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Library system update
We would like to remind you that some of our services will be unavailable until Monday 8 July due to a planned system update. During this time, please remember to bring your library card when visiting our libraries so you can access some of our services, as our staff will be unable to access your account information.
There may be some disruptions to services like PressReader and BorrowBox until our system is restored, especially if you tried to log in after Monday 1 July. Our remote printing service (available in some of our libraries) is not accessible to customers at the moment.
Buckinghamshire libraries will remain open during the system update, and services such as borrowing and returning items, joining the library, printing/copying/scanning and using computers, Hublets and free Wi-Fi will still be available.
Once our system is updated, we will begin restoring services but please be aware that this could take some time as we ensure everything is working as it should. To get the latest updates, please visit our Library System Update page. (
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience as we work to improve our library system.
It is time for the Summer Reading Challenge!
This Saturday, 6 July, our libraries are launching the Summer Reading Challenge! This year, we will celebrate the power of art, creativity and stories with the Marvellous Makers team, and we will ensure that the young readers have fun throughout the summer holidays.
Check out our special video with Lou and Dora (
) welcoming children to this year's edition!
During the Summer Reading Challenge, our libraries will host marvellous events to spark creativity and inspire youngsters through books and stories about creative minds.
Visit our Summer Reading Challenge webpage (
) to find out how to join the challenge, our events and activities, and some book recommendations.
Become a volunteer this Summer Reading Challenge
Do you love reading or have a passion for creative arts? Are you between 14 and 25 years old, or do you know someone who is? We are looking for young volunteers to use their creative talents and support us in our libraries during the Summer Reading Challenge!
Contact your local library today (
) to ask about volunteering opportunities.
Reopening of Chesham Library
Over the past few months, Chesham Library has been undergoing a transformation and the library team are very excited to see new features such as our glass entrance, new computer area and public toilet take shape.
There are still some works to complete in the back half of the library, but we will be moving back down to our main site in mid-July, to allow easy access for our users, to enable us to operate at full opening hours and to re-establish services such as PC use as quickly as possible.
Initially, the temporary library offer currently available at the White Hill Centre will move down to our Elgiva Lane permanent site and will be operating from the front half of the library only. Once we are open with this offer, the Chesham Library team will be working to return other services (such as the IT offer and Council Access Point) as soon as we can, and we will continue to communicate with you to ensure that we keep everyone informed as these services become available.
We will be unable to run any library events until we are fully reopened. We will inform customers of the date that we will be able to fully re-open once this is confirmed.
In order to move the temporary library, it is necessary to have a short period of closure. The timeframe for this move is below:
Saturday 6 July: temporary library at White Hill will close at 1pmMonday 8 July to Saturday 13 July: Chesham Library will be closed – no temporary site availableMonday 15 July: temporary library re-opens at Elgiva Lane
Any loans that are due back during this closure will be automatically extended. Our team at nearby libraries such as Amersham and Great Missenden will be happy to assist you during this time or you can access our online library services. (
We would like to thank everyone for their patience. We look forward to seeing you soon at Chesham Library!
School summer holiday support
The long summer school holidays can be hard to juggle for families, with increased food, energy, and childcare costs, as well as trying to make the most of the summer on a budget.
Buckinghamshire Council offers a range of support for children and their families during the school holidays, including food vouchers and free holiday clubs with nutritious meals for eligible families. There is also support available to help families in need this summer, including those not already receiving support.
Visit our school summer holiday support webpage (
) for more information on support available, plus links to local activities and attractions, including low-cost and free options.
WhizzFizz on tour
Buckinghamshire Council’s WhizzFizz is joining with partners to bring FREE creative activities and fizztastic entertainment for all the family this summer and beyond!
Look forward to brand new events for 2024 in Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe:
Wycombe Celebrates (
) on Sunday 8 September, a festival for the senses. Savour diverse flavours with food activities and stalls, enjoy local bands, spoken word performances, heritage trails, street theatre, artist workshops and showcases, and more. Chesham Library Grand Re-opening (
) in August, be entertained by live performances and fun activities for all the family.Aylesbury Sci-Fi Day (
) on Saturday 19 October – perfect for Sci-Fi, fantasy and comic-book lovers of all ages! Meet your favourite superheroes, get involved in workshops, quizzes and games, and browse film prop exhibitions and comic book stalls.
Plus, if you are local to Elmhurst (Aylesbury), Pond Park (Chesham), and Mapledean (High Wycombe), we have FREE Treasures and Tales events during the school summer holidays too!
Find out more on the WhizzFizz web page (
) and @WhizzFizzOnTour on Facebook (
) and Instagram (
By putting on free events like these, Buckinghamshire Council’s WhizzFizz aims to give all children in Bucks the chance to enjoy cultural events and activities.
Calibre Audio Inclusive Voices writing competition
Calibre Audio (
), a charity that provides audiobooks for people with disabilities affecting their reading, such as vision problems or dyslexia, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
As part of the celebration, they are running the Inclusive Voices competition, which encourages people of all ages to write a short story of up to 500 words or less on the theme of inclusion, diversity and belonging. The stories can be in any genre and format, but they must include a character with a print disability.
You have until 5pm on 31 August 2024 to send in your story. The author of the best story will get their story turned into an audiobook!
Find out more about Inclusive Voices competition (
Joining our audiobook groups with Calibre Audio
In partnership with Calibre Audio, we host monthly meetings at Aylesbury and Great Missenden libraries, where people can listen to books and discuss them.
The groups are open to people with visual impairments and other conditions like dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, autism, or physical or neurological conditions.
Sessions take place at:
🎧 Aylesbury Library
📖 First Thursday of each month, from 2pm to 3.30pm
🎧 Great Missenden Community Library
📖 Last Tuesday of each month, from 10.30am to 12pm
For more information, contact us by email at ( )
We have activities and events for all ages. Join arts and crafts sessions, workshops, community talks, advice sessions, board games and many more.
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