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Review of library services

From the Cambridgeshire Libraries Newsletter March 2015

Cambridgeshire libraries are currently undertaking a review of our Library Service to develop a strategy for the future in order to meet tough financial savings. We hope to raise awareness and understanding of the full scope and challenges we are facing, our proposed way forward and priorities for the future of libraries in Cambridgeshire.

We want to know whether you think our priorities are right, or whether there are any alternative approaches you feel we should be considering. We’ll be talking to communities later in the year but this initial consultation phase is taking place with key stakeholder groups.

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National Libraries Day 7th February

Support your local library on National Libraries Day 7th February 2015.

Encourage a friend to enroll, borrow some books or attend one of the events listed below.

Cambridge Central Library:

Relax and Listen – An informal reading aloud session.
2 to 3.30pm; 3rd floor conference room; free; drop-in.

Reading Group For Children – We’ll be launching a NEW reading group for children aged 6 to 8 years old and their parents or carers.
2 to 3pm; 3rd floor; parents/carers to stay with their children.

“Treasure Your Library” Special Storytime: Monday 9th February 2015, Children’s Library,10.30-11.30am, free, drop-in. Parents/carers to stay with their children.

Ely Library:
Pirate Workshop with illustrator Marion Lindsay – Join in the fun at this pirate workshop with illustrator Marion Lindsay and make your own treasure-seeking pirate!
2:30-4:45pm; free; drop-in.

Huntingdon Library:
Meet Ali McNamara, Marion Lindsay and more! – Come along and join us on National Libraries Day for a fun day of treasure-themed events and activities for all ages. Celebrate what your library means to you and discover new hidden treasures about your library service. There will be lots of different activities throughout the day for everyone to enjoy and take part in such as; children’s crafts, treasure trails for children and adults, Airfix model making and lots more!
Author Ali McNamara will be here from 10.30am to 12.30 to chat and sign her books! Illustrator Marion Lindsay will be doing a children’s craft session! Drop in anytime throughout the day and join in the adventure.
10am to 4pm; free.

March Library:
Arts and Crafts with Marian Savill – To celebrate National Libraries Day, Chatteris Library is holding an Art and Craft Event for children and their families. Marian Savill will be providing lots of fun crafts for the children.
2 to 3.30pm; free; parents/carers to stay with their children.

Rock Road Library:
Meet children’s illustrator Carolina Rabei – Create a treasure island and pirate ships with Carolina Rabei, whose stunning debut book ‘Snow’ is published by Faber and Faber. Copies available for purchase at the event. Aimed at children aged 5+.
2 to 3.15pm; free but ticketed; parents/carers to stay with their children.

Sawtry Library:
Treasure Trail – Come along and discover the treasures your library has to offer. Join us for a treasure trail, craft activity or discover the treasures on display from the Sawtry History Society.
9.30 to 12.30am; free; drop-in.

St Neots Library:
Join us for a day of fun activities, and learn more about what’s available in your local library!
Musical Storytime: 10.30am
Treasure Map Craft: 11am-3pm
Library Treasure Trail: 10am-3pm
Refreshments: 11am-12 noon
e-Services Demonstration: 10am-12 noon – Bring your smartphone or tablet and learn how to download and e-Book, e-Magazine or e Newspapers.

10am to 3pm; free; drop-in.

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Creepy House Reading Challenge

36 children completed the Summer Reading challenge at Comberton Library and on Saturday 14th September Councillor Stephen Frost presented certificates to the children who had read 6 books over the holidays. Parents and children were also able to admire the Creepy House Collage produced by children on 29th August with children’s book illustrator Marion Lindsay. This craft event was funded by FOCAL.

Creepy house collage

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National Libraries Day 9th February 2013

Why not boost the issue figures at Comberton Library by borrowing an extra few books this week or encourage a friend, neighbour or family member to enroll?

There are several events planned at the Cambridge Central Library if you are in town on Saturday 9th February.

Do you read e-book or listen to audio book? Did you know that with your library card you can download our ebooks and audio books from home for FREE!

If you don’t know how, why not drop-in at Central Library Cambridge on Saturday 9 February? You just need to bring your own devices (e.g laptops, ebook readers, tablets etc.) and we’ll show you how to use them.

Also why not find out what online resources we have to offer – to help you with your research, homework or personal interest? Let us show you how to get the best out of your library online services.

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Christmas opening times

Comberton Library will be closed between Christmas and New Year.
Mon 24th Dec: Open as usual
Wed 26th Dec: Closed
Fri 28th Dec: Closed
Sat 29th Dec: Closed
Mon 31st Dec: Closed
Wed 2nd Jan 2013: Open as usual

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September 2012 News

The minutes of the AGM can be found under the Minutes of Meeting tab.

The Story Lab summer reading scheme was very popular this year, 67 children registered and 46 completed the scheme. Library staff organised a ceremony outside the Library on Saturday 15th September with certificates and medals followed by squash and biscuits. Andrew Hollick represented Comberton Parish Council who had given a grant to support extra staffing and craft activities over the summer.

Suzan Griffiths

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AGM 13th September

FOCAL – the Friends of Comberton Area Library.
The Friends AGM will be held in Comberton Library on Thursday 13th September at 7.30pm. All welcome especially if you have ideas of future events.
The reading group meets in the Library on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30 am. The Summer reading challenge (Story Lab) is currently running and many young readers have enrolled.
Suzan Griffiths, Chair FOCAL

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Chatteris meeting 30th April

From Lynda Martin, Partnership and Development Manager

Several Groups have requested an opportunity to learn more about Cambridgeshire Libraries stock policy and how Friends can help with donated stock, processing stock, key areas of need, etc and also about how Friends can help promote the library service, and the usual sharing of ideas and networking opportunity.

We have reserved a slot in the meeting room at Chatteris Library on
Monday 30th April 10-1.

Please let me know if you would like to come along (email lynda.martin at – as with our December meeting may I suggest up to 3 attendees per group in the first instance as space is limited – then we can see how the numbers are.

Please do let me know as soon as possible – I appreciate the venue may
be difficult for those without transport but we may be able to
coordinate lifts. Chatteris Library has adjacent parking.

Cambourne Library will be undergoing changes to the meeting rooms at
this time so we had to find another venue with good parking – I hope it
will be possible for most people.

Of course this is your meeting so the agenda is in your hands – do let
me have your suggestions – otherwise I’ll leave it to James and Richard
who already have many ideas to share with you. If it would be helpful I
can also update everyone on progress with the volunteer recruitment – we
are starting in earnest now with the Self Service and Access Support
role – initially to support libraries moving into single staffing from
1st April.

Best wishes,
Lynda Martin
Partnership and Development Manager

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Meeting for story time volunteers

Meeting for volunteers Monday 27th February

Many Cambridgeshire libraries have rhymetime or storytime activities. These sessions are free and no advance booking is normally needed.

Rhymetimes are usually aimed at babies and toddlers (0-18 months) and storytimes are aimed at children aged 18 months+ who are happy to sit and listen to stories.

If you would like to find out more about supporting such sessions in Comberton Library please come to a meeting with Anne Worthington from the Children’s & Young People’s Team, Cambridgeshire Libraries Archives & Information Service on Monday 27th February at 9.30 am in Comberton Library.

Suzan Griffiths


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