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March 2019

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Digital Arts


Digital Arts and Creative Ageing workshops – over 50’s

Good News! We have new dates and extra venues for our Digital Arts workshops. We are contacting everyone who booked places on the original sessions. If you haven’t been contacted please get in touch. You need to be over 50 and be able to use a tablet for the basics. The event is FREE and all tablets are supplied. Book your place at the library or e-mail

The new dates are:

St. Ives Library Friday 29th March 10-12noon, Thursday 4th April 2-4pm.

Huntingdon Library Wed. 3rd 2-4pm and 5-7pm.

March Town Hall Thursday 14th and 18th March 10-12noon.

Ely Library Friday 15th March and 29th March 2-4pm.

Chatteris Library Thursday 28th March 2-4pm.

Soham Library Friday 5th April 2-4pm.

For more information contact

Business and Intellectual Property Centre


On 1st February we launched our new Business & IP (Intellectual Property) Centre service in Cambridge Central Library. This new service is in partnership with the British Library and Peterborough Libraries, and is the 12th to join the national network of centres, modelled on the British Library’s successful Business & IP Centre located in the heart of London.

The launch kicked off a six-week programme of events and activities delivered by staff and partners in libraries.

Our guests at the launch: British Library, Julie Deane, CEO of Cambridge Satchel Company, Cllr Kevin Cuffley, SME’s, local businesses and library staff, all helped to get the service off to an exciting and business like start.

The new service provides free access to important business and IP information, not available anywhere else in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The Business & IP Centre is also a physical hub in Cambridge Central Library and Peterborough Central Library, with meeting rooms, networking space, and friendly staff on hand to guide people to the help and resources that they need to start and run successful businesses. For more information, links to events, and resources please visit If you would like to join our mailing list or if you would like to work with us please contact We look forward to hearing from you.

Kath Austin: Entrepreneur & Founder of BeeBee Wraps



Central Library, Cambridge. Tuesday 26th March 18.30

Meet Kath and hear about her inspiring journey as an Entrepreneur: one which started in her kitchen.

BeeBee Wraps are a plastic-free alternative to cling film, made from organic cotton and beeswax beautifully designed with contemporary prints. “Wrap, eat, wash, repeat”, it’s as simple as that. Featured in The Guardian, The Daily Mail, ITV Anglia News and on BBC radio, and BBC 1.

Book your free ticket at

British Science Week


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 Lego and slime!

Take part in all of these at 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 free, but we suggest a minimum donation of £1.00 per family, to help cover our costs. Children must be accompanied by adults. Please note that some activities are not suitable for under 5s.

#HuntSTEM We’ll be on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!   #BSW19

World Book Day


Of course, every day is World Book Day in libraries…however, officially, it is the 7th March this year. Most libraries will be hosting World Book Day rhymetimes and storytimes, where World Book Day vouchers will be given out to the pre-school children attending. For children in the March area, Tesco are bringing a collection of WBD titles to the library on Saturday 9th March 2-3pm, so they can ‘spend’ their vouchers. For details of events see, Cambridgeshire Libraries Facebook & Twitter, and our What’s On Brochure for dates and times of our rhyme & storytimes.

Authors in Cambridgeshire Libraries


 An evening with author Barbara Nadel

Monday 29th April, 7pm at St. Ives Library. Tickets £3 from the library, call 0345 045 5225 or e-mail

Read more about Barbara and her work  HERE



An evening with author Peter Murphy

Tuesday 19th March, 7pm at St Ives Library

Tickets £3. Please speak to staff a St Ives Library to book your place.

Peter will talk about and sign copies of his latest book ‘One Law for the Rest of Us’.


An afternoon with author Guinevere Glasfurd

Thursday 7th March, 1.30pm at Huntingdon Library

EngAGE in the Afternoon, free event. Booking recommended, please speak to staff at Huntingdon Library to reserve your place.

Join us for an entertaining afternoon as Guinevere discusses why she writes historical fiction, and her experience of being nominated for the COSTA prize!


The Library Presents – Tickets selling fast



Since the spring programme of arts events launched in February ‘The Library Presents’ has welcomed over 300 people to performances and workshops across Cambridgeshire.

The spring programme of exciting events continues throughout March, April and May.

‘The Librarians’ is a hilarious show for all ages combined with a book making workshop at Huntingdon Library (16 March). Award winning family show ‘Rocket Girl’ will be enchanting audiences at St.Ives Library (16 March), Yaxley Library (30 March) and Christ the Redeemer Church Hall in Barnwell, Cambridge (30 March).

Music fans can enjoy ‘Blues, County and Folk with Sunjay’ in March Library (22 March) or The Opera Dudes in Soham and Cherry Hinton

Workshops on offer include; Singing in Histon Library (2 March), Soham Library (9 March) and Littleport Library (16 March), Mask Making in Chatteris, and budding writers will love ‘An Introduction to Memoir Writing’ in Cambridge Central Library (30 March).

‘The Library Presents’ is funded by Arts Council England.

Download the full programme at:

Book tickets Online | Book tickets by phone: 01223 357 851


The Library Presents on the Mobile Library!


Isleham Mobile Library

 Lady Chillers - dramatic readings of Victorian ghost stories. Performed by Christine Pike.

Friday 5th April 7.30pm

£4 per person, suitable for adults and young people.

Book and pay at the Mobile Library or call 01223 706342. Tickets are limited so advanced booking is advised.


Coates Mobile Library

Ghosts of the Fens - local ghost stories told by Marion Leeper.

Saturday 6th April 7pm.

£4 per person, suitable for adults and young people.

Book and pay at the Mobile Library or call 01223 706342. Tickets are limited so advanced booking is advised.

Read It Again - Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award


World Book Day, March 7th sees the launch of our Picture Book Award ‘Read it Again!’ 2019.

This is a unique award for a first-time picture book where the words and pictures are the work of one individual. Thousands of Cambridgeshire children in local schools will vote for their favourite book from a shortlist of six titles, all by first-time author/illustrators. Last year over 14,000 children took part in the award. The winning book will be announced in June.

The 2019 shortlisted titles, chosen from a longlist of 25, are:

Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond

Nipper and the Lunchbox by Lucy Dillamore

The King who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth

I Can Fly by Fifi Kuo

The Weaver by Qian Shi

Red and the City by Marie Voigt

Copies of the shortlisted books will be available to borrow from libraries.

CISCO Network Academy - get an IT qualification


CISCO Network Academy

Enroll on our FREE online courses and develop your skills. If you're looking for qualifications which could lead to careers in IT we can help.

Our courses:

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

Shakespeare Week


Shakespeare Week 18th- 24th March

There are lots activities and ideas on the Shakespeare Week website, everything from cartoon and pomander making to writing haiku poetry. Or you can use the Shakespedia to learn more about the life and works of William Shakespeare - meet the man behind the works, read synopsises of his plays and find out about the places he lived.

Dr. Seuss's Birthday


Hats Off to Dr. Seuss's Birthday

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's birthday - what better way to celebrate than to read? Did you know Dr. Seuss would have been 115 this year? While he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on in the pages of his books.

Celebrate his birthday on the day at Wisbech Library (10.30-11.30am) and March Library (2.15-3.30pm).


The Gruffalo is 20!


The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Alex Scheffler, was published on 23rd March 1999 making it 20 years old this month. Fenland Libraries will be celebrating in style on the actual day with special events – Whittlesey (10-11am), March (10.15-11.15am), Chatteris & Wisbech (10.30-11.30am). See in libraries or Facebook and Twitter for more details.


Events in libraries

Hama Bead Workshop at Ely Library

14th March 3.45pm-4.45pm. £2 per child

Have fun creating images and small items with brightly coloured meltable plastic beads!  Book your ticket at Ely Library.



Garfield Book Signing at Ely Library

16th March 10am-12pm. Free


Meet the infamous Mr Sainsbury's (aka Garfield the cat) at Ely Library, where he will be signing copies of his debut memoir-novel 'What's THAT Doing There?' Purchase the story of the intrepid explorer turned local celebrity, have it uniquely signed, and chat to the authors!

200 Million Minutes


Thursday 7th March sees the launch of the 200 Million Minutes challenge which runs until Tuesday 2nd April 2019.

Have a look at the website for resources and ideas to support your challenge. 



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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