Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
Islington Local History Centre is closed to the public between Monday 3 August and Saturday 15 August 2015 (inclusive). This is due to the sorting and preparation of a large quantity (75% of holdings) of our archive collection being placed into medium-term, external storage due to building work taking place at Finsbury Library.
It is anticipated that items placed into storage will be unavailable for a period of up to 12 months. Appointments to visit the Centre will be available as from week commencing 17 August 2015 for remaining material. Staff are happy to advise more fully as to what remaining areas of the collection will available for consultation. We will endeavour to monitor telephone messages and emails at the start and end of each day. Another closure period (September/October) will be announced later to cover building work taking place at Finsbury Library.
Islington’s annual Word Festival gets under way on 25 May 2015 with the focus this year on the power of the written and spoken word to boost mental health and wellbeing. See here for the program.
Now in its fourth year, Word2015 offers a packed calendar of more than 40 events taking place in parks, schools, libraries, youth hubs and the Emirates Stadium.
The month-long festival has something for everybody but this year there will be a range of special events aimed at older people, particularly those with dementia and their carers, as well as young people with experience of mental health issues, and young children and their families.
Library Press Display gives you 24/7 remote access to complete digital editions from newspapers and popular magazine publications from the UK and around the world. Dedicated Apple and Android apps for your mobile devices allow you to download these publications in our libraries. This includes the UK national newspapers with the exception of the Financial Times, the Times and the Sun and many local papers and some magazines. The titles all have a backfile usually of three months. The service is free but you need an Islington library card to access it outside the library.
Accessible and accurate legal information on issues such as housing,employment rights, immigration, and benefits. Updated daily, Cans Legal Information provides a detailed summary of British and European law. This is a complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living, working or engaging in life in Britain. Available in all Islington libraries, and also remotely using your library card. Give it a try! See here.
These advice sessions are held on Tuesday mornings at the Central Library between 9.30 and 12.30. Run by Mental Health Working they are for people with mental health conditions who want information or guidance on employment, training or educational opportunities, including jobsearch and careers advice (also help with CVs) and must live in Islington or Camden. Call 020 7527 6900.
The Books on Prescription Scheme has been running for several years as a partnership between NHS Islington and Islington Libraries. It is a treatment option for people with mild to moderate mental health problems.
There is now a National Reading Well Books on Prescription Scheme which we have signed up to. This means that more books have been added to our existing scheme and are available in all Islington libraries except the Lewis Carroll library.
Doctors and mental health professionals, can “prescribe” these books by selecting the most appropriate text from the list and filling out the specially designed “prescription pad”. The patient will take this along to the library and take out the book. The books are numbered and do not have to be asked for by title. If you are not a member we will join you up straight away with no fuss and little paperwork.