Friday, 13 June 2014

News From Cambridgeshire Libraries 13-JUN-2014

Read It Again! award. And the winner is...

The winner of this year's Read it Again! Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award is Weasels by Elys Dolan.

Now in its 9th year, "Read it Again!" is an award for a debut picture book where the words and pictures are the work of one person. Over 10,000 children from 65 local schools took part in the event, reading, discussing and then voting for their favourite book from a shortlist of eight titles, all first published in 2013.

Elys, a graduate of Anglia Ruskin University received her award at a special presentation ceremony held at the Bellbird School in Sawston on Tuesday 3 June. Over 200 pupils from four local schools attended the event where they met all of the shortlisted authors along with last year's winner, Jenni Desmond who presented the award.

The award celebrates and promotes exciting new talent in the world of children's books and encourages children to enjoy exploring words and pictures.

More than books - Hire a DVD or audio book

With thousands of top titles to entertain you and your family, why not hire a DVD or audio book (CD) when you next visit your library?

Standard DVD hire is now available from £2 and audio books from £1.50. Premium DVDs (on display at Central Library) are also on special offer, £2.75 for a 7 day loan.

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Tour de France - 7 July

We hope you are looking forward to the visit of Le Tour. Don't forget that all Libraries, Archives and Information services will operate as usual on Monday 7 July. The County Council's Parking Services desk at Central Library will be closed on that day.

Find out more about 7 July, stage 3 of the Tour de France.

Le Peloton d'Art

To celebrate the visit to Cambridge of one of the world's biggest and most exciting races, the Tour de France, Central Library will host one of 15 Tour sculptures, "Le Peloton d'Art". In association with Alliance Francaise Cambridge, local artist and cyclist David Mitchell has created the unique sculptures. The figures represent individual elements of a large 'peloton' which can be viewed around Cambridge.

Thanks to Cllr Noel Kavanagh, cycling champion and Cllr Edward Cearns, local Member for welcoming the arrival of the sculpture.

The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive, available free at Cambridgeshire Libraries, added 300,000 new pages to its website last month, including articles from the Cambridge Independent Press between 1871 and 1920. Six new titles have also been added - Hamilton Advertiser, The Lancashire Evening Post, The Oxford Times, Perthshire Advertiser and The Shetland Times, bringing the current total to over eight million pages.

Changes to the eBook service

Many of our eBooks can now be read via the internet without the need to download the title, while at any time in the loan period there is still the option to download the title.

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Guided walks of Cromwell's Huntingdon

Every third Sunday of the month from now until September the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon will be running a guided walk to the sites, buildings and features that Cromwell would have known. Much of 17th century Huntingdon still remains to be seen, but it is often concealed behind layers of later development. The walks which start at the Museum at 2pm go to Cromwell's birthplace and end at Huntingdon Castle, and last about an hour and a half. The next walk is on 15 June.

A Year In The Life of A Bee Colony

Eleanor Witter from the Cambridgeshire Beekeepers' Association will be delivering a talk on this fascinating subject, covering: what the beekeeper has to do through the year, bee biology, development from egg to worker bee, forage and foraging, swarming and the production of a new queen.

To book your free place, email us.

19-23 years old? Unemployed? A Traineeship may be the answer!

There's no need to worry, Cambridgeshire Learning Services can help you to take that first step and kick start your career with a Traineeship. Contact us to find out more information.

Rock Road Library reopens

Thanks to a partnership between Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council and the Friends of the Library a new community space has been created at Rock Road Library. The new space makes it easier for community groups to meet in the library, host events and activities, and supports the Council's drive to develop Community Hubs.

Volunteers required!

Are you aged 12-16 years? Do you have some time to spare this summer? Would you like to gain some work experience helping us with the Summer Reading Challenge in Libraries? If so, please ask at your local library for further details.

Recommended read, June

Looking for inspiration when choosing your next book? Our Hot new books, Author profile of the month and Top 100 popular authors provide a great place to find your next book.

Why not visit our Reading page to find out how you can join a local reading group?