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Great Big Green Week 8th-16th June

The Great Green Big Week Logo in Green

Great Big Green Week is a UK-wide celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature.

You'll find free displays, activities, events and talks at Cambridge Central, Ely, Cambourne, St.Neots,  Yaxley and Huntingdon libraries.

There’s lots going on, including film screenings, toy swaps, seed and plant swaps, nature story-times and eco-junk modelling. Find out what’s happening during Great Big Green Week at your local library by checking our events page Great Big Green Week — Library.Live

HiVis Fortnight 1st-14th June

High-Vis Logo. Text reads, Accessibility, Connection, Tactile #HiVis2024

Are you starting to struggle to read small print? Would you like to read more?

HiVis fortnight 1-14th June aims to keep people with a vision impairment in touch with reading.

Join us at Huntingdon Library on Friday June 14th 10am - 12 noon where you can meet people and organisations who can help you to stay in touch with reading.

In partnership with Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind we have invited the leading organisations who help with sight loss - come and chat, try out their devices and join the Hunts Society coffee morning. This is a free event.

Join us at Cambridge Central Library on Monday 10th June 10.30-11.30am (1st floor foyer space) for a drop-in session where our friendly library staff will tell you all about how we can help people of all ages with a visual impairments access our services and resources, including audio and eAudio, eBooks and eMagazines and more. There’s no need to book; just come along!

Other events:

Central Library on Tuesday 4th June 3.15-3.45pm Sensory Storytime 

Central Library on Thursday 6th June, 3-5pm Accessible indoor games sessions with boccia and kurling

Milton Road Library on Wednesday 12th June11am-1pm Accessible Indoor Games

Refugee Week 17-23rd June

Refugee Week Logo with watering can watering planet earth. Text reads Care for Our Home Simple Acts

Cambridgeshire Libraries have Sanctuary status, and we’re proud to play a role in welcoming people into our communities. For more info, please visit our Libraries of Sanctuary information page. 

We’re celebrating Refugee Week 2024 with a programme of events.  

St Ives Library on Monday 17th June and Ely Library on Thursday 20th June at 5-6.30pm. An evening of short film screenings based on this year’s Refugee Week film programme, delivered in partnership with Other Cinemas. Free, all welcome, no need to book. 

Wednesday 19th June 

Bar Hill Library 10.30-11.30am - Author Elaine Macdonald’s stories and a simple craft for pre-schoolers. Drop in event.   

Cambridge Central Library 4.30pm - International board games session. Come together for games that can be played across languages. Book your free ticket on Eventbrite or just come along!  

Saturday 22nd June 11am-4pm - Meet Bessie the Book Bike at the Refugee Arts Festival at the Alison Richard Building in Cambridge. This is a free all-ages event. For full details and to book, visit our partner’s Eventbrite. 

Beyond the Bassline at St Neots

Beyond the Bassline logo and image featuring a black man and woman and musical instruments

Explore and celebrate the history of Black British music with a visit to Beyond the Bassline, an exhibition at St Neots library 14th June-12th July.

The panel display documents 500 years of Black music in Britain, highlighting music as a form of entertainment and vehicle for community, as well as a source of liberation, protest and education. It spotlights clubs, carnivals and community hubs that have inspired Black British music genres. Beyond the Bassline comes to us from the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network.

Beyond the Bassline - free exhibition — Library.Live

Headshot of singer Joan Armatrading

On Friday 21st June at 2pm St Neots Library will host a free screening of legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading in conversation at the British Library.  

LKN presents Joan Armatrading in conversation — Library.Live

Pride month

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We’ll be at Cambridge Pride with one of our Mobile Libraries and colleagues from across Cambridgeshire County Council. Cambridge Pride will take place on Saturday 15th June at Jesus Green. On Saturday 6th July, we’ll be at the first ever Fenland Pride at the Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech. We hope to see you there!

Join us at Cambridge Central Library on Thursday 13th June at 6pm for a screening of the documentary “Old Lesbians”, directed by Meghan McDonough (2023, 29m). The film tells the story of the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, established by Arden Eversmeyer in the US. Book your free ticket on Eventbrite or just come along.

Headshot of author Steve Antony and cover of the book Rainbowsaurus

Saturday 29th June at 3:30pm, we’re excited to welcome bestselling author-illustrator Steve Antony to Cambridge Central Library for a story and singalong celebrating his joyfully inclusive picture book, Rainbowsaurus.

Author Events

June is National Crime Reading Month. Where better to get your crime reading fix than your local library? Whatever your preference – gritty, grim, classic or cosy - we have more than 13,500 riveting crime titles to choose from.

20th century British crime fiction fans won’t want to miss Cambridge University Library’s exhibition, Murder by the Book. Enjoy a sample of it on pop-up panels at Cambridge Central Library, then book free tickets for the full exhibition at the University Library.

We have two special author events in National Crime Reading Month:

Author Nicola Upson smiling whilst holding two books

Crime Time with Nicola Upson

Milton Road Library

Monday 10th June, 7-8:30pm

We are thrilled that Nicola Upson, popular crime writer and curator of Murder by the Book, will be in conversation at Milton Road Library with Christopher Burgess, Head of Exhibitions and Public Programmes at CUL.

Tickets are free but must be pre-booked at Milton Road library or via  

Headshot of Leigh Russel smiling

An Afternoon with Leigh Russell

St Neots Library

Thursday 13th June, 2-3:30pm

Meet Leigh Russell, popular author of 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. 

Tickets £5 from St Neots Library, or contact 0345 045 5225 or

Book Cover of The Tunisian Cookbook and author Hafida Latta cooking

A Talk by Hafida Latta

Join us at Cambridge Central Library on Saturday 22nd June, 11am-12noon for a fascinating talk by author Hafida Latta about how the Mediterranean diet has been shaped by history and how culinary traditions contribute to community. There will be an opportunity to meet the author and buy copies of The Tunisian Cookbook.

Free and all welcome. Book your free ticket on Eventbrite or just come along! 

New Books

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 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. 

Book covers of Cambridgeshire Reads and Listens for June

We have 5 titles available as both Reads and Listens this month:

You made a Fool of Death with your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi, Is This Ok? by Harriet Gibsone, Traces by Patricia Wiltshire, A Bird in Winter by Louise Doughty, The Ops Room Girls by Vicki Beeby.

Cambridgeshire Reads

Book covers of Cambridgeshire Listens for June

We also have 10 adult fiction titles available as just Listens:

The Bullet that Missed by Richard Osman, The Glutton by A.K. Blakemore, Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim, Men I've Loved Before by Adele Parks, Beatlebone by Kevin Barry, Bad Apples by Will Dean, Caught by Arlan Coben, One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston, Paris Detective by James Patterson, The Love Algorithm by Claudia Carroll.

Cambridgeshire Listens

Book Covers of Junior and YA Listens for June

Also available are these 5 junior and teen titles:

The Story Shop Stories by Tracey Corderoy, Son of the Sea by Richard Pickard, I Spy by Rhian Tracey, Tyger by SSF Said, Five go Adventuring Again by Enid Blyton.

Junior Listens

Reading Well for Dementia

Covers of the books in the Reading Well for Dementia collection.

The newly launched Reading Well for Dementia book collection is now available at Cambridgeshire Libraries.  These are books helping people including children to understand more about dementia.  Have a look at them on our library online catalogue and make your reservations.  Some of these titles are also available as eBooks on Libby (Overdrive) and BorrowBox.

To find out more about the Reading Well for Dementia Collection go on: Reading Well for Dementia.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month

Historical black and white picture of Gypsy caravans in Midsummer Common by Laurie Haynes

June is Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month. This year the theme is What Does Family Mean to You. You can find out more on the Friends, Family and Travellers website and learn more about the history of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people.

The Cambridgeshire Collection is celebrating Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month in June with this photo of a family parked up on Midsummer Common in the 1900s.

Carers Week – 10th-16th June

Closeup of hand holding a white flower, carers week logo and slogan, Putting carers on the map

Carers Week raises awareness of the challenges unpaid carers face and makes sure carers have access to much-needed support.

This year’s theme “Putting Carers on the Map” aims to increase the visibility of carers to politicians and employers, ensuring carers’ voices are heard.  To find out how to get involved, visit or follow

You can find information for carers at Looking after someone | Cambridgeshire County Council.  If you are a carer or a young carer in need of advice and support, get in touch with Caring Together Charity via Contact us | Caring Together.

For book resources, visit Health and Well-being | Cambridgeshire Libraries ( and check out our Carers Booklist.

Empathy Day

Empathy Day Author Line Up with photos of authors

Celebrate Empathy Day on 6th June and watch the Empathy Lab’s FREE live and pre-recorded events in your home – the programme starts at 7.30am: Empathy Day Live! ( Top authors and illustrators will model the Mission Empathy Challenge!  Which includes reading to discover new characters and books, many of which you can borrow from the library. Click here to download the Read for Empathy collection 2024.

Random Acts of Connection

Two women sitting on separate benches in a park smiling at each other

Loneliness Awareness Week takes place during 10th-16th June.  This year the campaign encourages all of us take some moments in our everyday life to make connections with others.

Research shows that moments of connection can affect our happiness and sense of belonging.  It can be as simple as giving a smile to a stranger on the street, or inviting a friend or a neighbour to visit your local library together.

Can you think of any random act of connection that you would try?  Visit The power of micro connections | Loneliness Awareness Week for inspiration.

#RandomActsOfConnection  #LonelinessAwarenessWeek

Volunteers’ Week 2024

Volunteers Week Logo

This year is the 40th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week, from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th June.

It is an opportunity to celebrate the huge contributions that volunteers make throughout the UK, and to say thank you.

There’s more information on the Volunteers' Week website.  Find out more about volunteering with Cambridgeshire Libraries at Volunteering with libraries | Cambridgeshire County Council.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all volunteers who work within Cambridgeshire Libraries.

Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough – events

BIPC slogan, For Every Bright Idea Everywhere and photo of a smiling woman

Whether you’re just starting out, or on your business journey, need advice on protecting your assets, or are ready to take the next step, we’re here to help you.

Business & Intellectual Property one-ones - Free online sessions with our BIPC staff who can provide support.

Business & IP Centre Coffee Mornings – in our local Business and IP Centres - Grab a coffee or tea and find out what we, the Business & IP Centre locally, can support you with.

Mini Boardroom Workshop - At a Mini Boardroom everyone has the opportunity to present a goal, challenge, issue or objective to their new 'board of directors'.

Women in Business Tribe – New Era  - Join us for a regular gathering celebrating women in business, sharing stories, information, learning and empowering each other!

For further information, booking, and our On Demand recordings – on Eventbrite -

See you there!

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