June general newsletter

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Reading Ideas

Book of the Month - When the Floods Came

Book jacket of When the Floods Came

When the Floods Came is a tense, gripping page-turner set in post-apocalypse England.

Britain has been hit by a deadly virus and severe flooding and is cut off from the rest of the world. The few remaining survivors are infertile and children are a rare commodity. 22-year-old Roza Polanski lives in an isolated tower block with her family and is relatively safe and content.

But when a stranger called Aashay Kent arrives, everything changes. Initially he's a welcome addition, promising an alternative to a lonely existence but Roza can't shake the feeling that there's more to Aashay than he's letting on. Is there more to life beyond their isolated bubble?


Dystopia

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Can anyone predict how the future will unfold?

These books explore suffering and injustice as people respond to dystopian futures triggered by issues such as climate breakdown, virulent disease and changes to society as we know it today.


Instant Fame!

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For young adults who love social media and blogging, this collection of titles explores the highs and lows of life online.


MANIL

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It’s Make a Noise in Libraries (MANIL) fortnight 2-15 June. It’s the perfect opportunity to highlight how those who are visually impaired can use the library service.

Essex Libraries offers a range of formats for both adults and children, these include audio books, Large Print, e-books and e-audio and e-magazines. For children there are also picture books in giant print and braille.

If you are registered blind or visually impaired you can apply for an Access library card, which allows you to borrow audio books and DVDs free of charge.

We’ll also help you sign up to the RNIB free talking book service, ask at your local library.


The final countdown to blast off!

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Space Chase, The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 launches in all libraries on Saturday 20 July and runs over the summer holidays. Children are challenged to read six library books and are rewarded with stickers and a medal.

It’s a free, enjoyable activity that all the family can join in with. If you’d like to volunteer to help us with Space Chase, then there are only a few days left to sign up. Our Summer Reading Challenge volunteers encourage children of all ages to join up to the activity and chat to them about the books they’ve been reading.

Applications are open until 16 June so volunteer now to help with the largest free reading activity this summer!


Learn the lingo before your holidays

Transparent Language Online  linking to the online resource on the library website

If you’re jetting off on your holidays, then why not spend a few hours learning a bit of the language from the comfort of your own home before you go?

Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system for independent learners with over 100 different languages to choose from.

You could even download the app so you can continue learning whilst you’re away. A great online resource free with your library card.


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