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Discover something new during libraries week

Northumberland  residents are being encouraged to discover more about their local library during Libraries Week which runs from October 8 to 13.
Northumberland Libraries have put on a packed week of events to demonstrate just what libraries in the county can offer to our local communities.

This year's national theme will focus on wellbeing and local events and activities will showcase how libraries  bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health.

Here are just some of the events taking place during the week:

Health MOTs

Northumbria Healthcare will be offering free health MOTs at libraries across the county. These will include free blood pressure checks and a chance to chat with a health trainer about making realistic and achievable healthier lifestyle changes.  No appointment is needed. The MOTS will be taking place at Bedlington, Cramlington, Alnwick, Berwick and Prudhoe libraries.
Mindfulness and meditation

Customers can try Mindfulness & Meditation at Blyth Library ( Monday 8th 5 - 6.30pm)  and Haltwhistle Library ( 10 October 10.30 - noon)
Discounted entry to Thermal Spa

Ashington Library and Leisure Centre will be offering half price entry to the thermal spa throughout the week and taster sessions for the Tranquillity Spa. For further information call 01670 623533.

The spa is  open seven days a week and boasts a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, aromatherapy room, monsoon showers, heated benches, foot spas and an ice feature.

Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for arts, leisure, culture and tourism said:

"Our fantastic libraries are really important community hubs and a place where everyone is welcome.

“I hope that people see this as an opportunity to take a fresh look at their local library, discover the range of free events on offer and encourage their friends and family to do the same." 

The full programme of events is listed below and can be found on the libraries section of the council’s website

There really will be something for everyone. All bookable events can be booked on or by calling into your local library.

Anyone who lives or works in Northumberland can join their local  library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.

North Northumberland

Amble Library

Carer’s Northumberland Monday 8 October 10 am - 12.30 noon. There will be 
information and a volunteer available to talk to customers about services they offer.
Writers Live Wednesday 10 october  5-6pm
Age UK will be at Amble Library on Friday 12 October between 10am-12.30pm to talk to customers about the services they offer.

Alnwick Library

MOT Health Check Drop In Tuesday 9 October  10am-12pm and 1pm - 3pm
Poppy Denby Investigates and Cream Tea  Friday 12 October 12, 3-5.30pm.
A fabulous cream tea and crime event at the White Swan Hotel Alnwick where local crime author will be talking about her detective novels featuring 1920’s super sleuth Poppy Denby.

Berwick Library

Silence in the Library a unique new, soundproof listening pod that offers a quiet space to sit and read is to be introduced into Northumberland Libraries. The Arts Council funded  pod will be launched in Berwick Library on Monday 8th October at 5.15-6.45pm. It will be spending a month in Berwick before touring 7 other libraries in the county.
Healthwatch will be at the library Wednesday 10 October, 1-4pm
Creative Writing Course, Tuesday 9 October 10am - 12 noon. 6 Sessions
MOT health Check Drop In sessions wednesday 10 11 am - 1pm
Story and rhymetime Friday 12 October 11 am - 11.30am

South East Northumberland

Ashington Library and Leisure Centre

Tranquillity Spa taster sessions, Thursday 11 October,  1pm-3pm. And Friday 12 October 11 am - 1pm. For more information ring 01670 623533
Winter Warmer wellness roadshow Friday 12 October 9am - 12 noon
Lego Club, Saturday 13 October 10.30-12 noon

Bedlington Library

MOT Health Check Drop In Monday 8, 10 am - 12 noon
An introduction to family history, Friday 12 October 10am - 11 am
Lego Club, Saturday 13 October 10.30-11.30am

Blyth Library

Mindfulness and Meditation. Monday 8 October  5pm - 6.30pm
Learn to Knit with Blyth Knit and Natter Group. Tuesday 9 October 10 am - 12 noon
Hatha Yoga Wednesday 10 October  11am-12 noon and 1pm-2pm
Crafts with Kath Thursday 11 October 10 am - 12 noon
Story and rhymetime Friday 12 october, 9.30-10 am

Cramlington Library

MOT Health Check drop In Monday 8 October 1 - 3 pm

Seaton Valley Library

Story & Rhymetime  Monday 8 October, 9.30- 10 am

West Northumberland

Allendale Library

A local history talk by John Batey , Tuesday 9 October 7 - 8pm

Bellingham Library

Board games and tea , Friday 12 october 2-4.30pm

Haltwhistle Library

Healthwatch will be at the library on Tuesday 9 October between 1.30-3.30pm
Introduction to Mindfulness and meditation, Wednesday 10 October , 10.30-12 noon
Historic town walk. Meet at the library 11 am. Please inform library staff if you are interested
Bee-bots, Makey Makey & Micro:bits drop in  Wednesday 10 October 3.45-4.30pm

Hexham library

Story & Rhymetime  Monday 8 October , 9.45 - 10.15
Local History Talk by John Batey, Monday 8 October  6.30-7.30pm
Family History Drop In  Wednesday 10 October , 10,30 - 11,30
Off the Wall A cappella Choir, Saturday 13 October 2-3pm

Prudhoe Library

After school storytime,  Tuesday 9th October 3.45-4pm
MOT Health Check Drop In , Thursday 11 october 10 am-12 noon, 1pm-3pm
Literary Quiz,  Thursday 11 October  7-9pm
Storytime and rhymetime , Friday 12 October  10am- 10.30am

Wylam Library

Apple Day. Volunteers from Wylam Community Orchard will be pressing apples to make juice Saturday 13 October 10am-12 noon. Wylam Singers will be performing at 11 am.

Central Northumberland

Lynemouth Library

Reading Group,  Monday 8 October  2 - 3pm . New members welcome
Lego Club, Monday 8 October, 3.30 - 4pm

Morpeth Library

Healthwatch will be at Morpeth Library Tuesday 9 October, 10 am - 12 noon
Story and rhymetime, Wednesday 10 October, 2-2.30pm
Sing Morpeth, a local choir will be performing on Saturday 13 October 10.30-11.30am

Widdrington Library

Healthwatch will be at the library Wednesday 10 October 1 - 4pm
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