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Celebrate Elmer Day on Saturday 27 May 2017

Elmer Day is a national celebration of popular children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.  So why not borrow an Elmer book to celebrate!  We have lots of different ones to choose from.  

 

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Elmer Day Events

A few of our libraries will be holding events to celebrate too!  Take a look below for more information:

Join us for Elmer themed stories, crafts and games. Children are welcome to dress up in their brightest clothes. Suitable for Families with children aged 2 – 7 years.

Wednesday 24 May at Hexham Library 10.30am - 11.30am. This event is suitable for under 5 years.

Saturday 27 May at Berwick Library 11.00am - 12.30pm.  This event is suitable for 0-5 years.

Tuesday 30 May at Alnwick Library 10.30am - 1.00pm. This event is suitable for over 5 years.

Tuesday 30 May at Haydon Bridge Library 2.30pm - 3.30pm. This event is suitable for 0-5 years.

Wednesday 31 May at Morpeth Library 2.15pm - 2.45pm.  This event is suitable for 0-6 years.

Thursday 1 June at Prudhoe Library 2.30pm - 3.30pm.  This event is suitable for 0-5 years.

 

There will also be colouring sheets and activity sheets available at Bellingham Libraryfor drop in activities for children to do when in the library (available during normal opening hours). 

Half Term May Events in Northumberland Libraries

Looking forward to May Half Term, we will be hosting Books & Art Workshops in a number of libraries from the 30 May to 1 June. These free workshops will be hosted by three fantastic artists, and will use elephants for the focus of inspiration.  Come along to make your own elephant story box or your own bejewelled elephant mobile.

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Tuesday 30 May - 10.30am - 1.00pm - Alnwick Library

Tuesday 30 May - 2.30pm - 4.00pm - Amble Library

Wednesday 31 May - 10.30am - 1.00pm - Blyth Library

Wednesday 31 May 2.30pm - 4.00pm - Widdrington Library

Thursday 1 June - 10.30am - 1.00pm - Hexham Library

Thursday 1 June - 2.30pm - 4.00pm - Ponteland Library

 

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New Extended Opening Hours at Ashington Library

The new Ashington Library is now open!  The address of the library is Ashington Library, Portland Park, Ashington. NE63 9JY.

The opening hours will be as follows:-

Monday   7.00-22.00
Tuesday   7.00-22.00
Wednesday   7.00-22.00
Thursday   7.00-22.00
Friday   7.00-22.00
Saturday   9.00-18.00
Sunday   9.00-21.00

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Upcoming Events in Northumberland Libraries

 Looking forward to Februrary Half Term, we will be hosting Books & Art Workshops in a number of libraries from the 20th to the 22nd of Feb. These will be workshops hosted by three fantastic artists, and will centre around the theme of "2017 - The Year of the Rooster".

 

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With this in mind, we have created a new online booking system for all our events with Eventbrite. You can now book your place on all our events at the following link: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/northumberland-libraries-12676562101

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Golden Guide Northumberland 2017

Golden Guide Northumberland 2017. The essential guide for over 50s in Northumberland.

Find new social and leisure activities, plus expert help with your health, your home and your finances. 

It's lively, it's local and it's FREE! 

Click to read online, or to find your nearest free copy:

www.goldenguide.org.uk 

 

Local Artists Decorate Corbridge Library

Two local artists have voluntarily given up their time to decorate the walls of Corbridge Library and Tourist Information Centre. 

Chris Younger painted a Kielder Dark skies scene in the entrance porch. Chris is a Fine artist, landscape painter and mural painter. As well as working as a teacher but also paints scenes for television sets such as "The Dumping Ground".

Andrew Sales painted our BFG themed walls in our children's library area. Andrew studied art at Loughborough university before moving back to the North East. He is inspired by artists such as Van Gogh and is always looking for new projects and challenges.

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Christmas Reading Challenge

Join in the festive fun!

From Monday 28th of November until Saturday 31st of December, we will be holding a Christmas Reading golden ticket1Challenge.

Every time you visit the library or join a friend, you will receive a golden ticket. One lucky winner will be chosen at random. The more you visit, the more chances to win the prize of a Christmas goody bag! 

National Poetry Day

The 6th October is National Poetry and in celebration Northumberland Libraries will be holding various events across the County! NPL Logo 2

You can join us at Blyth and Morpeth Library for a morning or an afternoon of Tea and Poetry. Come along and bring with you a few of your favourite poems to discuss with like minded individuals.

 

On the 6th October poet Kathleen Jamie and author Sarah Moss will be joining us and all Poets in Residence at The Northern Poetry Library Launch at Morpeth Chantry, where we will be celebrating the launch of the Hexham Book Festival's 10th anniversary eBook 'Northumberland. Time and Place'. 

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All of our libraries will be running a quiz and treasure hunt in celebration of National Poetry Day. All are welcome to take part, either pop in to your library or alternatively download the quiz and treasure hunt forms from the links below. The lucky will winner will receive a £10 book voucher! Competition closes Thursday 6th October.

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Congratulations to our Winners!

 

Congratulations to our Ship Shape Poetry Competition winner Christine Lowes! 

 

The Fleet

Talls ShipsThere is a familiar arrangement of sea and cliff

where the golden fish-hook bay fails to capture

the milky-green waves sweeping to the beach.

 

It is here that the evening haze is peacock-coloured

and delicate hues run slowly over sky and

water, then melt smoothly together like oil. 

 

Marvel at the moon as it rises out of the sea

to hang motionless like a foreign bloom 

to beam dazzling light on a reek of weed and guts.

 

Watch at dawn, as far out to sea, through melting mist

will emerge the impression of a horizon which 

hides more distance than you will ever see.

 

Look closely, and a white sailed fishing fleet

will emerge, voiceless, timeless, quiet as air

as it drifts like scraps of paper, 

slicing in fast, sharp curves 

towards the women who wait.

 

 

2nd and 3rd place:

Alistair Finlayson - Old Tar Thoughts
Chris Raetschus - Say It Never Happened
 
And highly commended Nancy Priest - Lindisfarne Seals
 
Congratluations to our winner of the childrens competition Ciara Moor - Picnic at the Beach

Summer Reading Challenge Presentations

Congratulations to all who have completed the Summer Reading Challenge 2016! medal and certificate

Once again we are holding a special presentation of medals and certificates for all children who have successfully completed this year's Summer Reading Challenge.
We are inviting children and their families along to their local library where we will celebrate this special event. 
 
One child from each library will receive the Branch Prize, this year the prize is a Big Friendly Read Kit Bag and Activity Book.  The winner of the branch prize will then go through to the County Prize Draw where they will be in with a chance of winning 'Chocolate to Christmas' - one bar of delicious popping candy chocolate per week from October through to Christmas, donated by North Chocolate, a local artisan chocolate maker.'  The County Prize Draw will take place at the Ashington Library presentation on Thursday 22nd September at 4pm, with Cllr Chisholm drawing out the lucky winner.
 
So don't forget to come along and claim your medal and certificate if you have completed the challenge! Presentations will be taking place:
 
  • Tuesday 13th Sept - Hexham Abbey 3.45pm
  • Tuesday 13th Sept -Wylam Library 4pm
  • Wednesday 14th Sept - Cramlington Library 4pm
  • Thursday 15th Sept - Bedlington Library 4pm
  • Thursday 15th Sept - Morpeth Town Hall 4pm
  • Friday 16th Sept - Rothbury Library 5.30pm
  • Friday 16th Sept - Haydon Bridge Library 4pm
  • Friday 16th Sept - South Beach Library 4pm
  • Friday 16th Sept - St Andrews Church Corbridge 5pm
  • Friday 16th Sept - Guidepost Library 4pm
  • Friday 16th Sept - Amble Library 4pm
  • Saturday 17th Sept - Alnwick Library 11am
  • Monday 19th Sept - Blyth Library 4pm
  • Wednesday 21st Sept - Berwick Maltings Theatre 4pm
  • Wednesday 21st Sept - Seaton Sluice Library 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 21st Sept - Seaton Valley Library 5pm
  • Wednesday 21st Sept - Bedlington Station Library 4pm
  • Wednesday 21st Sept - Newbiggin Library 4pm
  • Thursday 22nd Sept - Ashington Library 4pm
  • Thursday 22nd Sept - Hirst Library 4pm