iPads now available to Loan


Lakenheath Library saw a fantastic turn out to their “Get Connected” iPad Launch event this past Saturday with nearly 50 customers attending the two hour session, either interested in being added to the waiting list to try out our newly-purchased Apple tablets, or to receive one-to-one tech advise from a member of the Hughes Electrical team.

Pictured above are Cllr Colin Noble, who helped guarantee the funding for the project, Lakenheath Library manager Chris Howard and David Thomas from the Hughes team.

It’s not too late to be added to the waiting list – this exciting and innovative initiative is ongoing! So if you are considering purchasing a tablet but wish to try before you buy, why not pop in to Lakenheath Library to book yourself a place in the queue? It’s completely FREE.



Get Connected at iPad Launch Event this February!

ipadOn Saturday 4th February from 10:30am-12:30pm you are invited to a special GET CONNECTED event at Lakenheath Library which coincides with the launch of our iPad lending scheme.

Thanks to some generous funding from West Suffolk District Council, from 4th February you will have the opportunity to loan out one of two new iPad Minis from Lakenheath Library! Like our physical books they will be completely FREE (provided you return them before the due date!) and you will get to keep them for up to 3 weeks.

For one morning our community group volunteers and library staff will be joined by tech engineers from Hughes Electrical who will be on-hand to lend tuition and training on all manner of electrical goods.

So whether you are interested in joining the waiting list to loan out an iPad mini, or just have a question about how to use the tablet, laptop or smartphone you received for Christmas, why not pop along to Lakenheath Library on Saturday 4th February for this fantastic free event? Refreshments provided.

Pop in to speak to our members of staff, phone them on 01842 860723 or check this blog for all our future event details.

Merry Christmas Everyone!


As we hurtle towards 2017 with exciting news on the horizon for Lakenheath Library (keywords: tablet, loan, Get Connected), F.O.LK. would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support throughout 2016, and to wish all our staff, volunteers and customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Check out some pictures of the fantastic decorations and window displays currently decking Lakenheath Library, courtesy of Friends Mary and Jean.





Friends of Lakenheath Library Meeting, 06/12/16

Location: Lakenheath Library
Date: 6th December 2016

Present: Mary Dimond, Chris Howard, Iain Frost, Jean Reynolds.

(1) Apologies for absence:

Marilyn Shone

(2) Minutes of Last Meeting

They have been agreed and signed.

(3) Bookfest 2016

The two evenings held at Brandon Library had some very good feedback and can be viewed as a success.  It is hoped that this will lead to further events.

(4) Treasurer’s Report

No treasurer’s report.  The Bank balance remains at £3311.61. An initial list of potential sources of funding has been identified.

(5) Trustee Information

Has been updated.

(6) Suffolk Libraries Budget

Budget reduction proposals to the Scrutiny Committee on 15 December and to the Full Council in February.  More details on the Suffolk Libraries computer site and includes a letter written by Tony Brown, Chair of Suffolk Libraries Board. Changes to the IT system actioned and has had some teething problems. iPads have been received.  An introductory training event to be arranged.  Hughes to be attending;  Proposed advertising considered;  Invitations to be extended. Date to be confirmed.  Jean suggested that the local scout group be used to deliver flyers.   Check with Parish Council on numbers.

(7) Refurbishment

Action for proposed updating of the library was discussed.  Jean to approach F. Glover for designs and coatings.   (Plans should be with us in January).

(8) Any other business:

It was agreed to take advantage of the Bank Holiday to clear back room.  (This was cancelled). December window display arranged for 13 December. iPad idea for January window display suggested. The issue of the Celtic Cross was discussed.  To await update.

(9) Date of Next Meeting: 

6th January 2017 (rearranged to 13th January 2017)

Friends of Lakenheath Library Meeting, 07/10/16

Location: Lakenheath Library

Date: 7 October 2016
Time: 7.00 p.m.

Present: Mary Dimond, Chris Howard, Marilyn Shone

(3) Matters arising:
Confirmed that FOLK will attend the Brandon Quiz Night on Thursday,
13 October.

(4) Treasurer’s Report
Bank balance at the end of September stands at £3311.61.
Income: £495.00 Expenditure: £42.48

(5) IPads

They should be available by early November. An introductory event to be
arranged with Helen Hayes. Invitations to be extended.

(6) Bookfest 2016 (A combined effort with Brandon Library)
To promote the event as widely as possible. Waiting for specific tasks
required of LK Friends.

(7) Any other business
Work to be carried out on 25 October, re: ‘IT migration’.

It was agreed that it would be beneficial for Demco/Eclipse (Library planners)
to be approached for designs and costings.


(8) Dates(s) of Next Meeting(s):
Tuesday, 1 November 2016 at 7.00 p.m.
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 at 7.00 p.m.

Bookfest Event Tickets on Sale NOW!



Wonka’s Wonderful Literary Factory


A gigantic congratulations to all the Oompa Loompa’s – I mean, FINISHERS – of the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge who came out to Lakenheath Library in the sweltering heat last night to receive their medals and certificates from Willy’s brother “Library Wonka” (AKA. our Library Manager Chris) at a very special Medal and Certificate ceremony held on Roald Dahl Day.


Chris was aided in the handing out of prizes by local Councillor Louise Marston, and six lucky winners were also awarded bonus Big Friendly Read prizes – tote bags and snazzy 3D glasses – for producing winning creative flag reviews, too. All of the submitted flags will be on display in the Library for the foreseeable future, as will the Roald Dahl trivia banners and quote flags, designed by F.O.LK.’s chairperson Mary to celebrate the special occasion.


If any finishers were unable to make the event, you can still collect your medal and certificate by popping along to Lakenheath Library in the coming days and weeks. Sadly we cannot guarantee Library Wonka will still be attendance!