Friday, 11 July 2014

News From Cambridgeshire Libraries JUL-2014

Mythical Maze, Summer Reading Challenge 2014

This summer there's a legendary adventure waiting for children in all Cambridgeshire Libraries when they take part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2014. Mythical Maze challenges children aged 4-11 to read their way around a labyrinth that introduces them to fantastical creatures from myths and legends. They need to read any six books from the library over the summer holidays. For each book they read they will be awarded stickers (some are 'scratch 'n' sniff' and very smelly!) which they can add to their Mythical Maze collector's folder.

They can see and hear the Mythical Maze characters come to life using the interactive app. Just download the Mythical Maze app onto a smart phone or tablet, then bring the device into the library during the summer and they'll see the characters burst onto the screen when they scan their pictures. They'll also be able to play exciting games and hear the characters tell their own stories when they scan the stickers they collect as they read books.

Sign up at your local library from Saturday 12 July or join a Mythical Maze Craft Workshop. There's a certificate and gold medal for everyone who finishes!

New DVD releases for July

There's a selection of new DVD releases available in July, from The Book Thief to The Lego Movie.

Don't forget standard DVD hire is available from £2 and Premium DVDs (on display at Central Library) are on special offer, £2.75 for a seven day loan.

Search the catalogue now.

Great War event

The Great War, Between the Lines project is holding a free commemorative event on Sunday 3 August 2014, 1-5pm in Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon. The event, named The Last Day of Peace, aims to raise awareness of this hugely important milestone in world history.

There will be activities of interest to all ages.

Find My Past

You can now access the fantastic Find My Past genealogy and history resources at your local library.

The site contains the entire index to births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales from 1837-2001, and offers more than 1.7 billion international family history records from the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and beyond with records going back to 1200.

Lion Learners - Mythical Maze events

To celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge, Lion Learners will be bringing some furry, cuddly, creepy crawly, slippery, scaly animals to a library near you.

There are lots of Lion Learners events taking place this summer. Meet some amazing animals and hear their stories.

Adult Support drop-in events

A series of popular drop-in events are continuing through the late Summer and early Autumn.

The events are for anyone who is living with a long-term illness or disability, providing unpaid support to adult family members or friends who could not manage without this help or struggling with an age-related condition.

Recommended read, July

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?

Upcoming Engage events

Come along to one of many of our fascinating Engage talks. Upcoming talks include:
Disability Aids - Loan Library (Central Library)
Gardens of the National Trust (Warboys)
Hitler's Gulf War: the Fight for Iraq 1941 (St Ives Library)

Rock Road Library - Sun, Sea and Fun

Rock Road Library will offer two Sun, Sea and Fun events on Saturday 19 July, from 10.30am.

Join the library staff and Friends for singing, reading and wonderful activities at the recently reopened library.

Cromwell Museum - puppet making workshop

Major Mustard will lead a puppet making workshop for children in the morning and give a performance of Robin Hood and his merry Men in the afternoon on Saturday 2 August.

The Robin Hood tale dates from the 15th century at the latest, and was probably familiar to the young Oliver Cromwell.