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Chopping Club: Luzia Prado de O.Martens artist talk

For February’s Chopping Club you are invited to join us for an online talk and discussion with artist and researcher Luiza Prado de O. Martens. 

Remedies for Resistance: Fire Cider Workshop

Join us for an online remedy swap and making session, as part of Raju Rage’s project — Remedies for Resistance.

Here’s my hand, let’s wander

On Blue Monday — the third Monday in January — officially labelled ‘the most depressing day of the year’, we invite you to share a space of restorative care and calm.

Chopping club: Christmas party

To celebrate Christmas, we’re hosting an extra special version of Chopping Club — an afternoon of festive baking, seasonal drinks and socialising with the Human Library team! 

Freshly Cut Grass — Afternoon

Take a step back from what you are doing, relax, and breathe for a little while. Designed to help you de-stress, we are so delighted to share the afternoon version of Frances Disley’s audio-guided imaginary journeys with you. Whether you are having a really busy day or not doing anything at all, take a moment to unwind in nature — without moving anywhere.

Chopping Club: Pizza Night

Want to learn how easy it is to make your own pizza? You are invited to join us for a pizza night for this November’s Chopping Club!

Interview with Bella Milroy

We’ve been working with Bella Milroy since 2019 first through a short February plant workshop with Sean Roy Parker in Pool Our Resources and second through a larger project called Soft Sanctuary 

Soft Sanctuary online

Last year for World Mental Health Day, Bella Milroy produce a series of workshops for our first Soft Sanctuary in Bootle Library, bringing together artists, library users and librarians. We focused on the idea of a ‘sick day’, what it means to take time to rest and give ourselves permission to relax. 

Chopping Club: Pickling Party

For October’s Chopping Club, artists Niamh Riordan and Greg Herbert hosted a pickling party over Zoom. Guests were invited to chop along with us to produce a jar or two of pickles for their fridge, or simply come along to watch and have a chat. We provided the pickle recipes in advance, and a jar of ingredients was available for Bootle and Crosby residents to pick up from their local library to make during the event.

Freshly Cut Grass – Morning journey

Escape from it all for a little while and come on a journey through nature —without leaving the house. This is the first resource in a series of three, designed by artist Frances Disley to help you relax in the morning before you start your day.

The Kitchen Table Collective

Want to try making with clay? You are invited to join The Kitchen Table Collective: a new ceramics project led by artist Aliyah Hussain. 

Human Libraries Autumn Programme

As the days start to feel a little shorter and the weather a little cooler, we are pleased to share our Autumn-Winter season programme of creative events and activities to help us to re-connect and keep spirits lifted, as we start to be able to come together again.  With a theme of wellbeing, the programme includes a mixture of online sessions and activities that can be enjoyed at home, walks and talks and outdoor meet-ups. 

Chopping Club: Navi Kaur

For September’s Chopping Club you are invited to join us for an online talk and discussion with Birmingham based artist and educator Navi Kaur. 

I Search for an Artwork with These 25 Properties

I Search for an Artwork with These 25 Properties is a word search by Harun Morrison, who is working with us to design a new garden for Bootle Library

Remedies for Resistance

Do we know how to care for ourselves and each other? What is collective care? How do we practice collective care within our communities? Do we have medical knowledge? Do we have our own remedies? Have these passed along through family, kinship or through networks? How do we know or find about them? Who do we share them with and how?

Chopping Club: Blackberrying

There are hundreds of microspecies of bramble in the UK, all of them differing slightly in flavour. Where are Bootle’s best brambles, and do they have their own unique taste?

Bootle Mappers – A Green Treasure Hunt

Bootle Mappers is a live treasure hunt exploring nature, wildlife and connected people and stories in Derby and Linacre. You sign up to become one of the esteemed Bootle Mappers and over 5 weeks we, the ‘mapping headquarters team’ will send you weekly quests to go on and small tasks to fulfill. Mark them on a map and return the gems you find back to us.

Human Library Voices: Foodsketz/You and I Eat the Same

Foodsketz joined us at Crosby Library for Blue Monday 2019, where we cooked a delicious flatbread feast together. This is a podcast recorded on the day, which includes many familiar voiced reading from the book ‘You and I Eat the Same’ On the Countless ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another, Chris Ying and Rene Redzepi, which inspired the workshop.