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February 2019

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Harry Potter Book Night


Harry Potter Book Night  Thursday 7th February

Look out for Harry Potter Book Night events across the county’s libraries including:

Craft events at Burwell (10am-12pm), Linton (4-5pm), March (5-6pm) and Soham (3-4.30pm)

Harry Potter Quiz Night at Cambridge Central (6-8pm).

Huntingdon are holding their event on Wednesday 6th (4.30-6pm) and Ely Library in half term on Wednesday 20th February (3-4.30pm).


You can download the Harry Potter books on eAudio and eBook with our RB Digital service here:  RB Digital

Business and IP Centre



Cambridgeshire Libraries have launched their Business and Intellectual Property Centre.

Thinking of starting a business? We want to hear from you!

In partnership with the British Library, and the Intellectual Property Office, Cambridgeshire Libraries now offers support for Cambridgeshire entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs.

This includes:

  • Access to business resources including market intelligence reports, UK and global company information, business news and journals
  • One to one support with business information professionals on how to use the resources
  • Intellectual Property advice through UK IPO trained advisors and local IP professionals
  • Inspiring events and workshops with local entrepreneurs and business experts
  • Networking events, meeting space and event hire

And if you would like to work with us, please get in touch via our email:

or for further information


B & IP Centre Webinars

We have three webinars coming up in February:

1. Introduction to registered design searching

2. Five basic steps for getting your business online in a flash

3. Introduction to copyright for business

Details here.


Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Digital Disruptors

digital disrupters

Live Screening

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Digital Disruptors

Monday 11th February, 2019 - Central Library, Cambridge

A live screening from the British Library - hear how the panel of entrepreneurs built businesses that have transformed our daily lives:

Chris Morton, founder of Lyst

Pip Jamieson, founder of The Dots

Sukhi Jutla, co-founder of MarketOrders

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

Book now it’s free! Eventbrite

Digital Arts and Creative Ageing


Digital Arts and Creative Ageing

We were very sad to have to postpone our series of workshops, but are working hard to reschedule them. We had a huge response, with our workshops at Huntingdon and St. Ives libraries fully booked.

We will let everyone know as soon as we have new dates from the artist. We are currently looking at dates in March and April for Huntingdon, St. Ives, St. Neots and March libraries.


LGBTQI History Month


February is LGBTQI History Month

Cambridgeshire Libraries is celebrating LGBTQI History month by highlighting the rich contribution the ‘community’ have made to literature. Each week we will feature a selection of LGBTQI authors and titles on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Cambridge Central Library will also be holding a LGBT History Quiz on Wednesday 27th February, 6-8pm.



Science and Technology Festival


Find out how to levitate ping pong balls! How to make an explosion with kitchen ingredients! Test your brain and experience mind blowing tricks! Use a micro:bit pocket-sized computer to create games and do simple electronics. Or just have fun with slime!

Huntingdon Library mini STEM festival (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Saturday 9th March 10.30am-3pm, part of National Science Week.

CHaOS (Cambridge Hands On Science) will be there with fun experiments, as well as Science Go Ltd, and our Code Club volunteers, to show children and their families the fun side of science and technology.

Entry is just £1.00 per family. Children must be accompanied by adults. Some activities are not suitable for children under 5.

#HuntSTEM. We’ll be on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!

Huntingdon Registration Service


Huntingdon Registration Service is moving to Huntingdon Library.

Work is under way to relocate Registration Service customer appointments, and associated support services, into Huntingdon Library. This exciting opportunity also increases the Library footfall and the number of rooms available for hire. The aim is to complete the move in February / March 2019.

Both teams already work closely together and are looking forward to developing this partnership further, to the benefit of both services.

Ceremonies will continue to take place in Lawrence Court. Registration Service records are already due to relocate from Huntingdon into the new Cambridgeshire Archives building in Ely during late summer 2019.

Huntingdon Library will continue to operate as usual throughout the relocation period with minimal disruption to services.

Volunteer Fayre


Interested in Volunteering? There’s something waiting for you…

Volunteer Fayre at Huntingdon Library Wednesday 6th March 2019, 2pm – 6:30pm

Lots of local organisations will be there for you to talk to and answer questions you have about volunteering

Find out how to make a difference to you and your community – where will volunteering take you?

Volunteering is for anyone – Come along and find out what volunteering can offer you, it’s limitless…

Sit back and listen to talks from local groups about them and their opportunities, with free refreshments

What are you waiting for? Drop by and we’ll see you there.

Safer Internet Day


The UK Safer Internet Centre invites everyone to join Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe to help create a better internet on Tuesday 5th February 2019, and throughout the whole year!

You’ll find lots of support and free guides on the Safer Internet website.

There’s very good information on how to set up parental controls on your home broadband – have a look!




EngAGE with your Library

EngAGE sessions are for people over 50 and take place once a month in many of our libraries. Join us and listen to fascinating guest speakers, then enjoy a cup of tea and meet new people. To find out if there’s a session in your local library pop into your library, look out for posts on social media or pick up a copy of the Winter What’s On in Cambridgeshire Libraries brochure, which is also available as a pdf on our website:

Author Profile: Elly Griffiths




Elly's new book, The Stone Circle, is published in February.

Find out all about Elly and her writing here!

Safeguarding month 2019


We all have a role to play in protecting children and adults from abuse and neglect by reporting our concerns but some people aren’t sure what the signs are, or are worried about being wrong – don’t let that stop you from telling someone you are worried.

The Safeguarding awareness campaign aims to make Safeguarding everyone’s responsibility

Because of the complex nature of the subject, often abuse and neglect go unnoticed and undetected. You can be the eyes and ears out in your community #safeguardingawareness Visit for more information #everyonesbusiness @cplscb


The Guide to Independent Living in Cambridgeshire 2019


The Guide to Independent Living in Cambridgeshire 2019 will be available in libraries from mid-February. This guide is produced by Cambridgeshire County Council in association with the publisher Care Choices and is replacing the Adult Care and Support Services Guide.

The 2019 guide is packed with information, focusing on promoting independence and the variety of options, such as Technology Enabled Care, available to people whatever their age or ability so that they can remain independent, safe, well and living a fulfilled life. It is also available to view or download online at

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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