Darcey Duck and the Epic Battle of Buckby by Arabella Florance

Have you heard of Arabella’s book? We really appreciate that Arabella cares so much about the library because we do too! We do hope that Arabella’s book will help generate awareness and support to keep libraries open all over the country. We are working hard to keep the library available for her and everyone in Long Buckby and nearby communities when we emerge from lockdown.

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Prince’s Trust

Prince’s Trust Northampton South are looking for young people aged 16-25 who are unemployed and want to improve their skills, gain qualifications and take opportunities to progress into employment or education.

It’s free and will not affect your Jobseeker’s Allowance or universal credit. You will be reimbursed for bus fares during the first week and then be given a weekly bus pass. It’s ideal for those whose lack of confidence or qualifications are holding them back.

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Book Trolley

Need a Book? Borrow one of ours!

We are wondering if you are missing the book trolley that usually sits outside of the Library? We have been trying to work out how we could keep it going whilst the Library has to be closed and decided to try it sitting just inside the gate at No 9 on the High Street (next to the Bakery).

We’ll put it out when entire mornings and/or afternoons are expected to stay dry.

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Online Learning

Are you interested in doing some online learning during this period of lockdown and social distancing?

The WEA has been discussing possible sessions and workshops that could be held at Buckby Library & Hub and other libraries in the county when we re-open. However, they have now launched an online learning service during the lockdown to give a taste of what you might be able to do in the future.

The range of courses will be increased over the coming weeks and will include activities, lectures and short courses. They can be accessed at www.wea.org.uk/liveonlinelearning. Offers accessed through this website are free.

News from Buckby Library & Hub

With the coronavirus epidemic, Northamptonshire County Council has suspended all volunteering in NCC libraries. The library in Long Buckby is highly dependent on its volunteers and will be closed for the time being. Books will not be due during the closure period.

Sadly, we have had to postpone two forthcoming events: the Concert with Abington Wind Band and St Lawrence Singers at St Lawrence Church on April 26th, and the Flower Power, Poetry and Prose evening at the library on May 1st. We hope to hold them in the autumn and will keep you posted.

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Volunteers Fair

The Volunteers Fair was an opportunity for the community to meet the people who run Long Buckby organisations and clubs and to find out what they might be able to do for each other.

Please visit https://buckbylibraryhub.org/volunteer/ if you are interested in volunteering to help run the Library & Hub, or see below for contact details for other village groups.

Thank you to Anna Langton for organising the event.

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ECV supports Buckby Library & Hub

Buckby Library & Hub is delighted that Long Buckby’s community choir, Elation Community Voices, has agreed to support the library as its charity for 2020.

ECV holds two fundraising concerts in the village each year as well as other events such as quizzes. Thank you ECV!


We’ve just joined easyfundraising! It’s a great site where you can raise money for free when you shop online.

All you have to do is create an account and choose to support Buckby Library & Hub. Then 4,000 shops and sites (including all the BIG names like eBay, John Lewis and Partners, ASOS, Expedia, M&S, Just Eat and many more) will donate to us for free every time you use #easyfundraising to shop with them.

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Transport for Social Afternoons

Buckby Library & Hub holds social afternoons on Wednesdays between 2.00 (as soon as the doors open) and 4.00 pm. As well as meeting and chatting to other people, participants can play cards, scrabble and do jigsaws. They can also take advantage of the other library facilities, browse newspapers and magazines and buy refreshments.

Between February and May 2020, Buckby Library & Hub will be trialling a community transport service on the first and third Wednesdays of the month to enable existing and new library members, who do not have transport or may have mobility issues, to participate in the social afternoons.

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