Essex Libraries Service Update

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Have your say on the library service

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Two online sessions are taking place on Monday 20 September for residents to discuss their views and ideas with the Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Louise McKinlay. In these sessions Cllr McKinlay will outline ideas for key principles to help guide the service and its future development. Residents will be able to discuss these, as well as make suggestions and offer feedback. Visit the Essex County Council site to learn more and book your place. If you have any questions or comments for the sessions, please send them in to us at with the subject ‘Have your say on the library service ’.

Download Libby- The one-tap reading app!

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Try a different reading style – go digital! No matter where you are your library card gives you access to e-audio, e-magazines, e-comics and e-books 24/7. With Libby, by Overdrive, there are thousands of titles to choose from, both for adults and children.

No need for expensive purchases or subscriptions. These titles are free of charge to borrow and don't incur overdue charges as they are returned automatically. If you’re not sure which title to choose from there’s a sample of a few pages to read first - just like browsing the bookshelves!

At the tap of a button you can change your reading experience with a different font size or turn on dyslexia- friendly font. You can also add bookmarks, read in sepia or night mode and much more. Whether you're at home, work, on holiday or out and about, you'll always be able to find something to read or listen to.

Interested? See what’s available on Libby’s catalogue. Visit our website for more information and details how to download the app.

National Reading Group Day – Join the conversation!

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There’s not long to go until National Reading Group Day! It’s next Tuesday, 14 September.

You won’t want to miss the Facebook discussion about September’s Book of the Month, The Foundling. Stacey Halls’ wonderful novel of families, secrets, equality and motherhood set against the dynamic backdrop of Georgian London should stimulate a lively exchange of ideas. Join in from 6.30pm on Tuesday.

Find out more about National Reading Group Day.

Reserve a copy of The Foundling.

Read the e-book or listen to the e-audiobook.

Support your health and wellbeing with Reading Well

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Look out for brand new Reading Well collections available in all Essex libraries! These books have been specially selected by healthcare experts and approved by people with lived experience of the conditions they cover. They're designed to provide information and support with mental health and wellbeing through the proven power of reading. There are three collections available, one for adults, one for children and one for young adults.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Louise McKinlay said: “The Reading Well initiative is a great example of how our libraries are not only places where people can go to read for enjoyment, but places where advice and information is available for anyone needing it.
“Of course, a book is no replacement for our wonderful NHS mental health services, but the Reading Well initiative offers additional support and information to anyone that may need it. These resources can be easily accessed all over the county and are available for all ages, which we hope will make a real positive difference to our communities.”

Visit the Essex Libraries website to find full details of the Reading Well collections and the booklists they contain. You will also find links to trusted health websites you can search for more information and support with your health and wellbeing.