Celebrating Libraries Week

The 9th – 14th October was Libraries Week (you may have seen our daily tweets throughout the week promoting it!).  We had a joint event in the Atrium at Pinderfields with Wakefield Public LibrariesWe were joined by Dawn Bertram (right) and we showcased the resources that both libraries have to offer.

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Helen Rotherforth (Trust Librarian) with Dawn Bertram from Wakefield Libraries

The hub of the Atrium is a bustling environment, and our stands were great for catching the attention of the throng of  people that pass through it.  We generated interest from staff, patients and visitors alike.

This medic was keen to find out about our resources and even posed for a family photo to post on our social media Bluebird


Varied queries came in thick and fast, and we were able to answer one visitor’s question by introducing her to  NHS Choices  the one-stop site that answers the public’s medical information queries – anything from how to find a GP, to their “Health A-Z” which outlines conditions, treatments and much more.

There was plenty to learn about the services available at our local libraries in Wakefield and the surrounding area – did you know that you can read the latest magazines online for free with your library membership?  Topics are comprehensive – from Good Food to Amatuer Photography, Music and History!  Check out the Digital Library here

One of the highlights of our stand was the new Quick Reads selection on loan from Wakefield Libraries (short books that are specifically designed to be quick & easy to read).  You may have seen our previous post and be considering loaning one – I understand that they will make an excellent read for the chilly nights that will soon be upon us!




My work experience

Hello my name is Harvey, I am 15 and for my work experience I have been at the staff library for the past week. Firstly I would like to say that the staff working in the library, that consist of Karen, Natasha, Helen and Dianne were very generous, kind and supportive towards me. If anyone who reads this hasn’t yet been to visit the library, you should definitely go check it out as you might find something of interest!

I have thoroughly enjoyed my work experience as I have undertaken various tasks, in and out of the library. From small task such as shelving books or folding leaflets, onto bigger tasks which include scanning and stamping books. I visited many different departments in the hospital too, such as the eye centre and the general office one of my favourite things about the week was that I was assigned the task to create a new display in the library all about “self-help”.  I gathered together some books and created a new poster which I found fun.

On Thursday me and Natasha visited Fieldhead, had a tour of its library and then went round the Mental Health Museum. This was very interesting, as there was a padded cell which I entered with the door closed. The hospital in general and especially the museum had an eerie atmosphere, as it was and still is a hospital for mental health and psychiatry.

All together I have really enjoyed my work experience this week, I have met some great people and will look back at the week with fond memories.

Thanks , Harvey.



All views and opinions are my own.

Reflection: Many Ways to Learn Event 2017

Wednesday 31st May 2017 was the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust ‘Many Ways to Learn event, in celebration of Learning at Work Week 2017.

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The event was an opportunity to showcase the wide range of opportunities which are available to Trust staff to support development and further study. From information on a range of free online courses, information on learning/development opportunities within the Trust to representatives from Huddersfield University & The Open University who were on hand to provide information and advice to staff interested in further study.

The Occupational Health team ran a range of health & wellbeing sessions throughout the day, including sessions on mindfulness and stress awareness. The event also included taster sessions in British Sign Language from Topp Language Solutions, flower arranging & even origami. There definitely was something for everyone 😀

During the event members of the library team ran a number of activity sessions which helped attendees learn how to use Canva, set up a Twitter account & get started on Facebook.


The sessions were delivered on a one to one basis, which we found to be the most effective teaching method (due to the amount of information to share). This also allowed us to tailor our sessions to suit the needs of individuals. The library team agree that the activity sessions were a success and may be something we could repeat in future… watch this space!

Here’s some of the feedback we received from our session attendees:

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If you weren’t able to attend the Many Ways to Learn event but would like some help getting started with Canva, Twitter or Facebook our social media help guides can be downloaded here.

Until next time…

Natasha 😀