World Poetry Day

Sunday, March 21 marks World Poetry Day 2021: a day to celebrate the power of the written word and the joy it brings, especially during challenging times. We have put together a list of some of our favourite poetry collections - available either online via Borrowbox, or within our libraries via our Select and Collect service - for you to enjoy in celebration of this year's #WorldPoetryDay.

Some of the poetry titles available with Aura Libraries.

Some of the poetry titles available with Aura Libraries.

• Penguin's Poems for Life selected by Laura Barber

• Collected Poems by Carol Ann Duffy

• Cyrraedd a Cherddi Eraill by Alan Llwyd

• Cerddi'r Chwedlau edited by Mari George

• Chwyn edited by Gruffudd Owen

• R.S Thomas Uncollected Poems edited by Tony Brown and Jason Walford Davies

• The Complete Poems of Dylan Thomas edited by John Goodby

• Cerddi Ffiaidd by Roald Dahl

• Poems to Perform by selected Julia Donaldson

• Poems Aloud by Joseph Coelho and Daniel Gray-Barnett

We will also be posting pictures and videos of some of our favourite poems on our social media platforms. We would love to hear from you: share your favourite poems with us on Instagram (@llyfrgelloeddauralibraries) Facebook (@LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries) and Twitter (@LibFlintshire).

Census support

From the March 1 until May 4, 2021, Aura Libraries will be delivering a Census Support Service for the residents of Flintshire.

Until current restrictions are lifted we can only offer pre-booked phone support. If you require help to complete your form please contact one of our three support centres with your basic contact details for one of our advisors to call you back at your convenience. All calls are confidential and will be carried out by fully trained advisors. Connah's Quay Library 01352 707730, Flint Library 01352 703737 or Mold Library 01352 703780.

Weekly Book Corner

One by One by Ruth Ware

One by One by Ruth Ware

This week's recommendation comes from Vicky at Buckley Library. She recommends One by One by Ruth Ware.

She said: "I normally read chic lit but thought I'd try a mystery/thriller as a change. This book is set in a luxury ski chalet high up in the French Alps. The chalet has been rented by a tech company for a combined work and ski break. Things quickly start to go awry when the group head out for a day's skiing but not everyone returns - one of the party is missing - then an avalanche hits and the remaining members of the group, along with the two chalet keepers are cut off from the outside world. It's not long before sinister things start to happen. I really enjoyed the suspense of a whodunnit and found it a real page turner. I'll definitely choose more of this genre to read.

One by One, along with other titles by Ruth Ware, is available to borrow from your local Aura library. If this book sounds right up your street, why not add it to your next Select and Collect order: search our online library catalogue and reserve titles, or email or telephone your local library.

As a reminder, our libraries are currently open for Select and Collect orders only: to make an order please telephone us on 01352 703750, or email us at . You can browse our catalogue at and place a hold on items to collect from the library counter. We will just need to know your library membership number, a contact telephone number and email address, your book requests/preferences, and your preferred collection point.

Cisco online courses

Aura Libraries, in partnership with Cisco NetAcad, provide self-paced introductory courses, which enable you to take your first steps on your path to becoming an IT professional. Even if you don't want to become an IT professional and just want to increase your knowledge, these courses are for you.

You'll find several Cisco NetAcad courses listed below. Each course has a final assessment that you can do, but if you don't want to do the final assessment, we recommend you do the quizzes and get feedback about your knowledge. There are lots of different topics to choose from such as Cybersecurity, Linux, IoT and Python. More information, and the full list of topics can be found at

From everyone here at Aura Libraries, thank you for reading, stay safe and we hope to hear from you or see you soon. Whilst we may be facing difficult times, remember: we are always united by books.

• Aura is a charitable, not-for-profit, organisation responsible for managing the majority of leisure, libraries and heritage services in Flintshire. Aura is owned by its employees and operates for the benefit of local communities.