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Visit your local library for free workshops and eBooks

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Visit your local library between Monday 2 to Saturday 7 October to discover the world of our elibrary. 

West Sussex County Council libraries are running eLibrary workshops to mark Get Online Week 2017.

The week is a national event which runs annually by the Good Things Foundation. This year their theme is to Try 1 Thing, encouraging people to try doing something online in a familiar environment.

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Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “These sessions are a great way to encourage our residents to make use of the fantastic resources available within our libraries as well as helping people become more online-savvy. I’m really looking forward to going along to one of the sessions to brush up on my own skills.

“With such a wide variety to choose from – free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines there should be something for everyone.”

The eLibrary is compatible with a wide range of devices, including iPads, tablets, phones and laptops. Places are limited so please contact your local library to reserve your free place.

Information will also be available at these sessions about the importance of online safety.

Dates, times and locations can be found by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraryevents.

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New £100k pedestrian crossing for families’ taking children to school installed in West Green

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West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette pictured trying the new crossing with her daughter before the school reopened.

A new pedestrian crossings has been installed in the past few months and is now operational, helping families with the walk to a school in West Green.

The crossing in Crawley cost £100,00 and is aimed to improve safety for families with school-age children – plus pedestrians generally.

With schools reopening and roads becoming busier after lockdown, people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and consider other travel choices.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“The new crossings provide a safer route to schools for families and to other local amenities for pedestrians generally.

“People are being encouraged to consider walking or cycling for their journeys, if they can. It’s a great way to get fit, save fuel money and reduce the number of cars on the road. This in turn will improve air quality and reduce congestion.”

West Green Primary School requested the Puffin crossing for West Green Drive and worked with the county council’s transport improvements team to build the case for road safety improvements.

Other enhancements had already been introduced, including ‘School Keep Clear’ markings, to provide pupils and parents with a safer environment.

Throughout this process, West Green continued to provide pupils with road safety education and encourage sustainable travel.

West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette Tomsett said:

“The school is delighted to have worked closely with West Sussex County Council in bringing to fruition this crossing. It will make a huge difference in the safe route to school for our pupils and families, alongside having a positive impact for the whole community for now and for the future.”

The improvements cost a total of about £100,000.

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