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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

 

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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

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer Drop-In Sessions

 

 

Volunteers Wanted

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The 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. 

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Would you like to help younger children read over the summer?

Would you like to get some skills that will be great for your C.V., university application or Duke of Edinburgh Award assessment?

If you are between the ages of 13 and 24 and want to help promote reading to young people then become a Reading Hack with Northumberland Libraries.

Roles available include:

  • To help staff to administer the Challenge
  • To talk to children about the books they’ve been reading
  • To help children choose new books
  • To help with summer activities
  • To help to create in-library displays
  • Helping children to use the Summer Reading Challenge website
  • Using activity sheets and other ideas to help children share their reading choices with their peers

Drop-in Sessions

 

We will be holding a series of 'drop-in' sessions to tell you about being a Reading Hack and helping library staff run this year's Summer Reading Challenge. The Challenge asks children in the County to read six books during the school summer holidays for which they are awarded a certificate and medal and other goodies.

If you would like to know more then come to a drop-in session at:
 
Ashington Library - Monday 12 June, 3.30pm to 5.00pm
Hexham Library - Wednesday 14 June, 3.30pm to 5.00pm
Berwick Library - Thursday 15 June, 3.30pm to 5.00pm
 
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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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