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We Love Dolly

We’re kicking things off today with a bit of Dolly love. No, not for toys – we’re talking about the one and only country music legend herself, Queen Dolly Parton!

Did you know that Dolly has created a worldwide network called ‘Dolly’s Imagination Library’ that, by working with local partners and charities, gifts books to children every month? Enrolled children, from birth to age five, receive a high quality, age appropriate book in the post, free of charge each month. Now if that’s not a good news story, we don’t know what is!

Find out more here: Dolly's Imagination Library

Want to know what inspired Dolly to start such a venture? Watch this fascinating event ‘An Evening with Dolly Parton’, hosted by radio broadcaster Sara Cox, on the Living Knowledge Network for free:

An Evening with Dolly Parton hosted by Sara Cox

Get creative with FabLab!

New Ideas Weekend

If you haven’t heard of them, FabLab Devon are a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication, based in Exeter and Barnstaple Libraries. They’re an open access, not-for-profit, community resource where anybody can invent and make just about anything – from printing t-shirts to producing 3D prints, making beautiful embroidered designs to laser cutting dreamcatchers from wood or perspex!

Of course, with the current lockdown, their physical creation labs are closed, but they’ll be holding their first New Ideas Weekend on the 15th and 16th January! Showcasing some exciting new ideas, they’ll be posting some brilliant demonstrations (that are free to view!) on their Facebook page. So why not get creative, spark some imagination and get involved?

Keep on eye on their Facebook for more information: FabLab Facebook Page


Let stories inspire you

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Let your imagination run rampant with a little help from Roald Dahl! This site is bursting with ideas to keep your younger ones entertained and stretch their creativity – from storytelling and character creation, to lesson plans and puzzles.

Give your brainbox a stretching, as Roald Dahl might say - visit: Roald Dahl - things to do indoors - website


Train your imagination

Imagination Exercises

You’ve probably heard of brain training. But have you heard of imagination training?

There are lots of upsides to training your imagination. Unlike recollection and memory (which require less neural activity because your brain becomes more adept at processing information that is familiar), using your imagination increases neural activity in the brain because your mind is mapping unchartered territory. Simply put, this means that your brain is working harder, and can lead to improved problem-solving, memory and cognition skills over time. Who wouldn’t want that?

There are lots of ways to flex your imaginative muscles. Take a look at these different approaches and see which one works for you!

Expand your imagination with TedxMileHigh: www.tedxmilehigh.com/how-expand-imagination

Quick-fire creative thinking exercises: www.artworkarchive.com/exercises-to-quickly-improve-creative-thinking

Train your artistic mind: www.99designs.co.uk/creative-thinkingexercises/

Amazing imaginative worlds

We’re closing out today with a selection of brilliant imaginative books chosen by Abi Milne, our Business & IP Centre Programme Co-ordinator. If you’re ready to venture into unbelievable worlds and awe-inspiring journeys, take a look at her selection below (click on books - all available through out digital library).