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Opening Hours

OPENING HOURS

Tuesdays 10am - 5pm

 

Thursdays 10am - 5pm

Fridays      10am - 5pm

Saturdays  10am - 1pm

Borrowing books

Library members can borrow up to 30 items at a time from any of the libraries across Buckinghamshire.

Returning books

When we are open, books may be returned at the counter or you can drop them off in the Red Book returns box by the notice board.

When the library is closed, books may be returned to ANY library in Buckinghamshire. Please check the county library website for details of the opening hours for other Bucks County Libraries.

Renewing books

When we're open, books can be renewed at the counter, online using the Renew page on the County Library website at any time or you can use the Spydus Mobile app which you can download from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Entrance to Haddenham Community Library

Reserving books

You can reserve books:

 

1. at the library counter, 

 

2. online using the County Library website. Just search for the book you want and then click on place reservation and follow the instructions to reserve the book and choose the library you want to collect it from. You can also choose to receive messages when your book is ready to pick up or cancel reservations if you no longer need any books you've reserved.

3. by using the Spydus Mobile app to reserve or cancel books. You can download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

The charge for reserving a book is now £1.

Saving Libraries is good for children

A letter from Prof Paul Sturges published in The Guardian highlights the importance of libraries for children.

 

Professor Sturges states that 'the lack of access to well-stocked libraries should concern us more than the number of children owning books'. 

Shockingly, at a time when nearly a million children in the UK don't own a book local libraries are under threat from budget constraints across the UK. As Prof Sturges says 'this denies children the access to the enormous range of books that libraries have been able to offer in the past'.

His letter is a timely reminder for us all to use our libraries and the many facilities they offer us - all free of charge.

Read Prof Sturges full letter in the Guardian.

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What's new

WHAT's NEW

Our regular library activities are listed below and please visit us on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to borrow books.

Please note that if you're using an Apple device you may not be able to see the calendar or the facebook feed due to settings issues. Just scroll down and you'll see all the info you need about everything that's going on at the library is detailed in the boxes below.

Story time

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Bring your children to Story Time for children of all ages.

Tuesdays at 10.30 - 11 am

every week

Lego Club 

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Join us every Saturday morning from 10.30am and make whatever your imagination builds with our large collection of Lego. Check out previous creations in our display window.

Saturdays at 10.30 - 12.30 am

every week

After-School Story time

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For primary-aged children and their families.

Grab a hot chocolate and a biscuit and snuggle up to listen to a good book read by one of our volunteers

Every Tuesday at 3.30pm

Bounce and Rhyme

You and your child can share the Bounce and Rhyme experience joining with others and reciting simple songs and nursery rhymes. It's a good way to meet people and a good opportunity for babies and toddlers to mix socially with children of their own age.

Babies and toddlers like short simple songs with repetition to help with the use of words and memory. As they grow older they can make their own rhythms with simple musical instruments and perform more complicated action songs.

Join in with our bounce and rhyme sessions at the library and after the session borrow a book.

We look forward to singing with you soon.

 

Fridays 26th April,

10th and 24th May,

14th and 28th June 

at 10.30 - 11.00am

Celebrate World Book Night

World Book Night 2024 poster

Come and join us for a World Book Night Library Open Evening.

 

We'll be having book readings and discussions. You can learn about our e-resources, borrow a book, take part in activities and enjoy a drink with the community.

Looking for something new to read try one of the quick reads below, copies will be available at the library.

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To boost your reading sign-up to the Road to Reading

Wednesday 24th April

7.30pm

Meet your local Councillor 

Gregory Smith will be at the library on the second Saturday of every month from 10-11am to discuss any local issues, concerns or ideas you may have.

 

Saturday 11th May

10 - 11am

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Lunchtime Reading   Discussion Group 

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Join us at the library every month to chat about what you're reading, your favourite books and authors and all things books.

Lorna Watson will get things going by talking about the books of Louise Penny, The Inspector Gamache series.

Future meeting dates will be confirmed in the library, on our website and on Facebook.

Bring your sandwich or salad. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Tuesdays 21st May and 11th June

12.45 for 1pm - 2pm

Meet your local Councillor 

Councillor Sue Lewin will be at the library on Saturday 6 July 10-11am to discuss any local issues, concerns or ideas you may have.

 

Saturday 6th July

10 - 11am

Councillor Sue Lewin

More Than Brushes

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More Than Brushes is an informal art group who meet on Thursday evenings to try different art styles and materials.

So far they're tried lino printing, water colours, needle felting, batik portraits, still lives, abstract and many more. You can see some of their watercolour collages in the library below.

Join them and try something new in a creative environment. No art experience needed.

Art produced by the More than Brushes Friday Art Group

Walter Rose Room, Haddenham Village Hall

Every Thursday from 7.30pm - 9.30pm

£5 - tea and biscuits included

What we've been up to

Blooming Lovely

Last Autumn 500 people asked author Clare Mackintosh to plant a daffodil bulb in memory of a loved one. The Daffodils flowered outside the library, reminding us that love and hope spring eternal.

Clare sadly lost her son when he was just a few weeks old. Soon after, a woman came to her door with a bunch of home-grown daffodils. She had lost a child several years previously, and promised that it wouldn't always hurt the way it was hurting at that moment. Clare didn't believe her, but as the years passed, she realised that she was right. While grief never leaves us we learn to carry it in a way that no longer breaks us.

She now plants daffodil bulbs in her garden every autumn. Knowing that they're under the surface, waiting to bloom, carries her through the dark days of winter.  Clare has written about her experience of grief and her new book 'I promise it won't always hurt like this - 18 assurances on grief' is now available in the library.

Pop in to say hello and pick up your next read.

Daffodils by Haddenham Library Copyright Mary Garbett
What weve been up to
Get Online

Get online

Free Wifi is available in the library to over 16s using your own device and our charging stations

We also have three computers you can use. Library members are entitled to 1 hour free computer internet access per day upon presentation of their library card. This is subject to borrowers' appropriate use of their membership (i.e. if you refuse to pay outstanding fines, we refuse to give you free internet access!). Non Members are charged 50p per 15 mins.

If you need help come and see Mary on Thursday mornings. Please note that Mary won't be in the Library on Thursday 30th November.

 

Learn my way is also a great free resource. 

 

All things digital

Need help with getting on line, using your computer or device or want to be more confident with all things digital.

Drop into the library on a Thursday morning and Mary will help you with your queries.

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Learn my way

In a world where our movements may be restricted due to Coronavirus, many more people are relying on computers and tablets for reading as well as socialising. If you need help to get started or would like some tips to further your understanding, you might like to try this free resource.

Click on the Learn My Way logo below to learn more.

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Top tips for online safety

Action fraud is urging people to use strong passwords and 2-step verification after receiving thousands of reports of hacked email and social media accounts.

Scammers have extorted victims for money and used accounts to commit fraud. This includes things like selling fake Taylor Swift tickets as people tend to be less suspicious of things being sold by someone who with lots of friends on their profile and years of posts.

Staying safe online

Christmas is fast approaching with phones and tablets being high on present lists. Action Fraud has these tips to stay safe and help new users to stay safe:

  • Keep your accounts secure with strong passwords – 8 characters or more with upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols

  • Use a different password for each account – You can use the password manager provided on your device or download a separate app to store them securely

  • Set up 2-step verification and never share your 2-step verification codes with anyone

  • Check email addresses by clicking on the From name, when it changes colour click again to see the real email address. If it’s different and you don’t recognise it as being safe don’t click on any links or open or download any attachments.

  • Report suspect emails by forwarding them and any attachments to report@phishing.gov.uk and then delete the email. Action Fraud will look into it and block suspect addresses and you'll be helping to save others from being scammed.

  • Report suspect social media messages - if something doesn’t seem right report the message and block the sender within the app

  • More information – Visit the National Trading Standards Friends against scamming site where you can download their ‘How to avoid scams’ booklet and use their elearning video and free courses to learn more and spread awareness throughout your community.

If you need help with any of these come and speak with Mary on Thursday mornings.

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Friends against scams booklet

Disclaimer - These tips are taken from the Action Fraud website. Haddenham Community Library is not responsible for this information or content on third party websites.

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