News from Cambridgeshire Libraries

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

cambridgeshire libraries monthly newsletter

July 2019

join our mailing list

Quick Links

Hire meeting rooms

Free Library WiFi 

Library and LAP opening times

Search and renew items

Online resources

Milton Road Library Re-opening


A week of events took place at the end of June to celebrate the reopening of Milton Road Library. The six day celebration kicked off on Monday 24th June, with an open coffee morning and performance of the film ‘The Other Cambridge’, organised by the Friends of Milton Road Library. Chesterton Community College String Quartet performed in the afternoon on the Monday, and there was a chance for visitors to drop in and explore the library all week as well as join the library, choose, renew or return books.

Library staff were on duty each day for this re-opening week, welcoming visitors to the library. Library opening hours reverted to those advertised on the library website, after the opening week.

There was much to celebrate with coffee mornings, drop-in sessions and afternoon tea each day. Other highlights included a choral concert by Milton Road School, two one-hour introductions to coding for children, a lunchtime networking event by the new Business & Intellectual Property Centre Cambridgeshire for those wanting to start or grow their business, and an author event on the Friday with crime fiction writer Alison Bruce. There was also a chance to drop in and renew bus passes. Some of the first local visitors invited by the County Council to explore the library were the Milton Road Primary School Council members, and students from Castle School. The week of community-organised celebrations finished with a Garden Party on Saturday.

Soham library

A temporary library service is now 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

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.

A Bright Future for Cambridgeshire Libraries


In May, the Communities and Partnerships Committee unanimously agreed to progress our Future Libraries project - in partnership with Civic - to design future models of libraries for the county and, ultimately, the country.

The project builds on the previous transformation work carried out by the Library Service that enabled the council to keep all libraries open, improve and reinvigorate existing ones and plan new libraries as part of the future growth plans for the county. 

Read more about this bold and exciting development here. To see the Committee Report that was presented to Members, please click here.

The Library Service and Civic will soon start the conversation with communities in seven pilot locations. Those have been selected because, despite their geographical proximity, they are home to diverse communities and libraries, and reflect the five emerging models we would like to explore and prove. Our ambition is to roll these models out to all Cambridgeshire and Peterborough libraries over three years so that all libraries benefit.

  • Anchor to the High Street: Peterborough Central Library and Wisbech Library
  • Centre for Rural Life: Thorney Library in Peterborough and Soham Library
  • (Re)Animating Communities: Northstowe (new build)
  • Hub for the Region: Cambridge Central Library
  • Pop-Up for Reviving Community Assets: Brampton Library Access Point

More details will be available soon. In the meantime, please speak to a member of staff at your library if you want to know more or want to get involved.

Read It Again Award


Cambridgeshire Libraries is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2019 Read It Again! Children’s Picture Book Award is . . .

‘Mini Rabbit Not Lost’, by John Bond

Over 5,000 children voted in this year’s award. Now in its 14th year, “Read it Again!” celebrates new picture books and Cambridgeshire children vote for their favourite title. One lucky school who took part, The Roundhouse in St Neots, has been selected at random to receive a visit by the winning author.

The other titles on the shortlist were:

‘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

For further information, please see Read It Again

All of the titles, as well as previous winners, are available to borrow for free from Cambridgeshire Libraries.

BBC Virtual Reality Experience


Following on from The Congo and Dr.Who The Runaway VR experiences, we now have 1943 Berlin Blitz.

Book a free 15 minute slot and you can experience being on the flight deck of a Lancaster flying over Berlin with original BBC commentary from Wynford Vaughan Thomas.

This may be your only chance to fly on a Lancaster!

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

Saturday 6th July,  March Library

Wednesday 10th July,  Huntingdon Library

To book e-mail or

Call 0345 045 5225 or drop into the library.

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 - coming very soon!


The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 theme is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The Challenge will begin on Monday 22nd July. Children can sign up at their local library from Saturday 13th July.

Children can read whichever books they like, just as long as they are borrowed from the library.

There are 6 special stickers to collect, one for each week of the Summer Holidays, and everyone who finishes the Challenge will receive a certificate and a medal. For children under 3 we have a special pre-school challenge, with a gold sticker medal. And it’s all free.

There will be lots of exciting events and activities in libraries over the summer. Look for posters in libraries, see our ‘What’s On’ brochure, or go online for more information.

Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge

Watch the Space Chase trailer here:


This year we will be selling exclusive Space Chase kit bags for children, big enough to carry lots of library books in! Supplies are limited, so first-come,

first-served! £1.50 each.

What's On Brochure



Your new look What’s On in Cambridgeshire Libraries brochure is out now. Find out about the galaxy of wonderful activities and events happening in libraries July-September 2019, inspired by the Summer Reading Challenge theme - Space Chase.

A huge thank you goes to our sponsors for their very generous contributions towards the production costs of this brochure.

Pick up a copy in your local library or access the pdf online -

What's On Brochure and Library News

Local History Book Awards


Mary Burgess, Assistant at the Cambridgeshire Collection, has received an award for her book ‘East Road, 1950 to now: 70 years of Change in Cambridge’. With over 50 images, mostly from the Cambridgeshire Collection, many of which have not been published before, the book takes the reader on a walk down memory lane. In this guide to East Road past and present, Mary captures what makes this interesting area of Cambridge what it is today.

Also recognized in the awards were Local Studies Librarian Caroline Clifford and Archives Manager Alan Akeroyd for their ‘Little Book of Cambridgeshire’ published by the History Press and former Cambridgeshire Collection assistant Sue Slack for her book on Women’s Suffrage ‘Cambridge Women and the Struggle for the Vote’ published by Amberley Publishing.

The Cambridgeshire Association for Local History Book Awards are presented annually to authors in recognition of original and exciting research relating to publications deposited at the Cambridge Collection at Cambridge Central Library. Just eight awards were made this year from a list of over 70 new titles. The awards acknowledge contributions made to the local, family and social history of Cambridgeshire.

East Road 1950 to now’ is available to buy at the Cambridgeshire Collection on the third floor of Cambridge Central Library (£7.50) – with profits going to the library service

Business & IP Centre


Business Advice Drop-in session

Cambridge Central Library  

Mondays 11am to 12pm

Free business planning advice by local Growth Hub Business Advisor

No appointment necessary


Business Planning 1:1’s

Cambridge Central Library

Mondays 10am -11am & 12.15pm -1.15pm

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

Or perhaps you’ve written a business plan, but are not sure if you’ve included everything you need?

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

Free one-to-one session with one of our Business Advisers.

Booking is essential and a session lasts up to one hour. If you book but are unable to attend, please cancel online as soon as possible so that another business can benefit from this support.

Meetings are held on the 3rd floor of Cambridge Central Library. On arrival at the library please speak to a member of staff at the customer service desk on the 3rd floor.



Monthly coffee mornings

Cambridge Central Library

10.30am -11.30am

Last Thursday of each month

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. Book


Live streaming from the British Library

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

Central Library, Cambridge

Hear from a new breed of entrepreneurs aiming to help people look – and feel – great.

The wellness industry has grown by a whopping 12% in the last three years, transforming from a niche lifestyle concept into a mainstream economic powerhouse worth over £3.5 trillion globally. More people than ever parting with their hard earned cash on products and services to help improve their mental and physical health. At the next edition of our 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.

Panel includes :Trinny Woodall, founder of Trinny London,; Max Henderson, co-founder of Hotpod Yoga Abida Halstenberg, founder of Samaya Ayurveda,Shahroo Izadi, best-selling author of The Kindness Method , Jack Tang, co-founder and CEO of Urban,

Don’t miss this opportunity to quiz the panel, and gain the inside track on how you and your business can start to soar.

Free tickets available on Eventbrite .

line 2

Our eBooks are moving!


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

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.

New users will need to create an account on the RB Digital page - you will need to register with an email and password.

To find out more go to our website: HERE


New Books for July

new books

New Books for July HERE

Health Information Week

Healthy Living: EngAGE in the Afternoon

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

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.



Health Information Event

Wednesday 3rd July, Clay Farm Library

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

Also 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Special story time/rhyme time and other activities about healthy eating and healthy living for children.

#ClayFarm @pwlibrary, @cam_med_lib, #HIW2019

The Library Presents . . coming soon, autumn 2019 events


Nearly 400 people made selections from the Menu for our autumn 2019 season which will start in September. We are using your choices and putting together the programme of performances and workshops at the moment.

Here is a sneak preview... no bookings yet we're afraid, the brochure and tickets will be available in libraries from August.

Our first ever international performers are travelling from Thailand to share Mahajanaka Dance Drama, a show based on one of the oldest surviving folk tales in the world retold through dance, music and animation. Find out more

The Flying Bazazi Brothers show is mix of celebrity, circus, and family history steeped in tradition. This riotous double act dance, juggle, and fall over each other in this family friendly fun show. Watch a clip - click here

Shoo Shoo Baby bring you The Great Cabaret Safari with water-tight harmonising on a wonderful array of brilliant original cabaret songs alongside music by Queen, Louis Prima, Ennio Morricone and the Proclaimers. Watch a clip - click here

Do It Digital - Animation Workshop



Join us at Huntingdon Library on Saturday 6th July for a special free animation workshop for 5 - 11 year olds.

Using tablets kindly provided by Huntingdon Town Council, you can have a go at shooting your own animated mini-movie.



Stick Man Storytime

stick man

Saturday 6th July, 10.30am - 11.30am at March Library

Saturday Storytime: Stick Man!

Come along and listen some Stick Man stories and then make something crafty to take home. For children of all ages.

Entry is free but donations are welcome.

Board Games


On June 29th, Central Library hosted its first board games afternoon! This was made possible by the kind donation of the Friends of Central Library who provided the board games. The board games afternoon acted as a pilot for future events to be held at Central Library. If you missed our session in June, there will be more to come!





Monday 29th July, 10.30am - 12pm, March Library

Please bring your own base board labelled with your name if you can. Children must be accompanied at all times. 50p per child Kindly Supported by Friends of March Library. Places are limited so please book at March Library.

Saturday 6th July, 10.30am – 11.30am, Chatteris Library

Come along and join us for some creative fun. For children aged 3 and over, 50p per child. Limited tickets are available from staff on the day.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Recyclables Summer Challenge


Space for Change Competition

An exciting competition for children aged 7-11 years celebrating the power of imagination and encouraging everyone to reduce and recycle as much as they can.

Use your imagination to create a story of how your recycling is transformed into something new. The more fabulous the better!

1st Prize – The winning story will be made into a film & its author will be invited to take their whole class for an Animation Workshop & Activity Day at the Waste Management Park in Waterbeach.

The competition launches on Monday 8th July - log on to the website to find out how to enter.

Recyclables Animation Workshops

To accompany the Recyclables: Space for Change Competition professional animators from Breadcrumb Media will be running five free Animation workshops. Learn how animated films are made and create your own short animation using the Stikbot app. Places are limited so book your place in advance.

Tuesday 30th July - Wisbech Library (10.30am -11.45am) & Cambourne Library (2pm - 3.15pm)

Wednesday 31st July - Ely Library (10.30am -11.45am) & Arbury Library (2pm - 3.15pm)

Friday 2nd  August - St Ives (10am -11.15am)

Falling In Love With Reading


Falling in Love with Reading is a free course for parents and carers of 3 to 7 year olds, exploring how to foster a love of stories, reading and books with your child.

Join our friendly staff at March Library for the Falling In Love with Reading course, Tuesday 2nd July and Tuesday 9th July 3.30pm - 5pm. Booking is essential. Talk to library staff to find out more.

St Neots Library Team are venturing out to host our Falling in Love with reading course in the community. Join us at Eynesbury Child and Family Centre for this free course on Tuesday 2nd July and Tuesday 9th July 10.30am - 11.30am.. Booking is essential. Children to accompany adults on the course.

Sawtry Library - 1st Anniversary


11th July 2019 marks the first anniversary of Sawtry Library in its new location.

To celebrate we're planning a number of events from 10th until 17th July. Join our special birthday rhymetime and storytime on Wednesday 10th July at 10.15am. Throughout the week there will be craft activities, plus come and write a message in our giant birthday card, add to our comments board or create your own special 1st birthday bookmark.

Help make our first birthday special!


A14 Through Time LEGO event


As part of the Huntingdonshire History Festival, Huntingdon Library is hosting a free A14 History LEGO Event.

Throughout July, come along to Huntingdon Library to see a 60ft LEGO reconstruction of the A14 through time. Then join us on Saturday 27th July from 11am - 4pm to add to the model and build Huntingdonshire's history.


Automata Building Workshop


Saturday 13th July, 10am -11am  and 11.30am -12.30pm St Neots Library

Build your very own mechanical toy to decorate and take home. Sessions led by local scientist, Winnie.

£3.50 per child, advance booking required. Suitable for children aged 7 years and over. Children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.



20Twenty Productions CIC - March


Join Community Ambassadors from 20Twenty Productions for these exciting events at March Library:

Maths Club - Beginning Thursday 25th July, 10.30 – 11.30am  and every Thursday throughout the Holidays. A drop-in maths club with lots of number fun, board games, activities, worksheets and more. Suitable for children aged 4 and over, no need to book.

Theatre Makers Workshop - Beginning Thursday 25th July, 5pm – 6.30pm. A six week theatre makers workshop. Please speak to Library staff for more information and to book a place.

Read a Little Aloud


Come along and listen to literature, stories and poetry for adults being read aloud.

Read a Little Aloud – St Ives Library

3rd Tuesday each month, 2pm - 3pm

Read a Little Aloud – Huntingdon Library

2nd Tuesday each month, 10:30am -11:30am

Free Event, Donations Welcome

If you are interested in finding out about Read a Little Aloud or becoming a volunteer reader then please contact

Author Event

Meet historical romance author Philippa Carey for EngAGE in the Afternoon talk, on Friday 26th July, 2pm - 4pm at St Neots Library.

Phillipa Carey will discuss her published novels and inspiration, with an opportunity for Q&A and book signing.


Narrowboat History


EngAGE in the Afternoon talk, Monday 29th July, 2pm – 3.30pm, at March Library

Paula Syred of March based Fox Narrowboats will be giving a talk and presentation telling the history of this very successful business. Entry is free and refreshments will be provided. Donations welcome.


Forthcoming events and activities


Click on your local library to discover what events and activities are coming up in the next few months.

Like us on Facebook  |  Follow us on Twitter

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