Image demonstrating New library listening pod to provide silent place to read

New library listening pod to provide silent place to read

A new, soundproof listening pod that offers a quiet space to sit and read is to be introduced into Northumberland Libraries next month.

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.

It will be launched in Berwick Library on Monday October 8th with a special event at 5.15pm.  Limited free spaces are bookable at

The pod will be at Berwick Library throughout October and will then tour the county spending a month in each of the eight key libraries.

Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer,  Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure, Arts and Tourism said:  
“This is going to offer 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. ”

Two children’s authors will also be exploring the pod and holding events for young people from the region’s schools. Katherine Rundell  award winning author of Rooftoppers and The Explorer will be in Berwick Library on Friday 26th October and  much loved author illustrator Tony Ross will be at Ashington Library on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November.

Where to find the pod
Berwick Library  8 - 26 October 2018
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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