National Walking Month

National Walking Month ideas
Suggestions from Living Streets for National Walking Month in May 2020

We’re half way through May which is National Walking Month.  As the weather seems to be improving and many of us are getting outside more often we thought we’d share some walking inspiration from Living Streets.  

They have a great website of ideas to help everyone get active, including suggestions for indoor walking!  Why not try some of them this weekend.  Taking proper breaks is essential for physical and mental wellbeing, especially if you are working towards deadlines or coping with stressful situations.  Getting outside, looking at the natural world, or simply moving around indoors can all help to release tension and give you a different perspective.  And if you need some immediate inspiration why not try a spot of birdwatching, find out more on the Living Streets blog.

Have a happy Friday everyone! 

 

Fun Friday Finish: Quiz answers

1. Who said: “When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer”?
Answer: Keith Richards

2. Which book by Audrey Niffenegger features a librarian as the main character?
Answer: The Time Traveler’s Wife

3. Which singer, born in 1959, has a mother who was a librarian?
Answer: Morrissey

4. Which Library is considered to be the oldest in the world?
Answer: al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez (859) is one answer-it is contestable, with others claiming the honour.

5. Which 1961 film, starring Audrey Hepburn has a scene in the New York Public Library?
Answer: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

6. Who was the most borrowed author from public libraries in the UK in 2017-18? (NB: latest figures available)
Answer: James Patterson

7. What was the best-selling book in the UK, week ending 17th April 2020?
Answer: Mrs Hinch: Little book of lists

8. Which song by INXS features a library?
Answer: Heaven Sent (1992)
Tuesday she works
In the library uptown
Some useful knowledge
Can always be found
Don’t burn the library
Till you’ve read all the books
Sometimes in life
You get a second look

9. Who opened Teesside University Library (then LRC) in 1997?
Answer: Mo Mowlam

10. Who is the Chief Librarian of the British Library?
Answer: Liz Jolly (former Director of SLS)

And the winner is…..Me! I get to keep the enormous bar of chocolate (the prize)

Fun Friday Finish: Library Quiz

1. Who said: “When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer”?

2. Which book by Audrey Niffenegger features a librarian as the main character?

3. Which singer, born in 1959, has a mother who was a librarian?

4. Which library is considered to be the oldest in the world?

5. Which 1961 film, starring Audrey Hepburn has a scene in the New York Public Library?

6. Who was the most borrowed author from public libraries in the UK in 2017-18? (NB: latest figures available)

7. What was the best-selling book in the UK, week ending 17th April 2020?

8. Which song by INXS features a library?

9. Who opened Teesside University Library (then LRC) in 1997?

10. Who is the Chief Librarian of the British Library?

Send your answers to f.porritt@tees.ac.uk. A small prize for the winner, announced next week. Answers will be on this page next Friday, 8th May.

Friday’s Bookshelf & More Books

Following on from last Friday’s post about celebrity bookshelves and what they can tell us about the person, we had a suggestion from Mark in our team.

He sent this image which we thought might inspire you to create your own bookshelf story. You can share it with us on social media @TeesUniLib

And, if you prefer ebooks, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can make suggestions for us to buy them through our More Books scheme. We add over 8000 books to our stock each year but if you have ideas for extra titles you can send them through our  More Books LibGuide

Fun Friday Finish

This week we’re linking to a recent Guardian blog post about the contents of celebrity bookshelves.  Now that more people are photographed in their home office or video link from their kitchen, what do their book choices tell us?

Guardian: famous people and their bookshelves

The good news is that you have free online access to the Guardian and hundreds of other newspapers or magazines through our PressReader subscription. Read this post for more information PressReader e-magazines

And, why not share your fantasy bookshelf with others in the Virtual Reading Group

Wellbeing activities

This week’s Wellbeing on Wednesday has a bumper list of activities to keep you going!

Keeping Active ideas

Come and join in our virtual Q&A with Sport & Wellbeing for hints and tips on keeping active. Lots of ideas to help you keep active with limited space and equipment. A chance to ask questions and keep in touch with friends and colleagues.

We now meet weekly every  Thursday at 11am on Microsoft Teams. In order to access the team please follow the link below. Once you have clicked on the link you will be able to join the meeting from there. Alternatively you can request to join the team by emailing Hazel Wright onh.wright@tees.ac.uk

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a6c4b6ce78b08444e8f58d52ebe27385b%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=96bbfec1-ebb2-4031-9830-e379e82cea14&tenantId=43d2115b-a55e-46b6-9df7-b03388ecfc60

 

Food and Nutrition ideas

Join us each Friday from 11am-12pm on Microsoft Teams to discuss everything food and nutrition. Do you need some tips to cook with limited supplies or some nutritional advice to help boost immunity and mood? We are extremely lucky to have qualified nutritionist, Kelly Rose, online each week to answer your questions. We’d also love to hear about what you’ve been cooking and baking so please tell your friends and colleagues as all students and staff are welcome.

In order to access the team please follow the link below. Once you have clicked on the link you will be able to join the meeting from there. Alternatively you can request to join the team by emailing Hazel Wright onh.wright@tees.ac.uk

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a1763fe0708b94b4eb9c6a5c50744293b%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=08a3884e-653d-4b13-9efa-22e250fb2dc5&tenantId=43d2115b-a55e-46b6-9df7-b03388ecfc60

 

Virtual reading group

If you enjoy reading, join our Reading Group. Whilst the University is closed due to Coronavirus we are holding a virtual reading group on Microsoft Teams.  We will be meeting fortnightly to discuss our current book title and also to check-in with each other.

The next meeting is on MS Teams today at 2pm, We have just started reading ‘1984’ by George Orwell. You don’t need to have read the whole book to join in the discussion. Some of you may have seen the film, so we’d like to hear your views on that too!

In order to access the Team please follow the link below. Once you have clicked on the link you will be able to join the meeting from there. Alternatively you can request to join the team by emailing Fran Porritt on f.porritt@tees.ac.uk

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a4dc98b6ee68e48aaa5f568183fd3c746%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=798a9ab8-644b-43c0-8501-c2ca9406471f&tenantId=43d2115b-a55e-46b6-9df7-b03388ecfc60

To find out more about the Reading group see https://libguides.tees.ac.uk/readinggroup

 

Faith and Refection service

Also offers a variety of virtual activities available to you. For full details including dates, times and joining instructions see the @TeesBelief Facebook page.

 

Fun Thursday Finish!

As it’s a bank holiday weekend we have brought forward the usual Fun Friday Finish to ‘Fursday’!

Here are two suggestions from our Library team.

Fran’s Hidden gems challenge: be an urban explorer.  Your daily walk or run or cycle is the perfect opportunity to explore your local area and find hidden gems that you didn’t know existed before. Why not share what you find on social media @TeesUniLib.

Fran sent hers from a walk in Middlesbrough, anyone else know where this Viking warrior can be found?

Photo of Viking statue

Our second suggestion is from Emily, an honorary member of the team, who told her mum that she wanted us to have a piñata.  Sorry Emily, we couldn’t create one but the link below will take you to one made by Google. Enjoy!

Google birthday piñata

PressReader e-magazines

In this week’s Wellbeing Wednesday we’re hoping you can take some time out to relax with an e-magazine from our PressReader collection.

PressReader has over 7000 newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in 60 different languages. The collection covers many popular magazines and UK newspapers including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Daily Mail.

You can find more information about using the collection on our PressReader LibGuide  Or go straight to our databases page to find the PressReader link

And if you feel like something more in depth …  why not join our Virtual Reading Group

The next meeting is on MS Teams on Wednesday 15 April at 2pm discussing 1984 by George Orwell. You don’t need to have read the whole book to join in the discussion. Some of you may have seen the film, so you can share your views on that too. Keep up to date with events on the Reading Group LibGuide using the link below:

https://libguides.tees.ac.uk/readinggroup

Fun Friday Finish

Reading for pleasure

There are numerous studies pointing to the positive impact that reading for pleasure can have on our wellbeing.   Find out more in the Reading Agency’s The Untold Power of the Book  through the link below. https://readingagency.org.uk/news/GALAXY%20Quick%20Reads%20Report%202016%20FINAL.pdf

Whatever you look for in reading from escapism to enjoyment, knowledge or relaxation, it’s much more powerful when you share it with others.

Why not join our virtual Reading Group?  Details will be included on the Student and Library Services update page https://libguides.tees.ac.uk/coronaviruslibraryupdate/studentsupport

Need more inspiration?  Click on the link below to view the Unread Book video on YouTube.  It’s a Bruno Mars parody from 2015 by Pogona Creative and the Orange Public Library in association with Chapman University for National Library Week.  Have a funky weekend!

Unread Book