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Cambridgeshire volunteers first winners of new award

by Amanda Taylor on 2 December, 2013

When Cambridgeshire libraries put out a call for volunteers a couple of years ago, both the Library Service and the Friends were delighted with the numbers of people who came forward. At Rock Road Library, people come to help with gardening, reading with children, giving talks, and telling stories. I’ve seen people of all ages […]

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As a newly elected county councillor, I have been spending the summer getting to know council services better, and I recently had an afternoon on the Mobile Library bus with Ally Clarke, the Mobile Library Manager. After a slight blip due to a delayed train, I’m pleased to see the mobile bus drive into Shepreth […]

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Bears, benches and books

by Amanda Taylor on 6 June, 2013

Rock Road Library is looking set to be a bit of a bear garden this Saturday. First off, there’s the regular Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions for young children. These events are run by two lively and inspiring storytellers, Judith and Judy. The number of children grows every time: what more can I say? […]

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Chicken humour at Rock Road Library

by Amanda Taylor on 1 May, 2013

Calling all chicken lovers Author Martin Gurdon will be visiting Rock Road Library on May 9th to talk about his new book “Doing Bird”, an humorous account of the flock’s adventures over a year, once he had added ducks and doves too. Rock Road Library, Rock Road, Cambridge, CB1 7UG Website:

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Christmas Readings at Rock Road Library

by Amanda Taylor on 19 November, 2012

Cambridgeshire actor Geoff Hales entertained a packed Rock Road Library when he visited earlier this year, at the invitation of the Friends of Rock Road Library. He performed a one-man show of dramatised readings from Charles Dickens’ novels. 2012 is Dickens’s bicentenary, so it is fitting that Geoff will be returning next month (13th December). […]

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Cambridge author to speak on family pilgrimage to Nepal

by Amanda Taylor on 11 November, 2012

Local author Jane Wilson will be visiting her local library in Rock Road, Cambridge on 15th November to talk about her book, A Glimpse of Eternal Snows. Jane describes writing A Glimpse of Eternal Snows as “a long, long labour of love”.  This memoir describes the years Jane and her family spent on an island […]

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Books for sunflower growers, gold medals for readers!

by Amanda Taylor on 10 September, 2012

On Saturday,  I enjoyed taking part in two prizegiving ceremonies at Rock Road Library, where prizes and awards were given to young readers and gardeners. The Friends of Rock Road Library have run a Sunflower Competition for local children. Back in March, children planted the sunflowers in the library garden, which is maintained by the […]

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Community Library Assistant wanted for Rock Road Library

by Amanda Taylor on 3 September, 2012

Are you a ‘people person’? Rock Road Library is advertising for a Community Library Assistant, to work for 14.5 hours a week. For details, see here. The postholder will be working with community groups, so customer services experience is sought, as well as a passion for libraries and what they can offer.

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One of my favourite jobs has been to give out medals and certificates to children as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. Our local library, Rock Road Library, has run the Challenge for many years, but the great thing is that it’s being done by children all over the country, indeed in 23 different countries […]

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