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Chris Carling, author of 'But Then Something Happened: a Story of Everyday Dementia' will tell the story of her parents' experience of dementia and the family's navigation of the health and social care systems. How has their 70 year love story  been sustained although they both now live in residential care?


Venue change due to ticket  demand:

This event will now be at

Oakham Castle

Thursday 21 May at 2.30pm

Free entry, tea & biscuits provided.  Free tickets available in advance from Oakham Library, tel. 01572 722918.


There will also be Drop-in sessions with Dementia Support Services at the Castle from 1pm to 3.30pm (tickets not required for the drop in sessions).


New Computer System


Important information

for library members


We currently share a Library computer system with Leicestershire.


New library computer system

Please be aware that Rutland Library Services will be implementing a new library computer system in early March as part of a consortium of East Midlands library authorities that include:

· Leicestershire

· Nottinghamshire

· Nottingham City

· Derbyshire

· Derby City


Benefits to Rutland library members

· Savings on subscriptions we pay every year to use the system

· New look online library catalogue—and an online catalogue for children

· Longer term potential for Rutland residents to borrow books from these   neighbouring authorities using a single library card.

· Longer term potential to reserve books from neighbouring authorities,         delivered to your local library 


Disruption to services during the changeover

· No new books and DVDs will be added to stock from Monday 12 January until Tuesday 31 March.

· The book reservation and renewal facility will not be available from Friday 20 February until Wednesday 4 March.

· No books or DVDs etc. will be due back between Sunday 22 February and Monday 16 March.

· The 24/7 phone line will be discontinued from Friday 20 February.

· Limited service will be available in libraries from Friday 20 February until Wednesday 4 March.


Please telephone to renew your books until our new online catalogue becomes available on 4th March. Tel 01572 722918


Data Protection Statement: From March 2015 staff from other library authorities within the consortium will have access to library members’ data. All data is      managed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. If you have any    questions about any of the above, please speak to a member of the library staff, or email libraries@rutland.gov.uk



National Libraries Day - Saturday 7th February

Harry Potter Celebration at Oakham Library from 9.30


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Find more National Libraries Day events at



William Ivory Event

An Evening with William Ivory.


Find My Past is now Live!


For all you family hFind my Past Family History REsourceistory addicts out there, we now have a subscription to Find my Past.


You can access this trusted online resource from any of Rutland's libraries, and our Local & Family History Library at Rutland County Museum.


There is access to Birth Records, Immigration Records, Military records, Census data and more... along with access to Ancestry (also available in Rutland Libraries), we've got it all covered!


Come along to your library and give it a try.


FREE film showing

The Reader at Rutland County Museum

Get Online Week is Here!

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Join us for FREE taster sessions run by our IT volunteers during Get Online Week this year at Oakham Library:


Monday 13th October 10am - 12.30pm

New to Tablets and iPads? Bring yours in and we will guide you through the basics.


Wednesday 15th October 10am - 12.30pm

Tracing your Family Tree for Beginners


Thursday 16th October 10am - 12.30pm

Organising your photographs on PC and mobile phone/tablet/iPhone.


Friday 17th October 10am - 12.30pm

Internet safety, social media, Skype, shopping online.


Interested in taking part? Contact Oakham Library on 01572 722918 or email libraries@rutland.gov.uk

Crime Scene Britain and Ireland

Author John MartinOakham Castle

Wednesday 29 October at 7.30pm


John Martin, crime fiction connoisseur, will be talking about his new book ‘Crime Scene Britain and Ireland: a Reader’s Guide’ which  describes the work of contemporary and historic crime writers and their novels where the setting ofCrime Scene's in Britain and Ireland by John Martin the novel is crucial.  While regional crime novels go back to The Hound of the Baskervilles, identifiably regional crime within specific cityscapes and landscapes only came into its own twenty years ago with Ian Rankin, John Harvey and Val McDermid. 


Tickets from Oakham Library £3 (£2 concessions) including a glass of wine.



Prize Draw PosterWe will be having a Diary of a Wimpy Kid event at

Oakham Library on Saturday 13th September.


The event is FREE. There will be free loans of Wimpy Kid DVD's and A free Prize Draw for Wimpy Kid goodies including a Cheese Board game, Don't Scramble the Egg Game, Top Trumps packs, Zoo-Wee-Mama! Card Games, and Wimpy Kid bookmarks.


One entry per child, while stocks last!


Come along and join in the fun.

Rutland Day!


We'll be at Rutland Day on Saturday 13th September with the Mobile Library and the Museum.  Come and join us for free kids Giveaways and activities.

Mythical Robots Created.


A fantastic time was had by all at our Mythical Robots event. Kids aged 10-14 attended and created two robots Delta and Omega.

Arduino Robot Day

The bots will be returning on the 2nd and 3rd of October at Oakham Library on display with robots produced across other libraries in the East Midlands, and the stories the kids have produced!


Update: See Oakham School's story about the robot tour.


Create your own Mythical Robot!


Join us over two days where you will work with an artist, narrator andArduino robot programmer, to create a 3D mythical creature!

You will have the opportunity at story telling, programming an Arduino Robot, and making a sculptured shell for the robot in this interactive workshop where the ideas will be led by you.

The robots you create will then be showcased in 4 different libraries across the East Midlands during September and October.


Oakham Library

13th and 14th August

10am - 3pm

Suitable for ages 10-14

FREE - Light refreshments provided.

Places must be booked - contact Diane Wright on 01572 722918


Parents will be invited to view the robots at 2.30pm on the 14th August.



Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge logoSummer Reading Challenge is here again!

Join us for a-mazing, FREE, fun-filled sessions of stories and crafts at Rutland Libraries this summer. This year the theme is Mythical Maze and as usual we have fantastic prizes to give away to readers over the summer. All you have to do is read six books, and for each two you read there are prizes including bookmarks, wristbands, etc.


You can join us at our story & craft events:


Rutland Museum

Wed 30th July 10am-12noon

(Tickets essential - available from Oakham Library)


Ketton Library

Wed 30th July 2.30pm - 3.30pm


Uppingham Library

Thurs 7th August 10.30am - 11.30am


Ryhall Library Fri 15th

August 10.30am - 11.30am




Come and meet LIVE animals in a special, mythical creatures storytelling event at Rutland County Museum.

Mon 4th August 10.15am - 11.30am with Kristan from Lion Learners.

Suitable for 6-12 yr olds

(Tickets essential and available from Oakham Library)Reading Agency logo







Looking for a new job?

Spring Clean your career!


A Job Club runs in the Access2Work hub at Oakham Library providing advice and guidance to residents who are unemployed. The club also offers help with CV writing and any training issues that people may have.

Running on a weekly basis on Wednesdays from 1pm – 4pm, a member of the Rutland Adult Learning Team will be on hand to assist jobseekers in finding work and training opportunities.

The club aims to complement the National Careers Service sessions run by New College Stamford, which run every Tuesday at Oakham Library.

See our Access2Work page for more details. 


Celebrate World Book Night with MC Scott!

Wednesday 23 April at 7.30pm

Oakham Castle


Rutland Libraries are celebrating World Book Night with a talk by Orange-shortlisted novelist, Manda (MC) Scott.mcscott


Manda writes vivid, intricate contemporary and historical thrillers. With many-layered plots set in spectacular, living landscapes, her hallmarks of clear, lucid writing, and a passion for time and place have earned her an international readership. Her latest ‘Rome: The Art of War’ is the fourth in her series of spy thrillers set in Ancient Rome, featuring Pantera, the spy whose name means ‘leopard’.  


Manda is working on a dual time line book of Jeanne d’Arc - sure that she knows who the Maid of Orleans really was (and no, it wasn’t a peasant girl from Domremy). 


Tickets £3 (£2 concessions)

Contact Oakham Library

Tel. 01572 722918

Energy Saving Adviceenergy action for rutland


Not sure what to do about your rising energy bills?


Help is at hand for your home...

  • Finding payment and tariff options
  • Understanding bills and annual statements
  • How to switch payment method and tariffs


Find out how to save money & energy at the following INFORMAL Community Advice Sessions (refreshments provided):


Wednesday 29th January 2014 at Ketton Library 9.30am-11.30am

Monday 17th February at Ryhall Library 3.30pm - 5pm

Friday 21st February at Uppingham Library 10am - 12noon


Don't forget to bring your latest bill along with you!


Start Something New online!


Start Something Campaign


Join us at Oakham Library for free IT drop in sessions on:

Monday 3rd February 10am - 12noon,

Monday 10th February 10am - 12noon

Monday 17th February 10am - 12noon

Friday 21st February 10am - 12noon


No experience necessary! See Chrissie, our Volunteer IT Tutor for details.


Stories from around the World

National Storytelling Week logo


Join us at Oakham Library for a fun filled morning to celebrate National Storytelling week.


We'll be enjoying stories from around the world for children and their carers, including Handa's Surprise & activities based on the books.


Oakham Library, Wednesday 5th February 10.30am

Suitable for children aged three and over.

No need to book.



Let it Snow!


Monday 23rd December 2013Snowman family

10am - 12noon at Rutland County Museum.


Join the Library and Museum Staff for a snow themed storytime followed by some seasonal crafts. Make snowmen masks, gift boxes, decorations and mini Christmas felt stockings.


Suitable for children 5-11 years. Booking essential.

Tickets are FREE and available from Oakham Library (01572 722918) from the 2nd December.

Workshop: Using Social Media for Job National Careers Service logoSearch & Networking


Calling all professionals and executives!

Want to know how to:

  • Utilise Social Media sites for building networks and searching for jobs?
  • Create an eye-catching profile - perfect for grabbing the attention of potential employers?

Then come and meet tim Silcock from

New CEuropean Social Fund logoollege Stamford on

Tuesday 3rd December at Oakham Library 2pm-4.30pm

Contact Tim for more details on 07990 513940 or email tim.silcock@stamford.ac.uk


Spooky Stories and Creepy CraftsHalloween Pumpkin image

Wednesday 30th October, 10am - 12noon

at Rutland County Museum


Join the library and museum staff for some spooktacular stories and crafts. Make trick or treat bags and bat masks!

Suitable for children 5-11 years. Booking essential. Tickets are FREE and available from Oakham Library (01572 722918) from the beginning of October.

Murder Mystery Evening

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Oakham Castle

Wednesday 25 September at 7.30pmMurder Mystery image


Use your little grey cells to solve an Ann Cleeves mystery from witness statements and forensic reports, with the help of Catmose College drama students.  Guess whodunit and try our fun book quiz.  Ann Cleeves (author of the Vera Stanhope series) has written this special script for all lovers of Agatha Christie and classic detective fiction.

Tickets £3 (£2 concessions) from Oakham Library, tel, 01572 722918, to include refreshments.

Ancestry Library Edition logo

Lunchtime in the Library:

Using Ancestry for Beginners


Start a journey to discover your FAMILY TREE using Ancestry Library Edition Online with our Volunteer IT Tutor.

A FREE 6 week course on Fridays 11am - 2pm starting 6th September at Oakham Library.


To register your interest contact Oakham Library on  01572 722918 or email libraries@rutland.gov.uk.

Only 9 tickets left for our Pippa Goodhart Summer Reading Challenge Event!

Come and meet the author of 'Winnie the Witch':

Stories with Pippa Goodhart

Monday 5th August 10.30am - 11.30am

Rutland County Museum

Come and join us for Creepy House and other spooky stories with well-known children's author Pippa Goodhart.

Suitable for children 7-11 years.

Event is free but booking ESSENTIAL. Tickets available from Oakham Library (01572 722918) from mid July. Only 9 tickets remaining!


Six Book Challenge


Reading Agency Six Book ChallengeIt’s never too late to start reading!   Pick six things to read – they can be poems or magazines as well as books.  Fill in your Six Book Challenge reading diary as you read them.  Then get a certificate and a special mug when you finish all six.  Get started now at Oakham Library!


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