What's on in libraries

Find out what's happening in your local library. There are a variety of regular and one off events happening for all ages in our libraries.

​There is always lots going on in our libraries.

All our bookable events can be found listed on Eventbrite.

Take a look below to find out more about our regular events and what events are coming up in the next few months.

Regular library events


Story and Rhymetimes: 

  • Suitable for children aged 0-4 years.  No need to book, just turn up.
  • Berwick Library every Friday 11am till 11.30am.
  • Blyth Library every Friday 9.30am till 10am. 
  • Hexham Library every Monday during term time 9.45am - 10.15am.  
  • Morpeth Library every Wednesday during term time 2pm till 2.30pm.  
  • Seaton Valley Library's every Monday at 9.30am - 10am, term time only.


Lego Clubs:

With a different build theme every week drop in to one of our Lego Clubs.
  • Bedlington Library every Saturday morning from 10.30am -11.30am.
  • Lynemouth Library every Monday afternoon from 3.30pm - 4pm.
  • Ashington Library every Saturday morning from 10.30am - 12 noon.  


Other regular activities in libraries include knitting clubs, reading groups and digital champion sessions.  To find out what is available at your library please visit the find my library page. 

There are a variety of events for all ages in our libraries.

Silence in the Library

Come along and spend time in our new, uniquely designed, quiet space in the library.  Here you can listen to audio books, read a story to your child, or just retreat with a book.

The Library's new Listening Space will be touring Northumberland Libraries and is accessible to all.  It is also possible to pre-book for groups.

Find out more information on Silence in the Library

 
Monday 20 May
Writers Live

Location:  Alnwick Library
Time: 4pm - 6pm
This is a regular meeting in which people in the Alnwick area, who enjoy writing in any form or style, can share their work with other writers.

The sessions, which are free of charge, will be led by Paul Mein, a published poet who has returned to the North-East after a thirty year absence. He started the first successful Writers Live in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. He is keen for writers of whatever background or experience in the Alnwick area to be involved.  Book a free place online at Eventbrite.

Tuesday 4 June
Big Read with Mari Hannah

Location:  Ashington Library
Time: 4pm - 5pm
The biggest celebration of crime writing in the world will once again tour libraries across the North of England this June with the annual Big Read and it will be coming to Ashington Library.

Mari Hannah, author, Programming Chair, and Reader in Residence at the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, will hit the road to host the North’s biggest book club. She’ll be discussing thriller The Black Echo by Michael Connelly.

The Big Read, supported by The Arts Council, aims to encourage crime fiction fans, and entice reluctant readers, to read and discuss the same book. It offers opportunities for social meet-ups, making new friends and meeting like-minds. 2019 will be the 11th Big Read.

Free copies of the book have been supplied by publisher Orion and are available at Ashington Library in April.  Book a free place here.

Friday 28 June
Meet the Author - Katharine Tiernan

Location:  Wooler Library
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Come and meet local author Katharine Tiernan at our Meet the Author Event hosted by the Cheviot Centre in Wooler. Katharine will be talking about her latest novel, Cuthbert of Farne, described as the first mainstream historical novel about the North’s best loved saint. It boasts a plot that sounds like it comes from The Last Kingdom and offers a fresh perspective on St Cuthbert’s life and times. Tea and coffee will be provided.  Tickets cost £4 and can be booked online at Eventbrite.

Silence in the Library

Come along and spend time in our new, uniquely designed, quiet space in the library.  Here you can listen to audio books, read a story to your child, or just retreat with a book.

The Library's new Listening Space will be touring Northumberland Libraries and is accessible to all.  It is also possible to pre-book for groups.

For information on Silence in the Library please click here.

Saturday 25 May
Elmer Day Drop In Crafts

Location:  Berwick Library
Time: 12pm-3pm
Drop in to make some Elmer crafts. Make some Elephant Ears, do a wordsearch, maze and more. Lots of fun cutting and sticking!

Tuesday 28 May
We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Location:  Haydon Bridge Library
Time:  2.30pm - 3.30pm
Come and join us for We're Going on a Bear Hunt crafts and stories at Haydon Bridge Library. Suitable for children aged 4-12 years. Children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please book a free place online at Eventbrite.
 

Wednesday 29 May
Micro:bit Treasure Hunt

Location:  Blyth Library
Time: 12:45pm - 3pm
Come along to the first digital workshop at Blyth Library during the May half-term! This session is for children aged 8-12 to gain an insight of digital and STEM.

The children will code a BBC Micro:bit to be used as a compass to help to navigate a treasure hunt (with fake treasure they will create). The treasure will be created based on a well known book held within the library, before being hidden for other children to find using instructions and the programmed compass.

No experience is needed, but booking is essential. Adults must accompany the child (but you are welcome to use the library facilities during your visit).  Please book a free place online at Eventbrite.

Thursday 30 May
House Detectives

Location:  Hexham Library
Time:  10am - 11am
Is your house over 100 years old? Do you know who lived there in 1911? Join us at Hexham Library for this family event. Learn how to search the 1911 census. What do you think the people looked like? Write and draw what you find. Only one booking required per family.  Book a free place online at Eventbrite.

Friday 31 May
We're Going on a Bear Hunt Rhymetime

Location:  Prudhoe Library
Time:  10am - 10.30am
Come and join us for a special one off "We're going on a bear hunt" rhymetime.  No need to book, just turn up.  Suitable for under 5's.
 

 

New Writing North Young Writers
Are you a young person interested in writing?  Young writers groups take place at Amble Library and Cramlington Library.  New Writing North Young Writers groups are open to all young people aged 12-19.
  • Amble Library - Meet on a Saturday 10am - 12 noon during term time.  Find out more about the group at Amble.  Dates are:  27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 8 June, 15 June, 22 June, 29 June, 6 July, 13 July.
Amble Young Writers have put together and had published an anthology of their writing and illustrations. The writers' will launching this their first published work on 18 May at 10.30am.  All welcome.
  • Cramlington Library - Meet on a Saturday 10am - 12 noon during term time.  Find out more about the group at Cramlington.  Dates are:  27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 8 June, 15 June, 22 June, 29 June, 6 July, 13 July.
At a library near you from October 2018 to May 2019.

Northumberland Libraries have been working with Hexham Book Festival and Arts&Heritage to bring an exciting new space to a Library near you.

Come along and spend time in our new, uniquely designed, quiet space in the library.  Here you can listen to audio books, read a story to your child, or just retreat with a book.

The Library's new Listening Space will be touring Northumberland Libraries and is accessible to all.  It is also possible to pre-book for groups.

The pod has been designed by xsite architects.
The tour dates for the pod are as follows:
 
Berwick Library 8 October - 26 October 2018
Ashington Library 30 October - 26 November 2018
Blyth Library 4 December - 28 December 2018
Alnwick Library 3 January - 31 January 2019
Cramlington Library 4 February - 28 February 2019
Prudhoe Library 4 March  - 29 March 2019
Haltwhistle Library 2 April - 27 April 2019
Hexham Library 1 May - 1 June 2019
We have a fantastic selection of audio book titles to choose from - and there’s something for all ages!

Pre school children will be delighted to snuggle up and listen to classic storybook titles such as Funnybones, The Gruffalo or Paddington. They can also enjoy a selection of nursery rhyme and action rhyme books - and they can read along at the same time and have fun joining in while listening to their chosen book.

Older children will enjoy listening to a range of titles. If they’re after humour, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, Horrid Henry or Wimpy Kid stories may be for them or they may prefer to pick a titles by one of our fantastic local authors such as David Almond, Chloe Daykin and Terry Deary.

We haven’t forgotten the adults too. Whether you like a novel by local author Ann Cleeves, want to be scared by a classic ghost story or would like to relax with a selection of poems - we’re sure you’ll find a title to enjoy!