Libraries Week 2017
October 2017 will see the first ever Libraries Week – a showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.
Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October is a chance to discover something new at the library – from code clubs to play and learning for children, to managing your health, to finding a job, a hobby or starting a business.
Featured author events
A morning with... Annie Murray
Enjoy coffee and cake while listening to author Annie Murray talking about her latest book A new map of love, writing as Abi Oliver.
High Wycombe Library
Tuesday 10 October | 11am FREE
An afternoon with... Jenn Ashworth
Jenn will be talking about her new novel Fell and her other works followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Thursday 12 October | 2pm FREE
An evening with... Rowan Coleman
Rowan will talking about her new novel, The Summer of Impossible Things, love of disco and time travel.
Friday 13 October | 7pm FREE
An evening with... Robert Thorogood
Robert Thorogood is the creator of the hit BBC One TV series DEATH IN
Bourne End Community Library
Wednesday 11 October | 7pm Tickets £10 to include drinks reception.
Please contact Bourne End Community Library to purchase ticket(s)by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01296 382415
Book of the month for October
The secret diary of Hendrik Groen 83¼ years old by Hendrik Groen
"A funny but also touching diary ~ praised for its wit and realism"
BBC Radio 4 Front Row
"I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more"
Meet Hendrik Groen. An octogenarian in a care home who has no intention of doing what he's told, or dying quietly. To that end, he creates the Old-But-Not-Dead Club and with his fellow members sets about living his final years with careless abandon. Such anarchism infuriates the care home director but pleases Eefje, the woman who makes Hendrik's frail heart palpitate. If it's never too late to have fun, then can it ever be too late to meet the love of your life?
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Book of the Month for October Read-Alikes
Discover something new... fiction in translation
Three daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
On a spring evening in Istanbul, Peri is on her way to a dinner party - a night of luxury a far cry from her upbringing. But when her handbag is stolen her world shifts violently. She starts to doubt how she got here: a traumatic Istanbul childhood, student years in Oxford, the rebellious professor who led her and best friends Shirin and Mona to question everything - Islam, love, life, even God - and the scandal that tore them all apart. Over one desperate night she tries to make sense of a past she has tried to forget - but can we ever escape who we once were? Shirin, Peri and Mona, they were the most unlikely of friends. They were the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused.
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On the edge by Rafael Chirbes
The acclaimed novel of Spain's economic crisis - a timely masterpiece. Under a weak winter sun in small-town Spain, a man discovers a rotting corpse in a marsh. It's a despairing town filled with half-finished housing developments and unemployment, a place defeated by the burst of the economic bubble.Stuck in the same town is Esteban, his small factory bankrupt, his investments gone, the sole carer to his mute, invalid father. As Esteban's disappointment and fury lead him to form a dramatic plan to reverse financial ruin, other voices float up from the wreckage. Stories of loss twist together to form a kaleidoscopic image of Spain's crisis. And the corpse in the marsh is just one.Chirbes's rhythmic, torrential style creates a Spanish masterpiece for our age.
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A voice in the night by Jane Harris
A Voice in the Night is the twentieth compelling crime novel in the phenomenally successful Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri. It occurred to him that he might not have had anything to do with Strangio's death. It was a voice in the night, an anonymous voice, that had told him this. A voice in the night that could easily have been the voice of his conscience. Feeling his age, as his birthday rolls round once again, Inspector Montalbano decides to cheer himself up by dealing with a young driver's road rage in his own unique way. But his joy is short-lived, as at police headquarters he receives an angry phone call from a supermarket boss; there's been a robbery at his store and Montalbano's colleague is treating him as a suspect. On arrival at the scene, Montalbano quickly agrees with Inspector Augello that this was no ordinary break-in, but with the supermarket's infamous links to the Mafia creating problems at every turn, this isn't going to be an easy case for the inspector to solve. And to add to the inspector's burden, the young driver he made an enemy of earlier on has returned to police headquarters to report a shocking crime...
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The three-body problem by Cixin Liu
1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China's Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind. Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang's investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredicatable interaction of its three suns. This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists' deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.
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The girl who takes an eye for an eye by David Lagercrantz
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO LIVES ON. The fifth in the Millennium series that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - the global publishing phenomenon. Lisbeth Salander is an unstoppable force: Sentenced to two months in Flodberga women's prison for saving a young boy's life by any means necessary, Salander refuses to say anything in her own defence. She has more important things on her mind.Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week - and receives a lead to follow for his pains. For him, it looks to be an important expose for Millennium. For her, it could unlock the facts of her childhood.Even from a corrupt prison system run largely by the inmates, Salander will stand up for what she believes in, whatever the cost. And she will seek the truth that is somehow connected with her childhood memory, of a woman with a blazing birthmark on her neck - that looked as if it had been burned by a dragon's fire . . . The tension, power and unstoppable force of The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye are inspired by Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, as Salander and Blomkvist continue the fight for justice that has thrilled millions of readers across the world.Translated from the Swedish by George Goulding
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Let's code! Borrow a Micro:bit from Bucks Libraries
You can use a BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.
It's easy peasy!
Libraries in Buckinghamshire now have 290 BBC Micro:bits to loan out, courtesy of the Micro:bit Foundation.
What is it?
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology which is designed to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of coders to help address a critical skills shortage in the technology sector.
How do I get hold of one?
The Micro:bits can be borrowed free for 3 weeks and can be connected to a PC or laptop via the USB lead supplied in the pack. Coding is done online supported by the website www.microbit.org which has fun ideas for beginners through to projects for making robots!
Their arrival in libraries is just in time for the start of the national Get Online Week campaign, and the theme of this year's campaign is #Try1Thing. Whether you're brand-new to the internet, or you want a bit of help getting more out of being online, libraries are here to help you take the next step.
For information about events taking place in libraries in Buckinghamshire for Get Online Week visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/libraries/in-the-library/get-online-week-2017
Try 1 Thing this Get Online Week
Next week will see Get Online Week help Buckinghamshire residents learn that getting the most out of the internet can be easy and fun.
Technology can make life easier for you if you have sight loss but knowing where to start with tablets and smartphones can be difficult.
Working with Bucks Vision, Buckinghamshire libraries will be running two workshops at Buckingham and Chesham Library called Make your device work for you! Each session aims to demonstrate the benefits of being online and how technology can help with sight-loss.
These accessibility events will be running on Thursday 5 October during Get Online Week 2017.
Make your device work for you!
Discover how your device can be adapted to make getting the most out of it easier.
Chesham Library | 11am - 1pm
Buckingham Library | 2pm - 4pm
Buckinghamshire Libraries were successful in securing £500 funding from the Good Things Foundation to specifically help run this at Buckingham Library.
National Get Online Week 2017 runs from October 2 - October 8, and this year, it’s asking everyone to Try 1 Thing - use the internet to do just one thing you’d normally do in a shop or bank, in a doctor's or chemist, or even over the phone.
Whether you're brand-new to the internet, or you want a bit of help making more out of being online, free events run in Buckinghamshire Libraries provide that friendly support needed to help you take your next step.
Gina Nicholls, Information Services Manager from Buckinghamshire Libraries says:
"Almost everyone has heard about some of the ways the internet can help you save money, save time, and make life easier and more fun. But if you’re not confident using a computer, tablet or smartphone, or you've heard about some of the dangers of being online, it can be difficult to take that next step. But getting the most out of the internet doesn't have to be scary. We think that doing just one thing online is all you need to do to get started, and we're running events to help people do just that!"
Information about Get Online Week
- Get Online Week is the country’s biggest campaign helping people to improve their digital skills. Now in its eleventh year, Get Online Week 2017 aims to help everyone take their next step to being more confident online - whatever their level of skill - by trying just one new thing online. Find out more at getonlineweek.com.
- Get Online Week is managed by Good Things Foundation Foundation - a charity that helps combat social inequality by ensuring everyone has the chance to gain the skills and access they need to make the most of the internet. Since 2010, Good Things Foundation has helped more than 2 million people. Find out more at goodthingsfoundation.org.