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January 2019

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Happy New Year!


Cambridgeshire Libraries would  like to wish all of our customers a Happy New Year - we look forward to seeing you soon.

If you're looking for events and activities to start off your year please read on.... We have Engage talks, reading groups, The Library Presents, children's activities and much, much more.

New Year, new you....


Are you looking for a new challenge? Would you like to learn a language, join a group or read your way around the world?

We have free language courses to download, we have weekly events where you can meet up with others who share your interests, we have performances and workshops......

See our What's on and The Library Presents brochures to get the full flavour.

Thinking about volunteering?


Can you see yourself volunteering for Cambridgeshire Libraries this year?

Our community of volunteers includes people from all ages and backgrounds, who have found volunteering to be a great way to make new friends, inspire others, make a difference, learn new skills and earn Time Credits (only applies to some areas).

For more information please contact our volunteer co-ordinators via email: or telephone: 0345 045 5225


What's On winter edition


Welcome to our third What's On brochure where you can find an amazing variety of events and activities taking place in our libraries this winter, with a special focus on February half term

Our biggest and best edition yet! Collect a copy from your library or look here:

Be a tablet artist! Creative ageing and digital art.


We're very excited to announce a series of workshops led by a digital artist. If you are over 50 and can use a tablet comfortably for the basics ( e-mail, searching the internet, taking a photo) why not sign up to learn how to create art on a tablet?

We will be holding workshops at 

Huntingdon Library 25th January and 1st February

St. Ives Library 23rd and 25th January

St. Neots Library 23rd January and 13th February          

Please ask staff or call 0345 045 5225 for details and to book a place. Tablets will be provided.

Just books....


Many thanks to the Friends of Cambridge Central Library for the donation of some great children’s classics.    

By popular request, here's the full list of Children's and Teen Classics. Thank you again for the lovely collection!

eAudio books


Before he was Taliesin of Lynn Cerrig Bach, he was Gwion of Lynn Tegid, bumbling his way through this Present Past. Born in Powys, the son of a lowly wood merchant, Gwion is enchanted by the comely Creirwy – daughter of Tegid Foel, the Giant and his wife, Keridwen, the goddess witch of Lynn Tegid.

During a brush with the Sons of the Long Knives, Gwion earns the trust of Keridwen and is offered employment at her Castell in Gwynedd. There the goddess is brewing a potion of prophetic insight and secret wisdom, destined for her monstrous, shape-shifting son, Morvran. But an ill-timed accident on the final day of his task sees Gwion inherit all the potion's supernatural abilities.

Borrowbox eAudio



After Alba Ashby suffers the Worst Events of Her Life, she finds herself at the door of 11 Hope Street, Cambridge. There, a beautiful older woman named Peggy invites Alba to stay, on the house's usual conditions: she'll have 99 nights, and no more, to turn her life around. Once inside, Alba sees that 11 Hope Street is no ordinary place. Past residents include Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, and Agatha Christie, who all stayed there when they, too, had lost hope. With the house's help, Alba decides to risk everything - and embarks on a journey that may even save her life.

ULibrary eAudiobook


This is the sweet memory of Mme, my dear mother. The first sweet memory... Sometimes her laughter bursts into my head or I hear her call me - my name full and round in her mouth. Frustratingly though, as with all the memories I have of Mme, her face always blurs under the pressure of my focus.' Celia Mphephu works as a maid for Mr and Mrs Steiner in a leafy, white man's suburb of 1960s Johannesburg. When racial tensions in the country reach fever pitch and the Steiners plan to relocate to England, they offer to adopt Celia's young daughter Miriam and raise her as their own. But Miriam finds England to be very different to the place the Steiners have told her about. And so begins her long journey through the years, back to South Africa, to find her mother and herself. Set against the violent backdrop of apartheid South Africa and then the calm of late twentieth-century Britain, Shifting Colours traces the lives of a mother and daughter separated by land, sea and heart-rending circumstance.

ULibrary eAudiobook



Wild Fire is the eighth, and final book, in Ann Cleeves' bestselling Shetland series - a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez. Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote.Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.

Libro eBooks


From the bestselling author of The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton brings us her dazzling sixth novel, The Clockmaker's Daughter.My real name, no one remembers.The truth about that summer, no one else knows. In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity.

Libro eBooks

National storytelling week


26th Jan – 2nd Feb is National Storytelling Week. We have storytimes for children and a new session for adults - Read Aloud at St. Ives library on 15th January at 2pm.

Find storytimes here.


Cambridgeshire Libraries CISCO Network Academy


Are you looking for information or a qualification in IT?

Cambridgeshire Libraries have become a CISCO Network Academy - we're offering 6 free online courses that you can do on a pc, over wifi and at home.

The courses are self managed learning, taking between 15-30 hours to complete with an optional qualification at the end.

We have:

Linux Unhatched, Cybersecurity Essentials, Introduction to the Internet of Things, Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Cybersecurity and Get Connected.

Find them here:


50,000 reasons to end loneliness


50,000 older people across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire potentially might not have spoken to anyone today. Saying “Hello” or waving could make all the difference.

 Remember when making friends was child's play? More than half of UK adults say it’s been a long time since they made a new friend or connection. It doesn’t need to be this way, so let's learn from the experts. Children are great at breaking down the barriers that stop us from connecting. Take a look at our tips to see how you can make a difference  #50000reasons #endloneliness


Safe+Well assistive technology



Pop into your local library and find out about the ‘assistive’ technology that can help you remain safe and well in your own home.

Do you need help in your home? Do you have family or neighbours who need help?

Cambridgeshire Libraries offer FREE support to access the SAFE +WELL website to choose the right living aids products that can help you live more independently. Please speak to a member of staff and book your free appointment today in:

Cambridge Central Library, Cambourne, Ely, Huntingdon, March, St Ives, St Neots and Wisbech Libraries.

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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