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June 2019

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Experience Doctor Who with BBC Virtual Reality


The BBC brings its virtual reality experience to Wisbech Library. Pop on a headset and travel with the Doctor! Immerse yourself in a 360 degree view and let us know what you think of virtual reality.

Wed 12th June, slots can be booked between 10am and 12pm or 2pm and 4.30pm

Not suitable for children under 13 years, 13-16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Book your slot at

New Milton Road Library: progress report


We are making good progress with the redevelopment of the Milton Road Library site in Cambridge, which began in November 2017.

Customers currently have access to a reduced library service, from a mobile library permanently parked in the Roger Ascham Library site car park on Ascham Road.

Computers and internet access are available at the nearby Arbury Court Library and Cambridge Central Library, as well as at all other libraries in the city.

A photo gallery of the new building can be viewed on the council’s website. The building will provide more space for the library, along with two flexible community meeting rooms, with kitchen facilities and toilets, and an accessible garden space,.

We have also been encouraging the community to choose the books they would like in the library when it opens, creating a very special community curated collection.

The current building work is preserving the historic aspects of the site including the stone portico which will be reinstated on the new building and the door from the original library which has also been refurbished and reinstated.

A week of events is planned to celebrate the relaunch of the library. Look out for updates on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. More details of the programme will appear here:

In conversation with Elly Griffiths and William Shaw


Join best-selling authors Elly Griffiths and William Shaw in conversation about their books, writing and their creations, Dr. Ruth Galloway, Stephens and Mephisto and DS Alexandra Cupidi on Friday 7th June, 2.00-3.30pm in Cambourne Library and 7.00-8.30pm in Wisbech Library.

Tickets £5 available from the host library, call 0345 045 5225 or e-mail: or

Writing: Making Your Mark Exhibition


This pop-up exhibition features images of carved stone inscriptions, medieval manuscripts and early printed works, to deconstruct the act of writing and consider its future in the digital age. The free learning trail makes this a truly interactive experience for all ages.

Launched at Cambridge Central Library on Friday 26th April; the exhibition will then tour the following libraries until Tuesday 27th August: Huntingdon, Ely, St Ives, March, Wisbech, St Neots and Cambourne.Look out for details on our social media pages and website.

Writing: Making Your Mark launched simultaneously in over 20 public libraries around the UK, through the Living Knowledge Network, an innovative UK-wide network of public libraries working in partnership with the British Library, National Library of Wales and the National Library of Scotland.

The exhibition will be on display at Ely Library from 4th-14th June.

Image acknowledgement: Schoolchild’s Homework in Greek on a wax tablet (c) British Library


Saturday 22nd June, Huntingdon Library, 1pm – 3.30pm

Huntingdonshire Archives: Make Your Mark

Admire the beautiful flourishes and curlicues of our ancestors! Call in at Huntingdon Archives to see a special display of calligraphy from the Archives. Free drop-in event.

Image: Huntingdon Manor Court Roll 1571 courtesy of Huntingdonshire Archives


The British Library's Writing: Make Your Mark touring exhibition is on display at Huntingdon Library from 19th to 28th June.



Pyjamarama, a week long celebration of bedtime stories, will be taking place in libraries from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th June, with special storytimes and rhymetimes

We will have lots of copies to give away of the book Car, Car, Truck, Jeep, by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt, as well as colourful rhyme sheets and activity sheets, all thanks to Booktrust.

Come and join in the fun! For details of library events visit

As well as giving away books during Pyjamarama week, Booktrust aims to gift every child a free Bookstart pack at 0-12 months and 3-4 years. Find out how you can get your packs, explore the Booktrust website and you'll find fun pages for all the family, including interactive storybooks, booklists, activities and much more.

Volunteer Week 1st - 7th June


Your Library Thanks You!

Volunteers' Week (1st- 7thJune) is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic support our volunteers give to the Library Service across Cambridgeshire. Thank you for getting involved, you really make a difference on a daily basis to what we can offer in the library and out in the community: we hope you know how much you are valued.

If anyone would like to get involved, we can help you develop new skills, brush up old skills, improve confidence, work in a team and much more.

Email: for further information on all volunteering opportunities.


Volunteer Week Celebration

Wednesday 5th June, from 2pm

Please come along and join staff at March Library, as we thank you for your support of the library service. There will be tea, cake and entertainment from local music historian Kevin Rodgers.

Please let staff at March Library know if you are able to come.

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 - coming soom!

space chase

Every year Cambridgeshire Libraries runs a Summer Reading Challenge during the summer holidays. Children can sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their choice to complete the Challenge. There are rewards to collect along the way, as well as a medal and certificate for all children who complete the challenge - and it’s FREE to take part!

This year’s challenge theme is ‘Space Chase’, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to pre-school and primary school aged children and is designed for all reading abilities. 

Children will be able to sign up for the challenge from Saturday 13th July.

More info at:

We also have lots of opportunities for young people aged 12+ to volunteer to help with the challenge. From helping host events and activities to registering readers and listening to children talk about the books they have read. Ask at your local library for details of how to sign up as a volunteer.

There will be lots of special summer activities taking place in libraries – details will be in our summer events brochure – out soon! Or visit

"Nine Wells to the Market Fountain"


An exhibition of images from the Cambridgeshire Collection, 'Nine Wells to the Market Fountain' will be held from 21st-28th June, at Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard

This is to coincide with Cambridge Past Present & Future’s event marking National Civic Day:  ' The Hobson's Brook Trail: Nine Wells to the Market Fountain ' on Sat 22 June from noon until 4pm.

'The Hobson's Brook Trail: Nine Wells to the Market Fountain' is a chance for residents to learn more about the history of this unique flow of freshwater into the civic heart of Cambridge

New Books for June


Discover our June new titles here:


National Reading Group Day 15th June


Have you signed your reading group up to Reading Groups For Everyone?

Sign up to discover new books, prizes and exclusive offers.

This month you can download reader’s guides for, Circe, Milkman, My sister, Rosie, The Handmaid’s Tale and The silence of the girls. Download them here:


Change of eBook provider


From 1 July our eBooks provider will change to RBDigital from Libro.

You will still be able to use Libro up until 30 June, after which you can start using RBDigital.

Most of our current eBooks on Libro will be moved to RBDigital for the launch date. We have been building up the new collection of eBooks on RBDigital with many titles added every month. The new titles are available now and can be downloaded for free with just a few taps on your smartphone, tablet, eReader or computer.  We also have eMagazines, all available from RBDigital.

Make A Noise In Libraries 2nd - 15th June


Each year RNIB, Share the Vision and the Chartered Institute of Librarians (CILIP) celebrate Make a Noise in Libraries.                     The fortnight-long celebration, from Monday 4 June to Sunday 17 June, encourages accessibility and inclusivity for all blind and partially sighted people in local libraries.


Drop into the library and we’ll show you how to download our ULibrary Audiobooks onto your phone tablet or laptop. Our colleagues from Ulverscroft will be at:

Cambridge Central Library     Thursday 6th June, 11am - 2pm

Cambourne Library               Thursday 6th June, 4pm-6pm

Huntingdon Library                 Friday 7th June, 11am - 2pm

Business & IPCentre events at Cambridge Central Library



Business Planning 1:1’s

Mondays 10.00-11.00 & 12.15—1.15pm

Are you looking to write a business plan, but are unsure how to go about it ?

We can help you either to write your plan, or to improve the one you have, ensuring that you have all the elements covered. Delivered by Signpost2grow Business Adviser.

Booking is essential and a session lasts up to one hour. Free. Eventbrite:



Monthly coffee mornings

Last Thursday of each month - 10.30-11.30

Meet, network and find out more…

Have you always wondered how the Business & IP Centre can help you turn your business idea into a reality, but weren’t really sure where to start?

Our Coffee Mornings give you the opportunity to meet us, ask questions, find out about upcoming events, make connections with other entrepreneurs, & how you can use the Centre to give your business the best possible chance of success.

Free. Eventbrite



Inspiring Entrepreneurs: The Wellness Edition                 Live screening Monday 8 July, 18.45 – 21.30


At the next edition of our sell-out Inspiring Entrepreneurs series we’ll be bringing together the businesses that are making it their mission to help us look, feel and be our best and exploring how wellness went from ‘hippy’ to ‘hip’ to became the latest big business buzzword! Our panel includes style guru and founder of Trinny London Trinny Woodall, and Hotpod Yoga founder Max Henderson, who’ll be sharing the insider experiences and key hints and tips that will enable your wellbeing business to truly thrive.
Whether you’re interested in supplements or skincare, mindfulness or meditation, fashion or food, don’t miss this opportunity to quiz our panel of wellness industry experts and gain the inside track on how you and your business can start to soar.
Free tickets available on Eventbrite

CISCO Networking Academy


Thinking of a career change? Do you want some IT qualifications? Do you want to study at home or in the library?

Here are some of the courses you can access online with Cambridgeshire Libraries – FREE!

Youth Employment UK





Coming soon to our website - links to Youth Employment UK who:


  • Offer a platform for young people to have a voice on youth employment issues that affect them.
  • Empower young people to take control of their personal and professional development, and gain the skills employers want.
  • Support organisations working in the youth employment space by providing an impartial platform for them to communicate, share best practice and network.
  • Campaign and influence policy on employment issues and barriers facing young people.


Health Information Week


The internet is a great place to find health information, but do you know which information is trustworthy?

On Wednesday 3rd of July, librarians from Royal Papworth Hospital Library and University of Cambridge Medical Library will be at Clay Farm Library to hold health information sessions.

They will show you how to find good quality information sources, demonstrate NHS approved health apps, and help you with your health information queries.

Free drop-in sessions, no need to book:

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Clay Farm Library, Hobson Square, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9FN


Thursday 4th July, Huntingdon Library, 1.30pm – 3pm

HEALTHY LIVING: EngAGE in the Afternoon

An informative talk from Everyone Health on keeping healthy and active. We’ll discuss dietary and physical activity recommendations, plus simple ways to help you achieve these and move towards better health.

Free (donations welcome) booking required. Please speak to library staff or call 0345 045 5225 for a ticket.

Soham Library

Due to building works Soham Library will close on Friday 7th June - there will be no library service from 7th to 24th June, during this time the nearest alternative libraries will be Ely and Burwell.

From 24th June, a temporary library service will be operating from a Mobile Library van located on Soham’s Recreation Ground (Fountain Lane, CXB7 9PL). The Mobile Library will remain in place until the library reopens to the public in July. There will be no library charges incurred during the full closure period.

If you have difficulty accessing a library during this time and require a home visit, please call 0345 045 5225 and ask for Ely Library.


Mobile Library opening hours:

Monday 9am - 4pm (12pm – 4pm on 24th June)

Tuesday 9am - 1pm

Wednesday 1pm – 4pm

Thursday 9am - 1pm

Friday 1pm - 4pm

Saturday 9am - 1pm Please note, there is no parking on site on Saturdays

Murder Mystery Evening


Friday 28th June, Huntingdon Library, 7.45pm (doors open at 7.30pm)

Watch the action, question the suspects, peruse the evidence and make your accusations . . . WELLWORTH PLAYERS present MURDER AT THE LIBRARY

Please bring your own nibbles/picnic and drinks for the interval. £8 per person, payment in advance, booking essential. Tickets available from Huntingdon Library.

Part of a series of events celebrating 10 years of Huntingdon Library and Learning Centre

The Very Hungry Caterpillar at 50!


2019 marks 50 years since The Very Hungry Caterpillar first munched his way through a variety of delicious food and into our hearts. And its enduring appeal, according to librarians and children’s literature experts, can be attributed to its effortless fusion of story and educational concepts, striking visual style, and simple timelessness.

Huntingdon Library will be celebrating this golden anniversary with The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities 10.30-11.30am on Saturday 22nd June.

Refugee Week 17th - 23rd June


Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign

Great Shelford Library, Wednesday 26th June,  2pm-3.30pm

“We are a group of volunteers, initially set-up by Citizens UK (, helping other organizations working within Cambridge to welcome refugees and those seeking asylum, fleeing persecution and war. We aim to positively influence public opinion on refugees, enabling the people of Cambridgeshire to volunteer their services and provisions to help those newly arrived in the area”

Tickets available from the library or by calling 0345 045 5225

£1.00 donation for refreshments.

Doctor Who Special


Saturday 15th June 2.15-3.30pm at March Library

Come along and enjoy an afternoon of Doctor Who activities, along with memorabilia to explore and interact with and the chance to be exterminated by a Dalek and pose for selfies with the 10th Doctor. For children aged 7 plus, £3 per child including refreshments. Places are limited and must be booked with library staff.

Toy Story Fun


Toy Story Storytime Special at March Library on Saturday 29th June 2.15pm -3.30pm.

Come and celebrate the release of Toy Story 4 with stories, fun craft activities and refreshments. For 2years+, tickets £2.50 including refreshments. Places must be booked in advance with library 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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