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Lavenham Children’s Book Festival – 28-29 October

Written by · Published Oct 10, 2016

The organisers of the Lavenham Literary Festival are holding the first ever Lavenham Children’s Book Festival during the same week as Suffolk Libraries Bookfest and with support from Suffolk Libraries.

BIG Friendly read a BIG success!

Written by · Published Sep 5, 2016

Suffolk Libraries are celebrating the most successful Summer Reading Challenge ever!

New for September 2016

Written by · Published Sep 1, 2016

This month’s highlights include the new Robert Harris novel Conclave, Austen film adaptation Love & Friendship and a Jack White acoustic album.

A new look for Newmarket Library

Written by · Published Aug 8, 2016

Newmarket Library will be closing during September for extensive refurbishment.

A new manager and a new look for Aldeburgh Library

Written by · Published Jul 11, 2016

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 Gold Ticket Summer Prize Draw

Written by · Published Jul 8, 2016

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.

Debenham has a new library!

Written by · Published Jun 29, 2016

Debenham village’s library has relocated to its new home at Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School.

Lesley's Readers on BBC Radio Suffolk book choice for June

Written by · Published Jun 9, 2016

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 Library’s multicultural celebration

Written by · Published Jun 8, 2016

Ipswich County Library’s annual Multicultural Day returns on Saturday 25 June with a day of performances and activities celebrating the diverse Ipswich community.

Halesworth librarian launches her own book!

Written by · Published Jun 3, 2016

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.

Debenham Library is moving

Written by · Published Jun 1, 2016

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.

Come and join in with the The Big Friendly Read! – Suffolk Libraries launches Summer Reading Challenge 2016

Written by · Published May 27, 2016

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.

Join Haverhill Library’s Chatterbooks group

Written by · Published May 24, 2016

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 relaunches Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Written by · Published May 13, 2016

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.

Top children’s authors to appear at Book Mastermind final

Written by · Published May 5, 2016

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 launches Brave New Reads for 2016

Written by · Published May 3, 2016

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.

Successful student writers see their work turned into eBooks

Written by · Published Apr 21, 2016

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.

Southwold Library launches fourth Crime Writers Festival

Written by · Published Apr 11, 2016

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 Libraries – an update on our budget for 2016/2017

Written by · Published Apr 6, 2016

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.

Glemsford Library refurbishment and temporary closure

Written by · Published Mar 16, 2016

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.

Stradbroke Library Post Office wins libraries award!

Written by · Published Mar 4, 2016

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 refurbishment and temporary closure

Written by · Published Mar 3, 2016

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.

Suffolk Libraries marks World Book Day

Written by · Published Mar 1, 2016

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 Writes – have your work turned into an eBook!

Written by · Published Feb 18, 2016

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.

Pay your fines over the phone

Written by · Published Feb 16, 2016

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.

Development at Woodbridge Library to start on 22 February

Written by · Published Feb 11, 2016

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 Customer Survey results 2015

Written by · Published Jan 7, 2016

Our recent customer survey suggests satisfaction levels with the county’s library service have improved since the last survey in 2013.

Elmswell Library reopens after refurbishment

Written by · Published Oct 16, 2015

Elmswell Library is set to reopen Tuesday 20 October following a massive refurbishment funded by generous fundraisers and local businesses.

Suffolk Libraries gets funding for new reading clubs in schools

Written by · Published Sep 23, 2015

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.

Library tutor cards consultation

Written by · Published Aug 24, 2015

A public consultation concerning the legitimacy of library tutor cards. If you have a tutor card, please take the survey.

Suffolk Libraries presents… Event Cinema!

Written by · Published Aug 19, 2015

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.

Literacy boost for Suffolk Libraries

Written by · Published Aug 18, 2015

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.

A Summer’s Evening at Bury St Edmunds Library

Written by · Published Jul 16, 2015

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.

Suffolk Libraries is supporting the Suffolk Scamnesty Campaign!

Written by · Published Jun 30, 2015

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.

Alice in Wonderland comes to The Abbey Gardens

Written by · Published Jun 30, 2015

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).

Leiston Library launch

Written by · Published Jun 4, 2015

Leiston Library is hosting a celebration event on Tuesday 9 June to mark the library’s recent reopening and refurbishment.

New free eAudio service: BorrowBox

Written by · Published Mar 25, 2015

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.

Felixstowe Library to open 7 days a week

Written by · Published Feb 10, 2015

From Monday 16 February, Felixstowe Library will open 7 days a week and provide Suffolk Coastal District Council's customer and information services.

Art Achievement Awards at Gainsborough Library

Written by · Published Nov 6, 2014

15 young people received Bronze Art Awards and 6 younger children received Art Achievement Awards at Gainsborough Library this week.

Suffolk Libraries AGM 2014

Written by · Published Sep 12, 2014

Report on our 2014 annual general meeting. Download the 2013–2014 accounts and annual review and the 2013 AGM minutes.

Suffolk Libraries celebrates 44 members

Written by · Published Aug 1, 2014

Suffolk Libraries celebrates 2 year anniversary and all 44 libraries setting up community group member organisations.

eReader pilot in Thurston having an impact

Written by · Published Jun 5, 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.