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Derbyshire Libraries eNewsletter – May 2021

Derbyshire Libraries eNewsletter – May 2021

This May – Baby Babble returns online, we announce the winner of our BBC Novels that Shaped the World writing competition, the Book-Off returns, and much more!

Our Current Provision

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Our libraries are open for the following:

Services currently unavailable:

  • At Whaley Bridge library, browsing is available by appointment only. If you wish to book a slot to visit, please contact the library.
  • At Old Whittington Library, there is currently no computer available.
  • Melbourne Library, remains closed at present. When we have a date for reopening, we’ll publish it here.

We will update our Library Updates page with more details as our services continue to re-open. Our Library Information Service continues to be monitored from Monday to Saturday, which you can reach on 01629 533444 or


BBC Novels Writing Competition

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We were overwhelmed by the number of entries to our ‘Isolation’ writing competition, as part of the BBC Novels That Shaped Our World programme. We had 147 entries altogether, which will be published as an eBook on BorrowBox, and our judges have made their decision on our winners whose stories will shortly be published on our website. Congratulations to them, and thank you to everyone that took part!


Baby Babble

Our popular Baby Babble sessions are back online – and this time they’re live! We’ve got six spaces for families with babies aged 4-9 months to sign up and join us on MS Teams, which you can do by contacting These start on Thursday 11th May and will run for five weeks.

If you’d like to see what it’s all about then please look at our recorded sessions which we published last year, the playlist for which you can find here


Kate Greenaway Medal Shadowing Project

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Here’s a reminder that we are running a book group for the Kate Greenaway Shadowing scheme for children and families (suitable for age 6-11) to look at the books on the shortlist and see how they would judge the books and choose the winner based on the official criteria.

If you think your child would like to take part, or if you would like more information, please contact the Library Information Service on 01629 533444 or via


Dementia Action Week

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17th-23rd May is Dementia Action Week on BorrowBox, and a selection of 21 eBooks and 13 eAudiobooks will be available for you to borrow, including:

  • Dementia Re-imagined by Tia Powell
  • Preventing and Managing Alzheimer’s and Dementia by Jenny Lewis
  • The Story of Dementia by John Killick
  • Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr

You can find out more about Dementia Action Week here.


Theme of the Month: Travel

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Our theme for May is ‘Travel’, and we’ve got some exciting content to bring you! From recipes for Vegetable Parmigana and South Korean Sweet and Sour Fried Chicken, to Book Shares about Migration and Travel, there’s plenty to look forward to!

Don’t forget too that we have loads of local walking guides for you to reserve via our online catalogue or checkout in our libraries, to help explore our magnificent county!


Explorers Book-Off

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You’ve missed it but it’s BACK! The FIRST GREAT DERBYSHIRE LIBRARIES EXPLORERS BOOK-OFF has begun, and we’re looking forward to your votes selecting a winner! We’re pitting eight real-life explorers against eight fictional ones to see your eventual choice for Best Explorer, and you can vote on Facebook.

Don’t miss taking part in the greatest competition in the history of the world, EVER!


Derbyshire Record Office

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Ferodo’s Brilliant Advertising
This picture is a detail from a very funny advertising poster from 1927. It was made by Ferodo, the brake-lining manufacturer based in Chapel-en-le-Frith. We love it so much, it’s included in our 50 treasures! You can see the whole poster in our online exhibition, which also showcases some of our other Derbyshire Treasures.

3 Top Tips to start your Family Tree
These are our archivists’ top tips for starting your family tree:

  • Talk to your relatives – you’ll be surprised at what they know!
  • Gather together old family photos and documents.
  • Practice doing research on people you already know a lot about.

For lots more tips and advice, have a look at our guide. And while you’re on our blog, do sign up to have our posts and guides delivered straight to your inbox. Don’t forget, you can also follow us on Twitter.


Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

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Image: Ryan Presley Aero-dynamism (past the point of no return)

Travelling Stories, and online exhibition from Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

The museum staff are looking forward to seeing some actual visitors when we open the doors again on 18 May.

In the last 14 months, instead, and like most places, Buxton Museum has been reaching out to digital audiences via its websites and social media. Travelling Stories is our latest digital exhibition, of artist commissions responding to artefacts in the collections.

In 2018, the Derbyshire Schools Library Service closed. The service included artefacts and pictures which had been assembled since the 1930s. Now they needed new homes. With the help of the Esmee Fairburn Collections Fund and the Museums Association, staff at Buxton Museum have been finding these new custodians.

More than 2,000 items have been allocated to nearly 100 museums, libraries, and publicly accessible collections across Britain. Some items have been restituted to communities in North America. Others will be kept by Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, including the Arctic and Sami material.

So far, three commissions have been unveiled: Part One is a reaction to Japanese prints that found a new home at Tullie House in Carlisle, in partnership with Prism Arts. Part Two is a creative response to Aboriginal objects held in museum objects across the world, collaborating with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the Border Crossings Origins Festival. Part Three finds an artist closer to home in Derbyshire who has produced a piece inspired by a place that could not be further away. Have a look at our blog to find out more.

Buxton Museum has a proud heritage of working with individuals, groups, communities and other museums and galleries. It was exciting that we continued to do so throughout lockdown, albeit at a safe distance!


Derbyshire Adult & Community Education

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Free Maths and English qualification courses

If you need a qualification for work or future study, and you need to get it fast, our intensive courses could be just what you are looking for. Classes are free and can help you upskill in 14 weeks! There will be one session per week, four hours per day; helping you achieve your goals in a much shorter space of time. With the support of our knowledgeable and experienced tutors, you could achieve your goals sooner than you think.

We also have Fast Track courses, where you can gain a Functional Skills level 1 or 2 qualification in maths of English in just one week! These sessions will be held in centre but will also include some distance learning, giving you a flexible approach.

  • Functional Skills English summer Fast Track – 1 week from 9.30am to 3pm, 21st June to 25th June
  • Functional Skills maths summer Fast Track – 1 week from 9.30am to 3pm, 5th July to 12th July

Contact for more information.


Derby Book Festival

Derby Book Festival Logo.

Derby Book Festival is taking place for the sixth year and will be held from 27 May – 5 June. There will be around 60 in-person events in venues including Derby Cathedral, Derby Theatre, Derby College, Derby Museums, Deda and Darley Abbey Village Hall as well as outdoor events in parks. Authors include Jon Sopel, James Naughtie, Alison Weir and Val McDermid and books will feature Sir Frank Whittle, Erasmus Darwin, Wallis Simpson, Robert Maxwell and Victoria Wood. There’ll be family activities in five city parks as the Festival is held over half term.

The events at Derby Theatre, Derby College and the Museum of Making will be filmed and live streamed so if you aren’t yet ready to return to indoor events, you can watch at home.

Tickets are now on sale through the Festival website where you can find full details of all events:


This Month We Recommend You Read…

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We’re got more of the excellent children’s books available on our eBook and eAudiobook collections on BorrowBox to share with you this month, which are great choices for you and your family.

First off on BorrowBox, it’s Young Adult classic Every Day by David Levithan. Every morning, A wakes up in a different body, with no discernable pattern. They never get attached, and never interfere, because tomorrow everything will be different again. That is, until he meets Rihannon and falls in love. But how can they be together if A will never be the same person? Heart-warming as well as heart-breaking, this is one the greatest Young Adult novels of the last 10 years, and you can also read the sequel from Rihannon’s point of view, Another Day.

Our second pick on BorrowBox is Adventures on Trains Book 2: Kidnap on the California Comet by M.G.Leonard & Sam Sedgman. It’s time for Harrison Beck to solve another mystery! When the daughter of billionare August Reza goes missing during the three-day journey from Chicago to San Francisco on the iconic California Comet, it’s time for Harrison to step up and solve the mystery of the kidnapping! Can he do it before the end of the journey? Look out for the first book in the series, The Highland Falcon Thief, also on BorrowBox.

Our eAudiobook pick on BorrowBox this time is The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond. When a little Angel lands in Bert the Bus Driver’s pocket, it’s the most amazing miracle, and he’s loved by Bert, his wife Betty, and all the school children. But Acting Head Teacher Mrs Mole is not so sure. Nor is Professor Smellie, or the mysterious bloke in black who claims to be a School Inspector. Then there’s Basher Malone – big, lumbering Basher Malone. He REALLY doesn’t like Angelino. And it looks like he’s out to get him … Absolutely hilarious and heartwarming, the tale of this adorable angel will make kids and grown ups laugh out loud.

Need a further suggestion? We’re always delighted to suggest a story! Contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or and we’ll do our best to find you something fantastic!


Multi-Use Titles

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Every month we get a new selection of titles on our BorrowBox app of both eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be taken out by multiple users at one time. These stay multi-use for 60 days, so if you have a book club and you’re looking for your next title then one of these could be your next choice!

You can find these titles on the main BorrowBox page, identified as a collection with ‘No Waiting!’ or ‘Available Now!’. Titles available from May are:

  • The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig (eBook)
  • The Doll Factory by Elizabeth MacNeal (eBook)
  • The Pact by Amy Heydenrych (eBook)
  • Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci (eBook)
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (eAudiobook)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (eAudiobook)
  • The Chain by Adrian McKinty (eAudiobook)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (eAudiobook)
  • Wideacre by Philippa Gregory (eAudiobook)


Library Love

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We have been receiving so many kind comments over the past few weeks about how important and useful our customers have been finding our online library offer. If you would like to contribute and share your stories and comments, please email us at:

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