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
Welcome to the Community Library at the next Village Coffee Morning, 10 – 12, 4 December. All profits go to the Village Hall.
We are having something of a crafting moment at the Community Library.
Crochet Corner has started! Overseen by Jane Sweaney, this has grown out of the WI project to make bed runners for the elderly care ward at The Conquest. If you have always wanted to learn to crochet, would like to bring your knitting while you natter or simply need a reason to come along to the coffee morning, then come and find Crochet Corner. No materials required, as Jane has hooks to lend and yarn to help you get going.
AND, for one session only, Jenny is going to be with us in December to help you to make a basic willow WREATH BASE for you to decorate at home. We will supply the willow. If you have any spare foliage, please bring it along on the day. There is no charge, but a donation to Village Hall funds would be appreciated.
Currently, we have a wide selection of books to back up this flurry of crafting, embracing knitting (‘anyone can‘), crochet, patchwork, paper craft, beading (‘easier than it looks, even for a novice‘) and quilting (An Encyclopedia).
However, if you are looking for a complete antidote to Christmas and crafting, then we have a tremendous selection of crime fiction and thrillers from authors such as Lee Child, James Patterson, Sara Peretsky, Andy McNab, Stephen King, John Grisham and Felix Francis. He is the younger son of Dick Francis and has taken over his father’s detective story franchise and we currently hold his 11th novel, Triple Crown.
Anne, Anna, Vivien

Focus on non-fiction

A Beautiful Question, Finding Nature’s Deep Design by Frank Wilczek is a book returned this month with the comment that it was a challenging read, brain taxing but interesting. This book questions, Is the world a work of art? Well, maybe it is. You might like to borrow the book to discover what this author thinks.

On the beautiful theme is Beautifully Real Food by Sam Murphy. Perhaps less challenging, this is a vegetarian recipe book which is reported to have useful vegetarian meals and also to be an interesting read.

Nothing to do with beauty or cooking or even nursery rhymes, The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker by Roger Hutchinson has been borrowed from our Community Library quite often, so we won’t be sending it back to the library store just yet. It is a history of the census, encompassing wide-ranging social history and is easy to read, propulsive (a page turner!) educational and entertaining. A good all-round useful read.

Another fascinating, illustrated, historical book that we currently hold is Warrior The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse by General Jack Seely, who rode him all his life. It mirrors Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, but is the real life story of Warrior from his birth to his death in 1948 with insightful detail of the four years Warrior and General Seely spent in France 1914-18.

Even our children’s selection has some non-fiction. We currently have the stylishly illustrated Wild Animals of The North by Dieter Braun. Appealing to adults and children alike, it is a journey of discovery about wild animals in the northern hemisphere.

We also have a varied selection of craft books and other topics, such as This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay, well-known and a ‘painfully funny’ account of a junior doctor’s working life.

If there is a subject you’d like to read about, come in and see what we have to offer. 10 to 12, first Wednesday every month, alongside the coffee morning.

Anne, Anna, Vivien