Learn old and new skills for everyday life during the Family Learning Festival

From tying knots to using social media, Somerset libraries will play their part in teaching skills old and new this month.

The County Council’s libraries will be helping people get to grips with ‘traditional and modern skills’ as part of the national Family Learning Festival. The festival is organised by the Campaign for Learning and is the biggest annual celebration of family learning in the UK. This year Somerset libraries have taken ‘traditional and modern skills’ as their theme.

Courses and events are running from 17 -31 October. The traditional skills being showcased also include, lighting a fire from scratch, identifying trees and insects, knot making and jewellery design. Similarly, modern essential skills on the agenda include learning to use social media platforms, as well as discovering your family ancestry online.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: “An article was recently published in the local press suggesting that traditional skills, once thought to be essential to everyday life are dying out. These include things like map reading, knitting, sewing, correct letter writing technique and converting weights.

“To stop some of these skills from being lost to younger generations, Somerset County Council’s libraries will be using the Family Learning Festival to encourage people to give them a try, learn a new skill and have fun with their friends and family at the same time.”

Places at some events are limited, so early booking is advised.

A full list of events can be found at www.librarieswest.org.uk/FLF_2015.pdf