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December 2018

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Winter mini challenge

join the winter mini challenge - get rewards for reading

Did your children enjoy Mischief Makers? Why not try Winter Mini Challenge?

Starting on Saturday 1 December, children can take part in The Reading Agency’s Winter Mini Challenge.

Based on the fun story book ‘There’s a yeti in the playground!’, 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.

Pop into your local library to pick up some Yeti activity sheets, and to borrow all the books you need to take part in the challenge!

The challenge finishes on Friday 11 January.

Advent calendar


Don't miss our annual Advent calendar on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Join us to celebrate our highlights of the year in the countdown to Christmas.

Christmas opening hours


All Cambridgeshire libraries are closing at 1pm on Monday 24th December 2018 and reopening on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

You can see full details for all of our libraries including opening hours at Central and St.Ives Open Plus here:




Mobile Library Christmas route alterations


The Mobile Library will not be visiting on 25th, 26th, 27th 28th Dec 2018 and 1st Jan 2019.

Routes have been rearranged or cancelled. Please see our webpages here for full details.

We wish all our readers a Very Happy Christmas and look forward to your continued support in 2019.





Safe+Well™ can help you whether you are young or older, disabled,  a carer, or simply struggling at home due to age or illness.                         We can help you choose daily living aids or guide you to other local services which may help to make your life easier at home.

  • Are you finding it more difficult to get out of the bath and are worried about getting stuck?
  • Is getting up and down the stairs becoming harder?
  • Have you had a fall and want to avoid another?
  • Would you like to make sure your home is as safe as possible for you?
  • Would you like to find out where you can buy daily living aids from?

Cambridge Central, Cambourne, Ely, Huntingdon, March, St. Ives,   St. Neots and Wisbech libraries offer free digital support (by appointment) to access the ‘Safe + Well’ website 


New books for December

New books

Our new books for December



A few of our new eAudio and eBooks - we can heartily recommend The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick. Set in a world where pregnancy is shared between parents using customizable pouches...

Treat yourself...


 Christmas is a busy time for lots of people,quieter for others....

Treat yourself to a spot of self indulgence - download an eBook, eAudiobook or eMagazine. Whether you're sneaking off for a bit of me time or discovering new literary companions it won't cost you a penny.

Have a look- eServices

Perfect presents for library lovers...



Looking for an original present for Christmas?

Get the library fan in your life a Library Extra membership,  enjoying the extra benefits like an invitation to an annual event for members, behind the scene tours of our collections and an exclusive visit to a partner organisation such as Cambridge University Library or The British Library. Membership start from £50 and can be bought at any library. Speak to a member of staff or contact us at to know more.


For the bookworms and history buffs, why not adopt a book? Our new scheme allows you to choose any book in our Cambridgeshire Collections to adopt, including James Maxwell’s copy of Isaac Newton’s Mathematica Principia or the biography of Stephen Hawking. For £25 a year, you will receive a thank you certificate and a behind the scenes guided tour of the archive store. Your chosen item will be identified on the shelves as adopted by you or the person of your choice. For more information, please see our leaflet here or contact us at

Winter What's On brochure

Winter ed


Please look out for the Winter What’s on in Cambridgeshire Libraries brochure, due out later this month, to find out what wonderful events and activities will be taking place in your libraries between January and March 2019.

Nicola Upson and Mandy Morton


Your last chance to meet Nicola and Mandy and discover how they write, their research and the adventures that arise!

Cambourne Library Wednesday 5th December 2pm Engage in the Afternoon.

Falling in love with reading

Libraries have an exciting FREE course for parents and carers to help  foster a love of stories, books and reading with your child. This is a short (3 week) FREE course for parents and carers of children aged from 3 to 7 years. Explore the importance of letting children select their own books, learning through play and stories that reflect shared culture & tradition. In the following libraries this autumn: Arbury, Cambridge Central, Huntingdon, Ely, Littleport, March, St. Ives, St. Neots, Soham, Whittlesey and Wisbech, with more locations to follow! The sessions are delivered by fully trained library staff with asupporting book collections, specially curated by our colleagues in Adult Learning and Skills - for course participants to borrow to continue their learning at home. You can sign up for this FREE course now by dropping into one of the participating libraries or contacting us on 0345 045 5225.


Evening and weekend GP appointments now available



A new service offering evening and weekend appointments  with a GP or nurse is now available in Cambridge, Ely and surrounding villages. Extended GP opening hours appointments are for routine and non-urgent issues.

Patients can book appointments through their GP receptionist who will also be able to answer any questions about the service and how to cancel or change bookings.

More information is available on


Stay well this winter

winter health

The Public Health Team is running the Stay Well campaign to help people prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses. This aims to provide vulnerable groups with information on how they can minimise the effects of the cold and where they can find the support and services provided by voluntary organisations and district authorities, such as heating grants and boiler repairs.

There is a Winter Health Pack which include tips, information and useful contacts on staying warm and well during the cold winter months. These packs will be available from all libraries and mobile libraries across Cambridgeshire from the beginning of December.

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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Arbury Court Library
Bar Hill Library
Barnwell Road Library, Cambridge
Buckden Library
Burwell Library
Cambourne Library
Central Library, Cambridge
Chatteris Library
Cherry Hinton Library, Cambridge
Comberton Library
Cottenham Library
Ely Library
Great Shelford Library
Histon Library
Huntingdon Library and Archives
Linton Library

Bassingbourn Library Access Point
Bottisham Library Access Point
Fulbourn Library Access Point
Gamlingay Library Access Point
Haddenham Library Access Point

Littleport Library
March Library
Milton Road Library, Cambridge
Papworth Library
Ramsey Library
Rock Road Library
Sawston Library
Sawtry Library
Soham Library
St Ives Library
St Neots Library
Warboys Library
Whittlesey Library Learning Centre
Willingham Library
Wisbech Library
Yaxley Library

Little Downham Library Access Point
Melbourn Library Access Point
Somersham Library Access Point
Swavesey Library Access Point
Waterbeach Library Access Point