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Opening Hours

OPENING HOURS

Tuesdays 10am - 5pm

 

Thursdays 10am - 5pm

Fridays      10am - 5pm

Saturdays  10am - 1pm

Entrance to Haddenham Community Library

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.

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.

Library Matters Newsletter

We're starting a new newsletter to let you know:

  • What's new in the library

  • The best reads for the month

  • What's on for the coming month

  • Special events at the library

  • Special library related events in the area

  • Special library news

If you'd like to receive the newsletter type your email into the box and click on subscribe.

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

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

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

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 3rd August

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 13th August and 17th September

12.45 for 1pm - 2pm

Summer Activities

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Join us throughout the summer for our drop-in activities for children.

Thurs 1st and Fri 2nd August        Make a windchime

Thurs 8th August                            All-day Lego club

Fri 9th August                                 Quiz day

Thurs 15th and Fri 16th August    Make a music shaker

Thurs 22nd and Fri 23rd August   Make a turtle or a fish

Thurs 29th August                          Board games day

Fri 30th August                               All-day Lego club

These activities will be available all day. We'll also be running our story times at 10.30am and 3.30pm on Tuesdays and Lego Club on Saturdays.

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.

Bounce and Rhyme will return in September.

Dates to be confirmed.

Summer Art Exhibition by Alice Woodcock

Come and be inspired by Alice's wonderful artwork.

Alice is 11 years old and has lived in Haddenham all her life. She is currently in Year 6 at Haddenham Community Junior School.

As you can tell from her beautiful work art is Alice's life. She has been drawing since she was three years old and her favourite subjects are dragons and mythical creatures, animals and cartoon animals. She uses all kinds of media but her favourites are acrylic paints, coloured pencils and paint pens.

Alice goes to Stewart Clough's Art Club where she's learned a lot about different artist's styles and experimenting more with colour. Recently Alice has been experimenting with other forms of art like pyrography, clay modelling and calligraphy.

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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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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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