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Christmas in the Library

There is lots going on this Christmas in our Libraries.

Events

Local school children are being welcomed into libraries to entertain library visitors.  On Wednesday 13 December at 10am, children from Bothal Primary School will be singing Christmas carols in Ashington Library and on Tuesday 19 December at 10.30am, children from Malvin’s Close Primary Academy will be carolling in Blyth Library.

Libraries are also running lots of great events to keep children entertained during the Christmas holidays.

Both Berwick and Blyth libraries are running regular drop in events leading up to the Christmas holidays. Blyth Library is offering Quick Christmas Crafts every Saturday from 10am - 11.30am and Berwick Library is offering Do it Yourself Crafts from 10am - 3pm. Sessions start on Saturday 25th November and run up till Saturday 16 December. 

Wylam Library is holding a Christmas Story & Rhymetime on 5 December at 2.30pm.  

Ashington Library is having a Christmas Fair on Thursday 7 November, 10am - 6pm.

Prudhoe Library is holding three Story and Rhymetimes for little ones.  They will run on a Friday at 10:30am - 11am from 8 December up to 22 December.  They will also be running a Christmas Crafts session on Thursday 21 December at 3pm.

Ponteland Library are holding a Christmas Craft session on 18 December at 10:30am - 11.30am  Children can make reindeer and angels.  Places can be booked online at Eventbrite.

Additional Christmas Stories and Craft sessions will be taking place at libraries across the County. Please visit Eventbrite for details of all events taking place in libraries or check out our events calendar and follow Northumberland Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Reading

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From Christmas reads to cooking and craft books your library is sure to have something for you.  Visit your library or search the library catalogue to find out what else is available. Remember if your library does not have the book you want, you can reserve it for free from another Northumberland Library.

Also why not take a look at our eBooks and eMagazines that are packed full of Christmas too.

Children can also take part in our Elf on a Library Shelf Reading Challenge.

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All out Libraries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.   

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Elf on a Library Shelf

elfonshelfThis Christmas take part in our Elf Reading Challenge.  It will be running in all our libraries throughout December - from Friday 1st till Saturday 30.  The idea of the challenge is to encourage children to visit the library and keep them reading during the busy Christmas period.

Every branch has their own 'Library Elf'.  Elf loves to read and wants children to recommend books to him.  Each time children visit the library and borrow a book or introduce a new member, they will receive a small 'book' - on one side they write the name of a favourite book and on the other they write their name and library membership number.

Children can then post the 'book' in to the Christmas post box situated somewhere in the library.  The more 'books' children post, the more chances there are to win.  Each branch will carryout a prize draw at the start of January.

Library Christmas Opening Hours 2017

Northumberland Libraries would like to wish all our customers a Happy Christmas and New Year.

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All our Libraries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. For full opening times throughout the Christmas Holidays please see the table below.  Our three mobile libraries last operational day over the Christmas period will be Friday 22 December 2017.  Normal timetables will resume on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

And don't forget if our Libraries are closed you can still get instant access to our eMagazines, eBooks and eAudio 24/7. 

Items can also be renewed online if you are going away over the Christmas period.

Library Name Sat 23 Dec Sun 24 Dec Wed 27 Dec Thurs 28 Dec Fri 29 Dec Sat 30 Dec Sun 31 Dec
Allendale CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 12:30PM - 6PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Alnwick 9:30AM - 12:30PM CLOSED CLOSED 9AM - 5:30PM 12PM - 7PM 9:30AM - 12:30PM CLOSED
Amble 9:30AM - 12:30PM CLOSED 10AM - 1PM,
2PM - 7PM
CLOSED 10AM - 1PM,
2PM -5:30PM
9:30AM - 12:30PM CLOSED
Ashington 9AM - 6PM 8AM - 12PM 7AM - 7PM 7AM - 7PM 7AM - 7PM 9AM - 6PM 8AM - 12PM
Bedlington 10AM - 1PM CLOSED 9AM - 5PM 9AM - 6PM 9AM - 5PM 10AM - 1PM CLOSED
Bedlington Station 10AM - 12PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 1PM - 7PM CLOSED CLOSED
Bellingham CLOSED CLOSED 10AM - 1PM,
2PM - 5PM
CLOSED 10AM - 1PM,
2PM - 5PM
CLOSED CLOSED
Berwick 10AM - 5PM CLOSED 9AM - 5PM 9AM - 5PM 9AM - 5PM 10AM - 5PM CLOSED
Blyth 9:30AM - 12:30PM CLOSED 9AM - 5PM 9AM - 7PM 9AM - 5PM 9:30AM - 12:30PM CLOSED
Corbridge 11AM - 4PM CLOSED 11AM - 4PM CLOSED 11AM - 4PM 11AM - 4PM CLOSED
Cramlington 9:30AM - 1PM CLOSED 9AM - 4PM 9AM - 4PM 9AM - 4PM 9:30AM - 1PM CLOSED
Guide Post 10AM - 12PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 10AM - 12:30PM,
1PM - 5PM
CLOSED CLOSED
Haltwhistle 10AM - 1PM CLOSED 1OAM - 1PM,
1:30PM - 4:30PM
1OAM - 1PM,
1:30PM - 4:30PM
1OAM - 1PM,
1:30PM - 4:30PM
10AM - 1PM CLOSED
Haydon Bridge CAL CLOSED CLOSED 1PM - 4PM CLOSED 4PM - 6:30PM 9:30AM - 12:30PM CLOSED
Heddon CAL 10AM - 12PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 1PM - 5PM 10AM - 12PM CLOSED
Hexham 9:30AM - 5PM CLOSED 9AM - 5PM 9AM - 5PM 9AM - 6PM 9:30AM - 5PM CLOSED
Hirst Welfare 9AM - 4PM 8AM - 12PM 8AM - 4PM 8AM - 4PM 7AM - 5PM 8AM - 12PM 8AM - 12PM
Kielder CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Lynemouth CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 1PM - 5:30PM CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Morpeth 9:30AM - 12:30PM CLOSED 9AM - 5PM 9AM - 5PM 9AM - 6PM 9:30AM - 12:30PM CLOSED
Newbiggin 8AM - 10PM CLOSED 8AM - 4PM 8AM - 4PM 8AM - 4PM 8AM - 12PM 8AM - 12PM
Ponteland 8AM - 6PM CLOSED 9AM - 4PM 9AM - 4PM 9AM - 4PM 9AM - 4PM CLOSED
Prudhoe 9:30AM - 1PM CLOSED 9AM - 5PM 9AM - 6PM 9AM - 5PM 9:30AM - 1PM CLOSED
Rothbury CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 2PM - 5PM 10AM - 1PM,
2PM - 5PM,
5:30PM - 7PM
CLOSED CLOSED
Seahouses The Hub CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Seaton Sluice CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 3PM - 5PM CLOSED CLOSED
Seaton Valley CLOSED CLOSED 9AM - 6PM 9AM - 5PM 9AM - 5PM CLOSED CLOSED
South Beach CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 1PM - 5PM CLOSED CLOSED
Widdrington CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 10AM - 12PM,
1PM - 4PM
CLOSED CLOSED
Wooler 10AM - 1PM CLOSED 10AM - 1PM 10AM - 1PM 10AM - 1PM 10AM - 1PM CLOSED
Wylam CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 1PM - 6PM CLOSED 9AM - 12PM CLOSED

 

 

Bear's Reading Adventure

Did you know all children aged 0-5 years can take part in 'Bear's Reading Adventure'. It follows the Bookstart blue bear mascot on his reading adventure, which takes him to the park, supermarket and library. However, there are ten objects missing in the book...

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If you visit one of our libraries you can pick up the sticker storybook. Children get awarded a new sticker to put in this special book every time they visit the library – And if they collect all 10 they can then download a special Bookstart certificate!

Find out more about Bear's Reading Adventure

Isobelle was the first child that has completed Bear's Reading Adventure at Prudhoe Library and here she is photographed holding her book.

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Story & Rhymetimes

Did you know we also run story and rhyme time sessions in the following libraries  -  please contact the individual library for more information:

  • Berwick Library - Story and Rhymetime every Friday 11am till 11.30am.
  • Blyth Library - Story and Rhymetime every Friday 9.30am till 10am.
  • Morpeth Library - Story and Rhymetime every Wednesday during term time 2.15pm till 2.45pm.
  • Seaton Valley Library - Story and Rhymetime every Tuesday during term time 9.15am till 9.45am

Free Half Term Events at the Library

There are lots of exciting free events happening over October half term in Northumberland Libraries.  Take a look at the list below and click on the individual event to find out more about it and to book a place online using Eventbrite.  Please note adults do not need a ticket for any of these events so please register children who wish to take part only.

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Tuesday 24 October

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Wednesday 25 October

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Thursday 26 October

Friday 27 October

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Libraries Week

Libraries Week runs from 9-14 October and gives you a chance to discover the range of things you can do at your local library, from accessing WiFi, downloading eBooks and eMagazines, children's activities, computer help to mention just a few! There are lots of different things to do at the library rather than just borrowing books.  Take a look below at these fantastic library facts:

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To celebrate Libraries Week we have highlighted some of the things that are happening during the week in our Libraries. 

LibWeekFullRGBClick on an individual event to find out more.

Did you know?

Here are a few facts you may not have known about us:

  • 30 of our Libraries have free WiFi that you can use.
  • You can download eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines 24/7.  All you need is a library card and to sign up for an RBdigital account.  Never be stuck for something to read again if your local library is closed.
  • If you visit one of our libraries you can pick up the sticker storybook ‘Bear's Reading Adventure’ – free for families with children aged up to five.  Children get awarded a new sticker to put in this book every time they visit the library – collect all 10 to download a special Bookstart certificate!
  • You can revise for your Theory Test online at home or in the library using our free resource - Theory Test Pro.
  • You can research your family tree in our libraries by using Ancestry, Find My Past and British Newspaper Archive online for free.

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Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo

Come and experience a fabulous musical theatre performance for children aged up to 7 and their families. Suitable for both groups from pre-school settings and individual families.

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Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo will be at:

Haltwhistle Library - Mon 16 Oct at 10am - 11am
Cramlington Library - Thurs 19 Oct at 10am - 11am
Ashington Library - Thurs 19 Oct at 1:45pm- 2:45pm

Tickets cost £2 and can be purchased online through Eventbrite. Please click on the event you would like to attend to book tickets.  Why not enter the competition to design a monster too!

From the creators of Hey, Presto!, Man on the Moon and The Worst Princess, comes a mischievous tale that little monsters everywhere are sure to fall in love with.  The hero of our story has received an invitation to run a zoo for a day. But this isn’t just any zoo, this zoo seems rather odd, and the keeper is in a great hurry to leave for his holiday. This zoo is a mess and the creatures are all misbehaving. This zoo is a Monster Zoo!

Can these naughty creatures ever learn to mind their manners? Join us on this exciting adventure to help our young hero take on a Monster Zoo full of weird and wonderful creatures. Featuring original live music performed by a monster band and lots of laughs for children aged up to 7 and their families.

Adapted by Stacey Sampson from the book written by Amy Sparkes and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie. Directed by Ruth Johnson.  For more information please visit the Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo Website.

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo Competition

Are you going to see Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo at Haltwhistle, Cramlington or Ashington?  If the answer is yes, then why not enter the competition to design and name your own monster.  There will be a winner at every venue and the winner will have the name of their monster mentioned in the show.

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Competition entries can be drawings, a photo of a written sentence about the monster, someone dressed up as their monster invention, a monster made in a craft activity ...the sky is your limit! We just need the following information:

  • The monster’s name
  • An idea of what it looks like
  • Something the monster does or likes/dislikes.  Does it have special powers? 
  • Your name
  • Tell us which show you will be coming to see

Entries can be either directly posted on to the Monster Zoo Tour Facebook page or by tagging them in a post and using the hashtag #monsterzootour. You could also post it on to our Facebook page or email us your entry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Have a look at the Hall of Fame page on our website for some examples. http://www.monsterzootour.com/monster-hall-of-fame/

Summer Reading Challenge Presentations 2017

 DSC4724Congratulations to all who have completed the Summer Reading Challenge 2017! 

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.  Where libraries are not holding presentations, arrangements will be made for children to receive their medals and certificates through their school or direct from the library.

So don't forget to come along and claim your medal and certificate if you have completed the challenge! Presentations will be taking place:

  • Thursday 14 September - Bedlington Library at 4pm
  • Thursday 14 September - Blyth Library at 4pm - 5pm
  • Friday 15 September - Haydon Bridge Library at 4pm
  • Friday 15 September - Rothbury Library at 5.30pm
  • Saturday 16 September - Alnwick Library at 10.30am
  • Saturday 16 September - Wooler Library at 11am
  • Tuesday 19 September - Hexham Abbey (for Hexham Library) at 3.30pm
  • Thursday 21 September - Cramlington Library at 4pm
  • Thursday 21 September - Ashington Library at 5pm - 6pm
  • Saturday 23 September - Berwick Library at 2pm
  • Monday 25 September - Seaton Sluice Library from 4pm onwards.  Please note all children that attend Seaton Sluice Nursery and First School will be presented with their certificates and medals in assembly.
  • Wednesday 27 September - Morpeth Library at 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 September - Ponteland Library at 4pm
  • Thursday 28 September - Newbiggin Library at 4pm - 5pm

 

Summer Reading Challenge Photos 2017

We have had lots of fun with this year's challenge. Take a look at what has been happening in our libraries: