Our June 2021 Author of the Month is Elena Ferrante
Whilst it may be a pseudonym, the name Elena Ferrante is one of the most influential to date in Italy’s literary history. Published originally in Italian, Elena Ferrante’s works have been translated into many languages for readers all around the world to enjoy. She is perhaps most best known and loved for her Neapolitan series which follows the lives of Elena and Lina: two childhood friends that navigate their way into adulthood together and apart. Her other works have also been adored by readers worldwide for their moving and intimate insights about identity and belonging.
Whether you are discovering her books for the very first time, or revisiting some of her best known and loved titles, we have put together a small reading list to set you off on an Elena Ferrante adventure! Enjoy!
Where it all began… Troubling Love (1992/2006) The Days of Abandonment (2002/2005)
The Neapolitan Quartet… My Beautiful Friend (2011/2012) The Story of a New Name (2012/2013) Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2013/2014) The Story of the Lost Child (2014/2015)
Most recently…. The Lying Life of Adults (2020)
Aura Libraries top recommendation… Frantumaglia: an author’s journey told through letters, interviews, and occasional writings (2003/2016)
What is your favourite Elena Ferrante novel? Let us know what you think of our choices or which ones you would have chosen! Leave a comment below or get in touch on Twitter (@LibFlintshire), Instagram (@llyfrgelloeddauralibraries) or Facebook (@LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries) To view our previous Author of the Month, click here!
American novelist Paul Auster has captivated readers for decades with his distinctive narrative style and flare for building suspense. Many of his most loved novels and autobiographies feature recurring themes of identity and duplicity, along with characters who are often writers and storytellers themselves.
Whether you are discovering his books for the very first time, or revisiting some of his best known and loved titles, we have put together a small reading list to set you off on a Paul Auster adventure! Enjoy!
Where it all began… The New York Trilogy (1987)
Beloved titles… The Book of Illusions (2002) The Brooklyn Follies (2005) Invisible (2009)
Autobiographies and Memoirs… The Invention of Solitude (1982) Winter Journal (2012) Report from the Interior (2013)
More recently…. 4321 (2017)
Aura Libraries top recommendation… Sunset Park (2010)
What is your favourite Paul Auster novel? Let us know what you think of our choices or which ones you would have chosen! Leave a comment below or get in touch on Twitter (@LibFlintshire), Instagram (@llyfrgelloeddauralibraries) or Facebook (@LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries) To view our previous Author of the Month, click here!
Following the First Minister’s announcement on 23 April to bring forward the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions in Wales, we are pleased to inform you of the following re-opening dates for Aura’s leisure centres and their programme of activities:
Monday, 26 April 2021: Outdoor fitness classes for up to 30 people will resume. Customers wishing to book into these classes will be able to do so online from 19 April. New customers should email email@example.com for their personal PIN number.
Monday, 3 May 2021: Aura’s leisure centres and swimming pools in Buckley, Flint and Mold will re-open for individual or one-to-one training and single household sessions.
The fitness suites at Jade Jones Pavilion Flint and Mold will open on Bank Holiday Monday (3 May) from 8:00am-2:00pm.
Thereafter, from 4 May, the fitness suites will open from 7:00am-9:00pm on weekdays and 8:00am-2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Gym opening times will be reviewed continuously upon re-opening with extended opening hours introduced subject to demand.
Indoor fitness classes for up to 15 people will resume. Customers wishing to book into these classes will be able to do so online from 28 April.
Additional information regarding the fitness classes’ timetable will follow in due course.
The swimming pools at Buckley, Flint and Mold will be open as per the Swimming Pool Programme. Public swimming sessions will initially be limited to individual and family pod sessions (maximum of 5 people per pod) with opening times subject to continuous review based on demand. Indoor organised sports clubs are able to resume though room hire is limited to a maximum of 15 people. In addition, the appropriate national governing body (NGB) will be required to provide Aura with an action plan to ensure the club is able to demonstrate its adherence to the NGB guidance at local level.
Aura will only accept bookings from clubs that provide: • Confirmation that the club has reviewed, and will adhere to, its NGB and Government guidelines and protocols; • Copy of the club’s Covid-19 Risk Assessments; • Contact details for the club’s designated Covid-19 compliance officer; and • Confirmation that the club will maintain a register for all attendees including the groups in which they are participating.
Monday, 10 May 2021: Children’s swimming lessons will restart.
Additional information regarding the swimming lessons’ programme will follow in due course.
Aura will not resume taking direct debit payments for fitness memberships until 19 May and 5 June 2021. This delay in restarting direct debit collections is due to the phased re-opening and reduced availability of some services initially.
More information on direct debit payments regarding children’s swimming lessons will follow in due course.
If your child is not planning on returning to swimming lessons please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Customers DO NOT need to do anything to reactivate their direct debit payments.
Many customers (non-direct debit) will have already paid upfront via cash/card for one of the following memberships prior to leisure centres closing on 19 December 2020:
• Annual • Saver10 • NERS Saver16 • Monthly CASH
In all circumstances, the previous expiry date will be extended to mirror the length of the period of closure for leisure centres (20 December 2020 to 2 May 2021).
And finally… Please can we advise all customers to visit our website and to follow us on Instagram (@aura.wales), Twitter (@aura_wales) and Facebook (@walesaura) for further updates.
Aura’s Customer Services Team can be contacted at email@example.com or via telephone from Monday, 26 April 2021 on 01352 704302 / 704316 (Mon – Fri, 10:00am – 3:00pm).
23 April marks the birth and death date of William Shakespeare. Whilst we here at Aura Libraries love Shakespeare from his sonnets to his plays, we also love the many different adaptations and reimagining’s that have been inspired by the bard. We’ve put together a small list of titles to inspire our library members to rediscover Shakespeare: all of the below titles are available to borrow from your local Aura library.
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Wise Children by Angela Carter Nutshell by Ian McEwan: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith Shylock is my Name by Howard Jacobson The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth
World Book Night
This year is the 10th anniversary of World Book Night (23 April): an annual celebration of books and the magic of reading. Click here to find out how you can get involved in this year’s celebrations: whether it is taking part in a virtual quiz, taking a look at the 2021 booklist, downloading a free audiobook, or attending an extra special virtual event – there are lots of ways to enjoy World Book Night from the comfort of your home this year.
Novelist Susan Hill is perhaps most adored for her works of ghostly fiction and her gothic narrative stylings. Each of her ghost stories cleverly construct an air of suspense, mystery and terror which makes them incredibly difficult to put down! However, if ghost stories aren’t for you, you may enjoy some of her other works of fiction including detective novels and memoirs. Whether you are discovering her books for the very first time, or revisiting some of her best known and loved titles, we have put together a small reading list to set you off on a Susan Hill adventure! Enjoy!
The ghost stories… The Woman in Black (1983) The Mist in the Mirror (1992) The Man in the Picture (1997) The Small Hand (2010)
The detective series… The Various Haunts of Men (2004) The Pure in Heart (2005) The Risk of Darkness (2006) The Vows of Silence (2008)
Most recently…. The Comforts of Home (2018) The Benefits of Hindsight (2019)
Aura Libraries top recommendation: Printer’s Devil Court (2014)
What is your favourite Susan Hill novel? Let us know what you think of our choices or which ones you would have chosen! Leave a comment below or get in touch on Twitter (@LibFlintshire), Instagram (@llyfrgelloeddauralibraries) or Facebook (@LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries) To view our previous Author of the Month, click here!
From Monday 29th March, in line with the latest Welsh Government announcement on 26th March, we are pleased to announce that Aura Libraries will be open once again for browsing and computer access. Computers will be available to book by phoning the library. • Broughton Library : 01352 703760 • Buckley Library : 01352 703860 • Connah’s Quay Library : 01352 703730 • Flint Library : 01352 703737 • Holywell Library : 01352 703850 • Mold Library : 01352 703780
Kate Leonard, Libraries Development Manager, shared her excitement on behalf of Aura Leisure and Libraries saying: “From Monday 29th March the community will be able to visit our libraries, browse our collections and can talk to our team about booking a computer slot at their local library. We are delighted to be able to welcome back our library members and can’t wait to see everyone again.” We will also continue to provide our Select and Collect service to our customers. Aura Library members can ‘Select and Collect’ books online, by telephone (01352 703750) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can browse our catalogue here and place a hold on items to collect from the library counter. We will just need to know your library membership number, a contact telephone number and email address, your book requests/preferences, and your preferred collection point. Loans will be for the usual three week period, however we will automatically renew items if they are not returned after three weeks: we would like to reassure library users that no fines will be placed. We do however encourage you to return these items as soon as you can so that they may be re-issued to another borrower. We would like to reassure the community that we are following Public Health Wales guidance on reducing the risk of cross contamination by placing all books in a 72 hour quarantine on return and prior to distribution. When visiting the library please be aware that COVID secure measures apply. Library visitors must adhere to social distancing measures, wear a face covering and make use of the hand sanitization facilities. To keep you and our colleagues safe we are limiting the number of people in the building at any one time and will require you to provide contact details for the Track and Trace system. More information about our Select and Collect service can be found here For select and collect enquiries or to place an order please email: email@example.com, or call 01352 703750. Our home delivery service will continue to visit customers as normal and the Aura Mobile Library will also start to resume its schedule and visit routes around the county once again. Please contact us directly for more information regarding the Mobile Library and Home Delivery service. As a reminder, Aura library members have access to hundreds of library resources such as e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines and e-comics. These resources can be downloaded straight from our online providers such as Borrowbox, RBdigital and pressreader to a PC, Laptop or Mac. Alternatively, you can download the apps directly to a smartphone or tablet. All links and further details about our digital library resources can be found here Visit us on social media to view our weekly rhyme time or story time sessions, as well as lots of book and audiobook recommendations, plus handy information about our services and the online monthly events we host, including Zoom reading groups for adults and children. We can be found on Facebook at @LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries, Instagram at @llyfrgelloeddauralibraries and Twitter at @LibFlintshire.
Novelist and screenwriter Ian McEwan is one of our favourite authors here at Aura Libraries. He is admired for his powerful prose, evident right from the beginning of his career with his brilliant gothic short stories, to his novels and screen adaptations.
Whether you are discovering his books for the very first time, or revisiting some of his best known and loved titles, we have put together a small reading list to set you off on an Ian McEwan adventure! Enjoy!
Where it all began… The Cement Garden (1978) The Comfort of Strangers (1981) The Child in Time (1987)
The game changers… Enduring Love (1997) Amsterdam (1998)
Beloved on the big screen… Atonement (2001) On Chesil Beach (2007)
Not just a one trick pony… First Love, Last Rites (1975): Short Story Collection and first publication The Daydreamer (1994): Children’s fiction
Most recently…. Machines Like Me (2019) The Cockroach (2019)
Aura Libraries top recommendation… Nutshell (2016)
What is your favourite Ian McEwan novel? Let us know what you think of our choices or which ones you would have chosen! Leave a comment below or get in touch on Twitter (@LibFlintshire) and Facebook (@LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries) To view our previous Author of the Month, click here!
It’s time to celebrate the #BigWelshRhymetime again! Whilst celebrations may be a little different this year, we here at Aura Libraries are still very excited to be able to bring you extra special rhymetime sessions online, and continue to spread a shared love of reading for all ages.
Join Aura Libraries for not one but two extra special live Rhymetime sessions hosted via Zoom: the first session will take place on Thursday 11 February at 2.00pm, and the second session will take place on Friday 12 February at 10.30am. Please email Susannah Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the meeting ID and passcode.
You can also pick up a Big Welsh Rhymetime pack which includes stickers and a certificate from your local Aura library when collecting a Select and Collect order. As a reminder, our libraries are currently open for Select and Collect orders only: to make an order please telephone us on 01352 703750, or email us at email@example.com . You can browse our catalogue at http://www.aura.wales/flintshire-library-catalogue/ and place a hold on items to collect from the library counter. We will just need to know your library membership number, a contact telephone number and email address, your book requests/preferences, and your preferred collection point.
The Big Welsh Rhymetime, organised by Book Trust Cymru, is aimed at children aged 0-7, takes place this year between Monday 8th – Friday 12th February. The purpose of the Big Welsh Rhyemtime is to encourage children to share rhymes and songs in Welsh and English, helping them to develop speaking, listening and language skills before, or whilst, they learn to read.
Sharing rhymes and stories from a young age, and encouraging a love of reading can be help children to grow into great listeners and build their confidence and communication skills – plus it’s a great way to have fun together as a group or family.
Library Manager Susannah Hill shared her excitement on behalf of the whole Aura team saying: “Aura Libraries are so excited to be celebrating the Big Welsh Rhymetime this year. Sharing rhymes and songs with your baby or young child are a great way to have fun together. Babies love songs and rhymes and they are a great way to help your child’s talking and listening skills. Your voice is your baby’s favourite music so singing with them will help them in so many ways. We are looking forward to our special Zoom Rhymetimes and seeing lots of you joining in and sharing songs with us. We’ve got some special rhymes to share with you too!”
Book Trust Cymru will be sharing lots of wonderful rhymes and activities during the Big Welsh Rhymetme: find them on social media by following @BookTrustCymru on Twitter or visiting their website, here.
Visit our social media pages for rhymetime videos:
Our February 2021 Author of the Month is Ann Patchett
American author Ann Patchett is one of our all time favourite authors here at Aura Libraries. Often her novels have been described as family sagas, sometimes spanning over decades – such as in her most recent novel The Dutch House – and occupied with familial themes including grief and loss: each one moving and powerful in its own way.
Whether you are discovering her books for the very first time, or revisiting some of her best known and loved titles, we have put together a small reading list to set you off on an Ann Patchett adventure! Enjoy!
Where it all began… Patron Saint of Liars (1992) Taft (1994) and The Magician’s Assistant (1997)
The game changers… Bel Canto (2015) Run (2007)
Most recently… Commonwealth (2016) The Dutch House (2019)
Aura Libraries top recommendation… State of Wonder (2011)
What is your favourite Ann Patchett novel? Let us know what you think of our choices or which ones you would have chosen! Leave a comment below or get in touch on Instagram (@llyfrgelloeddauralibraries), Twitter (@LibFlintshire) and Facebook (@LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries)