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Helping hand emerging from a laptop screen

Cambourne Library have teamed up with Hope Against Poverty CIC to host their new digital offer to support people to use technology and online services. Support provided will include getting on the internet, accessing free training online, using email, searching for jobs, using Google documents and storage, and using Microsoft applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Please tell anyone who you think would benefit from this support.

Please join Hope CIC at the library 9.30-12pm every Wednesday, term time only. You can bring your own device or learn on the laptops provided. For specific queries please fill out their online form at, or just drop in. Cambridgeshire Online | Hope CIC Digital Hub @Cambourne Library

Franklin Bear therapy dog

Meet Frank, our Pets as Therapy Dog who will be joining us to support your child’s reading and confidence on Tuesdays, 4-5pm. If you would like to book a 15 minute session with Frank and his volunteer please ask at the desk or email for more information

Sessions take place in the library with volunteers and their registered, temperament-tested pets.

St Ives Library Tuesday 4-5pm (15 minute sessions) booking required

Women doing Tai Chi

Introduction to Tai Chi and QiGong at Huntingdon Library

6 weekly sessions beginning Thursday 23rd May 10.30am-12pm


Gentle exercise classes to get you feeling more vitalised without stressful workouts! Adults only. Booking required.

For further information please ask at Huntingdon Library, call 0345 045 5225 or email

An Introduction to Tai Chi and QiGong — Library.Live

On Saturday 18 May (11am-1pm) Central Library will be hosting a Meet Your Local Children’s Authors event, where you’ll be able to chat with local authors and buy their books or art prints. You can also take part in simple craft activities or listen to stories and rhymes.

All welcome and there is no need to book - just come along on the day! Adults to stay with their children at all times.

Local and Community History Month

Local history images

To celebrate local and community history month we have a large programme of events.

In Cambridge we’re having a memorial exhibition of Allan Brigham’s photographs for the month of May. They will be on the third floor of Cambridge Central Library.

On Saturday 11th May 2-4pm we’re having a launch event, with refreshments available and tours of the Cambridgeshire Collection store.

There will also be an online talk on Fenland Folklore on 23rd May at 7pm. Find out more or book yourself a ticket on Eventbrite at

There's a whole month of events at Huntingdon Library

Thursday 2nd May, 1.30pm-3pm House of spies. A free talk by Roger Leivers. Adults only. Booking essential

4th-31st May Chivers exhibition. Launch event Saturday 4th May, 10.30am-3.30pm

Wednesday 8th May, 2pm-4pm Huntingdonshire Archives Caring for Our Collections drop-in event

Saturday 11th May 10.30-12 noon The Huntingdon Witch Trials - a talk delivered by Stuart Orme from The Cromwell Museum. Free event (donations welcome). Booking essential.

Saturday 11th May, 12.30pm-3.15pm Archives drop-in to learn about saving Huntingdonshire’s heritage.

Saturday 25th May, 10.30am-3.30pm Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Family History Society: research session. Free drop in event

Tuesday 28th May, 10.30am-12.30pm 17th Century Cromwell Crafts session delivered by The Cromwell Museum. Free. Drop-in crafts session, for ages 6+. No need to book. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

At Yaxley Library

Thursday 2nd May and Thursday 23rd May 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm Huntingdonshire Archives drop in session Free

At Sawtry Library

Saturday 18th May, 10am-12pm Sawtry History Society. Free drop-in session.

The societies’ archives are available to view at Sawtry Library on the 3rd Saturday of every month between 10am and 12pm

For more information about any of the above events please ask at the library, visit, call 0345 045 5225, or email

Library closures

Polling station sign


Both Arbury Court Library and Milton Road Library will be used as Polling Stations for the upcoming local elections on May 2nd 2024. If you're coming to vote, don't forget your voter ID.

Consequently, they will not be open as libraries on that day and there will be no storytime sessions. Our apologies for the inconvenience.  

Our Arbury Court and Milton Road storytimes will return on Thursday 9th May. We look forward to seeing you then!

The C4 mobile library route in May will be on Thursday 9 May due to being used as a polling station on Thursday 2 May. Regular customers have been informed where possible. This affects Harlton, Haslingfield, Harston and Hauxton.

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Cambridge Central library will be closed from 09:30am-2pm on Wednesday 29th May for staff training.

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Child Migrant Voices

Child Migrant Voices cover

Join us at Cambridge Central Library on Saturday 18 May (2-3.30pm) for a reading and discussion of Child Migrant Voices in Modern Britain: Oral Histories 1930s to the Modern Day, featuring author Eithne Nightingale and Maurice Nwokeji, one of the book’s contributors. Maurice Nwokeji will also play reggae music inspired by his experiences of the Biafran war.

We’ll also screen two short films about young people’s experiences of migration: “Seeking Sanctuary on a Scottish Island” by Child Migrant Voices, and “Across the English Channel”, created by a Cambridgeshire care leaver.

There will be an opportunity to buy copies of the book and have them signed.

Book your free ticket or just come along! Child Migrant Voices in Modern Britain: Screening and Discussion Tickets, Sat, May 18, 2024 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite

Beyond the Bassline

Sound system Notting Hill

Look out for our latest exhibition from the British Library, on show at Cambridge Central Library until 31st May. Beyond the Bassline shines a spotlight on different voices and perspectives to celebrate Black British music as a form of entertainment and vehicle for community, as well as a source of liberation, protest and education.

Stepping into carnivals, clubs and record shops across the country, Beyond the Bassline draws on different places that have cultivated creative expression and inspired a number of Black British music genres.

The exhibition panels are shared courtesy of the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network.

Reading Well for Dementia launch event

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Huntingdon Library Friday 17th May 10am-2pm

Dementia Action Week will take place from 13th to 19th May. The Reading Agency will be launching the new Reading Well for Dementia booklist which is created for people living with dementia, their carers and family members including younger children, to help them understand more about this condition. The books include information and advice, personal stories and children’s fiction.

Cambridgeshire Libraries will be making the new Reading Well for Dementia books available through our libraries.

Please join us for our launch event at Huntingdon Library and find out more about the collection and our dementia-friendly resources. Organizations promoting their services and support will also be present.

The following sessions taking part during the day can be booked on Eventbrite:

Dementia Friends Awareness Session Tickets, Fri, May 17, 2024 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

Talk: Turning Pages, Changing Lives Tickets, Fri, May 17, 2024 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

Dementia Friends Awareness Session Tickets, Fri 17 May 2024 at 12:00 | Eventbrite

For more information, please ask a member of staff, call 0345 045 525 or email:

New books

Book covers May new titles

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


New Books


Cambridgeshire Reads and Listens

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. 

Cambridgeshire Reads and Listens covers


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

All the Single Ladies by Ronali Collings, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, Dust Child by Nguyen Phan Que Mai, The Colony by Audrey Magee, Western Lane by Chetna Maroo


Cambridgeshire Reads


Cambridgeshire Listens covers


We also have 7 adult fiction titles available as just Listens:

Death of a Gossip by M C Beaton, The Girl in the Castle by James Patterson and Emily Raymond, Heir to the Duke by Jane Ashford, The Saint of Lost Things by Tish Delaney, Poster Girl by Veronica Roth, Above Suspicion by Lynda La Plante, The Accident by Katie McMahon and Katie Pullinger


Cambridgeshire Listens

Reads and Listens Junior and YA covers


Also available are these 5 junior and teen titles:

The Cherry Tree Farm Story Collection by Enid Blyton, Beast Quest by Adam Blade, The Luminaries by Susan Dennard, Warning! Seriously Super Stories by Various Authors, Gender Swapped Greek Myths by Karrie Fransman


Junior Reads


Junior Listens


The Library Presents new season of events

The Library Presents brochure

The results are in! Find out who you chose for the spring/summer programme of performances and workshops. Relaxed, captioned, and hearing looped events are all available again this season. Tickets available now: Browse the events and book your tickets.

Highlights for adults include: Conception Mary Shelley: The Making of a Monster, when Mary has a brutal confrontation with her creation. A screening of 1927 Alfred Hitchcock silent classic ‘The Lodger’ with original live music by Minima accompanying the film.

Highlights for families are: Along Came a Magpie in Sawtry and St Neots during May Half Term, the tale of a gardener and a visiting magpie with few words and lots of fun! Art workshops with an environmental theme: Rewild your Story in Whittlesey and Fantastical Forest in Arbury, or if you prefer music Bash Stuff and Save the world in Ely.

Some events have sold out their first ticket release already. A second ticket release is happening for some events, join the waiting list if you’re interested (links in each event on the website).

Take a look at the full programme, pick up a brochure and purchase tickets in libraries and online


Deaf Awareness Week

Cards of hearing aid batteries

Deaf Awareness week is 6th-12th May. Did you know our mobile libraries give out NHS hearing aid batteries? You can find your nearest stop at Find a mobile library stop - Cambridgeshire County Council. Various libraries offer hearing aid repair and retubing sessions as well, in association with Cambridgeshire Hearing Help. Find details online at Cambridgeshire Hearing Help – Reducing the impact of hearing loss on people’s lives across Cambridgeshire


Mental Health Awareness Week and National Walking Month

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place 13th-19th May. The Mental Health Foundation has set “Movement: Moving more for our mental health” as the theme for this year and provides useful movement tips to help us boost our wellbeing.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to keep us active. As it happens, May is also National Walking Month.  We are all invited to #Try20 tips to help ourselves fit 20 minutes of walking into our day.

We all need encouragement to motivate ourselves and each other to be more active.  Why not invite a friend or your family to go for a walk, or join a group and take part in activities? Visit How Are You Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Healthy Lifestyles Service - Healthy You for inspirations.

Two people enjoying a stroll together

Bike Month Challenge 1st-31st of May

Three cyclists

This year, the #MakeEveryRideCount initiative aims to champion bike riding whilst engaging bike riders across the country to help make cycling better for everyone.

So, how does it work? Once someone downloads the Love to Ride app and enjoys a bike ride, they can use the Rate My Routes feature to show how comfortable they felt on different streets and paths. This feedback, together with anonymized trip data from other users, can pinpoint the prime spots in our community which require better biking infrastructure.

To sign up and find out more, visit the organizer’s website Love to Ride - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Don’t forget to include visiting the library into your cycle route.  We have bike racks outside libraries or on streets nearby.  Also, there is a Bike Surgery every Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm, at Cambourne Library. It’s organized by the Hope CIC volunteer team offering free minor repairs and advice. 

Enjoy your safe journeys!

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