Crosby Library: Pool our Resources

Crosby Library: Pool our Resources

Crosby Library: Pool our Resources

Date(s): 17.10.18 - 20.10.18
Time(s): All Day

Pool Our Resources!

Three days of free skills-swaps, workshops, demonstrations and food-sharing at Crosby Library. 17th, 18th, 20th October 2018


Pool our Resources will look at how we are reintroducing elements of craft, thrift and upcycling back into our everyday lives.  You’re invited to a celebration of the strength and depth of collective knowledge, a reminder of the importance of our social spaces, and the positive effect of skill-sharing on health and wellbeing.  Join us how to learn to bake bread, pickle vegetables, make soap, make a picture frame, save seeds from garden produce or mend a puncture. Workshops led by artists, librarians, social enterprises and local people include DIY with Bootle Tool Shed, Embroidery with Dorlin’s Haberdashers, Bread for beginners by Homebaked, and candle-making with Ford Lane Allotments. And if you can ferment veg peel, darn socks, throw a pot or propagate plants, your valuable knowledge is required!


All workshops and sessions are free and drop in, but places are limited so turn up early to secure your slot!  Suitable for anyone of any age with any level of experience – or none!


Everyone is welcome and everything is free!


Pool Our Resources is a project by artist Sean Roy Parker, initiator of PEFA projects, lead artist at Camden Arts Centre and chef at The Brixton Pound.


The Human Library believes that everyone has “gifts of the heart, the head and the hand” to offer. The Human Library project is organised by Sefton Libraries with funding from Arts Council England.  To find out how to take part you can speak to one of the Librarians, or see:

twitter: @OurHumanLib      facebook: @OurHumanLibrary   instagram: @ourhumanlibrary

Running order


Wednesday 17th October


Morning 11 – 1


Squash Liverpool – Seed-saving workshop

Join Jackie and Tabitha as we save seeds from flowers and produce to plant next year. We’ll be drawing beautiful seed heads too, using a variety of art materials.


Dorlin’s – needlecraft

Emily from Dorlin’s will help you get started with embroidery – or trouble-shoot your stitchery needs.


Collette Whittington  – printmaking

A relief print workshop using Block, Roller and Lino printmaking techniques to create bespoke designs for a library takeaway tote bag.


Lunch 1 – 2


Human Library volunteers – chapatti-making

Marj and Niamh will be cooking up chapattis to eat for lunch.  Learn the tricks of how to make this delicious traditional bread that costs only pennies.


Afternoon 2 – 4


Sufea Mohamad Noor –  make your own cleaning products

Join Sufea for a hands-on demonstration of how to make cost-effective, eco-friendly cleaning products using ingredients from the kitchen/garden. PLUS Learn how to make reusable cloth bags for shopping using recycled textiles.


Bootle Toolshed –  simple upholstery and woodwork

Cover seat pad with new fabrics and learn how to make a planter, using donated materials.


Nathan – DIY!

All the skills you need to wire a plug, change a fuse, fix household equipment.







Thursday 18th October


Morning  11 – 1


Theo Vass – Framing on a budget

Learn how to make a frame for your artwork or photos using simple techniques


Brixton Pound – pickling workshop

Make some vegetable pickles and ferments with Sean Roy Parker. Bring a clean jar with a lid if you want to take your pickles away.  (Produce donations welcomed!)


Dorlin’s – needlecraft

More skills with Emily – continue what you started or begin something new.



Lunch 1-2   


Homebaked – breadmaking

A hands on introduction to bread-making with baker Mark Loudon.  Learn the ingredients and processes for a perfect loaf. Take your dough home to cook in your own oven and fill your home with the smell of delicious freshly-baked bread.


Afternoon 2 – 4


B4 Biodiversity – candle making

A practical workshop making scented tealights from beeswax from the hives and apiaries at Ford Lane allotment


Frances Disley – hydrosols and soaps

As the hydrosol distils gorgeous herbal fragrances from foraged plants, make simple soap or mix your own bespoke scents to take away.


Gordon, Crosby Librarian – guitar strings

Find out how to restring your guitar, or make a cigar box guitar from scrap materials



Saturday 20th 11 – 2


Gavin and Ian, Crosby Librarians – Bike fix 101

Get some essential bike maintenance skills:  mend a puncture, change a tyre, fix your brakes, replace your bike chain – demos and maybe some hands on practice.


Foodsketz – make a meal for a pound

Artist-chefs Alison and Cat will share how to prep simple but tasty food from leftovers and low cost ingredients in this hands- on workshop.


Bluebird Upholstery – upholstery demo

Watch Imogen at work as she brings old furniture back to life using traditional hand skills and talk about the processes.


All day each day  – ‘zine-making, artists film screenings, selected bookshelf.