Human Libraries events in Sefton Libraries are temporarily paused
Click here for more information. We look forward to meeting in the library again as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, some parts of our programme are now taking place online. You can stay in touch with what we’re up to by signing up to our weekly newsletter
Bootle Mappers – A Green Treasure Hunt
‘Maps are only an excuse for the journey they set us on.’
The L-Shaped Garden
We’re making a garden for Bootle Library. Would you like to get involved?
When we were very young
Our libraries are places where families with young children can feel comfortable, calm and welcome.
Lunches, cooked and eaten together in the library, have always been an important part of our programme. Growing from one of our first projects by artists Fairland Collective, these lunches are communally prepared and cooked in one pot, always in the library itself. Everyone chops, so everyone has made lunch for everyone else. One pot has been known to produce three courses, or a feast for 80 people, though we often just make soup.
Stitch Club is a volunteer-led group, meeting every other Friday morning: part sewing circle, part skill-share, and a creative space for making new friends and new textile projects.
Human Library Voices
An ongoing programme of podcasts for the Human Library. Working with people from the area we want to tell the story of the Humans of Bootle. Podcasts have been recorded and developed through podcasting workshops, talks and listening sessions at the library.
We invited artist Bella Milroy to design a programme of workshops throughout Autumn 2019. The project celebrated the sanctuary nature of the library as a place to relax, feel safe and looked after: cosy duvet-day vibes with a morning workshop, free meal and accompanying mental-health colouring book.
The third Monday in January is commonly thought of as the most depressing day of the year, but we do our best not to succumb to winter gloom by inviting artists to host a day of shared creativity and food to warm hearts and fill stomachs.
Artist Sumuyya Khader led a series of Risograph workshops, exploring the possibilities of this fast, beautiful and simple method of printmaking, and working towards producing collaborative print works, using some of the materials gathered by the Human Library thus far.
Throughout March 2019, participants of Press Room, a project by Ciara Phillips, made a day-by-day record of press coverage leading up to 29th March 2019, the date set for Britain to exit Europe.
One Pot Project
One Pot Project was a series of community meals, organised by Fairland Collective. Prepared using a single induction hob and only one pot, the making of the meal was a collaborative task.
Plant Party was a programme of workshops inviting people to exchange ideas and horticultural experience and look after the plants in the library. Everyone was encouraged to take cuttings, grow their own plants and bring in seeds, looking after our own mental health as much as looking after the plants. The plants in the library are still cared for by Plant Party volunteers.
Pool Our Resources
Pool our Resources looked at how we are reintroducing elements of craft, thrift and upcycling back into our everyday lives. It was a celebration of the strength and depth of collective knowledge, a reminder of the importance of our social spaces, and the positive effect of skill-sharing on health and wellbeing.
Frances Disley led a series of workshops exploring ways to unwind and relax using guided visualisations. Inspired by mindfulness practices, participants designed their own relaxing meditations using a combination of the familiar and imagined.
What skills do you have, what skills do you need?
People’s Bureau ran a monthly skills exchange open to anyone who wanted to offer their talents, ideas and skills to further our collective learning. The skills were defined by what the local community wanted and needed.
Throughout the year we offer a range of artist-led workshops that might include creative practices from sketching through to weaving, printmaking, photography, hydroponics or ceramics. We take a “learning together” approach so all sessions are suitable for every level of skill, talent or experience. We even take requests – so if there is something that you have always wanted to try we’ll do our best to find an artist who can lead a taster session.