New library listening pod provides silent place to read

A new, soundproof listening pod that offers a quiet space to sit and read has been  introduced into Northumberland Libraries.

The pod has been specifically designed for the library service and is a modern, versatile space with audio access. It  is easily accessible by all ages and can comfortably seat two adults, or an adult with children.

The pod has been funded by the Arts Council  England following a successful joint bid by Northumberland County Council and two local arts organisations -  Hexham Book Festival and Arts & Heritage. It has been designed by Xsite Architecture from Newcastle.

Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer,  Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure, Arts and Tourism said:  

“The pod offers a wonderful new space within our libraries where customers can sit quietly and enjoy audio books, read a story to their child or just retreat with a book.  We think it will be of particular appeal to families with members with autism or dementia who will be able to enjoy a haven of tranquillity within the library space. ”

Where to find the pod

Ashington Library  30 October - 26 November 2018
Blyth Library  4 - 28 December 2018
Alnwick Library  3 - 31 January 2019
Cramlington Library 4-28 February 2019
Prudhoe Library 4-29 March  2019
Haltwhistle Library 2 - 27 April   2019
Hexham Library  1 May - 1 June 2019
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