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November 2018

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Winter Mini Reading Challenge


Did your children enjoy Mischief Makers? Why not try the Winter Mini Challenge  based on the book ‘There’s a yeti in the playground’?

Starting on Saturday 1 December and finishing on Friday 11 January, the challenge will be run through the Winter Mini Challenge website. Children simply read three books of their choice, add them to their WMC website profile and leave a short book review. They will unlock rewards, including a virtual badge and a certificate to print off and keep.

Copies of ‘There’s a Yeti in the Playground’, as well as other titles by the author Pamela Butchart, are available to borrow.

Take our computer usage online survey


Please take a few minutes to tell us how you use our library computers.

The results will be used to feedback information to the Library Management Team.

Please complete the survey to let us know your views by 21st December 2018

This survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

New Books for November


Get a cup of tea, sit down and enjoy a browse through some of our highlights for November.

Search our catalogue here:

New eBooks and eAudio

Discover our collections HERE


New from RB Digital - eAudiobook


       New from Libro - eBook


New from Borrowbox - eAudiobook


  New from ULibrary - eAudiobook

Ely Armistice Celebration


On Saturday 10th November Ely Library will be hosting a free-to-view Living Exhibition to commemorate  the Armistice: 9.30am-4pm; and talk on World War One Trench Art at 2pm - tickets £2, available from the Library.


New BFI Archive website


Cambridge Central Library hosted a unique opportunity to help test the British Film Institute's new Film Archive website last Monday (29th October). The Film Archive website has been created to give the public free access to BFI's collection of films about British life made over the past 120 years. Nine members of the public and library staff joined Sarah Grant, Digital Project Manager for the BFI, to look at the website, see how the Archive works and give, direct feedback about how useful and user-friendly it was.

Once the consultation period is over, we hope to see the service rolled out to all libraries, possibly as early as the New Year.

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Live Screening


Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Work Like a Woman with Mary Portas

Central Library, Cambridge Thursday 15 Nov 2018, 18.45 - 21:45

 Mary discusses her career and the realisation that true success comes not through playing the business game, where the rules are set by men, for men, but through embracing the values that really matter.

Opportunity to network over refreshments. Find out how we can support your business ideas.

Book now it’s free! Eventbrite

Operation Lighthouse for White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon

White Ribbon Day is on 25 November - the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Organised by White Ribbon UK, this is a day to encourage everyone to take a stand to end male violence against women, once and for all.

On this occasion, Cambridge Central, Cambourne, Ely, Huntingdon, March, St Ives, St Neots and Wisbech libraries will have White Ribbon displays and present Operation Lighthouse, a powerful book written by two brothers – Luke and Ryan Hart, whose mother and sister were killed by their father after suffering years of abuse.

Free copies of Operation Lighthouse will also be available to take home from every library so don’t hesitate to ask staff about the campaign and the book.

To learn more about White Ribbon, visit

Homework club


Don’t forget that Cambridgeshire Libraries are now offering term time after school Homework Clubs in our larger libraries

The clubs offer children space to do their homework, with staff on hand to find any books or online resources they need, free use of our computers, as well as free photocopies/printouts (parents/carers are asked to say with children under 11).

The clubs are taking place at the following libraries: Cambridge Central, Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives, Ely, March and Wisbech – ask in the library for when their club is held or visit

A life viewed through stories, writing and song....


St. Neots Library is hosting an evening of stories, music and experiences with Sam Feeney - Sam's life growing up in an era where there were no positive role models or messages about the LGBTQI community.

Not to be missed..... there may be singing as a finale!

Tuesday 13th November 7pm. Free tickets from the library or Eventbrite.

NEW! Storytime for adults....


Read Aloud – Storytime for Adults 

St.Ives Library     

Tuesday 20 November 2-3pm

Sit back and listen to stories and more. Make new friends and learn something new too. November's theme: Remembrance    Free event with refreshments (donations welcome)

What's On...

Remember you can see everything that's going on in our       What's On brochure.

What's On

Access Peterborough Library's catalogue


You can now borrow from and return items to any Peterborough library thanks to our shared library catalogue (SPINE), which is already in place with Suffolk Libraries.

This means you can access thousands more library titles than ever before!  Anyone who is a member of a SPINE library can now borrow items from any of the three library services for free and return library loans to any Cambridgeshire, Peterborough or Suffolk library.

You can also search the combined online catalogue, showing all available fiction and non-fiction books, spoken word, music CDs and DVDs. Stock can be requested from other library services for a fee of £2 per item, to help cover the cost of transporting the item to your local library.

Browse the catalogue here. For any frequently asked questions about the shared catalogue, head to our website or speak to a member of staff.

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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