Summer Reading Challenge

Get ready to get SILLY! It's almost time for this year's Summer Reading Challenge and for 2020 it's all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh. The Summer Reading Challenge takes place in Wales during the school summer holidays and because of the current situation we are unable to offer the usual fun and engaging ways in which you can access the challenge, so this year it's going digital. Watch this space for more details on how you can join us in Wales.

Free e-magazines

Are you a regular reader of Good Housekeeping Magazine? If so, did you know you could save £59.88 per year by downloading it free of charge to your phone, tablet or PC, simply by being a library member? If you read Chat, Woman or Best magazines you could save £145 per year; Golf magazine will save you £51.60p per year; and World Soccer magazine will save you £54 per year. These are just a few of the savings you can make if you have a library card. There are more than 250 magazines to choose from, just visit our website follow the Online Services link.

Temporary Online Membership

Did you know that you can get a temporary online membership that will give you access to all of our online ebooks free of charge? Go to Online Services and select Online Catalogue and Join the Library.

National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales offers a wide range of subscribed electronic resources, ranging from scholarly journals to encyclopedias and newspapers. The National Library of Wales' purpose is to make Welsh culture and heritage accessible to all to learn, research and enjoy. They are a legal deposit library, which means they have the right to a copy of every publication printed in Britain and Ireland. Their collections also include 7,000,000 feet of film; 6,000,000 books and newspapers; 40,000 manuscripts; 1,500,000 maps; 950,000 photographs; 60,000 works of art and much more. Some collections have been digitised and can be viewed online. To see what else is on offer go to follow the Online Services link.

Non-fiction audio books

Did you know that non-fiction audio books are just as popular as fiction audio books? RBDigital, one of the libraries e-audiobook providers has an extensive collection of non-fiction titles for you to download free of charge. Ant Middleton, David Cameron and Ranulph Fiennes are just a few of the bestselling authors available from the collection. For more details and access to the full catalogue visit and follow the online services link.

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Meet the team

Lynda works at Wrexham Library.

What do you love about your job? Although I have been doing my job for a long time, I still enjoy the fact that no two days are the same.

I can be helping someone with their school homework one minute, buying books the next, and then helping with someone researching their family tree the next. You never know what question you will be asked next!

How can the service help those in the community? Libraries are vital resources in our local communities. They are open and welcoming spaces for everyone to use in their own way, whether it is choosing or requesting a book, using the computers for research, job searches, or just for fun, or to simply read the newspaper or have a chat.

Favourite childhood book? Anne of Greengables by LM Montgomery.

Books you could read over and over? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Favourite Author? Camilla Lackberg.

Last book you read? The House On Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve.

Any reading recommendations? Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty; Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge.