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We are proud to be working with the Huntingdon & Peterborough WI Federation to create our first Community Curated Book Collection in honor of #VOTE100, celebrating 100 years since women won the right to vote.
But what is a Curated Collection? Simply put it is where a community group or representatives from a community or organisation gather a collection of titles that reflect on or explore a subject that is close to their interests or knowledge.
Our very first collection 'Celebrating Women' will feature 100 titles including fiction, non-fiction, adults and children's books all selected by members of the WI federation community.
We will be sharing the list of titles in mid February and the books will go on display shortly after that.
Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Authors & Writing
LGBT History Month 2018
Cambridgeshire Libraries are celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Authors and Writing during February as part of LGBT History Month 2018. 

Look out for displays in our libraries, especially Cambridge Central, Wisbech, Whittlesey, March, St Neots, St Ives, Huntingdon and Ely.
Central Library have two displays, one in the Cambridgeshire Collection to accompany their Archive Talk on Wednesday 21 February, and the other on the First Floor. 

Central will also be hosting a LGBT Trivia Quiz on Wednesday 28 February, please see posters plus Facebook and Twitter for more details.
If you are interested in exploring LGBT authors and writing,  click here  t o  view our Celebrating LGBT Authors & Writing booklist as a starting point.
BBC Bookclub
In early January we helped to relaunch the BBC Bookclub, Fiction Factory, on the weekday drive time show with Thordis Fridrikkson.

Fiction Factory will feature twice a month with a theme for each month and a selection of books that you can join in with reading. 

January's theme was Circus to mark 250 years the first circus was founded in London. We have been reading The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern and Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter. 

For February the theme is Women's Suffrage, marking 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act giving certain women the right to vote.
There is a wealth of books that explore this long march to equality for women (not least E Sylvia Pankhurst's The Suffragette Movement: An Intimate Account of Persons and Ideals) and the struggle is also at the heart of wider explorations of the changing role of women at the turn of the 20th century, such as Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier.
Join Thordis and Library Service Manager, Sue Wills on Monday 12 and Monday 26 February between 4 - 5pm for the next Fiction Factory. 
'The Library Presents' spring season tickets selling fast!
The first event of 'The Library Presents' spring season is now just two weeks away! This programme of exciting arts events was selected by Friends Groups and Volunteers and is funded by Arts Council England.

Musical treats this season include; 'Mambo Jambo' with their rhythmic and joyful sound in St Neots. 'Men in General', with their unique brand of light-hearted music and comedy in Soham, Ramsey and Wisbech.

'Classical Reflection', stars from BBC's 'The Voice' perform songs from their album EHCO in Yaxley and Louise Jordan brings life to the stories of women in WWI with her show 'No Petticoats Here', combining music and storytelling.

We have already sold out tickets for the performance of Opera Dudes at Chatteris Library, the Arbury Court performance of Scoop Magic (but they are also performing in Barnwell, Littleport, St Neots and March) and the Library Bugs workshop. Hurry and book your tickets before they're gone!

Book tickets and find the full programme in Libraries or online at:
BBC Civilisations Festival 
In March, BBC Two is presenting a new series of 'Civilisations'.

inspired by the Kenneth Clark Civilisation series, it  aims to introduce a new generation to the great works of art and culture created across continents. Presented by David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Schama, the series also ask the questions of what makes a civilisation, and how different ideas of civilisation have reinforced cultural ideas and values.

The Civilisations Festival will run alongside the series, and invites museums, galleries and libraries to schedule events to spark debate, broaden understanding and share ideas about what is meant by the term civilisation. 

The Festival runs from Friday 2 March to Sunday 11 March and will be a showcase of ideas and events designed to engage a culturally curious audience.

Cambridgeshire Libraries will be collaborating with the Stained Glass Museum in Ely and the Norris Museum in St Ives to participate in the Civilisations Festival, with events at Ely and St Ives Libraries.

Saturday 3 March: Ely Library will be partnering with the Stained Glass Museum to hold a craft event for children/young adults 8 years and older. This event will enable young people to re-tell and modernise the famous story of the Prodigal Son. Participants will create their own comic strip to tell their version of the story.

Additionally, the Norris Museum is having a family day event on Saturday 3 March supported by a Civilisations Storytime session performed by library staff from the St Ives Library.

Tuesday 6 March: Ely Library and Stained Glass Museum will collaborate to deliver an 'Engage extra' event for adults but all interested are welcome. This event will centre on a talk by the Stained Glass Museum, speaking about the museum's collection, and stained glass as an art form, including the history of stained glass and how it has evolved. There will also be an open discussion about the idea of civilisation and the artefacts of our current times.

Tuesday 6 March: St Ives Library will be hosting an Engage Extra event - ' Huntingdonshire at the heart of civilisation? - in conversation with Sarah Russell, Director of The Norris Museum'.   
At this event Sarah Russell will talk about the Norris Museum, the collection, and lead a discussion about past civilisations in Huntingdon and how they have left their mark in the area with a discussion about what now are the hallmarks of our current civilisation.

Saturday 17 March: Ely Library will be hosting a Local History Fayre to bring local historical and art institutions together to share information about their collections with the community.
Coming soon to our libraries in Ely, March, Wisbech, Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives and Cambridge Central - our new lendable Microbits.

Don't they look beautiful all boxed up and ready to be borrowed! Watch this space for more details very soon!

To find out more about Microbits, how they work and what you can do with them go to the website:

Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest
Cambridgeshire Libraries are delighted to welcome  Librarian Theatre with their latest production  Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest  to tour 13 Libraries across the county this winter. 

Although the show is family friendly,  Alice in the Cuckoo's Nest is a new experimental adaptation and a far cry from the innocent adventure portrayed by Walt Disney's 1951 film version.

Tickets : £7/£4 concessions, on sale on the  Librarian Theatre website and in libraries.

Upcoming shows:
  • Monday 12 Feburary, 7.30pm - Wisbech Library
  • Tuesday 13 February, 7:30pm - Whittlesey Library
  • Wednesday 14 February, 7.00pm - March Library
  • Thursday 15 February, 7.30pm - St Ives Library
  • Friday 16 February, 7.30pm - Ely Library
  • Saturday 17 February, 7.00pm - Chatteris Library
Doors open 30 minutes before each show, with refreshments available. The show lasts approximately one hour with no interval.

Click here to watch thtrailer and to find more show times at a library near you.
Safer Internet Day 
Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6 February 2018 with the slogan "Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you".
With a global, community-led approach, Safer Internet Day 2018 encourages everyone to join and play their part:

  • Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online.
  • Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively, whether it is by ensuring an open dialogue with their children, educating them to use technology safely and positively, or by acting as digital role models.
  • Teachers, educators and social workers can help to create a better internet by equipping their pupils and students with digital literacy skills and by developing their critical thinking skills, which will allow them to better navigate the online world. They can empower them to create their own content, make positive choices online and can set a personal example of online behaviour for their pupils and students.
February Health Display - Heart Attack
Heart Attack - Know the Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of a heart attack are:
  • pain or discomfort in the chest that doesn't go away
  • the pain may spread to the left or right arm
  • or may spread to the neck and jaw
  • you may feel sick or short of breath
If you notice these signs happening to yourself or someone else, think quick and act fast - call 999 immediately

 Stay Well This Winter
During the winter months, we want people and families to look out for each other and prepare for when temperatures fall.

Cold and wintry conditions are associated with an increase in injuries and illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia. It can be particularly harmful to those that are older, under the age of five or have a long term health condition such as heart, lung and kidney problems and it increases the risk of them being admitted to hospital during the winter months.
Here are some top tips for keeping warm and well:
* Keep warm and healthy by keeping rooms heated to at least  18 o c
* Don't put off getting the flu vaccination. If you're eligible get it now. It's free because you need it.
* Look out for friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold.
* Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies.
* If you meet the criteria register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers.
* Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active to help you stay warm.
* Get financial support to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.
* Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly.
* Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.
For more information, visit 
February Health Display - Strokes
Stroke - Act FAST

Call 999 when you notice any single one of the signs of stroke.

The key signs of a stroke are:
  • Face - the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have drooped.
  • Arms - the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm.
  • Speech - their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
Acting FAST as soon as you see any single sign of a stroke not only save lives but potentially limit any long-term effects

Some other signs that may occasionally be due to a stroke or mini stroke include:
  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of your body (including in your leg)
  • Sudden memory loss or confusion
  • Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other signs

For more information visit: 
Reablement Vacancies
Are you looking for a rewarding flexible career opportunity? 

Cambridgeshire County Council's Reablement team is looking for passionate individuals to join our fast moving responsive service. 

There are vacancies available for both full and part time Support Workers. Training will be provided.

Application deadline is Monday 12 February - midday.

For more information click here:
New self-service machines in libraries
We are rolling out our new self-service machines across libraries in Cambridgeshire. The first machine was installed at the end of November -  with the aim to have all libraries equipped by the end of March 2018. Please note that this will not cause any service disruption.  

The existing machines are being replaced as they are reaching the end of their useful life. 
The new machines will accept the new £1 coins and will allow card payments in the near future. 
Recommended Reads - February
Looking for some reading inspirations? Have a look at the new books in for  February .

Don't forget to check out our author of the month too! 

Happy reading!

Art Classes with David Brown
St Ives Library will be offering a series of art workshops designed for those with little or no experience. 

After a very successful first session on drawing, our second session takes place on:

Tuesday 20 February from 10.30am -1.00pm

The workshop focuses on watercolour painting. 

£6 per session payable in advance with all materials provided. Please purchase a ticket from the library.
Lego Club 
St Ives Library Lego Club runs monthly on a Saturday afternoon for children aged 5-11. 

Come along and share bricks and ideas! Bring along your own (named) baseboard if possible. 

The next session is on Saturday  17 February  from 2.00pm - 3.30pm. 
Cost: 50p per child.
Safer Surfing at St. Ives Library
Come along for simple tips and advice - learn how to protect yourself against online crime.
Tuesday 6 February at 2pm.

Ask staff for details and book a free place.
Dementia Friends Information Session
Do you know someone with dementia?

Would you like to know more about the condition and how to help those living with dementia?

Come along to our session at Warboys Library for more information.
Email to register your interest.
East Cambridgeshire - Engage Sessions
Soham Library: 
Tuesday 6 February, 2.30pm - 4.00pm.  
The Life of a Woman Butcher - Rosemary Wheeler. Having been a butcher for 7 years, she tells of her experience in this trade.

Littleport Library: Thursday 8  February, 10.30am - 11.45am.  
Rebecca Russell from Everyone Health will  offer free help and support for any healthy change you want to make in your life.

Ely Library: Tuesday 13 February, 2.00pm - 3.30pm.  
Cats' Protection - Linda. Cats' Protection, formerly The Cat Protection League, is a UK charity dedicated to rescuing and rehoming stray, unwanted or homeless cats and educating people about cats and their welfare

Burwell Library: Wednesday 14  February, 10.00am - 11.30am.  
Mrs Cromwell and 17th  Century Cooking. A tasty trip through the culinary world of the Stewarts - from eel pie to the cakes that started the Fire of London. Samples provided!
All these sessions are free. Refreshments will be provided.   
Donations gratefully welcome.
Fen Skaters at St. Ives Library
Hannah Vandridge from the Norris Museum will talk about the sport of fen skating.  

Tuesday 13 February f rom 2pm -3.30pm with tea, coffee and biscuits served afterwards.  Donations are welcome.  

Please collect a free ticket from the library or call 0345 045 5225 to reserve a place.
Half Term Spring Crafts
A fun papercraft session at Warboys Library. Come along and make some colourful spring flowers and insects to take home.

Tuesday 13 February from 10am-11.30 am
Drop-in session
50p per child
Mosaic Workshops at  
Ramsey Library
Come along to our workshops in Ramsey Library on:
Wednesday 14 February and Friday 16 February from 10.30am - 12.30pm.
Relaxing sessions where you will create your own mosaic with artist Carolyn Ash.
Book your space at the library, tickets are £3 and £1 for concessions (under 16's & over 65's, students, unwaged, registered disabled & carers).
Refreshments included. Suitable for adults and children over 3 years.
Pots of Fun at St. Ives Library
The Norris Museum will be at the library to help bring ancient Rome to life! Play some Roman games, learn about Roman food and make a clay pot to take home.

Free, drop-in session on:
Wednesday 14 February from 10am -12pm

Donations are welcome.
Pancake Day 2018

Hobson's Conduit

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