Lynemouth Library has relocated to Lynemouth Day Centre as of Mon 19 Feb. The entrance is to the front of the building. Opening hours will be as follows: Monday 10am-12pm, 12.30pm-4.30pm and Thursday 3pm-5pm. No public PCs are available but free WiFi is available if customers wish to bring their own devices.

Keep up to date with all the latest news and events from Northumberland Libraries by reading our blog.

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.


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.

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:

Lego Donations Needed

We'd like to start up a Lego Club at Ashington Library! Do you have any spare or unused Lego that you could donate to the library to help get this group started? If the answer is yes please drop any donations off at the library.

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Meet the Author LJ Ross

Ashington Library is getting ready to welcome a visit from bestselling Northumbrian born crime writer, L J Ross on Wednesday 13 September from 4pm-5pm. LJ Ross is the author of the bestselling series of six DCI Ryan mystery novels all set in and around our beautiful county of Northumberland.


Louise will be talking about how she came to leave her career as a lawyer in London to settle in Bath with her family and pursue her dream of writing. She will be making a return visit to her home ground to discuss how the local landscape has inspired her to write her novels which include Holy Island, Sycamore Gap and the recently published Cragside.

Come along and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat and take the opportunity to purchase copies of the books and have them signed by the author.  Tickets for this event are £3 and are bookable beforehand via Eventbrite at:

New App for eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines

Northumberland Library members can now access audiobooks, magazines, and eBooks all in one easy-to-use mobile app.  Mobile apps are available for Apple™, Android™, and Kindle Fire™ devices.  It can be found by searching for "RBdigital" in your app's store.  Previously two different apps were needed to use eMagazines and eBooks/eAudio.  

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  • When downloading your eBook or eAudiobook you can select the amount of time you wish to borrow the item for ranging from 1 to 21 days. There are no overdue fees and if you finish early you can return it early! eBooks include The Girl on the Train, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and  A Game of Thrones.  Our selection is updated on a regular basis too!
  • You can choose from over 20 popular magazine titles.  List of titles include: Good Housekeeping UK, Kitchen Garden, BBC Good Food, Digital Photographer, 25 Beautiful Homes and more.  Once you have downloaded the magazine you can keep it for as long as you wish. 

Use our easy links below to get the app you need for your device:

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  • You do need to be a library member to use this service.  You can join by filling in this online form.  Your library card with your number will then be posted to you and you can start to use this service.  Alternatively you can visit any Northumberland Library and join there.  

Please note if you join online your temporary ID will not work.Please note if you are using a laptop or desktop pc you will need to visit the two seperate websites:


Animal Agents - Still 23 days left to join!

The Summer Reading Challenge is well under way in our libraries now with lots of fun events taking place.

Ashington Summer Reading Challenge

1566 children so far have signed up to the Summer Reading Challenge this year. The top three libraries for children joining are:

1. Prudhoe Library
2. Ashington Library
3. Widdrington Library

There is still time to sign up and take part in this year's challenge. Children can sign up at any Northumberland library till the 26 August.

A fantastic 163 children have also joined the library for the first time in order to complete the Summer Reading Challenge. The top three libraries for new members are:

1.  Ponteland Library
2.  Prudhoe Library
3.  Blyth Library

72 Children have even completed the challenge but don't worry if your child has not yet. You have till the 9 September to complete the challenge.

Finally, so far the schools with the greatest number of pupils taking part are:

1. Grange View Church of England First School
2. Bothal Primary School
3. Prudhoe West First School

To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge in Northumberland Libraries please visit this page.



Bob Balmer

We were sorry to hear of the death of Bob Balmer.  The well known Blyth Local Historian and voluntary worker, Bob Balmer, died recently after a long illness.

Bob Balmer, affectionately known as Bob, was a well known Local Historian who took pride in promoting the history of Blyth and its unsung heroes. Along with his voluntary work in the community Bob was highly respected for his achievements in local and maritime history. Many people from all over the country and abroad benefitted from his painstaking research. The Local Studies Collection at Blyth Library also benefitted from his unpublished work and has helped many local history researchers. Bob also did much work with community groups such as Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre helping many unemployed people. Bob gave his time to help anyone in the community.

In his younger and fitter days Bob gave valuable service in Blyth Lifesaving Company, Fire Service, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear Archives as well as helping disadvantaged young people and the disabled. His greatest and proudest achievement was being awarded an OBE in 2010. He will be greatly missed.

Gordon Smith, Chair Blyth Local History Society.

Mark Annis, Northumberland Libraries.


Summer Reading Challenge 2017, Animal Agents


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 DSC4217The Reading Agency and libraries are delighted to present the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents - a whole host of clever creatures, ready to solve all kinds of crimes! This band of furry, slippery and feathered friends is specially trained to use their skills and natural instincts to unravel mysteries – with a huge helping of fun along the way.

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

  • The Summer Reading Challenge is run by the charity "The Reading Agency" and takes place every year
  • Every year there is a different theme
  • This year's theme is "Animal Agents"
  • The aim of the challenge is for children to sign up at their local library, read six books during the summer holidays by  visiting  the library three times.
  • The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged 4 - 11 years. Children can sign up at any Northumberland Library and it is all completely free.

Enrolling your child

  • Children can sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge from 8 July until 26 August 2017
  • The last date to complete the challenge is Saturday 9 September 2017
  • On joining, children will be given fun materials to get them started and additional incentives will be awarded as children progresses through the Challenge. Materials include stickers, collector folder and bookmark.
  • Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays but the Summer Reading Challenge helps children to keep up their reading skills and confidence.
  • Under 4's can take part too!  They will be given a 'Pre-School Card' and will have to collect six stickers.  On the back of the card there are activities that under 4's can do with their parents or carers
  • Materials for Children with Visual Impairment are available.  Please ask at your local library for more information

Activities in Libraries

There will be lots of activities taking place across libraries over the summer.

  • Ever wondered what a snake feels like or a tortoise? How about getting up close to a Gecko?  Come along and meet the friendly animals from Creatures up Close, during our animal handling events.
  • Learn how to be a super pet owner with events from Blue Cross for Pets.
  • Discover how to be a responsible dog owner and safety around dogs at our fun and interactive events with the Dogs Trust.
  • Explore the world of cats during fun activities with Cats Protection and receive a free goody bag during the event!  
  • Meet a real life dog detective from Northumbria Police at Cramlington Library

We have some exciting animal events lined up so there's lots to do during the summer holidays at your local library. Find out more and reserve tickets at Northumberland Libraries Events

Prize Draws

We have 3 prize draws for family days out to be won throughout the Challenge.  The prizes are: Hall Hill Farm, Kirkley Hall Zoo and Whitehouse Farm. The draws will take place on Friday 14 July, Friday 21 July, Friday 28 July and Friday 4 August 2017.  Keep checking our Facebook page for the results.


What happens when my child has completed the Summer Reading Challenge?

  • Children who have completed the Challenge will be invited to a special presentation in September and they will   get a "gold" medal and a special certificate.
  • Under 4's who have completed the Challenge will be presented with an "Animal Agents" certificate.
  • All children who complete the Challenge will also be entered into a prize draw.

We are already preparing for the Challenge in libraries. If you can't wait until then, you can find out more, watch the official trailer, play games, enter competitions and lots more at the official Summer Reading Challenge website.

Keep checking our blog and social media pages for more library updates over the coming weeks. 




Illustrations ©Tony Ross for The Reading Agency and Photos © Dale Cherry 2017 for The Reading Agency, with thanks to Newham Council and Calverton Primary School

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National Bookstart Week 2017 - we had a great time!

Children from across Northumberland joined in the fun for National Bookstart Week 5-11 June, with Let's Explore Outdoors themed activities, songs and stories.  All children taking part received a copy of Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall, as well as bunny ears and themed rhyme sheets.

Featured photographs come from Berwick Library Friday morning stores and rhymes, Widdrington Library with nursery children from Grange View School and Ovingham Under 5's


Widdington Library

School pupils from Grange View First School were invited to Widdrington Library to receive their Treasure Packs.  They listened to the National Bookstart Week book "Everybunny Dance" by Ellie Sandall.  Children also took part in a colouring in activities with their teacher and staff from the library.


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Berwick Library

Lots of little ones and their parents enjoyed themselves at the National Bookstart Week themed "Everybunny Dance" story and rhymetime event.  Everyone joined in the fun and sang "Little Peter Rabbit", "Round and Round the Garden" and many more from the rhyme sheet.


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Ovingham Under 5's

The under 5's at Ovingham took their activities outdoors.  A good time was had by all, wearing their bunny hats and singing songs.



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Copies of Everybunny Dance! and other freebies are available from your local library