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Green Libraries Week

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Libraries Week is an annual showcase and celebration of the best that libraries have to offer.  

This year the focus is on Green Libraries and all the ways we can support our staff and customers to live more sustainably and protect the natural environment in the face of climate change. 

Look out for green displays and events in your local library – from talks to book swaps to crafting with natural and recycled materials. Check for events near you. 

As part of our commitment to Net Zero and caring for our planet, Cambridgeshire Libraries have signed the Green Libraries Manifesto


Greening your home - talk and live screenings

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Saturday 7 October, 2pm, Cambridge Central Library 

Top-level climate scientist Prof Jonathan Gregory will describe why and how he has converted his ordinary home into an ultra energy efficient “SuperHome”.  

The talk will be filmed by the British Library and livecast to libraries around the UK, including Ely, Huntingdon, March, St Ives, St Neots and Wisbech libraries. Find full details here.  Advance booking is essential for the in-person event at Cambridge Central Library Greening your home| Eventbrite Tickets 

After the talk Cambridge Central and Ely Libraries will have advisors on hand to discuss local options and grants for greening your own home. 


Black History Month 2023

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Cambridgeshire Libraries will commemorate Black History Month 2023 by launching the Mark My Words book collection at our libraries.

The titles, selected by the Universal Music Group and The Reading Agency, include fiction and non-fiction titles for children, young adults and adults by leading black authors  Look out for a display at your local library this October! 

We’ll also be hosting events that help us celebrate and reflect on Black history in the UK.  



Cambridge Central Library on Saturday 21 October 2-3:30pm Join us for a viewing of the Living Knowledge Network event Just Sayin’: Malorie Blackman in conversation with Jackie KayThis streamed discussion will focus on Blackman's autobiography Just Sayin, a deeply personal and vividly compelling account of a natural storyteller who defied expectations and inspired a generation. Book your free ticket on Eventbrite or just come along on the day: Malorie Blackman in conversation with Jackie Kay (LKN streamed event) Tickets, Sat 21 Oct 2023 at 14:00 | Eventbrite 

On Saturday 14 October (11am-12noon) we’ll also be welcoming author Eva Verde to Cambridge Central Library – head to the Author Events section of this newsletter for all the details!  


Get Online Week

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October 16-22 is Get Online Week, a national celebration of what we can do to help fix the digital divide.  

Our libraries are marking the occasion with a series of events and information displays highlighting the resources we have available. We can support people to access the internet with devices and data via our LendIt collection, and also improve their digital skills and learn new ones with Learn My Way 

You can join us at: 

Cambridge Central Library: Monday 16 October 10:30am-12noon (Information Session) and Thursday 19 October 10-11:30am (Digital Drop-in) 

Huntingdon Library 

Huntingdon Library Not confident using a tablet? Would you like to know more? Come for a cup of tea and a chat with a member of staff who can show you the ropes. Free drop-in session.

Cambourne Library: Monday 16 October Tea and Tablets drop in sessions 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm for customers to  explore and use our online offers e.g. Libby and Pressreader. Bring your own devices or use one of ours.

St Neots Library: Tuesday 17 October, 10am-12noon – Digital Coffee Morning 

Free and no booking required – just come along on the day. All welcome! 

Open+ in more libraries

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On Monday 2 October  March, Soham and Rock Road libraries are launching Open+

This allows residents to access  library services outside of usual staffed hours, including:
• access to free Wi-Fi
• access to the full range of library loan stock, with self-service borrowing and returns
• access to PCs, printers and photocopiers
• comfortable study and leisure spaces
• meeting room hire

Anyone with full library membership over the age of 16 can register to use Open+. Just speak to a
member of staff  at any Open+ library during staffed hours. They’ll take you through a simple registration process and short induction session to help you access the library outside of its normal hours.

To find out all about Open Plus please visit our website including a short video on how it works.

Open+ out of hours library access - Cambridgeshire County Council


St. Neots Library temporary closure

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St Neots Library will be closed from Monday 30th October for a period of 4 to 5 weeks to carry out essential maintenance and improvement works.

The works will include installation of an air source heat pump and new LED lighting.

We apologise for any inconvenience, all library loans will be extended to cover the closed period.

Nearby Buckden Library will be open for extended hours with effect from Tuesday 31st October and throughout the closure:

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10am-5pm

Friday: 10am-7pm

Saturday: 10am-4pm

Please visit our website for up to date information: Libraries - Cambridgeshire County Council

Author events

Meet the author: Alison Stockham 

When it comes to saving yourself, who will you betray?  

Uncover the secrets and lies of The Silent Friend, a second psychological thriller by Alison Stockham, author of bestseller The Cuckoo Sister. 

Papworth Library, Wednesday 4 October, 2pm 

Tickets £2. Please book in advance at the library, or contact or 0345 045 5225 

Author Alison Stockham

Author Rachel Meller

Meet the author: Rachel Meller 

Local author Rachel Meller talks about her moving new book, The Box with the Sunflower Clasp, a story of family secrets and a young Jewish woman’s escape from 1930s Vienna to Shanghai. 

Great Shelford Library, Wednesday 4 October, 2pm 

Tickets are £3 and can be booked in the library, or contact or 0345 045 5225 

Meet the author: Eva Verde 

Eva is a writer from East London. Identity, class and female rage are recurring themes throughout her work. She will introduce her latest novel, In Bloom, an affecting tale of strength, survival, forgiveness and determination, and the fierce love and unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters. 

Cambridge Central Library, Saturday 14 October, 11am 

Please book free tickets in advance via or ask in the library. 

Author Eva Verde

Authors Penny Hancock and Kate Rhodes

Meet the authors: Kate Rhodes and Penny Hancock 

Do you love a classic whodunnit? Or maybe the drama of a family with skeletons in the closet?  

Enjoy an entertaining double dose of mystery and intrigue with two best-selling Cambridgeshire crime writers in conversation. 

 Cottenham Library, Wednesday 18 October, 2pm 

Tickets £2. Please book in advance in the library, or contact  

or 0345 045 5225  

Libraries of Sanctuary celebration at St. Ives Library

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Cambridgeshire Libraries received Libraries of Sanctuary status this August, and to mark the occasion we’re holding a celebration at St Ives Library on Saturday 28 October.   

Join us from 10am to 3pm for a fun day of events and activities for all ages – keep an eye on our social media for all the details. The formal portion of the event will take place between 12 noon and 1pm, and will be followed by refreshments, an opportunity to mingle, and music. We’re looking forward to celebrating Cambridgeshire’s diverse migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking communities and we hope to see you there! 

The Library Presents Murder and Music this October!

Murder in the Library characters.

Come to Ramsey Library on 20 October and solve an interactive murder mystery with live actors as the characters, or if music is more your thing come for the foot-tapping Sunday afternoon of uplifting music by Mazaika at Alconbury Weald on 22 October. Families can come and make a movie in a matchbox and hear wonderful storytelling at March, Soham or Ramsey in October half term or join a fun and lively interactive music session with balloon animals by the Musical Balloon Band in Littleport on 21 October. Find more on Library.Live

There are lots more events during October – December. Tickets are available in libraries (cash payments), online or by phone 01353 616991.

New Books

Book covers showing a selection of new book choices for October

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


New Books


Cambridgeshire Listens and Reads

Book covers of Cambridgeshire Listen and Read selection for October

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 8 titles available as both Reads and Listens this month:

Left You Dead by Peter James, Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer, The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Nine Lives by Peter Swanson, The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci, The House of Ashes by Stuart Neville, The Stray of Paris by Jane Smiley, and The Golden Mole by Katherine Rundell.


Cambridgeshire Reads


Book covers of Cambridgeshire Listens and Reads selection of eAudios for October

We also have 8 adult fiction and non fiction titles available as just Listens:

The Gifts by Liz Hyder, The Beresford by Will Carver, Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty, Her Majesty's Royal Coven by Juno Dawson, Bigger than Us by Fearne Cotton, People Person by Candice Carty-Williams, The Woods by Harlan Coben, and The Killing Song by Lesley McEvoy.


Cambridgeshire Listens


Junior and Teen Reads and Listens

Book covers of Children and Teens Cambridgeshire Listen and Read selection  for October

Also available are these 4 junior and teen titles:

The Reluctant Vampire by Jo Simmons, The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill, Stories of Wizards and Witches by Enid Blyton, and Rolling Dice by Beth Reekles.


Junior Reads


Junior Listens


Adulting101 for young people.

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Huntingdon Library is very excited to announce the launch of Adulting101, a program aimed at empowering young people (15-21) entering the adult world.  

In a survey the library conducted last year, young people expressed the need for more services covering key life and job skills. Adulting101 was our answer.  

The library has partnered with ActionCOACH Cambridge, Mind CPSL, Preparing for Adulthood, and Centre33 to create a program of FREE workshops covering finance skills, how to move into the job market, entrepreneurial skills, mental health and general tips and tricks on the things we all would have liked to know when we entered the world of adults for the first time. For more info, go to Adulting101 Workshops  

The first workshop, Adulting101: How to find a job, will cover how to build a CV, how to write a job application, and where to find resources. There will be mock interview sessions as well! 

It will be held at Huntingdon Library Wednesday 25 October 4-6pm. 

Book online here:, call 0345 045 5225, email or talk to a member of staff at Huntingdon Library.   


World Mental Health Day

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Every year we celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10th October. The theme for this year is “Mental Health is a Universal Human Right”.

It’s good to talk about mental health - how we need to look after it, and how important it is to get help if you are struggling. The Mental Health Foundation website has many tips about how to talk about your mental health and how to talk to someone else about their mental health. It also contains  helpful information, including resources for refugees and asylum seekers.

Don’t forget that your local library has many resources and activities which can support your health and wellbeing. Visit

Could £10k take your side hustle centre stage?

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Making your side hustle your main hustle is often a pivotal moment for many entrepreneurs because it feels like a leap of faith. But what if you had a guiding hand, to help you JUMP? That’s where BIPC Jumpstart comes in. With nearly 200 businesses already benefitting to date, this year up to 24 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough based start-up and pre-start businesses are invited to share a £75k prize fund.  

Who can apply? Businesses registered on or after 1 December 2022, or new businesses registering within two months of March 2024. View the full T & C's on these pages 

What can I win? A grant of up to £10k that could help your business really thrive. 

How do I apply? Before completing the online application form (we ask you to answer 5 critical questions, submit information about your business and describe how you would spend the grant), you must join at least 3 live sessions from the support programme between September and 17th November. View the upcoming events 

Are you ready to JUMP? Find out more and apply online: 

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day 5th October 2023 - Refuge

"Refuge” is the theme of this year’s National Poetry Day, 5 October. 

As designated Libraries of Sanctuary, Cambridgeshire Libraries have a special concern for people seeking refuge. In our larger libraries you can find copies of the other side of hope: journeys in refugee and immigrant literature, a UK-based literary magazine edited by refugees and immigrants. Or look for it online. It contains moving poetry by refugee writers, based on lived experience. 

Art exhibition: 'An exploration of different mediums'

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Free drop-in exhibition at Cambridge Central Library. Monday 23 October 09:30-18:00

Come along and see a joyful collection of artwork created by children and young people from diverse backgrounds across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. These young artists took part in a series of workshops during the summer holidays with a focus on experimenting and engaging with different forms of art - and most importantly, having fun! Come and see a wide range of experimental artworks in unusual mediums including paint pouring, textured acrylics and collage.

All welcome and there is no need to book - just come along on the day!


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