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Libraries update:

Like many other council services, Essex County Council has begun a phased approach to re-open libraries in line with government guidelines. Initially, sixteen sites are open from Monday 6 July 2020.

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Presenting The Only Way is Reading podcast

Pop art style lady holding a sign with Essex Library Services Presents The Only Way is Reading on it.
12 June 2020

We are excited to announce our new podcast! The Only Way is Reading is perfect for book lovers with each episode bringing you great book recommendations and interest stories with a library twist.

Episode 1: Eyes down, let's read!

In our first episode we are finding out the top 5 authors borrowed from Essex Libraries, giving you short and snappy reviews of the books we are reading, and introducing book bingo, a new, fun way to choose your next read.

Listen now.


Episode 2: Reading out of your culture zone!

In our second episode we are discussing our first book bingo challenge, hearing from author, Louise Hare talking about BAME representation in literature and discussing books we have read on the issue, and then setting our next book bingo challenge.

Listen now.