Opening Week Events

Milton Road Library

The new library will reopen on Monday 24th June.

To celebrate this and as part of the Chesterton Festival, we will be holding a series of events at the library and its brand new two community rooms. This is a great opportunity for you to visit your new library as well as getting a taste of future events.

Every day we have:

  • 10:30am Coffee morning with films and other attractions
  • 3pm Events for children and teenagers
  • 9am – 6pm Library open Monday to Friday. 10am on Saturday

Full timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
24th
June
25th
June
26th
June
27th
June
28th
June
29th
June
09:00
Library open
10:00
10:30

Coffee Morning
with film
The Other Cambridge (Anglia TV 1964)

Board
games
all
day
Coffee Morning Coffee Morning
with film
TBC
Coffee Morning
Knit & Natter with Kira
Coffee Morning
with film
TBC
10-12 Coffee Morning
10.30 Story Sharing
11-12 Hour of code
12:00
13:00 DIY book review drop in session DIY book review drop in session Business & IP Centre “Start up”
lunchtime networking event
14:00 String quartet concert
by Chesterton Community College
Choral concert
by Milton Road School
Garden Party

Community stalls, music, poetry readings, sale of books, tea and cake.
3pm Speeches,cake and unveiling of the painting by
Nicholas Juett
15:00 Drop in for tea and
explore the library.
Children (and parents) welcome
Drop in for tea and explore the library.
Children (and parents) welcome
Drop in for tea and explore the library.
Children (and parents) welcome

Children’s Rhymetime 3.30pm-4.15pm
Drop in for tea and explore the library.
Children (and parents) welcome
Drop in for tea and explore the library.
Children (and parents) welcome

4pm-5pm Hour of code
16:00
17:00
18:00
Board
games
all
evening
19:00 Author Talk
by Alison Bruce
who writes history, mystery and suspense
19:30 Evening Talk:
David Stubbings on
The History of Trams
in Cambridge
Poetry Evening,
hosted by Michael Brown, Author in Residence
Dramatic Presentation
by Geoff Hales Travelling Theatre
Letters Home: the story of Gertrude Bell
21:00

Details

Saturdays events

Join us for the main opening event where there will be activities for all ages.

  • Community stalls
  • Garden Party
  • Crafts
  • Tea & cake
  • Live Music
  • 3pm Speeches, cake and unveiling of the painting by Nicholas Juett

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Coffee Morning

Pop in and join us for a coffee and a look at your new library and community rooms, which are available to hire.

On Thursday, why not take part in “Knit & Natter with Kira?

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Coffee Morning and Film

We have some local interest films lined up:

  • Monday 24th around 11am: The Other Cambridge  A 1964 Anglia TV ‘Here and Now’ documentary, featuring an alternative tour of Cambridge led by architectural journalist Kenneth Robinson with interesting scenes around the city of that time.
  • Wednesday 25th – tbc
  • Friday 27th – tbc

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Drop in (Children, Parents, Adults)

Pop in and join us for look at your new library and community rooms, which are available to hire. Have a look just before you collect your children from School or Nursery, or bring them with you. This is a great opportunity you to visit your new library and get your membership card.

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Board Games

On Tuesday 10:30am to 9pm one of the Community Rooms will be dedicated to board games. The Friends of Milton Road Library group will providing a selection of games, though feel free to bring your own.

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DIY book reviews – drop in session

Help people avoid having to judge a book by it’s cover by adding a short review of any books your read so other people can also enjoy them.

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Hour of Code (programming)

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

Sign up details to follow…

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Business & IP Centre Start up lunchtime networking event

A lunchtime networking event from 12 til 2pm by the Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire

Sign up details to follow…

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Talk: Cambridge Tramways

By local historian David Stubbings

Cambridge Tramways had a short history form the late nineteenth century up to the first world war. They were horse-drawn but lost out to the motor-bus as so many did that had not been electrified.

The Tram Depot in East Road is the last remaining relic of the system that is in use in Cambridge today.

This is a Friends event at 7.30pm. To attend please RSVP. For non members it’s £3 payable on the door. Become a Member.

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Poetry Evening

Michael Brown is a published poet and author who lives in Chesterton. During 2019/2020 Michael will champion events in the library, including activities as part of Cambridge University Festival of Ideas. Michael also works for Cambridge Literary Festival. Join us for a poetry evening that will include poetry performance and a relaxed fun writing workshop. If you have a local themed poem that you discuss, please bring it along.

This a Friends event at 7.30pm. To attend please RSVP. For non members it’s £3 payable on the door. Become a Member.

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Letters Home – Gertrude Bell

Dramatic Presentation
by Geoff Hales Travelling Theatre Letters Home: the story of Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell (1868 – 1926) was a traveller whose journeys took her all over the deserts of the Middle East, mostly on the back of a camel. Her experience of the tribes, the wildernesses, and the remote oases later made her invaluable to British Intelligence, where she worked with T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). From wherever she went, she wrote home to her father, describing her adventures. The letters tell of an amazing life.

This is a Friends event at 7.30pm. To attend please RSVP. For non members it’s £3 payable on the door. Become a Member.

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Author Talk: Alison Bruce

Alison Bruce is the author of eight crime novels and two non-fiction titles. Her first novel, Cambridge Blue (2008), was described by Publishers Weekly as an ‘assured debut’ and introduced both detective, DC Gary Goodhew, and her trademark Cambridge setting. She went on to complete the DC Goodhew series with a further six novels before writing the psychological thriller I Did It for Us.

Alison is a proud supporter of local libraries and is the patron of Lakenheath Library in Suffolk. Alison teaches creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

This talk is at 7pm and is being organised by the Library Service so applications need to be addressed to them.

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Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Past events

  • Pre-opening event!

    Saturday 23 March @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Milton Road Library has been a central part of our community for many years. Its resurrection as a Library and Community Facility will be completed in just a few months’ time. Join us to talk about ... Find out more »

  • Revitalising the Museum of Cambridge

    Wednesday 13 February @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    The Museum of Cambridge (formerly the Folk Museum) is going from strength to strength as it transitions to a new volunteer-run model and focuses on sharing the stories of Cambridge and the surrounding... Find out more »

Home

We are a group who support the Milton Road Library in Cambridge and want to ensure we retain it as a local library but also that it develops as a community resource.

The original library building on the corner of Ascham Road and Milton Road closed its doors on 10th November 2017, and a new library/community space will reopen on Monday 24th June with a week of Community Events
More about Friends of Milton Road Library

There is mobile provision further down Ascham Road near the school while the building work takes place. It keeps a good range of books, including many for children, with the following hours of opening:

Monday 10:00 — 17:00
Tuesday Closed
Thursday 15:00 — 17:00
Friday 15:00 — 17:00
Saturday 10:00 — 15:00
Sunday Closed

About

The Friends of Milton Road Library exists to celebrate and protect our local library. We aim to:

  • Promote Milton Road Library within the community
  • Help develop the building as a community resource and facility
  • Facilitate the running of library and community events at the library
  • Liaise with the County Council on all aspects of running the library
  • Liaise with the City Council on developing resources for general use.

Funds raised through membership support our programme of events and purchase newspapers and equipment for the building.

History of the library

Joint Steering Group for building development

Since 2012 the Friends Group have been working as members of a joint Steering Group with the Library Service of the County Council to plan the development of the building.

Development Steering group

Partnership Working

The Friends worked with Milton Road Primary School in 2018 on ‘The Art of Reading’ and created new artwork for the building site covering all the hoardings. This short film by young film-maker Ciaran Tunmer brilliantly illustrates some of the fun we had together.

Join

Friends of Milton Road Library

As a member of the Friends, we will keep you informed of events and activities, and also ask you to give us ideas and feedback on proposals affecting our library. Most of the events we run are free to members. We will keep in touch with you primarily by email but we will do what we can to also notify those people who join us who aren’t on the internet.

Subscriptions

The subscription to be a member are:

  • Individual: £5 (£3 if unwaged)
  • Family/household: £8 (£5 if unwaged)
  • Community Members (schools, local businesses): £10

Membership runs from 1st January each year.

Join

To join the Friends please complete a membership form by download membership form or at the mobile library.

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