Welcome to the Pett Community Library.

This has now been going for 15 months and takes place alongside the Village Hall Coffee Morning, on the first Wednesday of every month, from 10 -12.
There are about 200 books available to borrow. These are sourced from the East Sussex Library Community Collection and we change about 50 of our books on a regular basis. We have a wide selection covering all genres of fiction and non-fiction and always have large print and children’s books available.
The best bit is, it is free to use and you don’t have to belong to anything! not even the regular library. We do have to take your details so that in the event of a book not being returned, we can find out where it is and to this end we ask you to sign the usual Data Protection form – and we protect your data most carefully. We do ask that you return any book you have borrowed in a reasonable time, but if you haven’t finished it within a month (it might have knitting patterns or recipes!) we are unlikely to be chasing you up for it.
We are unable to order any specific books, but we do make a note of any particular genre that interests you and try to meet your needs in this way. As a consequence, we really appreciate feedback from readers and are very pleased to have recommendations about a book you have particularly enjoyed and are more than happy to chat with you about your choices and interests. One of the books recommended recently was The Betrayals by Fiona Neill.
It is a super, sociable couple of hours each month in the Village Hall, with free parking, tea, coffee and cake available to buy, books to browse and borrow and Badminton going on, too. We’d love to see you there.
Anne, Anna and Vivien

Community Library Notes – September 2021

Coffee Morning and Community Library
Once more, we were lucky to be able to set out the Library outside in September, together with some of the Coffee Morning tables – which were very well used. It is great to be able to make use of the extra space, especially now that Jane is back with the Jigsaw Library. And a joy to see Jen’s beautiful bunches of dahlias, available to buy for village hall funds.
For next month, we have acquired a few more board books for our very young readers. We also carry a small range of books for pre-teens, but are happy to expand this selection if there is a demand. Let us know, please.
Amongst our books are some very well-known authors: Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Lee Child, Maggie O’Farrell to name but a few. We also have the first Richard Osman book, The Thursday Murder Club, which flies in and straight back out again each month. It is one of our most popular titles to date and we aim to acquire his second in the series which should soon be available.
A timely reminder – if you use the public library, East Sussex are restarting charges for any item overdue from 22nd September. If you have borrowed books long-term during lockdowns, time to dig them out and return them. If you are not sure if or what you have, you can call 0345 60 80 196 to check. At the Community Library, there are no charges but we will remind you if you have had a book for a very long time!!
Do come along and join us on Wednesday 6th October, 10 – 12. Coffee, cake, chat, books, jigsaws, 500 draw, Parish Council. Friends.
Anna and Vivien
Anne, Tim and Fran

Community Library Notes – May 2021

How good it was to be back with the Coffee Morning in May, albeit that we were all still out of doors. And thanks to Anne, Tim and Fran for their cheerful table service. Happily the rain held off and only started to spit as we tidied away. Many thanks to those who turned up; it is very encouraging and we hope to see many more of you in June for coffee, cake, jigsaws and books. We plan to be inside as the health regulations continue to be eased. However, this is still uncertain, so please be aware of whatever rules might be in place at the time, which will almost certainly include mask-wearing.

We would also like you to bring along your lockdown craft projects so that we can all see how we have each been keeping ourselves busy. We might spark some ideas off each other, so don’t be shy — ‘Show and Tell’. Others’ ideas and skills are so interesting to all of us, not to mention amazing.

We’ll be back in our usual Coffee Morning slot of the first Wednesday of the month, 10 – 12, Wednesday 2nd June. Hope to see you there, complete with handiwork.

Important P.S. Ore library has reopened as a Community Library with a stock of over 4,000 titles. Current opening days/hours: Tues, Thurs, Sat, 10.00 – 16.00. More volunteers required. http://www.orecommunitylibrary.org

Community Library Notes – November 2020

Thank you to everyone who turned up for the library and coffee morning the day before new lockdown. It does encourage us, especially when we see some new faces. We were lucky once more to have a fine, dry day so that we could again set up the books and jigsaw library outside, as well as Knitting for Peace and the 500 Draw.
Anne had arranged for a small selection of new books, which were very popular. We shall keep them separate for the time being to make it easier for our regulars to identify them.

Very sadly, because of the current weather conditions and COVID restrictions at Pett Village Hall, the Community Library and Coffee Morning schedule for 9 December will not take place.

Anna and Vivien

Community Library Notes – August 2020

We were very pleased to be able to reopen the Community Library in August, especially since it was a glorious day and we could set up outside. This made it much easier for us and everyone else to comply with the current health regulations. It all seemed to run very smoothly, books were returned and borrowed and many friends and acquaintances met for the first time in months, happily chatting at a distance in the sunshine.
The 500 Draw was also drawn, as evidenced by the picture herewith.
As yet, we are still unable to hold the coffee morning or meet up for crochet corner, but we have started a jigsaw lending library. Jane Sweaney has undertaken the, to me, daunting task of curating the jigsaws and will catalogue them and so produce a list available in the Village Magazine and online. She is hopeful that by presenting a jigsaw list from which to choose, many more people will be able to enjoy this activity. If you know of anyone who is unable to come to the coffee morning / library but might like to borrow a jigsaw, please contact Jane, who will be writing elsewhere in this magazine. An exciting new venture for us all.
We would like to thank Ann for looking after the books at home for the duration, rather than in the village hall.  This saves us a lot of work and extra cleaning.
We hope to be able to have next month’s library outside, too. It will be from 10 – 12 on Wednesday 2nd September and we look forward to seeing you.
Anna and Vivien