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Essex Libraries has a brand new update for you with information on reading ideas, the book festival and LGBT History Month 2019.

Reading ideas

Book of the month: The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

Meet Don Tillman. Don is looking for the perfect wife and he knows that his detailed scientific approach will help him find his ideal woman – who is not Rosie.  100%, absolutely, completely, definitely NOT!

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Loves me, loves me not

If you like your romance with a bit less ‘hearts and flowers’ try these “will they, won’t they?” reads.  Sudden and powerful connections, dark and terrible secrets and the fine line between love and hate – it’s all there to challenge your perception of ‘happily ever after’…


Inspiring reluctant readers

Is there a reluctant reader in your family?  Tempt them in and turn them into a book-lover with this selection of weird, wonderful and wacky reads.  Featuring football playing llamas, superhero dogs, magical steam trains, dastardly pet-nappers, beastly boys, gruesome girls and much more!



Essex Future Library Services Strategy

Thank you for all your responses so far, to Essex County Council’s consultation on its proposed strategy for library services over the next five years.  The consultation ends on 20 February, so if you haven’t yet filled in the survey then it’s not too late.

All your responses will be taken into account and completing the survey is the best to way for your voice to be heard.


Essex Book Festival – tickets selling fast!

There are some fantastic authors appearing in libraries as part of the Essex Book Festival this year. If you haven’t already done, so have a look at the brilliant line-up on the Festival website or pick up a brochure at any library.

Book now for Bridget Collins, whose novel The Binding, a darkly inventive tale of forbidden love and buried secrets is one of the must read books of the year; Vaseem Khan and his charming Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series set in Mumbai and festival favourite Barbara Erskine, author of gripping historical fiction.

Tickets are going fast so don’t miss out!


E-audio for Children

Have your children tried e-audiobooks? They can help while away a long car journey, make a change from watching TV, or create a relaxing bedtime routine.

They can help to develop children’s listening and language skills, increase their vocabulary and understanding of words and their meaning, and spark their imaginations. They can also be a great way for children with dyslexia, reading or print disabilities to enjoy stories without worrying about their reading.

Audiobooks bring stories to life in a uniquely magical way. We have over 500 titles for children and over 250 titles for teenagers so borrow one today


LGBT History Month 2019

LGBT History Month is an annual event celebrating the history and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in the United Kingdom.
The theme this year is ‘Peace, Reconciliation and Activism’. Our recommended reads are about the history of the LGBT community during a time of radical change. These books, with their distinctive voices, cover culture, music and some personal, emotional stories.


       ^Click the image for a list of events this month^











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