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Cambridgeshire Libraries Feedback Survey – 2023

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"The library is my lifeline" 

What does your library mean to you? We would love to take the opportunity to hear your feedback on what you value most about the library, how often you use services, and what benefits visiting the library has for you and your families. 

Your feedback will help shape and improve what we offer. 

Posters in your library have a QR code to scan – this will open the survey on your device.  If you need help to complete the survey, please ask a member of library staff to help you. The survey closes on Thursday 30th November 2023.  

Warm Welcome

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As we head into colder weather, remember that your library always offers a warm and friendly welcome. Stay as long as you like during open hours, to browse and read books, join in with social activities or use our free computers and wifi. At many libraries you can also help yourself to a free warm drink during the winter months. 


Fantasy: Realms of Imagination exhibition

Fantastical drawing and logos for Fantasy Realm of Imagination, Living Knowledge Network and British Library.

Ancient folk tales and fairy stories, gothic horror and weird fiction, live action role-playing games: fantasy is a rich genre filled with magical worlds imagined by writers, artists and creators.  

A free exhibition inspired by Fantasy: Realms of Imagination at the British Library (supported by Wayland Games) explores how fantasy flourishes today across literature, TV, film, games and more – and looks back at the origins of the genre.  

You can also discover treasures from our own Arthur Rackham fairytale collection; drawings by fantasy artist Rachel Oakes; and handcrafted role-playing props. For visitors of all ages, there will be children’s activities plus a chance to share your own thoughts on favourite aspects of fantasy.  

The exhibition will be at Cambridge Central Library until late December, moving to Ely and Huntingdon Libraries in early 2024.  

Additional fantasy-themed activities (please click the links for details) include: 

Writing a Neurodivergent Fairytale Workshop, Cambridge Central Library, Saturday 11th November, 2:00-4:00pm 

Worldbuilding – a Fantasy writing workshop with tutors from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Central Library, Saturday 18th November 2:00-3:00pm 

Why We Need Fantasy: Neil Gaiman in conversation livestreamed to view at Milton Road Library, Monday 20th November 7:00-8:30pm 

The Worlds of Terry Pratchett: Neil Gaiman and Rob Wilkins livestreamed to view at Cambridge Central Library, Tuesday 21st November, 7:00-8:30pm


Celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week 13th-17th November!

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Log on to www.Library.Live/whats-on to find your nearest library rhyme time and celebrate the joy of sharing Nursery Rhymes with your little ones. 

Or join in at home by watching our online rhymetimes on our YouTube channel.

Happy singing!  

Author events

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Meet your local authors 

Cambridge Central Library  

Saturday 25th November, 11am-1pm 

Come and meet invited local authors in the library atrium. A chance to chat and learn about the writers’ inspiration, process and self-publishing journey - and buy books! All are welcome at this free drop-in event, which features a variety of book genres for adults. 

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Meet author C.A. Castle 

Cambridge Central Library, 3rd Floor 

Saturday 25th November, 2-3pm 

With The Manor House Governess C.A. Castle introduces a charming new take on the works of Jane Austen and the Brontes. With a genderfluid protagonist and 21st-century twist, this spirited debut pays homage to the British classics while joyfully centring an LGBTQ+ point of view, perfect for fans of Emily M. Danforth.  

Tickets are free, please book in advance: Meet author C.A.Castle Tickets, Sat 25 Nov 2023 at 14:00 | Eventbrite 

Authors M. Morton and N. Upson with book covers of Murder on the Santa Claws Express and Shot with Crimson

Crime and Mince Pies, with Nicola Upson and Mandy Morton 

Cambourne Library 

Wednesday 6th December, 2-3:30pm 

Enjoy sparkling conversation plus tasty mince pies with popular crime writers Nicola and Mandy. Festive fun and the chance to discover some wickedly good new reads! 

Tickets are £3. Please book in advance at Cambourne Library.

Or contact or 0345 045 5225 

New Books

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

New Books


Cambridgeshire Listens and Reads

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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:

Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, We'll Meet Again by Anton Du Beke, Wishing on a Star by Mandy Baggot, Boy Friends by Michael Pedersen, Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney, The Cursed Girls by Caro Ramsay, The Pictures by Guy Bolton, and The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng.

Cambridgeshire Reads

Covers of Cambridgeshire Listens Selection

We also have 5 adult fiction and non fiction titles available as just Listens:

Tom Clancy's True Faith and Allegiance by Mark Greaney, The Polish Girl by Malka Adler, The Wrens' Wartime Christmas by Vicki Beeby, The Saturday Night Sauvignon Sisterhood by Gill Sims, Mental Fitness by Ant Middleton.

Cambridgeshire Listens


Junior and Teen Reads and Listens

Covers of Junior Reads and Listens

Also available are these 6 junior and teen titles:

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deidre Sullivan, Stories of Spells and Enchantments by Enid Blyton, Classic Nursery Rhymes by Mark McLeod, Wave Me Goodbye by Jaqueline Wilson, Deer in Danger by Julie Sykes and Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French.


Junior Reads


Junior Listens



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Globally on average men die 4.5 years earlier than women for reasons which might be preventable. There are actions we can take to help men, young or old, live healthier and longer lives.   

The annual Movember campaign aims to raise people’s awareness of mental health, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.  These are topics many men find difficult to talk about.  Visit the Movember website to find out how to get support and give support if you or people you know have these health concerns. 

Also visit Movember Conversations and learn how to tackle important conversations. 

Talk Money Week

Two people looking at a phone. Text Reads, It's good to talk about Money, Talk Money Week 6-10 November 2023

Bringing money into everyday discussions can help people feel more confident about the future and improve financial wellbeing. Talk Money Week (6-10 November) is an annual campaign from the Money and Pensions Service to encourage conversations on money between friends, families, colleagues, and communities.  

As we head into winter, to help make discussing money easier ‘do one thing’ during the week to better understand your finances. For example: look closely at a pension; talk to a child about pocket money; or explore the council’s support with the cost-of-living webpage to help shape money conversations.  

Libraries have information and resources to help you talk money, including: 

  • Books, eBooks, and audiobooks which you can borrow for free to learn more about budgeting and financial sustainability. 
  • Access to printers, photocopiers and free Wi-Fi and computers, to help you access information online.  
  • In some libraries, free scam awareness drop-in sessions to learn how to protect your money. 

Friendly library staff are also on hand to signpost you to further guidance and support.  

To find out more about Talk Money Week and how to #TalkMoney at home and in the workplace, follow our Facebook page where we’ll be sharing posts from Cambridgeshire County Council.


Action on Energy

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People attending last month’s Cambridgeshire Libraries talk on “Greening Your Home” valued the information and advice shared by top climate scientist Jonathan Gregory. If you missed it, catch up with this recording: Greening Your Home Libraries Week 2023 | Living Knowledge Network ( 

If you are inspired to make your own home more energy efficient, be sure to explore Cambridgeshire County Council’s resource page Action on Energy Cambridgeshire - Action on Energy Cambridgeshire ( You’ll find advice on actions you can take, supplier recommendations and retrofitting grants for low-income households. 

New Wellbeing Walks on Mondays!

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We are excited about the 30-minute short walks newly set up in partnership with Huntingdonshire District Council Active Lifestyles Team! 

Come to meet the trained walk leader at the library before the walk starts and return to the library for refreshments and chats!  It’s all free and everyone is welcome. 

Wellbeing Walk from Huntingdon Library - 

Mondays 10:00-10:30am, followed by refreshments 

Wellbeing Walk from St Neots Library - 

Mondays 12:15-12:45pm, followed by refreshments 

You can make bookings by calling 01480 388111 or using the One Leisure app.  Or just turn up at the library on the day.   

The St Neots walk will continue with walkers meeting outside the library during the library’s temporary closure for maintenance work in November. 

Theatre and Poetry for Adults: Dance for Families this November!

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We have some great offers for Adults and also for Families with Toddlers or Homeschooling! 

Club Origami: a dance adventure for young families focused on playing with paper and fun interaction with the performance! Thursday 16th November 11.15am and 1.30pm Clay Farm Centre in Cambridge. 

Dance Like an Astronaut for families: 25th November at St Neots at 10am and Cambourne at 2-4pm. Enjoy an interactive story about Rocket from ‘Look UP’ and a fun dance session where you spin jump and slide to bring the story to life. 

Call Mr Robeson: the story of a great historical black figure in history told through theatre with songs.  St Ives Library 7th November 7pm and St Neots Art and Soul Café 8th November 7pm. 

Home and Refuge: come and explore the ideas of home and what it means to seek refuge in a wonderful poetry workshop with writer Leanne Moden. Sawston 11th November 10.30am and Ely Library 23rd November 6.30pm. 


Steady on Your Feet – a new online tool to help check your risk of falls

Stay Strong on your Feet Logo Text Reads, Steady on your feet. Stay stronger for longer, use our new risk checker to prevent falls

Cambridgeshire County Council has launched an online checking tool to help you understand your risk of falling and learn simple steps you can take to stay active and independent. 

From the age of 65, our risk of having a fall increases, but many are avoidable. The new tool, Steady on Your Feet, is aimed at those who haven’t previously had a fall but would like to understand what they can do to prevent this happening.  

Steady on Your Feet is easy to use, asking only a few questions to help understand any individual risks you might have and providing an action plan to keep you active and independent. You can fill in your answers and do a self-assessment. Or ask a family member or friend if you need help to use the online checker.   

Suggested steps to prevent a fall might include arranging an eye or hearing test, increasing your activity levels and eating a balanced diet, or looking after your feet and making sure you wear supportive footwear with non-slip soles.    

To find information and to use the risk checker, go to  


Applying for BIPC Jumpstart? Don’t forget to attend 3 Live Support sessions by 17 November 

BIPC promotional slogan. Text reads, Jump into your new business with BIPC Jumpstart

Entrepreneurs and small business owners planning to apply to Jumpstart are reminded that to be eligible, you must have attended, and submitted all associated feedback forms, for three live support sessions by Friday 17th November. The sessions can be any combination of 1to1s, webinars, or workshops, but must be live, not on-demand.  

After 17th November, you have until midday on Friday 1 December to submit your application form, which asks for answers to five critical question. At this stage, we do not ask for a business plan, cashflow or sales forecast information. Applications can be started at any time, by creating an online account.  

Find out more about Jumpstart: 

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