralympic sport from Archery to Wrestling. Also handy, if you have a disability,  is the Parasport site with its Self-Assessment Wizard that can guide you towards a sport that  suits your abilities. More useful sites, including ones listing local sports clubs,  can be found in the Sport and Recreation section of the Westminster Libraries Gateway to websites.

Inspire a generation

If the London 2012 Festival whetted your appetite for more cultural activities, why not join one of the 13 adult reading groups in the libraries. There’s something to suit all interests whether your taste is for political debate, crime or general fiction. And watch this space to find out more about the big new online reading group we’re setting up this month… It’s called Text Tribe and we’re rather excited about it. If it’s your children who are bookworms, check out our Chatterbooks reading groups for 8-11 year olds.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Books and Literature section of the gateway. There are loads of useful links to free online books (Project Gutenberg is your friend here) and sites recommending what to read next. And if you want a bit of background information on your favourite authors, or to do a bit more research on a particular field of literature, the excellent Contemporary Authors database is available to all Westminster Library members (just log in with your library card) and contains biographies, bibliographies and critical appraisals of over 100,000 authors, screenwriters, lyricists and poets.

Of course, libraries are about a lot more than just books. Why not attend one of our many free events? Coming up is Marc  Sinden talking about West End  Theatres on 27 September, an evening of jazz on 24 September and a workshop on healthy eating on 19 September. Bookmark our events page for full details of regular events and one-off happenings.

Whatever you choose to do to fill your days now the Olympics and Paralympics are over, hopefully Westminster Libraries can help you have an autumn that is just as much fun as the summer.

[Nicky]

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