Library Newsletter May 2020

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Welcome to May's edition of Library news

A "really useful" list of websites!

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Our Librarians in Library Services for Education have pulled together a list of learning resources for families. We have included everything from sites to entertain or educate kids at home, sites to help your research, and sites to help you keep healthy. We hope you find them as useful as we do! We’ve included some fantastic author websites and illustrator workshops as we love seeing them celebrating all things reading during these difficult times.

Virtual Reference Library!

Virtual Reference Library

While our libraries are closed, we can still offer online reference resources free through your library membership!  Delve into important dates or events in history with Newsbank, Times Digital Archive and 19th Century Newspapers.  Expand your knowledge of a particular subject or a famous person using the Oxford Dictionary of Biography and Oxford Reference. Plus limited access to Find My Past for family history research.

Why not broaden your musical tastes by accessing the Naxos Music Library.  Search by title or composer and enjoy some relaxing or uplifting music while you work from home or keep the children occupied.


Ask Us - enquiry service and business support

Ask Us

Our Ask Us Service is now able to answer any enquiries sent via email or the enquiry form. Whether you are looking for home-schooling ideas or seeking business support during these unprecedented times, the Ask Us team are here to support you.

From quick questions to in-depth research, you can ask any question and the Ask Us team will help you get started or refer you to the most relevant organisation to help you with your query

More fantastic eAudiobooks

Try our Pick and Mix selection of  eAudiobooks – we add new titles each month, access is unlimited so join your fellow library listeners and we’d love to know what you think of these books!

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Seven deaths

Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton - Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters.

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

To save her child, she will trust a stranger. To protect a secret, she must risk her life...

The Familiars

Browsing our digital books

Our doors may be shut but we hope you enjoy the serendipity of exploring our digital shelves! We continue to select a wide range of non fiction, including many health and wellbeing books available in eBook format.

Health and well being eBooks

We’ve been busy adding fantastic fiction to our (virtual) shelves

 Liar Liar by Mel Sherratt (eBook)

 A gripping new crime thriller with twists and turns. Perfect   for fans of Martina Cole. 




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My pear-shaped life book cover

My pear-shaped life by Carmel Harrington (eBook)

 A joyful uplifting book about Greta, she’s funny, she’s flawed…


Here we are by Graham Swift (eBook)

A story spanning half a century following magician Ronnie Deane’s life from evacuation to Brighton Pier.


Here we are book cover

We also have a wide range of awesome Magazines




 Check out the latest magazines, free to download to your device and keep for as long as you like! A great way to save money with your library card.

 From Good Housekeeping to Practical Photographer and even TV Times, we have a great range for you to browse. Why not travel the world from your sofa with National Geographic!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 logo

Mental Health Awareness Week

takes place 18th- 24th May and we are  joining in to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. We are missing our customers and volunteers at this difficult time but we are finding that curling up with a good library book or listening to a story is ideal as a way to reduce stress and boost our mood!

Digital Offers

People are benefiting from a vast range of digital resources while our libraries are closed. More than 40,000 digital items have been downloaded in March and April!

Find out more here


We look forward to seeing you again in our libraries once we can reopen. Remember, you will not be charged for fines during the period our libraries have been closed.