Children's Author of the Month

David O'Connell is a writer and illustrator living in Brighton, England. He works mostly in children's books, particularly humorous picture books and young fiction. His best known books are The Naughtiest Unicorn series, The Sunday Times best-selling How to Grow Up and Feel Amazing (both as illustrator) and The Chocolate Factory Ghost (as writer).

Titles by writer and illustrator David OConnell.

Titles by writer and illustrator David O'Connell.

Although he wrote and drew his own stories from a young age, he studied science at A-level, then gained a degree in biochemistry from the University of Bristol. His desire to write and draw professionally stayed with him, and to that end he signed with United Agents in 2008. His first published book was Monster & Chips, the start of a series of funny (and revolting) adventures of 'hooman' Joe Shoe. He has since illustrated a number of fiction and non-fiction book series for a variety of publishers, as well as writing his own children's fiction books and picture books.

'No Queue' titles from BorrowBox

Did you know Wrexham Libraries offer a service where you can download 10 eBooks and 10 eAudiobooks for free for 21 days via the BorrowBox App? Borrowing digital content has never been simpler, smarter or more convenient. BorrowBox digital content is available any time from work, home or anywhere 24/7. You can reserve or borrow up to 10 eAudiobooks and 10 eBooks at a time. This month's featured 'No Queue' titles include The Secret Paris by Karen Swan, The Enemy by Lee Child, She's Out by Lynda La Plante and The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett-Carnac. To try one of these books or to chose any other e-book/e-audio books please visit and follow the online services link.

See Santa at Rhos Library

Santa will be visiting Rhos library on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 4.30pm for a very special stopover. Join us to hear a story and to sing Christmas songs beforehand at 4pm. Christmas refreshments will be provided by the Community Hub. This event is free of charge and we look forward to seeing you!


PORI is the new app from Welsh Libraries which will allow you to access Welsh public libraries catalogues from your mobile device. You will be able to renew and reserve books online, manage your account, search the catalogue of most Welsh public libraries and have access to the free to download e-book and e-audio books if they're in the Welsh libraries catalogue. You won't need to log on to another website, if you are a library member. To download this great app visit - App Store: Pori Wales and/or Pori Cymru; Play Store: Pori Libraries Wales and/or Pori Lyfrgelloed Cymru. For more information visit

FOMO - Fear of missing out

Could you be missing out? Have you visited your local library recently? Do you know if you have a library in your village? Your local library has much more than just books to borrow. There are regular events, courses, craft sessions and reading groups. Why don't you pop along today to see what's on offer in your area? If you live in Brynteg, Cefn Mawr, Chirk, Coedpoeth, Gwersyllt, Llay, Overton, Rhos or Ruabon, visit your local library to see what you might be missing out on. You can even have a coffee, a cake and a knit and natter with friends in some of our libraries. Visit for a full list of our libraries, locations and opening times.

Book Review

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean

This is a psychological thriller about people trafficking which kept me hooked right from the very beginning. It is a different kind of horror story, about a Vietnamese woman, who thought she was coming to England for a better life, but who has been enslaved by an English farmer named Lenn. He calls her Jane, after his first wife, and if she breaks any rules, she must choose one of her belongings which he then burns in front of her in the Rayburn stove. It was such a gripping story, I couldn't stop reading to find out what happens to Jane. I highly recommend this book although I'll admit in some places, I found it quite disturbing to read. Tina