News from Cambridgeshire Libraries - October 2018

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October 2018

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What's on Autumn

The second What’s On in Cambridgeshire Libraries brochure is now out in all our libraries, including our Community-Managed Libraries and the Mobiles. So pick up a copy and find out about all the amazing and varied events and activities taking place in our Libraries between October and December. 

As ever, we have a full programme of fascinating guest speakers for the monthly over-50’s Engage sessions, as well as a host of fabulous activities for families during the autumn half term holiday. However, you can also see when our regular Rhymetimes, Storytimes, Lego Clubs, Games Clubs (for both children and adults) and Homework Clubs are taking place. Along with Family History Drop Ins, Author Events, Christmas Crafts, and much more. You may be surprised what is going on for you in your local library!

A pdf of the brochure is also available on our website here

Celebrating Your Library Service

National Libraries Week

We celebrate the wonder of libraries every week, but National Libraries Week is 8th-13th October. So we will be marking this official week with a number of special events taking place in libraries around the county, in addition to all our regular activities. 

You can meet an author – Alison Bruce in Great Shelford, Hilary Swaine in Wisbech, Mandy Morton in St Ives and Peter Murphy in Huntingdon. 

In March we will be celebrating 60 years since the publication of the first Paddington Bear story, with a Birthday Party full of stories, crafts, cake, and of course, marmalade sandwiches! 

There will also be a Book Trail around March Town throughout the week, so turn detective and see how many book covers you can find! 

Have you ever wished to Train as a Jedi? Well Yaxley and Sawtry Libraries will become training centres for the Jedi Order, so come and test whether you have the skills to earn your own light sabre! 

In Ramsey you can explore the wonders of Ancestry and in Cambridge Central Library you can discover all about the Cambridge Suffragette Movement* with Cambridgeshire Collection Staff member, Mary, and local author Sue Slack. Cambridge Central will also be celebrating the joy of reading, sharing stories and generally being a Bookworm

You can find details of all these events in the Autumn What’s on in Cambridgeshire Libraries brochure, available from your local library, or by logging on to

[*This talk will take place 2-3pm - the timing had not been confirmed when the brochure went to press. **See posters in March Library and social media for details]

Fenland Fun Palaces

Fun Palace

Join us in Fenland as two of our libraries become Fun Palaces for the day on Saturday 6 October.

In March Library you can create your own Palace from Lego 10-11am, then learn how to craft one from recycled materials 2-3.30pm, or why not make your Family Tree 11am-12pm. There are new hobbies to discover through our Art Taster session 12-1pm with The Other Art Group, or by watching the local Ukulele Band perform 2-3pm.

At Wisbech between 10am-12pm you can learn how to use a metal detector to find buried ‘treasure’; try your hand at quilting and banner making or create your unique DNA Sequence Bracelet.

Everything is free!

New book collection to support mental health

Reading well for mental health

We are pleased to be launching the new Reading Well for mental health book collection on 10 October, World Mental Health Day. These books will be available to borrow, or reserve in all our libraries and via our online catalogue- scroll down to find “Reading Well for mental health” with easy access to all these titles.

Reading Well for mental health collection provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or for dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs.

The books in this collection were selected by health professionals and some of the titles are specifically endorsed as suitable for supporting treatment by the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.

As well as Reading Well for mental health, Cambridgeshire libraries also have the following well-being-related book collections, please ask for further information in your local library: -

  • Books on Prescription - Reading Well for dementia
  • Shelf Help - Reading Well for young people
  • Reading Well for long term conditions
  • The Cambridgeshire Autism Collection

If you are a health professional based in Cambridgeshire and would like to recommend this resource to your service users, please email: 

Nicola Upson and Mandy Morton on tour

This autumn we have a mini authors-on–tour with Nicola Upson and Mandy Morton. Mandy will be talking about her feline detective Hetty Bagshott at Great Shelford library on 28 November at 2pm, Linton on 8 October at 2pm as part of the Engage programme and St. Ives on 10 October at 2pm. 

Mandy is joined by Nicola Upson for their brand new Malice Domestic event where they share the joys and pains of sharing a house with a fellow crime writer. They will be appearing at Cambourne Library on 5 December at 2pm (Engage), Huntingdon on 2 November 2 2-3.30pm and Wisbech on 4 December 6.30 for 7pm.

Nicola Upson Mandy Morton

Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month is held each year in October, with a programme that promotes the history and contributions that African, Caribbean, Asian and other BAME communities have made to Cambridgeshire and the UK.  

Tuck into a good read for Black History Month, with this selection of books celebrating black authors and achievements in Black History.

View the full book selection HERE.  

Get Online Week

Why not drop into your library and ask about opportunities to get online? You might try downloading a newspaper or magazine to read on a tablet or a computer...

Ask a member of staff for information about services and courses available to help you get started.


Get online

Celebrating another successful Summer Reading Challenge

St Neots Summer reading challenge

We had almost 7,000 children joining the challenge this year, and just under 4,000 children finishing – congratulations to all of you!  Our star library was Cambridge Central where over 760 children took part.

Award ceremonies have been taking place across our libraries. We are delighted that many have been attended by county and local councillors and we would like to thank them for their support. And we must also say thank you to the 190 young volunteers who helped us run ‘Mischief Makers’ this summer – their help has been invaluable.

All our libraries have been really busy this summer, with over 170 different events and activities taking place – from ‘Meet an author’, ‘Comic book art’, to ‘Making pirate hats and swords’.

To quote one of the children who took part in ‘Mischief Makers’:  “I loved it and I am going to do it next year!”

Photo: Award ceremony at St Neots Library on Saturday 22 September 

New publications available at Huntingdon Library

Cllr Tom Sanderson

Thanks to the kind support of Huntingdon Town Council, Huntingdon Library now offer the i-Newspaper in addition to our other newspaper publications, to read in the library for free. 

The Town Council are also sponsoring the purchase of two children’s publications, First News and Aquila; First News is a weekly newspaper for 7 - 14 year olds and Aquila is a fun and educational children’s magazine. These publications are available to view in the library and will be used to enhance our Homework Club offer, which runs in term times on Wednesday evenings from 4.00 pm. 

Don’t forget to let us know what you think about our new publications, by completing a feedback form when you visit Huntingdon Library.

Photo: Cllr Tom Sanderson with member of staff at Huntingdon Library

Reading aloud - a new storytime for adults

St. Ives Library has an intriguing new event –Reading Aloud a storytime for adults.

Sit back, relax, unwind, listen to stories and more, meet new friends, learn something new too.

Join us on Tuesday 16 October and Tuesday 20 November 2-3pm at St Ives Library. The theme for October is Autumn, November is Remembrance.

This is a FREE event with refreshments –  donations are welcome.

New Dyslexia Book Collection

 To celebrate National Dyslexia Awareness Week (1st-7th October) Cambridge Central, Huntingdon and Ely will be hosting a collection of books about Dyslexia for Children, Parents and Adults.

Cambridgeshire Libraries has worked with the British Dyslexia Association and Indigo (a local charity that gives information and advice) to produce this collection that includes dyslexia-friendly fiction, mostly for children, as well as biographies of people with this learning difficulty.

Copies of the books on the list will be bought for libraries throughout the county, however, the titles catalogued as Dyslexia-Friendly will be available to reserve for free so you can access them through your local library - please see the full Book List HERE.

Dyslexia book

The librarians' choices


Take a look at this months recommended reads, the can be viewed HERE.

New collection of poems for the hospital community

Poetry day

The power of poetry to uplift and inspire will be celebrated in a showcase of new poems created for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on this year’s National Poetry Day (4 October). 

A new booklet of poems ‘Taking Note - Poetry Moments’ has been commissioned for the hospital community, together with cards and bookmarks. Offering glimpses into some of the extraordinary worlds found in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, these poems are for everyone whether visitor, patient or member of staff. A specially bound copy of the booklet will also available to loan from each of the 34 Cambridgeshire Libraries in the county. The poems and more about the project can be found at

The project has been produced for the Addenbrooke’s community by Addenbrooke’s Arts and arts and well-being charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, with the support of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. 

Forthcoming events and activities


Click on your local library to discover what events and activities are coming up in the next few months.

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