Friday, 5 September 2014

News From Cambridgeshire Libraries - September 2014

Fantastic author talks coming soon!

On Wednesday 10 September, author Dr Sean Lang, will talk about a life in Cambridge at the end of the Edwardian period, how it heard and reacted to the news of war and the first months of war. He will also be with us to present his new book First World War for Dummies, talking about the conflict that engulfed the world (Wednesday 24 September).

You can also Meet The Authors (Ron Richardson, Chris Morgan, Mark Garrett, The Coulter Cooperative and many more) on Saturday 27 September. The group of local writers will talk about their books at Huntingdon Library on Saturday 27 September. Nicola Upson, author of the Josephine Tey novels will be coming to Cherry Hinton on Wednesday 17 September.

In October, Victoria Hislop will be at Central Library (Tuesday 7 October). She is the author of The Island, The Return, The Thread, The Last Dance and other stories and now, in September 2014, The Sunrise.

Have your say on the Cambridgeshire County Councils budget

Residents across Cambridgeshire are being asked for their input in the setting of the County Council's budget for 2015/16.

This year the budget has to be balanced with 7.1% less money from Government and increased pressures on services from inflation and rising populations. This inevitably means the Council (along with all local authorities) will need to make more service cuts. Your views are vital as we plan where to save money.

Computer Buddy sessions for those new to computers

Are you new to computers or do you know someone who needs one to one assistance with computer basics?

Our Computer Buddy sessions offer free basic help to beginners such as mouse practice, keyboard skills, word processing, emailing, web searching and genealogy searches. Find out more about Computer Buddy sessions.

Carers Away Day 2014

The Carers Away Day is a free annual event providing carers with the opportunity to take part in informal discussion groups with expert speakers, relax, get creative, have fun and to visit the marketplace of information and advice stands. The Carers Away Day 2014 is being held on Friday 3 October, 10am to 4pm at the Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon. Book a place now.

Health and Wellbeing Fair

Join us at a free Health and Wellbeing Fair, Cambridge Central Library, 10.00am - 1.00pm on Wednesday 29 October. The free drop in event to promote health and well-being among older people is supported by Age UK, Care Network / Community Navigators, Camsight, NRS Healthcare, Alzheimer's Society, Carers Support Team, Your Life, Your Choice / Adult Social Care and the Library health information team.

Bin Your Bra

Cambridgeshire Libraries will be working with Against Breast Cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by collecting unwanted bras to help raise money for breast cancer research. The Bin Your Bra project keeps clothes out of landfill, helps small businesses in Africa and raises funds for ground breaking research. Donate your bra at Cambridge Central Library, Ely, March, Wisbech, Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots libraries from 1 October.

Summer Reads Reading Adventures

Did you see the Reading Adventures promotion at Central, Ely or Wisbech this summer? Did you read any of the eight books displayed?

If so, our partners, Writers Centre Norwich, would be delighted if you would fill in the survey

Do you need to brush up on your maths and English skills?

Would you like to be able to help your child with their homework when they return to school or do you need to work out sums or write reports for your job?

Learning Services offer a variety of ways to gain your maths and English qualifications including functional skills.

For more information please contact your local Library Learning Centre or call 01733 205780.

Recommended read, September

To help give you some ideas of what books to read, and what and who is a popular read why not have a look at our list of Hot new books, the author profile of the month and the Top 100 Popular Authors.

Visit our Reading website, and why not join a reading group too?

Summer Reading Challenge - have you finished?

There is still time to complete this years Summer Reading Challenge, Mythical Maze.

For those who have completed the challenge, there are special certificate and medal presentations taking place around the county. We hope you enjoyed the challenge!