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Book of the month:

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The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

Take an historic road trip through Portugal in this haunting exploration of love and loss, from the author of Life of Pi.

Three stories. Three broken hearts. One exploration: what is a life without stories?

The Books that Rock Essex

The Essex Book Festival is 20 years old this year and to celebrate members of the public were asked to suggest the best reads with an Essex connection.

The top 20 titles have now been announced and BBC Essex are promoting these throughout the month, with the winning title being revealed at the Essex Book Festival finale in Chelmsford on Sunday 31 March.

European Reads

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Read your way across Europe via this eclectic collection of stories. From Ireland to Finland, from Malta to Estonia, from the 1830s to the present day, this reading journey may help you discover somewhere new to explore.

Our Library Ambassadors recommend

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Library Ambassadors have recommended some fantastic teen reads. This assorted selection includes action, romance, fantasy and real-world issues.

Library Ambassadors are volunteers aged 13 to 18 who promote library services to their friends, family and peers.

If you know a young person who would like to sign up, tell them about this volunteering opportunity now!

Essex Future Library Services Strategy

Thank you for all your responses to Essex County Council’s recent consultation on its proposed strategy for library services.

The consultation closed last month and there has been a terrific number of responses across the County.

We appreciate the time you’ve taken to give us your feedback. More information regarding the library consultation will follow in Summer 2019.

Summer Reading Challenge volunteering

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Would you or your teenager like to volunteer to help us with the Summer Reading Challenge? It’s a great opportunity to meet children of all ages, encourage them to join the challenge and talk to them about the books they’ve been reading. It’s fun and great for your CV!

This year’s challenge is called “Space Chase” and will tie in with the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landings. It will run in all libraries from Saturday 20 July to Monday 2 September. This volunteering opportunity is open to everyone aged 14 and over.

You can apply online from Saturday 16 March and the process is quick and easy.

Looking for a business idea?

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Have you ever wanted to run your own business or branch out on your own, but don’t know where to start? Well, help is at hand with COBRA (Complete Business Reference Advisor), an easy to use online resource with hundreds of ideas to get you started.

So whether you fancy life as a chocolatier, a children’s entertainer, running a microbrewery, or something more traditional like accountancy, COBRA offers guides covering everything you’ll need to launch yourself into the business world – from writing business or marketing plans, trading opportunities, funding sources, relevant legislation and much more.

Login with your library card to see the full range of resources available.

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Essex Big Weekend. Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th April 2019. Register for free entry tickets to many attractions throughout Essex. Ballot is open on the 21st February to the 17th March 2019.

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