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Visit Library.Live to find out what’s happening at your local library.

We have events for HiVis Fortnight and Pride, a Human Bookshelf, stories and crafts - there's something for everyone at Cambridgeshire Libraries. 




HiVis fortnight - 1st to 14th June

HiVis logo. 1 to 14 June 2023

Cambridgeshire libraries in partnership with Huntingdonshire Society for The Blind are holding their annual showcase for visual and print impaired readers.

Huntingdon Library on Friday 9th June 10am -12 noon. 

There’s nothing on sale, just the chance to try devices out and get advice.  

If you, or someone you know, needs help and support please spread the word about our event and we’d be happy to welcome you on the day. 

This is a free event.  

Contact or call 0345 045 5225 

There will be Camsight drop-ins at: 

Cambridge Central Library, Friday 9th June, 11am-1pm 

Arbury Court Library, Monday 12th June, 3pm-5pm 

Camsight will showcase their offer, alongside library staff and digital buddies who will be on hand to talk about our services, and the accessibility features on our various apps. 

There's no need to book.  

National Crime Reading Month

The Crime Writers’ Association presents National Crime Reading Month in association with The Reading Agency

June is National Crime Reading Month, and we have some criminally good crime writers to introduce to you. Whether you are a fan of psychological thrillers, police procedurals or dark comic crime fiction, we have an author event for you.

Your library is the best place to discover great crime fiction, all year round – check our online catalogue to find out what’s new, or come and explore our shelves and pick out your next gripping read.  

Online catalogue


The Cuckoo Sister by Alison Stockham book cover. Tag line. You want the best for your sister. But what if she wants your children?

Alison Stockham – The Cuckoo Sister 

You trust your sister to look after your children. But should you? 

Alison Stockham introduces her debut novel The Cuckoo Sister, a psychological thriller.  

Cambridge Central Library, 3rd Floor, Saturday 3rd June, 2pm 

FREE – donations appreciated 

Please book tickets on Eventbrite Author talk: Alison Stockham – The Cuckoo Sister Tickets, Sat 3 Jun 2023 at 14:00 | Eventbrite or call 0345 045 5225 


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Crime writer -  Leigh Russell 

Meet Leigh Russell, popular author of over 30 novels including the bestselling Geraldine Steel series. In addition to her gripping crime thrillers, Leigh writes the Poppy Mystery Tales featuring an adorable rescue puppy.

St Neots Library, Thursday 22nd June, 7pm  

Tickets £5  

Purchase tickets from St Neots Library, email, or call 0345 045 5225 

Mandy Morton holding a cat

“Tea at Three” tea party with author Mandy Morton 


Audience members at Histon Library in May rated this event ten out of ten! 


Enjoy a miaowvellous afternoon of cats, comedy, crime and scones as Mandy Morton introduces “The Windmill Murders”, her latest No.2 Feline Detective Agency novel.


Tickets £10 (includes a scone tea and a free book!)



Wisbech Library, Tuesday 20th June, 3pm – 4:15pm  

Purchase tickets from Wisbech Library,

email, or call 0345 045 5225 


Cambourne Library, Wednesday 21st June, 3pm – 4:15pm 

Purchase tickets from Cambourne Library,

email or call 0345 045 5225 


Linton Library, Monday 26th June, 3pm – 4:15pm 

Purchase tickets from Linton Library,

email or call 0345 045 5225 


Yaxley Library, Wednesday 28th June, 2pm– 3:15pm

(please note different start time – Tea at Two!) 

Purchase tickets from Yaxley Library,

email or call 0345 045 5225 


Ramsey Library, Friday 30th June, 3pm – 4:15pm 

Purchase tickets from Ramsey Library,

email or call 0345 045 5225 


The Friends of Ely Library Present: Guinevere Glasfurd — Privilege

Photograph of Guinevere Glasfurd and image of book cover Privilege by Guinevere Glasfurd

Join Costa-shortlisted novelist, Guinevere Glasfurd, as she discusses her new novel, Privilege, taking you to the heart of book publishing and censorship in pre-revolutionary France, when a book required royal privilege before it could be published.  

Ely Library 

Saturday 24th June, 2pm - 4pm  

Tickets £3  -  Please book at Ely Library. 

Refreshments provided.


Live from Hay!

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Two of our libraries will be screening livecasts from the world-famous Hay Festival on Saturday 3rd June. 

Thanks to our membership of the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network we can offer selected talks from Hay as they happen, available to view only in libraries. Free to attend but booking is recommended. 


Ask for details in the following libraries: 

Wisbech Library: Liz Pichon, Saturday 3rd June, 2:30pm    9+ years   

Get your pencils at the ready! It’s doodling time. You can learn how to draw Tom Gates and a host of other characters with author and illustrator Liz Pichon. 


Cambridge Central Library: Alice Oseman in conversation with Jack Edwards, Saturday 3rd June, 4pm    12+ years  

Eventbrite Hay Festival Livestream: Alice Oseman in conversation with Jack Edwards Tickets, Sat 3 Jun 2023 at 16:00 | Eventbrite

Meet Alice Oseman, creator of the global smash hit coming-of-age romance, Heartstopper. Starting as a webcomic, the endearing love story of schoolboys Nick and Charlie is now a critically acclaimed Netflix series, written by Oseman herself. 


Summer Reading Challenge is here!

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Look what’s just arrived! 

The fabulous materials for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Ready, Set, Read! have arrived and will be making their way to a library near you! 

Just one month to go to Sign Up Saturday (July 8th) when you’ll receive your collector’s folder and can start reading and collecting special Ready, Set, Read! Stickers. 

Look out for more details on our website: Summer Reading Challenge - Cambridgeshire County Council 



New Books

Book covers showing a selection of new books for June


Click on the button below to take a look at our full selection of new books for June.


New Books


Cambridgeshire Listens and Reads

Book covers of Cambridgeshire Listen and Reads selection for June

Our Cambridgeshire Listens and Cambridgeshire Reads collections bring you a wide range of books to borrow in eBook or eAudiobook format. Available for multiple use, they're great for reading groups and workplace reads. You can even listen and read at the same time!

Each month the selection of adult, young adult and children's titles are refreshed - they're available to borrow over a 60 day period. Try the links to look at this month's offerings. 

We have 6 titles available as both Reads and Listens this month:

Body Language by A. K. Turner, The Country of Others by Leila Slimani, The Final Play by David Baldacci, The Island Child by Molly Aitken, You Had Me at Halloumi by Ginger Jones, and The Reluctant Carer by The Reluctant Carer.

Cambridgeshire Reads


Book covers of Cambridgeshire Listen selection for June

We also have 6 adult fiction and non fiction titles available as just Listens:

Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, The Inugami Curse by Seishi Yokomizo, The Whitstable Pearl Mystery by Julie Wassmer, A Deadly Affair by Agatha Christie, and Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald

Cambridgeshire Listens


Book covers of Cambridgeshire Junior Listen and Reads selection for June

Also available are these 8 junior and teen titles:

The Dream House by Laura Dockrill, The Silver Chain by Jion Sheibani (YA), Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA), Black and British by David Olusoga (YA), Boy, Everywhere by A.M. Dassu, First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton, Happy Here: 10 Stories from Black British Authors, and Tyger by S.F. Said

Junior Listens

Junior Reads


Pride Month

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June is Pride Month, and Cambridgeshire County Council  is once again a proud sponsor of Cambridge Pride, taking place on Saturday 17 June at Jesus Green, Cambridge. We'll be there again this year with one of our Mobile Libraries and many colleagues from across the council. We hope to see you there! 

You can also join us at Cambridge Central Library one week before, on Saturday 10 June, 2pm - 3.30pm, for a screening of “Pride Before Pride”, a discussion between Ted Brown, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah and Peter Tatchell about the history of Pride events.  

All welcome; book your free ticket on Eventbrite or come along on the day: Pride Before Pride (Living Knowledge Network Stream) Tickets, Sat 10 Jun 2023 at 14:00 | Eventbrite 


Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month

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June is Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month. This year the theme is Weaving Journeys. You can find out more on the Friends, Family and Travellers website It is important to celebrate their contribution to all aspects of life. 

The Cambridgeshire Collection is celebrating Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month in June with these photos of a family group in the Ely area taken by Walter Martin Lane in the 1950s.


Carers Week 5th -11th June

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According to research by Carers UK and University of Sheffield, the economic value contributed by unpaid carers in England and Wales is estimated to be £162 billion a year, almost equivalent to a second NHS. And according to the 2021 Census, there are just over 150,000 unpaid carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk, about the size of the population of Cambridge City.   

More than three in five of us will care for a family member or a friend at some point in our life, but unpaid carers can feel invisible even to the people closest to them. The annual campaign Carers Week highlights the contribution carers make for their families and our communities and the challenges they are facing. Visit 

Caring Together is the charity supporting carers of all ages across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk. To find out what they can do for carers, please call 0345 241 0954, email or visit


Loneliness Awareness Week 12th –18th June 2023

“Connection Matters – It's what makes us human.”  “Loneliness Awareness 12 – 18 June. Marmalade Trust.  Get involved:

Loneliness Awareness Week is a week dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness. The theme this year is Connection Matters.  It’s all about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends or colleagues about loneliness. Loneliness is a natural human emotion. By talking about it, we can support ourselves and others.   

To find out how to get involved, visit the campaign website at where you will find resources and the supporter pack. 

#ConnectionMatters  #LonelinessAwarenessWeek 


Refugee Week 19th - 25th June 2023

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19-25 June is Refugee Week, a worldwide celebration of the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. This year’s theme is compassion.  

Did you know that Cambridgeshire Libraries pledged to follow the City of Sanctuary charter and are working towards a Libraries of Sanctuary national award? This award recognises and celebrates libraries that work hard to show solidarity and welcome to people seeking sanctuary.  

You can visit our Libraries of Sanctuary page to find out all about how our services can support new arrivals, and to learn about other organisations that offer information and support on topics such as housing, internet access, learning English, finding a job and more. 

Libraries of Sanctuary


This Refugee Week we’re also inviting young people from both sanctuary seeking and settled communities to join us at Cambridge Central Library on Tuesday 20 June. We’ll be hosting a free evening of drumming and friendly conversation brought to you by the Care Leavers Team, The Library Presents and Cambridgeshire Music: Drumming Workshop (Refugee Week) Tickets, Tue 20 Jun 2023 at 16:30 | Eventbrite 

Finally, we’re inviting the South Cambridgeshire Ukrainian community to join us at Sawston Library on the morning of the 20 June for a free workshop with artist and researcher Jina Lee, exploring memories of growing up and living in Ukraine and experiences of South Cambridgeshire. Please e-mail us at if you would like to find out more or come along.

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