Bream Community Library



Let’s Talk Dementia – board game available at libraries

The board game has been developed  locally, and within the Dementia Education Strategy, and has been a proven method of raising awareness about dementia in a relaxed setting.  Individuals and health care professionals will be able to borrow it for the standard loan period.


Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017

Royal Society
Screenshot from the Reading Agency’s website (click on link below)


The Royal Society celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people through their Young People’s Book Prize. Each year an expert panel of adult judges choose a shortlist of their favourite science books from entries submitted by publishers.

Here is the 2017 shortlist:

  • A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davis, illustrated by Petr Horácek (Walker books)
  • 100 Things to Know About Space by Alex Frith, Alice James and Jerome Martin, illustrated by Shaw Nielsen and Federico Mariani (Usborne Publishing Ltd)
  • Home Lab by Robert Winston (DK)
  • This Little Pebble by Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Sally Garland (Hachette Children’s Group)
  • The Awesome Body Book by Adam Frost (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • If…A Mind-Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams (Hachette Children’s Books)

The adult judges will hand over the task of picking a winner to groups of young people under 14 across the UK. These groups are from schools, libraries, scouts and brownies, science centres or youth groups. They form their own judging panels, and will read and discuss the books over the summer. Once they’ve made their decisions, they will submit their verdict to the Royal Society – together they decide the winner, who will be announced in November.

Find out more about the shortlisted titles by clicking on the link.

Community Libraries Week 5-11 June 2017

The 5th to the 11th of June is a special week to show some appreciation for our Community Libraries.

To celebrate Bream Community library is stocking up on a stack of new books for our customers!


It’s not just books

Our very talented volunteer Alan day put together this brilliant video for Bream Community Library.

Please watch and share!

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Bream Community Library open a chat room :)

There is now a Bream Community Library Chat Room. It is a closed group.

Please use this space to let us know what you think.

Do you like the new books we are buying? Are there titles you would like us to buy?

Are there things you wish we did better?

Would you like to use your library to host an event? Let us know!
Even if your event is during our posted ‘closed hours’, contact us anyway, we may still be able to assist!


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Congratulations to our first prize winners

A little belated but we can finally put faces to our grand prize winners for our Poetry Competition!

Our First prize winner in the Adult Category was Lesley MoffattIMG_20170505_113733-01

Our first prize winner in the Junior Category was Ewan Shakeshaft


Well Done! Enjoy spending your book tokens!

Beautiful displays at the library

The Creative Canopy came to the Forest and put on a jam packed day at the West Dean Centre. Right next door is your library so we put on some displays and a family history help desk. The day started at 12.00 and ended at 6.00pm.

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Bream Reading Club reviews The Good Father by Noah Hawley


Bream Reading club met last night the 3rd April to discuss Noah Hawley’s work The Good Father.

(Spoilers ahead)

We found the book gripping but for the heavy historical accounts on other political assassinations – though it was agreed that the Father (Dr Allen) needed those accounts in his attempts to understand his son, no real connections were ever made to his son and his actions. Perhaps that was left to the reader but it left us wondering how it added to our own understanding of Dr Allen and his son’s relationship.

All the way through the book Noah manages to keep us hoping that Daniel was somehow in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the final blow is hard to take. The three men on the train kept us hoping that there was some kind of conspiracy, and to be honest global conspiracies have been born on far less.

The brutally honest look at Daniel’s life is haunting and painful in differing degrees. Here is a man that believes he should have died on an airplane when he was eight. It appeared to us that he was a child that desperately needed his parents and they were not there for him, something that damaged him to some extent. He shows extreme apathy and detachment, this is aptly demonstrated by him rolling of a girl during sex and just walking away. He deliberately chooses to leave university and go driving around the States on his own with no apparent plan for returning to normal life.

Obviously a parent cannot be responsible for everything that their grown child does in this life, but there are also realities that must be acknowledged, would he have behaved differently if his parents had not divorced and he still had the full support and foundation of a stable family? We think his detachment was born on that airplane and the line having being severed there was no way of reattaching it.

Dr Allen thinking that many other children who lived that kind of life of travelling to and fro between divorced parents, didn’t go on to kill anyone, just sounds like an excuse. A great deal of the book is Dr Allen desperately trying to understand what happened to his son, and to an extent ever more desperately trying to find out if he is responsible.

In his quest to either vindicate his son or himself, he neglects his younger sons and so threatens to repeat history. He had an image of Daniel that wasn’t true, and Daniel had an image of his father that wasn’t true either. They were two shadows trying to understand each other and failing.

The Father with his touch of arrogance was slightly better than the ex-wife, Daniel’s mother who was irresponsible and in turns blamed herself or blamed Daniel for everything that had happened. We placed a great deal of blame at her door as her selfishness was so glaringly apparent.

The way the book concludes is touching and gave us closure.  The woman Bonnie is shown to be far more open and loving to Daniel than his own parents were, and though we will never truly know the full story of Daniel’s motivations because of ‘those missing pages in the journal’ we do know that he was loved by others even if his own parents had semi-abandoned him.

Overall rating out of 5 = 4.33

Our next meet in May will be the 8th as the first Monday of the month is a bank holiday


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