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Share, create and celebrate this National Storytelling Week

National Storytelling Week will take place this year from 29 January to 5 February 2022: one of our favourite weeks of the year here at Aura Libraries. To borrow (and tweak!) the words of one of our favourite storytellers, Jane Austen: it is a truth universally known that reading and sharing stories bring us closer together!

two young children reading in a library

We believe that hearing or reading a story is the perfect way for people of all ages to stay connected and celebrate creativity. We’ve put together a list of things you can do to share, create and celebrate stories this #NationalStorytellingWeek

1. Share your favourite stories with your library
Connect with us online by sending us your favourite stories to share: whether it is a book, fairy tale, quote or poem, we would love to hear about the stories you love and why they are special to you. Find us on Facebook and Instagram at: @LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries and on Twitter at: @LibFlintshire
2. Listen to a Story – discover your 24 hour digital library from the comfort of your own home
Enjoy fantastic audiobooks with your library online: Aura Library members can download e-books and audiobooks free of charge from Borrowbox and Libby to a PC, Laptop or Mac. Alternatively, you can download the Borrowbox and Libby apps directly to a smartphone or tablet. Find out more, here.
3. Winter of Wellbeing
The Reading Agency’s Winter of Wellbeing initiative encourages children and young people to share and celebrate the proven difference that reading can make in people’s lives, and the power of public libraries to support them. Read more here
4. Check out BookTrust Cymru’s Reading Guides for Children
BookTrust Cymru have put together some fantastic reading guides suitable for babies, young children and teenagers. We hope these reading recommendations inspire a love of reading and creativity. Let us know which stories speak to you! Visit the BookTrust Cymru website, here.
5. Join Aura Libraries for Reading Friends
Stay connected with one of our Reading Friends /Ffrindiau Darllen shared reading groups: not only are they a great way to share stories and discuss the wonderful world of books, they also offer a space for people to stay connected and socialise. These sessions are suitable for adults of all ages. Join us at one or more of the following sessions:
• Reading Friends Shared Reading Group: first Tuesday of the month 6.00pm at Deeside Library
• Ffrindiau Darllen Cymraeg for intermediate Welsh learners: second Monday of the month 2.00-3.00pm (Zoom session)
• Reading Friends Shared Reading Group: second Tuesday of the month 2.00pm at Flint Library
• Reading Friends Shared Reading Group: second Thursday of the month 11.00am at Mold Library
• Reading Friends Shared Reading Group: second Tuesday of the month 1.00pm at Deeside Library
• Ffrindiau Darllen Cymraeg for Welsh speakers and advanced learners: second Tuesday of the month 7.00-8.00pm (Mold Library/ Zoom session – contact Francesca for details:
• Reading Friends Shared Reading Group: second Wednesday of the month 7.00-8.00pm (Zoom session)
• Children’s Reading Group: last Thursday of the month 4.00-5.00pm (Zoom session)

Please contact your local library to book a place at any of our events. To register for any of our online Reading Friends /Ffrindiau Darllen sessions, please email Susannah Hill at

Upcoming Events
In celebration of both National Storytelling Week and LGBTQ+ History Month (February 2022) the fabulous Mama G will be joining us for an extra special storytime Zoom session on 5 February at 11:00am. To register for this event, please email Susannah at
If you’re passionate about writing your own stories, why not join us for creative writing courses this Spring:
Climate Champions
Suitable for children aged 9-11 years
Half term: Monday 21 February to Thursday 24 February 11:00am-12:30pm
After School: Tuesday 1 March 2022 for 4 weeks, 5:00- 6:30pm.

This is Me (online creative writing courses)
Suitable for young people aged 16-25 years
Half Term: Monday 21 February to Thursday 24 February 2:00-3:30pm
Weekend: Saturday 5 March for 4 weeks, 11:00am-12:30pm.
Participants work will be showcased at an extra special event and will be shared on our e-book platform
To register for any of the courses please email



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