Magic, crafts, kitting and more at Wrexham Libraries

Have you ever heard of scroll crafting and wanted to try it? Here’s your chance! You will learn how to emboss and color parchment and create a greeting card by the end of the session. Join us at Wrexham Library on Wednesday June 1, 1-2pm, for our first free scroll tasting session. Booking is essential, so please call the library on 01978 292090 to reserve your place.

Knitting and Nattering

Knitting isn’t just about creating new cardigans or socks; research has shown it can reduce depression and anxiety, slow the onset of dementia, distract from chronic pain, and can reduce your heart rate by 11 beats per minute. Add a dollop of good old-fashioned small talk in a comfortable, relaxed environment and you could be well on your way to improving your health and well-being. Knit and Natter sessions now take place at the Brynteg, Cefn Mawr, Coedpoeth, Ruabon and Rhos libraries on a weekly basis. So, whether you are a beginner or an experienced one, why not join these groups where a warm welcome and a cup of tea await you?

Magic: The Gathering at Ruabon Library

Are you a magic fan? If so, why not visit the Ruabon Library on Wednesday, June 1 from 1-4 p.m. and take part in their Magic: The Gathering tournament. If you are nine or older and have your own cards and would like to participate, please contact the library to reserve your spot. For more details and to reserve your place, call 01978 822002. Let the games begin!

New books

Did you know that all our libraries receive new books every week? Among this shipment of the week are lifestyle-changing books. These include Easy by Chris Barber; I wish I had known sooner by Toni Tone; It’s your loss: living with grief is difficult, we hope this book will help you by Robyn Donaldson and Emma Hopkinson; The meaning of allergy for families: a practical guide by M Faure, Dr S Karabus, K Megaw. Why not visit your local library to see the full collection and save a few bucks by becoming a member!

Don’t forget – our Jubilee competitions!

Wrexham Libraries has some great activities you can take part in as part of the Jubilee celebrations. For children, we are running a Design a Crown competition, with a prize for each age category. We ask the children to design a crown that includes something related to: the life of the Queen or, with a coat of arms or with royal symbols. The age groups for this competition are: 6 and under; 7-11 and 12-16. For adults, there is a Jubilee Tour competition around our libraries. If you manage to find the hidden Jubilee images in each library, you can enter the raffle to win an Amazon gift certificate. Finally, and just for fun, there’s a Jubilee Bingo game – get your ‘card’ from your local library and read a book relating to each category. More details can be found at your local library. The closing date for competitions is June 20, 2022.

book review

Simon McCleave’s Oil Spill

Simon McCleave’s Oil Spill

This is the first in a new series by local author, Simon McCleave, and is based in Anglesey. The main character, DCI Laura Hart, is a former Greater Manchester Police chief hostage negotiator, who gave up everything after a hostage situation she was responsible for, where her husband was one of the hostages, who gone terribly wrong. She now lives with her children in Beaumaris, where she grew up, and runs her own business. All is well, until one day Laura receives a call from a local police acquaintance to tell her that armed drug dealers have seized a tourist boat, off Beaumaris, and taken the school children on board hostage. – one of which is his 10-year-old son. Laura’s hostage negotiation skills are urgently needed, as they cannot send qualified personnel to the area in the time available to them. Laura must quickly decide if she is capable of overcoming her past tragedy to help save her son. If you like the DCI Ruth Hunter series, you’ll love this new Anglesey series. It was a quick page-turner, easy to read and hard to put down. Julia

• Simon McCleave will be making an appearance at the Chirk Library later this month – watch this space for more details!

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