November 27, 2020



Library Services during New Lockdown – How We Can Support You

Collection services from your local library will still be available during this new Lockdown. Haven’t tried our ‘Off the Shelf’  and Reserve & Collect services before? Now’s the time to go online to arrange books that can still be picked up from your local library.

And if you’d prefer to stay at home at this time, our eBooks and eAudiobooks are there for you and your family, too.

Some Gloucestershire Libraries will also be offering PC access – please check our website carefully for update.

New to Our Shelves this Month!

Here are some new titles from some of our favourite authors:

For all Inspector Montalbano fans, from Andrea Camilleri..


Or, if Vera Stanhope is more to your taste, from Ann Cleeves..


And a new gritty thriller from John Connolly..

Whatever your preference, enjoy!


New Additions on Your eBook Shelf.

Soon to be serialised by Netflix, try Elena Ferrante’s latest title ‘The lying life of adults’.  It’s part of our Pick & Mix selection so no waiting list! With the same addictive quality of ‘My Brilliant Friend’, dive into the divided city of Naples and see it through Giovanna’s eyes.


If psychological suspense is more your thing, we have ‘House of correction the latest Nicci French.  Tabitha is accused of murder.  She is in her prison cell awaiting trial and somehow she has to prove them all wrong..

BorrowBox News! 

Our eAudio Book of the Month is Laura Imai Messina’s The Phone Box at the Edge of the World, a beautiful novel about love, loss and learning to live again. Essential listening for these uncertain times and all fans of The Beekeeper of Aleppo. #Listennow

Make sure you enjoy our other Pick & Mix – Always Available titles. Something for everyone. #Noqueues

Remembering Those We Have Lost

There have been many anniversaries of past conflicts this year, including the 75th anniversaries of Victory in Europe (VE Day) and Victory over Japan (V-J Day).  This Remembrance Day, we are encouraged to recognise the contribution of a new generation of Armed Forces who have responded alongside essential workers on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.

As we remember those we have lost, why not take the opportunity to delve deeper into your family history?  Your library membership gives you access to census data and military records from the First and Second World Wars via  Find My Past.  This site can be accessed from the comfort of your own home at the current time.

November is National Novel Writing Month

Have you ever been tempted to write a novel, but just don’t know where to start? Then look no further!  NaNoWriMo is a world-wide, non profit organisation which aims to help people harness their creativity and find their voice.  Whilst the main focus of activity is during November, NaNoWriMo actually provides training support throughout the year. Everyone has a book inside them, so why not set it free!

Get Creative with Discover at Home

Discover at Home is an online version of Arts Award Discover, the first level of Arts Award, and is aimed at children aged 11 and under (or anyone under 25 with additional needs). Arts Award encourages children and young people to get involved in arts and culture and celebrates their creative achievements.  Participants are able to take part in arts activities; find out more about an artist or arts organisation, and share their arts discoveries.

Gloucestershire Libraries is offering two creative, online activities:

  • Draw with Fiona
  • Build your own Teeny Tiny House

All of these activities, plus more Creative Challenges from other organisations, can be found at Create Gloucestershire – Discover at Home. These can be enjoyed for free, whether or not you decide to do an Arts Award Discover.

To find out more, please visit Create Gloucestershire – Discover at Home, or Gloucestershire Libraries. Get creative!

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month

Men’s health awareness has never been more important. It is essential that men feel able to talk about health issues. The Movember Foundation is the leading charity raising awareness about men’s mental and physical health.

Aside from the Samaritans, there are also other contacts which provide support:

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is leading a movement against male suicide. Provides telephone and webchat support.

Qwell, an online digital platform, which provides anyone in Gloucestershire aged 18 and above, access to resources, information, peer support and trained counsellors. It is open to anyone experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing; no referral required.

Stay Alive App is packed with useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app is free to download onto Apple and Android devices.

Don’t’ stay silent this Movember. There is help and support available.

Summer Reading Challenge Round-Up!

With libraries closed for part of the summer, a different approach was adopted to keep children reading this year.  With the help of the Reading Agency’s ‘Silly Squad’, we sent 900 activity packs to children in care and those whose families rely on food banks. Craft packs were also available for children when our libraries reopened.  Alongside this was the digital  Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge where children kept a record of the books they had read; got ideas for their next book and played games and activities.  Via our website and social media channels, we held a six-week, online programme of activities from story times to poetry sessions and craft-alongs!

We look forward to next year when we hope to run children’s events in our libraries as well as a range of exciting online events.  Well done to everyone who took part this year and kept reading over the summer!


How did you do in our VRL Quiz?

In last month’s eNewsletter we challenged you to have a go at our quiz using our Virtual Reference Library (VRL) online resources.  So, how did you get on?  You can check your answers here.

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