Summer 2021 - Issue 164
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Barrow Library - moving on from lockdown

The book delivery has been a lifeline.

Thank you for all your support - where would we be without books?

When I feel sad, I can reach for a book and lose myself in it.

My daughters have loved the books you chose for them.

These are just a few heartfelt thank you messages from Barrow Library members who really valued the click and collect and delivery services during the recent lockdowns. A band of 21 volunteers provided a very different service but with the same can-do attitude and good humour that we have come to expect and value. At the time of writing, we are welcoming visitors to the library for borrowing and access to the computers. In time, we hope to offer much more with a return to Rhyme Time, Friday sewing workshops, Pilates classes, talks and just getting together for a chat over a coffee.

Towards a bigger library

Behind the scenes a small group of Library Management Committee members and volunteers have been working on plans to create more space in the library. Charnwood Borough Council has now granted planning permission for an increased footprint



Book Club Book Review

Catherine Holmes reviews the latest Steve Cavanagh book in the Eddie Flynn series. Fifty Fifty is a tale of two sisters on trial for the vicious murder of their father. They accuse each other but one is innocent, the other a liar. The mystery unfolds as the lawyers delve deeper into the lives and backgrounds of the family.
Fifty Fifty Steve Cavanagh
Cavanagh uses a different character’s voice for each chapter as he masterfully builds tension in this legal thriller based in New York. The killer’s actions are described in all their chilling details leaving the reader on tenterhooks and her identity a mystery. The legal background of the author enriches this fast-paced thriller with detail and legal wrangling to help weave the whole book together.

This exciting read is also available on audible app narrated wonderfully by Adam Simms who brings every character to life and will convert anybody who “doesn’t normally do crime books”.

The library has a great selection of audio books and a dedicated crime section. Home delivery service, click and collect also available. Check current opening hours on: 10509 416356 or email to

at the side and front of the building. Just in the last few days Leicestershire County Council (LCC), owners of the building, have also agreed to our plans. Achieving these two milestones has been a long, and at times,

frustrating process. This does feel like an enormous step forward but is actually part of a much longer journey involving securing a longer lease (again from LCC) and embarking on a fund-raising programme.

We will be gathering views both from those who do and don’t use the library to understand what you would like to see happening in this valuable community space. If you are in the library, do chat to volunteers about any ideas you have.

Frances Thompson

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