Healthy mind, healthy body

Aura Libraries recently took part in some sessions entitled Fit, Fed and Read, in partnership with Aura's Sports Development team, who strive to encourage children to enjoy and engage in physical activity. We were delighted to take part, any excuse to share some crafts, books and a love of reading.

After seeing our colleagues in Aura's Sports Development inspire so many children to keep healthy, we also felt inspired to encourage and promote our local community to discover more about the physical and mental benefits of exercise and physical activity.

With this in mind, we have put together a list of both non-fiction and fiction reading recommendations which centre upon either wellbeing, sport, and/or fitness.

All of the following titles are available to borrow from your local Aura library; many of which are available in e-book or audiobook format, available to access via Borrowbox. Pop into your local library or phone us for a chat if you would like more information about our online library catalogue, or e-books and audiobooks.

• One-Minute Mindfulness by Simon Parke

• You Are A Champion by Marcus Rashford

• Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

• This Too Shall Pass by Julia Samuel

• Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

• The Motion of the Body Through Space by Lionel Shriver

Monthly Reading Groups

Our next Reading Friends shared reading group sessions will be on Tuesday, July 13, from 11am-noon and Wednesday, July 14, from 7pm-8pm.

Our next Ffrindiau Darllen Cymraeg session for advanced Welsh learners and fluent speakers will be on Tuesday, July 13, at 7pm-8pm, followed by our session for intermediate Welsh learners on Wednesday, July 14, 2pm-3pm.

Our monthly reading groups are fun, welcoming and a space for people to get together and socialise whilst sharing a love of reading! For more information or to join, please email

Computer use at your local Aura Library

As a reminder, computers are available to book by phoning the library:

• Broughton Library - 01352 703760

• Buckley Library - 01352 703860

• Connah's Quay Library - 01352 703730

• Flint Library - 01352 703737

• Holywell Library - 01352 703850

• Mold Library - 01352 703780

Select and Collect

It has been wonderful to see the community return to our library buildings. Whilst the libraries are open for select browsing, we are still really enjoying putting your Select and Collect orders together. You can browse and reserve items for collection via our online library catalogue at

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. If you would like to make an order, please telephone us on 01352 703750, or email us at .

Aura Book Corner

The Leader: Piranesi by Susanna ClarkePiranesi by Susanna Clarke

This week's book recommendation comes from Francesca, Aura's public relations officer.

She said: "I would absolutely recommend Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. It is one of those books that is so difficult to describe without spoiling it for other readers!

"It is a dream-like fantasy tale with a narrative voice that you can't help but fall in love with and root for. The writing style is captivating from the very first paragraph: I would definitely give this title an Aura Book Score of 5/5."

Piranesi, along with other titles by Susanna Clarke - such as her first novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - 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?

• Visit us on social media to view our weekly rhyme time or story time sessions, as well as lots of book and audiobook recommendations, plus handy information about our services and the online monthly events we host, including Zoom reading groups for adults and children. We can be found on Facebook at @LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries, Instagram at @llyfrgelloeddauralibraries and Twitter at @LibFlintshire.

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.