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Formal notice of our 2016 AGM.
Suffolk Libraries are celebrating the most successful Summer Reading Challenge ever!
This month’s highlights include the new Robert Harris novel Conclave, Austen film adaptation Love & Friendship and a Jack White acoustic album.
This month Lesley will be discussing Whispering Shadows by Jan Philipp-Sendker.
Southwold Library will be closed on Sunday 19 September.
Newmarket Library will be closing during September for extensive refurbishment.
Suffolk Libraries will be at the Latitude Festival again this year
Aldeburgh Library will be getting a makeover this autumn with an extensive refurbishment planned for September. The library is also soon welcoming a new manager with Caroline Boyd due to start later in July.
Suffolk Libraries are launching a fantastic Gold Ticket Summer Prize Draw to celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge some amazing prizes including some great family days out.
Complete our survey on our eBook and eAudio download services.
This month Lesley will be discussing Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.
Suffolk County Council's Scrutiny Committee recently discussed a report on Suffolk Libraries.
Suffolk Libraries are launching three new exciting projects to engage with more children and young people this summer.
Two of the county’s libraries are changing their opening hours next month after consultation with local people.
Debenham village’s library has relocated to its new home at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School.
Let us know about your experience with mental health services in our libraries with this survey.
Suffolk Libraries’ Music and Drama library service has been praised for helping to pull together the music needed for the free concert in Christchurch Park this Saturday (11 June) which is being held to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Each month BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin is in conversation with journalist, Catherine Larner as part of the Lesley's Reads monthly book group. This month the chosen book is The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock which is also one of this year's Brave New Reads books.
Ipswich County Library’s annual Multicultural Day returns on Saturday 25 June with a day of performances and activities celebrating the diverse Ipswich community.
Francesca Armour-Chelu held the launch of her new children’s novel Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero at Halesworth Library where she also works as a Library and Information Advisor.
Suffolk Libraries will be celebrating National Bookstart Week next week with events aimed at young children and free books to give away.
Debenham Library is moving from its current home in the resource centre in Cross Green to take up a larger space within Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School.
The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest reading for pleasure programme in libraries for primary school aged children, with 800,000 children taking part last year. 2015 was the most successful ever in Suffolk with over 8,200 children signing up and as 2016 is officially Suffolk Libraries’ Year of Reading, it’s hoped that this summer will be another huge success.
This Saturday (28 May) is the first ever Elmer Day!
Haverhill Library are running an informal session on Saturday 28 May, 10.30am-11.30am aimed at 7-11 year olds who are reluctant readers.
Suffolk Libraries are getting behind Mental Health Awareness Week next week with full force, hosting several different events across the county and celebrating a relaunch of their Mental Health and Wellbeing Information Service.
Two top children’s authors will be inspiring young bookworms from schools across the county on Friday as they compete in the final of Suffolk Libraries annual search to find the county’s best read pupils.
Suffolk Libraries is again supporting Brave New Reads - a unique reading programme taking place in libraries across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. With author events, book clubs, writing workshops and quizzes, Brave New Reads helps people get more from their reading. It’s a different kind of book club – chosen by readers, for readers and features a list of six brilliant books.
Suffolk Libraries is giving the winner and runner up of a writing competition for students of University Campus Suffolk (UCS) an extra boost by converting their entries into library eBooks.
Suffolk Libraries is getting behind a national scheme to support young people with mental health issues.
Southwold Library will again be running the ‘Slaughter in Southwold’ festival this summer. The increasingly popular Crime Writers Festival will feature a number of top crime writers giving talks about their writing at Reydon Village Hall on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.
Suffolk County Council approved their budget proposals at February’s full council meeting which included a reduction to the library service budget of £650,000 over two years. Suffolk Libraries Board have since agreed to the reduction of £350,000 for 2016/17.
This April marks 50 years since Felixstowe Library opened for the first time.
Several libraries in the west of the county have teamed up to launch a project to turn April into MAPril!
Beccles Library will be increasing its opening hours next month thanks to additional funding from the Beccles Library Community Trust.
Suffolk Libraries have lined up some cracking activities over the Easter holidays for families to enjoy.
Under 12s: enter the 3rd Wickham Market Easter reading challenge and get a free Lindt chocolate egg.
A new residential development in Oulton Broad will provide a new library for local people.
Glemsford Library will be closing temporarily for just over a week next month to enable refurbishment to take place. The library will be closed from Tuesday 12 April and reopening on Thursday 21 April.
Ipswich County Library’s Northgate Room is now licensed to hold weddings, civil ceremonies and other celebrations.
More events have been added to the Suffolk Libraries Presents digital screenings programme for the next two months.
Stradbroke Library’s post office has won a national libraries award. The library’s post office was announced as the winner of the ‘Social’ category in the EDGE library conference awards in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 3 March.
Kesgrave Library will be closing for a week in April to enable extensive redecoration to take place. The library will be closed from Monday 18 April to Friday 22 April and reopening on Saturday 23 April at 10am.
This Thursday (3 March) is World Book Day and Suffolk Libraries is marking the date by launching a competition to encourage people to get involved with its Year of Reading campaign.
Suffolk Libraries has been shortlisted for a national libraries award for the new post office in Stradbroke Library.
Suffolk Libraries is one of a handful of English library services chosen to pilot a new eBook service.
Suffolk Libraries has launched a campaign to celebrate and promote reading across the county.
Suffolk Libraries are launching Suffolk Writes, an exciting new pilot project giving up and coming writers the opportunity to have their written work turned into a library eBook.
You can now pay your library fines over the phone. Call our payment line on 01473 351249 with your card details and we’ll take your payment.
Work to develop and upgrade Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Customer Services presence in the library is due to start on Monday 22 February and should be complete by the end of March.
Suffolk Libraries are calling on people to show their support for libraries as National Libraries Day approaches by signing a national petition.
Remind government of their statutory duty to provide library services.
The Friends of Elmswell Library and Suffolk Libraries celebrated the recent refurbishment of the library at a special event on Saturday 9 January.
Our recent customer survey suggests satisfaction levels with the county’s library service have improved since the last survey in 2013.
Work at Sudbury Library is coming to an end, but there will be some changes to how you'll access the building in January.
Lowestoft Library Pages cafe will close on December 24.
Suffolk Coastal and Suffolk Libraries are sharing plans for the new customer service facility at Woodbridge Library.
Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer will give a one-off performance at Ipswich County Library on Saturday 5 March.
The Friends of Great Cornard Community Library have been marking a double celebration recently.
Two lucky children met children’s author Michael Morpurgo at St Edmundsbury Cathedral recently and presented him with their winning entries to Suffolk Libraries ‘Best Christmas Present in the World’ competition.
Our response to Suffolk County Council's budget proposals.
Suffolk Libraries is supporting the recently launched BBC Weather Watchers campaign.
Suffolk Libraries is supporting the launch of a new addition to the National Learning Offers available from libraries.
Lavenham Library will be undergoing refurbishment work next month ready for its involvement in Lavenham Literary Festival.
Suffolk Libraries is running a fantastic festive children’s competition to meet Michael Morpurgo. Competition closes on 5 November.
We’re launching a new customer survey to ask everyone what they think of Suffolk’s public library services.
Elmswell Library is set to reopen Tuesday 20 October following a massive refurbishment funded by generous fundraisers and local businesses.
On Saturday 7 November, Suffolk Libraries will be showcasing its free digital music service across all 44 of the county’s libraries.
Americana legends play the library on Saturday 7 November.
Enter the Ipswich County Library Reading Championship of 2015 and win a Kobo!
Best-selling crime author M.C. Beaton will be visiting Haverhill Library for a special event on Wednesday 28 October.
Suffolk Libraries will be working with ten of the county’s primary schools to set up new Chatterbooks reading clubs to support reading for pleasure and encourage more year three pupils to join the library.
Several libraries in Suffolk will be hosting more Warm Handover Roadshows on Thursday 17 September, Friday 18 September and Thursday 24 September.
Elmswell Library will be closing for two weeks from Monday 5 October in preparation for a major refurbishment.
We held the 3rd Suffolk Libraries Annual General Meeting last night at Suffolk Food Hall in Wherstead, Ipswich.
Suffolk Libraries are celebrating breaking the record for the number of children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge across the county.
Ipswich County Library is holding several free creative play sessions with Lego Duplo next week.
The Bury St Edmunds mobile library will not be running today due to the vehicle currently being off the road.
All return dates will be adjusted automatically so you won't incur additional charges.
Glemsford and Thurston libraries are changing their opening hours from Monday 14 September.
A public consultation concerning the legitimacy of library tutor cards. If you have a tutor card, please take the survey.
Suffolk Libraries, in partnership with Creative Arts East, is launching an innovative new project which brings quality theatre and exhibition events to Suffolk communities using the latest digital screening equipment. The first events have now been confirmed at Gainsborough and Hadleigh libraries.
Suffolk Libraries is aiming to increase the positive impact that the county’s library service has on children’s literacy thanks to the arrival of a new member of staff who will be working directly with schools.
We're pleased to announce the winning stories from our Brave New Reads inspired Flash Fiction competition, ‘Brave Words’.
The Cookhouse Suffolk Food Hall Wherstead Suffolk IP9 2AB
From August 2015, Suffolk Libraries customers can access free downloadable electronic magazines as well as eBooks, eAudio books and music.
A summary of the last 3 years at Suffolk Libraries.
Woodbridge Library is looking for staff or pupils of New Street School – which now houses the town’s library – to come forward with any memories or photographs.
The Suffolk Family Carers bus will be visiting libraries in east Suffolk on Tuesday 4 August.
Beccles Library is holding two Record Breaking Challenge afternoon events as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
A ‘Raspberry Jam’ event showcasing what the Raspberry Pi computer can offer is being held at Ipswich County Library’s new Enterprise and Innovation Hub on Saturday 8 August.
Bury St Edmunds Library is holding a special summer fundraising event next month to give people a chance to enjoy some of the best local arts whilst experiencing the library in a different way.
In what may be the first scheme of its kind in the country, Halesworth Library is launching a new iPad lending service to customers.
Following a consultation with customers, Stradbroke Library and Post Office is changing its opening hours from Monday 3 August.
Felixstowe Library will be getting ready for this year’s summer reading challenge by hosting a record attempt and demonstration by Dean Gould, founder and president of Record Holders Republic tomorrow (Tuesday 7 July) at 10am.
Suffolk Trading Standards, in partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy Show, has launched Scamnesty; a month long initiative that encourages people to report potential scams and help prevent others from falling victim.
Bury St Edmunds Library are celebrating 150 years since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by providing a free fun day of activities in the Abbey Gardens this Saturday (4 July).
Westbourne Library in Ipswich will be officially changing its name to Broomhill Library next Saturday (4 July) at the annual Broomhill Summer Fete.
Suffolk Libraries has launched its new Enterprise + Innovation Hub in Ipswich County Library.
Felixstowe Library will again be one of the key venues for the third Felixstowe Book Festival.
Leiston Library is hosting a celebration event on Tuesday 9 June to mark the library’s recent reopening and refurbishment.
Ipswich County Library’s annual Multicultural Day returns on Saturday 27 June and is bigger than ever this year!
Westbourne Library in Ipswich will be changing its name to Broomhill Library after a consultation with local people.
Leiston Library is reopening Tuesday 5 May after extensive refurbishment and improvement works.
Suffolk Libraries is launching Brave New Reads on Friday 1 May – a list of six brilliant books and a series of related events aimed at readers who are looking for something different.
A series of events are taking place to mark World Book Night on 23 April.
We're launching a new eAudio book service on 1 April where you'll be able to download eAudio by top authors like John le Carre, David Baldacci, Ian McEwan, Patrick Ness and Jacqueline Wilson.
Interlibrary loans will cost £3 from April 2015. British Library interlibrary loans will cost £13.80.
A new weekly drop in session at Ipswich County Library is offers a chance to chat and discuss ‘what it is to be well’.
From Monday 16 February, Felixstowe Library will open 7 days a week and provide Suffolk Coastal District Council's customer and information services.
Library customers from Suffolk and Cambridgeshire can now reserve and borrow items from both library services.
Find out about our independent community model and strategy for the future of Suffolk's library service.
We welcome the Independent Library Report for England on the future of public libraries. Read our full comment.
15 young people received Bronze Art Awards and 6 younger children received Art Achievement Awards at Gainsborough Library this week.
Arts Council England has funded Suffolk Libraries over £99,000 through their 'Grants for the Arts' scheme.
Suffolk’s newest post office will open in Stradbroke Library this week.
Report on our 2014 annual general meeting. Download the 2013–2014 accounts and annual review and the 2013 AGM minutes.
Ipswich County Library is marking 90 years since opening this week.
Suffolk Libraries celebrates 2 year anniversary and all 44 libraries setting up community group member organisations.
The Aldeburgh Library Foundation has won 'Learning Project of the Year' at the Suffolk Adult Learners Awards 2014!
Following our recent launch of a pilot project to lend eReaders to library customers at Thurston Library, we've already had some great feedback from a customer.
Representatives from the Ipswich branch of John Lewis have presented Suffolk Libraries with a copy of their special 150 anniversary book on Monday.
Stradbroke Library will be hosting a new post office later this year.
Waveney District Council's new Customer Services facility at Beccles Library has had its official launch.
Eight young people will be receiving their arts award at Lowestoft Library on Saturday 22 March.
We won the Digital category award at this year's EDGE conference for our events that help you access our online services.
For the second year running Suffolk Libraries has been shortlisted for an award at this week’s EDGE library conference in Edinburgh.
Stradbroke will soon have a post office again after Suffolk Libraries had an application approved to provide a new facility in Stradbroke Library.
Suffolk Libraries are highlighting the results of a recent customer survey which show how valued the county’s libraries are.
Recently a customer complained they couldn’t access the Jesus and Mo website from one of our public PCs. Several people also contacted us on Twitter.