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

Bus pass renewal (drop-in)
11.00am-
3.00pm
Coffee Morning Coffee Morning
with film
TBC
Coffee Morning
Knit & Natter with Kira 10.30-11.30am
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
12.00-2.00pm
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

Storytime for pre-schoolers 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
Nicholas Juett
The Art and ideas behind the new Library artwork
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 10 am: Home from Home is a half-length feature film made by a group of young people working with 20Twenty Productions and a range of partners funded by a Heritage Lottery ‘Young Roots’ grant. It tells the story of a small group of evacuees to the Fenland town of Chatteris but similar stories were played out across the UK. The film was designed and written for use in schools at Key Stage 2 by Pippa Smith of Handling the Past
  • 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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Story Sharing

The Friends of Milton Road Library are pleased to announce the re-starting of our Story Sharing sessions in the children’s area of our new library. These sessions appeal particularly to younger children and we hope further sessions will be scheduled for Saturday mornings at least once a month into the future. The sessions are free and there is no need to book, just turn up five minutes before the start. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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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) 9+ year olds

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.

Just turn up with your own Laptop or Tablet computer.
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Business & IP Centre Start up lunchtime networking event

A lunchtime drop-in networking event from 12 til 2pm by the Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire.Opportunity for those with a business idea, entrepreneurs and Startups to meet the B & IPC team from Central Library. Find out what the Centre can offer , how we can help and what they can do at the Centre.

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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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Talk: How to create a picture. The origin and evolution of my library picture

By local artist Nicholas Juett

Nicholas Juett is an artist of international repute and one of our local residents in Chesterton. Much of his early career was spent in the USA. but he was born in Cambridge and used Milton Road Library extensively as a child. We are extraordinarily lucky that he agreed to produce a painting as a memory of our much loved library, now demolished, for hanging in the new building now being opened.

Nicholas will be providing a talk on his art, and in particular on the ideas, origins and development of the painting now hanging in the new library. An extensive review of his work can be found on his website

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. Collect tickets from the Mobile Library. Or from the Library once it reopens on Monday 24th. Or you can phone 0345 045 5225.
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