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Medway Libraries’ Schools and Families Update



Medway Libraries’ Schools and Families Update


Encyclopaedia Britannica free with your Medway Libraries Card


All Medway Libraries' members have free online access to a wide range of encyclopaedias and reference works.

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior is for 5 to 11 year olds, and is designed to help with homework, projects and general interest.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Student is for 12 to 18 year olds, this is a fantastic study tool bridging the gap between the junior and adult editions.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica (Adult) is a fully fact-checked online encyclopaedia with hundreds of thousands of objective articles, biographies, videos, and images.


To access these resources, click here.


To view a short video on using Encyclopaedia Britannica Junior, click here.



Medway Estuary Festival Haiflu


Deadline for entries: Sunday 23 May


Join us as we create a collaborative poem celebrating the beauty and history of the Medway Estuary. Send us three lines inspired by your favourite place or person in Medway, or send in your photos of your favourite spot in Medway and they could be chosen as part of our film. Your poems and pictures will be added to a short film that will be shared through our YouTube channel.


Click here for a short clip explaining how to take part. You can find a couple of examples of the poem made in June last year and for National Poetry Day in October 2020.


By sending us your poems and pictures, you agree to Medway Libraries sharing them on our social media, and storing them as part of our local artist archives. If you’re sharing your poem on social media tag @medwaylibraries and #Haiflu  #MedwayHaiflu or email them to us at


Deadline for entries: Sunday 23 May

Haiflu launched online:  Tuesday 1 June

The Estuary Festival runs from 22 May – 13 June



Book Clubs


8 to 12 year oldsLetters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. Thursday 27th May, 4-5pm outside Chatham Library. You can read the book for free here. To book a place on this session, please email


13 to 16 year olds: Monthly on a Wednesday, 4pm to 5pm (next date and title TBC). To book, please email


17 to 19 year oldsHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling. Thursday 20th May, 6pm to 7pm on Microsoft Teams. You can read or listen to the book for free here. Email to book.



Medway Libraries Are Open


You can now browse for books, DVDS, audiobooks and jigsaws, make Medway Council enquiries, and use the PCs in any Medway library. Masks must be worn unless you are medically exempt, and some restrictions and procedures due to Covid-19 are still in place (to read more about this, click here). To check opening times, please click here.



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.


  • 14,000+ ebooks, 1,700+ eAudiobooks, 2,500+ graphic novels and comics, and 160+ magazine titles for all ages- access via our website, the Libby app (Overdrive app if using a Kindle), or 


  • 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 You also have free access to Newsbank.


  • Family history website Ancestry. Visit 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 ( They can be accessed on a computer, smartphone, tablet and many eReaders.



Lego Club


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.



Medway Culture Club


Medway Culture Club brings people together to learn from each other, open minds, and create a broader perspective. They work with young people inclusively, and run a monthly Saturday Club for young people aged 5-16 years old, focusing on arts, culture, history, and mentorship. For more information visit their website or search for “Medway Culture Club” on social media. View their upcoming events here.


If there’s anything we can help you with, please get in touch.


Many thanks,


Emily Maycock | Community Librarian – Young People’s Team | Medway Libraries | Medway Council