Libraries Week - October 4-10, 2021

Libraries Week is a week-long celebration of the nation's much-loved libraries, this year highlighting the significant role that libraries play in their community as a driver for inclusion, sustainability, social mobility and community cohesion. Organised by CILIP, the library and information association, and supported by partners including The Reading Agency, Libraries Connected and the School Libraries Association. Join in the #LibrariesWeek conversation and find out more at @librariesweek #LibrariesWeek.

In person library events...

As part of Libraries Week, we will be hosting our very first in person Sporting Memories session which will be held at Flint Library on October 6 from 10am, and will continue on a weekly basis moving forward. We will also host our first Bablo Babi/Baby Babble session at Connah's Quay Library on October 7, during Libraries Week, and again on October 14, 21, and 28, from 10am-11am. These friendly play sessions are suitable for babies aged three to 18 months and will be run by two members of the Speech and Language Therapy team. For more information, contact Amy at:

We will also be hosting an author event in partnership with Mold Bookshop on October 9 as part of our Libraries Week celebrations: join us for a pirate adventure with Johnny Duddle at 1.30pm at Mold Library (tickets are £1: maximum of 20 children)

Please be aware that booking is required for all of our in person events. Contact your local library or pop in to book your place.


Celebrating Libraries Week.

Celebrating Libraries Week.


Online content during Libraries Week

Here are a few things to look out for on our social media pages during Libraries Week:

Partners in Crime author talks presented by Estyn Allan and Crime Cymru

Information about the library services available to you via your local Aura library and digital library

Join the Online Book Group Wales Facebook group and share your thoughts about the October book choice:

Look out for some fantastic animation workshops with Simon Grennan in partnership with Gladstone's Library

We would love to hear from you: celebrate Libraries Week by letting us know what you love most about your local library. We can be found on Facebook at @LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries, Instagram at @llyfrgelloeddauralibraries and Twitter at @LibFlintshire.

Book of the Month

The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel


The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel

The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel


Edinburgh,1888: a violinist is found brutally murdered in his home. Amongst the widespread Jack the Ripper panic, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate the brutal crime, masking his presence under the cover of a fake department which specialises in all things supernatural. Frey, along with Detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray, finds black magic symbols at the scene of the crime, and the violinist's maid is certain that she heard more than one musician playing alongside her master before the murder took place. Yet the room was locked, with no way in or out, making the mystery of his death even more puzzling.

A fantastic blend of horror and history, The Strings of Murder is a top pick for fans of Sherlock Holmes and a Halloween must-read for lovers of crime fiction. We would give this title an Aura Book Score of 4/5.

The Strings of Murder is available to borrow as a book and e-book from your local Aura library. If this title sounds right up your street, why not add them to your next Select and Collect order: search our online library catalogue and reserve titles, or email or telephone your local library. To make an order phone 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.

Our Back Yard

We are delighted to be hosting free outdoor taster sessions led by Our Back Yard at Connah's Quay Library in September and October:

Introduction to Wildlife Surveys: Tuesday, October 5, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Heritage & Nature Walk: Tuesday, October 12, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Practical Volunteering - Community Growing: Tuesday, October 19, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Creating wildflower areas: Tuesday, October 26, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Come along and take part in the Our Back Yard project and discover more about other training opportunities available. All sessions are free of charge - a very warm welcome to all! For more information or to book, phone 01978 757524 or email

• Visit us on social media to view handy information about our services and the online monthly events we host, as well as lots of book and audiobook recommendations.

From everyone here at Aura Libraries, thank you for reading, stay safe and we hope to hear from you or see you soon!

• 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.