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Libraries - core services

Digital creativity in Coventry libraries

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Interested in the listed events? Visit our what's on in Libraries page to find out more.

Digital offer - performance in Coventry libraries 2017/2018

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Not aware of our digital offer? Visit the below pages to find out more:

Did you know you can submit requests online via online forms?

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Micro:bits and more!

You can use your Micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments. The possibilities are endless. The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. It's 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the original BBC Micro computers used in schools in the early 1980s.

This little device has an awful lot of features, such as 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. Your Micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you're heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet.

To create codes for your Micro:bit please visit the Micro:bit website. To save your creations you will need to create a free account. Learn more about the Micro:bit!

Loaning Microbits 

Microbits are now free to loan at Caludon, Central, Foleshill, Tile Hill and Willenhall Libraries. Anyone can loan a Micro:bit for up to 4 weeks. Each Micro:bit pack contains: 1x Micro:bit, 1x Mini USB cable, 1x battery pack with 2X AAA batteries and 1x set of instructions. All Micro:bits are free to reserve in any Library or online via www.coventry.gov.uk/librarycatalogue  

Coventry libraries can help 

Need help or inspiration with your Micro:bit? Coventry Libraries run Code Clubs and Micro:bit sessions! They can help you play games and create your own codes on a Micro:bit.

Weather watchers

Did you know you can create your own weather reports and post them on the BBC Weather watchers' website.

You will need to create a free BBC ID before creating a report, which requires an email address. Don't forget to share your reports with Coventry Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

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Augmented reality book reviews

Exhibition at Central Library

From Wednesday 11 October 2017 to Wednesday 26 September 2018 Central Library exhibited an augmented reality book reviews display space.

Whats is an augmented reality book review?

An augmented reality book review is a recorded book review which has been linked to a book cover, which can be scanned and viewed using the camera on your smartphone or tablet.

Councillor Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "This is an exciting and modern way of reading book reviews and I'd urge everyone to go along to the exhibition."

The exhibition contains 25 book review videos recorded by Radford primary school:

Including a special book review by Megan Nicholson

Created through investment from Arts Connect

We are on Spotify

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Coventry Libraries and information service now have a Spotify account!

Spotify is a digital music, podcast, and video streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs and other content from artists all over the world. Basic functions such as playing music are free! Learn more about Spotify.

Once you have signed up, check out our Get it loud in Libraries playlist, where you can listen to all of the artists who have recently played at Central Library, such as Jorja Smith and The Amazons.

Did you know Coventry Central Library used to be a nightclub called the Locarno? (Later renamed Tiffanys). Many great bands played there back in the 70s & 80s. You can also listen to our Locarno playlist that includes bands such as The specials and The Who.

Follow Covlibraries on Spotify if you would like to access our latest playlists. The Spotify app is available to download for free via: WindowsGoogle play and Apple store.

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