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Welcome to the Derbyshire Libraries eNewsletter

This June – it’s HiVis Fortnight in libraries, we hear the winners of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and Yoto Carnegies, it’s National Crime Reading Month, and much more!


HiVis Fortnight 2023

From 1st – 14th June we’re celebrating HiVis Fortnight! Our libraries are full of fantastic accessible materials to help make reading and other services available to those that need them, and we’d love for you to share with others you may know just what we have to offer.

From Books on CD which you can request from our libraries, to our eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and eNewspapers which you can access on a computer, tablet or phone, nobody needs to miss out on accessing fantastic reading material.

Anyone who is unable to physically get into one of our branch libraries can check to see when the Mobile Library Service is visiting their village here.

For those that need it, our Home Library Service will visit once per month to deliver a great selection of reads based on an individual’s preferences, whilst collecting previous reads to take away. Our Friends & Family Service allows books to be collected in branch in lieu of a home visit.

Whoever you are, and wherever you live, Derbyshire Libraries are there for all!



Spiral Arts Coronation Craft Workshop

There are still spaces left on Ashbourne Library’s ‘Create a miniature Coronation scene’ event to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III, in conjunction with Spiral Arts.

Suitable for age 9 years to adult, this is taking place on Friday 2nd June, from 2 to 4pm. Ring 01629 533950 or email to reserve your free place.



National Crime Reading Month

Did you know that June is National Crime Reading Month? The perfect time to pick up a book featuring psychological suspense to spy thrillers, historical to sci-fi, and cosy to noir! Whether you’re a long-time crime-reading aficionado or someone who wants to see what all the fuss is about, be sure to pop to your local library to see what we’ve got on our shelves. Don’t forget you can request titles ahead of your visit on our online catalogue, or check out our eBook and eAudiobook titles on our various eLending platforms.

South Normanton Library are holding a True Crime Adult Coffee Morning on Thursday 22nd June as a free drop-in event to celebrate. Be sure to pop-in from 11am-12pm if you’d like to talk to some other fans of true crime, and local crime stories in particular! Ring 01629 535000 for more info.

Click here to learn more about National Crime Reading Month.



2023 Yoto Carnegies

It’s not long until we hear the winners of the 2023 Yoto Carnegies being announced! The (recently re-named) most prestigious children’s book awards in the UK are announced at 12pm on Wednesday 21st June, and we’ll be sharing the news soon afterwards.

Whether it’s the Medal for Writing and Medal for Illustration that are awarded by the team of judges, or the Shadowers’ Choice Medals for the same categories which are chosen by groups of children across the country, you’re guaranteed to find fantastic choices all round.

Check out our Book Share Video about the Shortlists here and have a think about which titles you’d like to read!



Women’s Prize for Fiction

On Wednesday 14th June we’ll discover who has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2023! Always a fantastic selection of books written by some of the best female authors of today, this is the perfect chance to find your next favourite book to devour over the summer. Who would you pick from the Shortlist below:

  • Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris
  • Pod by Laline Paull
  • Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks
  • Trespasses by Louise Kennedy
  • The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Don’t forget to check our social media channels to find out who’s won, and request your copies from our online catalogue here.



Derbyshire Record Office

There are lots of ways to find out what we’re up to and how we can help you with your research. Our website has information on how to find us, our opening hours and what kind of services we offer. Our blog has lots of guides to help you with your research and stories from the collections. You can see exhibitions about our collections on our Google Arts and Culture page and, of course, you can follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.



Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

Buxton Museum & Art Gallery is free to visit. Please check opening hours here.

You can also follow their blog – for information on the Normans in Derbyshire click here.

Ring 01629 533540 or email for more information.



Adult Community Education 

Learning something new can be as refreshing as going away!

Now is the perfect time to book one of our taster sessions and see if you want to commit to a longer course in September.

Or, why not attend our outdoor courses? Do you fancy trying bushcraft or drystone walling?

Learning outside has multiple health benefits as you experience being in nature and developing skills.

To find out what we have available in June and July, visit DACES June and July courses.



Summer Reading Challenge 2023

It’s not long until the Summer Reading Challenge begins! Look out for more information for our launch in July, and the chance once again for your children to earn themselves a fantastic medal and certificate for reading six library books over the summer holidays.

The theme this year is ‘Ready, Set, Read!’, and we’re looking forward to signing thousands of you up for it once again! As always, the Summer Reading Challenge is brought to you by The Reading Agency in partnership with Public Libraries.



eAudiobooks on uLIBRARY 

If you’ve not downloaded our uLIBRARY app for eAudiobooks yet, this is the perfect time! Featuring an exclusive library of titles for you to listen to whenever the mood takes you, from the adventures of Jack Reacher to the family sagas of years gone past, make sure you get the app or browse the online catalogue to pick out your next weekend read. 

For more info on our eLending platforms click here, ring 01629 533444, or contact



Multi Use titles

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 June are:

In eBook and eAudiobook format:

  • Black and British: A Short Essential History – David Olusoga
  • The Island Child – Molly Aitken
  • Body Language (Cassie Raven Book 1) – AK Turner

In eAudiobook only:

  • The Shadow – James Patterson & Brian Sitts
  • The Best Medicine – Christine Hamill

in eBook only:

  • You Had Me at Halloumi – Ginger Jones



New Adult Books Coming in June

We’ve chosen to highlight three books published in June for you to enjoy. You can reserve them via our online catalogue.

Scarlet by Genevieve Cogman

Revolutionary France is no place to be, especially for aristocrat vampires facing the guillotine. But the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel are determined to rescue them. And they have an ace up their sleeve: Eleanor, a lowly maid from an English estate with a striking resemblance to French royalty. For Eleanor, the League and their legendary deeds are little more than rumour – until she’s drawn into their most dangerous plot yet. The mission? Travel to France in disguise, impersonate Queen Marie Antoinette and rescue the royal family. If they succeed, it’ll be the heist of the century. But there’s more to fear than ardent Revolutionaries. For Eleanor stumbles across a centuries-old war between vampires and their fiercest enemy. And they’re out for blood.

The Twilight Garden by Sara Nisha Adams

In a small pocket of London, between the houses of No.77 and No.79 Eastbourne Road, lies a neglected community garden. Once a sanctuary for people when they needed it most, the garden’s gate is now firmly closed. And that’s exactly how Winston at No.79 likes it – anything to avoid his irritating new next-door neighbour. But when a mystery parcel drops on Winston’s doormat – a curious bundle of photographs of a community garden, his garden, bursting with life years ago – a seed of an idea is planted. Somewhere out there, a secret gardener made a decades-old promise to keep the community’s spirit alive. And now it’s time for the twilight garden to come out of hibernation.

There is a Light That Never Goes Out by David Barnett

This is the story of Gayle and Martin, who fall in love over the course of ten years – over a yearly visit to a tiny, isolated island off the Welsh coast. Gayle is a teacher and each year she brings her class to the island to see the local flora and fauna, from sea birds to playful seals. Martin, the island’s caretaker and only human resident, lives in and maintains the lighthouse, which opens to the public for just this one day a year. Gayle is effervescent but feels trapped, while Martin is lonely and isolated. As their love slowly builds over time, they both yearn for the annual field trip where they can finally see each other. Until one year Gayle doesn’t come back, and Martin has to leave his island hideaway to find her.



This Month We Recommend You Read…

One of our favourite things to do is recommend amazing children’s books to you! This month we recommend you check out these titles:

Wigglesbottom Primary: The Sports Day Chicken by Pamela Butchart (Author) & Becka Moor (Illustrator)

Year 2 at Wigglesbottom Primary is never boring. They don’t expect to run a race against a chicken at Sports Day, or eat green toxic slime at lunch (it’s halloween custard!) or that Anne Marie Moor is an ant queen and one of her subjects is called Lady Gaga – but they love every minute of it! This book is aimed at newly-independent readers.

Who Makes an Ocean? by Sally Nicholls (Author) & Carolina Rabei (Illustrator)

Who made the oceans? An ancient god? A magic spell? A billion firefighters and all their hoses? Come on a trip to the sea museum with Dad, and find out how the oceans came to be, and why they’re so important to our planet.

The Wall Between Us by Dan Smith

Berlin, 1961. Anja and Monika are best friends – they even share a cat called Otto. When a huge barbed wire fence is built between their apartment blocks, everything changes; their city and family are divided by the Berlin Wall. In the West, Anja is sure it will be taken down, but Monika is afraid. Her world is changing: neighbours keep disappearing, others become spies and shadowy threats lurk around every corner. Then, Anja discovers that Otto has found a way across. And if he can reach Monika, so can she.

Order your copies of these fantastic books on our online catalogue.



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