Medway Libraries Update
Medway Libraries’ Schools and Families Update
Online Book Clubs
Medway Libraries run secure online book clubs for the ages below, on Microsoft Teams. All the books are available for free, along with thousands of others, through our eLibrary. To sign up for a free library card, please click here.
8 to 12 year olds: Book Chat
- Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 4pm to 4.30pm
- A relaxed, fun 30-minute book club about all things reading.
- Please email email@example.com to book.
No matter if you’re a fan of novels, non-fiction, graphic novels and comics, poetry, ebooks and audiobooks, all are welcome. We talk about what we’re reading, our favourite books and authors, recommendations, and interesting book news.
8-12 Year Olds: Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll
- Thursday 22nd April, 4-5pm.
13-16 Year Olds: TBC
- Monthly on a Wednesday, 4pm to 5pm (next date to be confirmed)
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
17-19 Year Olds: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Thursday 11th March, 6-7pm
- Please email email@example.com to book.
- You can read the book for free here.
Libraries are open for Click and Collect
You can still click and collect books, DVDs, audiobooks and jigsaws from a library of your choice. You can do this in two ways:
- Call 01634 337799 with your library card number ready
- Log in to your library account online or on the Spydus app (Android, iPhone), and reserve your item(s) from the catalogue
All library loans are quarantined for 72+ hours on return.
Free Online Services from Medway Libraries
With a Medway Libraries card number and PIN, you and your students can access all the below for free. To join the library and gain instant online access, please sign up here.
- 12,000+ eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages – access via our website, the Libby app (Overdrive app if using a Kindle), or https://medway.overdrive.com/
- 130+ eMagazines- including many of the nation’s most popular titles, including BBC Good Food, BBC History Magazine, Playstation, Top Gear, Match of the Day and National Geographic (including Kids and Little Kids editions). Our selection includes magazines on parenting, gardening, homes and interiors, nature, photography, art, sport, entertainment, craft, travel, family history, science, cars, trains, fitness, food, children’s, technology, and more. Access via our website, the RBDigital App, or http://www.rbdigital.com/medway/. Please note there are also lots of eMagazines on Pressreader, e.g. Beano (see Newspapers).
- 1,500+ eComics, including manga, Star Trek, X-Men, and Marvel titles such as the Avengers, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more. There are also children’s titles and Disney comics, Popeye, My Little Pony and more. Access via our website, the RBDigital App, or http://www.rbdigital.com/medway/.
- Newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Kent Messenger, Newsweek and The Daily Telegraph, as well as a selection of children’s titles. Access via our website, the Pressreader app, or https://www.pressreader.com/catalog.
- Family history website Ancestry. Visit https://medway.spydus.co.uk and sign in with your library card. Ancestry can be accessed via the drop down box from your name on the top right or in My Account on the left hand side.
- Online reference resources, such as Encyclopaedia Britannica (Junior, Student and Adult), Access to Research and Oxford Reference Online. The full links and access can be found here.
Links to all the services and resources above can also be found on the Medway Libraries website (https://www.medway.gov.uk/libraries). They can be accessed on a computer, smartphone, tablet and many eReaders.
Join Medway Libraries
You can join the library online here.
Join other Medway residents in a fun virtual Lego Club. The theme comes out on Tuesday at 4pm on Medway Libraries’ Facebook page- simply make your creation(s) and post a photo in the comments. You have a whole week to take part, before the next theme is announced. (Please note any building bricks will do; they do not need to be Lego-branded).
For more information please check this page.
Our libraries were thrilled to receive funding from Arts Council England. With this funding we ran photography workshops for pupils from local secondary schools from October 2019 to February 2020, in partnership with the University of Kent and Medway Archives.
Medway Libraries’ Community Librarian Kate Clifford had the idea for the photography project. Kate ensured the project was Medway themed, and relatable to our young pupils. The pupils learned about the local history of Medway by attending a special session at Medway Archives Centre. They looked at the then and now illustration collections and relevant online resources that capture the past and present. This wonderful project provided our local young people with new skills and helped their mental wellbeing.
The photographs have been collected into an online exhibition, which you can view here.
If there’s anything we can help you with, please get in touch.
Emily Maycock | Community Librarian – Young People’s Team | Medway Libraries | Medway Council