Re-introducing services

Wrexham Libraries are planning on how to offer limited access by appointment only to browse, borrow and return books over the coming weeks. Customers will be able to telephone their local branch library to book an appointment. The Order and Collect service will continue in all libraries for customers who do not wish to visit their local library at the moment. As lockdown continues to ease we will be looking at how to re-introduce further services while ensuring the safety of customers and our staff. Announcements will be made via the press and on online platforms shortly.

Libby - new digital reading app

More than 3,000 popular magazines will be available for download from Wrexham Library Service. Readers can enjoy Radio Times, National Geographic, Hello! and more through the new digital reading app - Libby. Digital magazines through Libby have no waiting lists or reservations, do not count towards checkout limits and provide readers with the option to renew their selections. Borrowers can browse lists of magazines within the app and search by format to find available titles. Readers may browse and instantly borrow titles then start reading for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and Chromebook. All titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use. To get started enjoying digital magazines, download Libby or visit and follow the online service link.

Wrexham's Carnival of Words

Two local authors feature in this year's Carnival of Words literary festival line up. Award-winning bilingual author and poet Aled Lewis Evans invites us to glimpse at the areas and characters of Tre Terfyn (Border Town) - Wrexham through the Seasons, in a brand new piece of Welsh language writing. Aled will read from this work which won the Crown at the 2019 Powys Eisteddfod. Nell Grey (Carys Davies) Glyn Ceiriog's own romantic thriller writer, talks about the background to her widely acclaimed debut novel, Trust Me, and its sequel, Find Me - each of them an addictive exploration of love and betrayal. Nell will also talk about her journey as a local author. Both events take place on Thursday, April 22 and form part of a highly entertaining programme which has been put together for one of Wales' premier literary festivals. To book your tickets and for more details please visit

Welsh Book of the Week

Cariad Pur by Pegi Talfryn

Cariad Pur by Pegi Talfryn

Welsh Book of the Week at Wrexham libraries is a new, original book for learners at intermediate level and is part of the series Amdani. Cariad Pur by Pegi Talfryn is a thriller story about Sara, a Welsh tutor to a group of people from England who have settled in rural north-west Wales and who are eager to integrate into their new community. Has Sara found the perfect future for herself in the new community or do dark secrets lurk in Fferm Bywyd Newydd? This book is available from your local library.

CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals

The shortlists of the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK's oldest and best-loved book awards for children and young people, have been announced. The Medals celebrate outstanding achievement in children's writing and illustration respectively and are unique in being judged by librarians, with the Shadowers' Choice Award voted for by children and young people. Sixteen titles have been shortlisted for the 2021 Medals (eight on each shortlist) selected from a total of 40 longlisted titles, read by an expert volunteer team of 15 librarians from across the UK. The winners of the 2021 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals will be announced on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. For more detail visit

Book Review

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

Mantel's storytelling takes you into the scheming arena of Henry VIII's royal court. Her evocative descriptions recreate 16th century London so well you can almost smell the streets, shiver in the cold from the frozen Thames and feel the fear being part of the royal court brings. Cromwell becomes a real person thanks to Mantel letting us into his inner thoughts. You forget Cromwell lived 500 years in the past; he would fit well as a modern-day political advisor! Ben Mills' excellent characterisation in his narration on the RBdigital audiobook compliments Mantel's storytelling perfectly. The paperback is due to be published May 2021 but don't wait, the last masterful storytelling instalment of Mantel's Cromwell trilogy shouldn't be missed and, at 910 pages, a digital copy is an appealing alternative to the hefty hardback. Available in hardback from your local library, downloadable audiobook and ebook from BorrowBox and audiobook from RBdigital. Gill