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.  Our Summer Reading Challenge events for children are now live and open for bookings.

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

Family History Help
Every Other Wednesday

Location:  Hexham Library
Time:  10am - 12pm
Book a 30 minute or 1 hour slot between 10am - 12noon.  Please contact the library to book a slot and to find out dates.  Contact Hexham Library on 01670 620450.
 

All our Summer Reading Challenge events for children are now live and open for bookings on Eventbrite.

 

 

Digital/STEM events

Northumberland County Council’s digital team are hosting a series of digital/STEM related events throughout summer, as detailed below. Click on the event to find out more.

Tuesday 6 August
9.30am - 11.30am - Berwick Library: Exploring Scratch

Wednesday 7 August
1pm - 3pm - Blyth Library: Exploring Sonic Pi

Friday 9 August
10am - 12pm - Widdrington Library:  Exploring Lego WeDo

Tuesday 13 August
1pm - 3pm - Ashington Library:  BBC Micro:bit Treasure Hunt

Monday 19 August
1pm - 3pm - Hexham Library:  Exploring Minecraft




 

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:  2 8 June, 15 June, 22 June, 29 June, 6 July, 13 July.
  • Cramlington Library - Meet on a Saturday 10am - 12 noon during term time.  Find out more about the group at Cramlington.  Dates are:  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 is currently at Berwick Library.

The pod has been designed by xsite architects.
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!
The countdown is on for the start of this year's Summer Reading Challenge in libraries across Northumberland.

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK's biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency.  This year's theme is "Space Chase" and the aim of the challenge is to get children to read six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.

Enrolling your child

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to twelve. It is run in every public library in Northumberland and it is completely free.

Saturday 13 July is the official launch date, so you can go to your local library and sign up on that day or any time up to the Saturday 24 August.  Staff will be waiting to welcome you and explain what's involved.  

On joining, your child will be given fun materials to get them started - a space folder to record your progress and stickers.

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays but the Summer Reading Challenge helps children to keep up their reading skills and confidence.

How does my child complete the challenge?

To complete the challenge children need to visit the library 3 times over the summer holidays and read 6 books.  
  • On the first visit children will sign up, borrow 3 books and be given their space folder where they can collect their stickers.  
  • On the next visit children will be given 3 mini sheets of collector stickers (one for each book) and they borrow 3 more books.  Some of the stickers are even scratch and sniff!
  • On the third visit children will be given 3 mini sheets of collector stickers again and a letter of congratulations for completing the challenge.  This will have details of the presentations of the certificates and medals in September.
Don't worry if you cannot visit the library 3 times over the summer speak with library staff and you can still complete the Challenge.

Pre-School Challenge

Your child can still complete the challenge if they are 3 and under.  They will be given a special pre-school card and can complete the challenge by collecting stickers for the number of books they read.  Pre-school Children completing the challenge will be presented with a Space Chase certificate and a special gold mini Space Chase sticker.

Prizes

We've got some great prizes - children can win a family voucher for Kielder Observatory, and family passes from Active Northumberland for Clip 'n' Climb, Swimming and Bowling.  We will be holding weekly prize draws for these prizes.  

And as usual every child who completes the Challenge will be awarded, a medal and a special certificate.  Every child that has completed the challenge will be entered in to a prize draw to win 1 night bed & breakfast + family ticket to Battlesteads Observatory.

Activities in Libraries

A full programme of themed activities will be taking place in libraries throughout the County. Craft events include the opportunity to make rockets, have a go with our Makey Makey kit, play with Bee-bots and make space crafts.  There will also be author and artist workshops, as part of the popular 'Books and Art' programme.  And a selection of libraries will be holding events with Battlesteads Observatory.  All our events can be found on Eventbrite.  Please note spaces are limited for some events so booking in advance is required.

Find out what about what events are happening over the summer in Northumberland Libraries


 
The Summer Reading Challenge website www.spacechase.org.uk allows your child to log the books they have read during the summer; and beyond. They can also find new books to read, recommended by other children, take part in competitions and play games.