Discover PORI

The clue is in the name - pori, meaning ‘browse’ in Welsh - is a fantastic new library app which allows you to carry your library around with you, giving you access to Welsh public libraries catalogues from your mobile device. You can also renew and reserve books online, manage your library account, and search for book titles, authors and keywords.

PORI is free to download and also gives you access to free e-book and e-audio books if they’re in the Welsh libraries catalogue. Discover more, here:

If you are not already a library member but would like to become one, you can join online via the Aura Wales website for free instant access to hundreds of library resources such as e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines and e-comics. These resources can be downloaded straight from our online providers such as Borrowbox, Libby and pressreader to a PC, laptop or Mac. Alternatively, you can download the apps directly to a smartphone or tablet.

Borrow this year’s Booker winner

The Promise by Damon Galgut

The Promise by Damon Galgut

Congratulations to Damon Galgut who was recently announced the winner of this year’s Booker Prize for his novel The Promise: a family saga set in Pretoria. The Promise is available to borrow from Aura libraries as a book or e-book.

Why not add this title 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 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.

Collage workshops with artist Simon Grennan

Some collage work by artist Simon Grennan.

Some collage work by artist Simon Grennan.

This week, we are delighted to be hosting some fantastic collage workshops with artist Simon Grennan across our libraries. Participants will be able to make their own exciting visual stories, using Victorian magazines and print, collage and drawing. These sessions are suitable for both adults and children (children under 12-years-old must be accompanied by an adult) and materials will all be provided on the day.

Simon Grennan has been making new animated films for a project called Drawing Blood, Drawing Poison, Drawing Fire. The animations digitally cut up and transform an 1880s book in Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden.

The workshops will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, November 16, 2pm-4pm at Connah's Quay Library

Wednesday, November 17, 10am-noon at Deeside Library

Friday, November 19, 10am-noon at Holywell Library

Thursday, November 25, 2pm-4pm at Buckley Library

Come along to the library and join Simon to create your own exciting visual stories using Victorian magazines and print, collage and drawing! If you would like to register for one of the workshops, please contact your local library or email:

Deeside Library

Deeside Library (located in Deeside Leisure Centre) is officially back open and brighter than ever! It has been so wonderful to welcome people back into the library and see what everyone thinks of our fabulous make over. If you have not yet visited, please do come and say hello and try out Aura’s new Coffee Shop next to the library: the perfect spot to sit and get lost in a book and enjoy a warm paned! Our lovely library assistants at Deeside Library will be able to help find just the book you are looking for; our staffed opening times are as follows:

Monday: 11am-7pm

Tuesday: 11am-7pm

Wednesday: 11am-7pm

Thursday: 11am-7pm

Friday: 11am-7pm

Saturday: 11am-4pm

• 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.