Celebrate LGBTQ+ Month with Aura Flintshire Libraries

February 2022 is LGBTQ+ History Month: a time to honor past and present journeys led by the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate equality and love.

We’ve put together the following list of reading recommendations that bring together the themes of equality, bravery, love, and pride:

• Fiction:

Recommended reading for LGBTQ+ History Month.

The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Am Newid by Dana Edwards

• Nonfiction:

Recommended reading for LGBTQ+ History Month.

Recommended reading for LGBTQ+ History Month.

Y Daith Ydi Adra / The Journey is Home by John Sam Jones

Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

Tomorrow will be different by Sarah McBride

Between the Worlds: A Queer Boy from the Valleys by Jeffrey Weeks

We’ve Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

On Red Hill by Mike Parker

Don’t forget: you can browse these titles and hundreds more in our online library catalog! All of the above titles can be borrowed from Aura Libraries as books, eBooks, or audiobooks. Why not add one or more of the above titles to your next Select and Collect order: search our online library catalog and reserve titles, or email or phone your local library. To place an order please telephone us on 01352 703750 or email us at [email protected]

You can browse our catalog at www.aura.wales/flintshire-library-catalogue/ and queue items for collection at the library counter. We’ll just need to know your library membership number, a phone number and email address, your book requests/preferences, and your preferred collection point.

Aura Library members can download e-books and audiobooks from Borrowbox and Libby for free on a PC, laptop or Mac. Alternatively, you can download the Borrowbox and Libby apps directly to a smartphone or tablet.

To access most online library resources, you will need to enter your member number and PIN. If you don’t have it, you can register as a member online through Aura’s website for instant access. All links and more details of our digital library resources can be found on our website: www.aura.wales/libraries

Time for great Welsh rhymes

Aura Libraries, along with Libraries across Wales, will once again be celebrating Big Welsh Rhyme Time this year from February 7-11. We encourage you to have fun and come to the library to pick up a Big Welsh Rhymetime pack which includes stickers and a certificate. The Big Welsh Rhymetime, run by Book Trust Cymru, encourages children aged 0-7 to share rhymes and songs in Welsh and English, helping them develop their speaking, listening and language skills before or while they are learning to read.

Sharing nursery rhymes and stories from an early age and encouraging a love of reading can help children become great listeners and develop their confidence and communication skills. Plus, it’s a great way to have fun with a group or family.

Book Trust Cymru will be sharing many wonderful rhymes and activities during the Big Welsh Rhymetme, find them on social media by following @BookTrustCymru on Twitter or visiting their website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what- we-do /booktrust-cymru/

Creative writing workshops

If you’re passionate about writing your own stories, why not join us for a free online creative writing course this spring:

• Climate Champions – Suitable for children aged 9-11. This course focuses on how to write powerful and persuasive climate change themed stories as part of our Youth Wellness Winter Activities.

Half-session: Monday February 21 to Thursday February 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

After School: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 for four weeks, 5-6:30 p.m.

• That’s Me – Suitable for 16-25 year olds.

Half-session: Monday February 21 to Thursday February 24, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Weekend: Saturday March 5 for four weeks, 11am-12.30pm.

Participants’ work will be showcased at an additional special event and will be shared on our e-book platform

To register for one of the courses, please email [email protected]

Visit us on social media to find practical information about our services and the monthly online events we organize, as well as many book and audiobook recommendations.

From everyone here at Aura Libraries, thanks for reading, stay safe and we hope to hear from you or see you soon!

• Aura is a not-for-profit charity responsible for running the majority of Flintshire’s leisure, library and heritage services. Aura is employee-owned and operates for the benefit of local communities.

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