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

Library members can now access Find My Past for Free!

familyhistoryphotosBring your past to life and build your family tree with our fantastic new subscription to Find My Past.  Search births, deaths and marriages, census records, the 1939 Register and much more.  You can create your own account and use the information you find to build a family tree.  This is a great resource to use with Ancestry and British Newspaper Archive to trace your ancestors.  

A wide range of records are waiting for you to discover them using this fantastic resource These include:

  • Access to the 1939 Register - The 1939 Register represents one of the most important documents in 20th century Britain. The information it contains not only helped toward the war effort, it was also used in the founding of the NHS.  
  • Census records - Census records from England, Wales & Scotland, 1841-1911
  • BMDs records - Easy-to-search birth, marriage and death records
  • Parish records - UK's largest collection of parish records, dating from 1538
  • Travel & migration records - Travel & migration records including 24 million passenger list records
  • Military records - Military, armed forces & conflict records from WWI, WWII & more
  • Newspaper records - Millions of pages of historical British Newspapers

Please note that you can use your Find My Past account anywhere but you will only get unlimited access from our subscription while on a library computer.  

Start using our Family History Resources

Research your family history and read historical newspaper articles with these three great online resources.  Library members can use these resources for free on all library computers.  To find out what other familiy history resources we have please visit our Family History section of the website.

(Please note these free subscriptions will not work using the library free wi-fi or on your own devices at home.)

To start using the resouces just click on the one you want below:

Are you interested in becoming a Code Club Volunteer?

Interested in Computer Coding? 

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Can you inspire kids aged 9-11?
Northumberland Code Club is recruiting Come along and find out more about these fun and rewarding volunteering opportunities at one of our informal sessions.
 
A friendly welcome and refreshments will be provided:
  • Thursday 10th March 6pm ­ 7.30pm, Cramlington Library
  • Friday 11th March 6pm ­ 7.30pm, Hexham Library
  • Tuesday 15th March 6pm ­ 7.30pm, Morpeth Library
  • Thursday 17th March 6pm ­ 7.30pm, Bari Tea, Alnwick
Register to attend a session via EventBrite ­ search 'Code Club Northumberland' or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01670 620185.
 
What is Code Club?
Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer­led after­school coding clubs for children aged 9­ - 11.  Find out more at: www.codeclub.org.uk.
 
What do kids learn?
Code Club provide step­by­step activity sheets for the children to follow so they can create games, animations and websites, learning the key concepts of programming at the same time. Code Club resources teach children Scratch, HTML/CSS and Python.
 
Volunteering
  • Anyone can run a Code Club ­ teachers, parents or volunteers.
  • Free training and resources are offered by Code Club.
  • Clubs are extra­curricular and can run after­school, or in the evenings/weekends.

Author Events in March

Spring is here and we have a wide variety of author events coming up in the next few months.  Thanks to our partners New Writing North, Hexham Book Festival and Pan Macmillan we have a diverse range of events this season covering fiction, memoir and creative writing.

Chatton author Caroline Roberts will talk about her latest novel ‘The Torn Up Marriage’ and her path to becoming a writer.  Chloe Daykin will lead a series of three workshops about writing for children.  Bea Davenport is also running a series of three workshops looking at the particular skills required for short story writing.   Mike Pratt, Chief Executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, will talk about his book, ‘My Wild Northumbria’.  Finally, Max Adams is coming to talk about his book ‘In the Land of Giants’. For more information please click on each event.

march author events

 

Need some help passing your Theory Test?

Northumberland Library members can use Theory Test Pro for free? No need for a CD, DVD or any other complications, you just need to be a library member with a valid email address and you’re good to go.

You can use it in the Library or from the comfort of your own home.  

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the official practice test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the people who set the tests!

See if you can answer this question....

Theory Test sample screen shot

Click here to access Theory Test Pro, or if you are not a Library member and would like to use this service click here to join

 

Celebrate National Libraries day with Northumberland Libraries!

Win a Kindle Fire!

 

We are giving away 2 Kindle Fires! kindle comp

 

For a chance to win, all you need to do is update your contact details!

 

Choose to receive either email or text as your preferred notification method.

 

Our notifications will let you know when books are overdue, when your reservations are ready and if you opt for email you will receive a reminder 3 days before your items are due for return. 


You have until 30 April 2016 to update your details. The winner will be notified by email or text on 11th May 2016. Call in to your local library or email mylibrary@activenorthumberland.org.uk to update your details.

Northumberland Libraries are celebrating Harry Potter Book Night

February 4 2016 will see the second annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world.  Here in Northumberland, we’re getting ready to host a range of events and two libraries will be hosting an unforgettable ‘Night of Spells’.

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On Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter.

 

The fun kicks off at Hexham Library at 3.30pm, young wizards, witches and muggles aged 8 – 12 years will be treated to games, activities, readings and quizzes. It all begins when the Sorting Hat decides who will be in which House, competing for house points throughout the evening’s challenges. These will include creating our own magical spells, readings from our favourite Harry Potter books and the Ultimate Spellathon trivia challenge! We’ll be dressing up the venue and creating our own Potions Corner as well as serving up wizard snacks inspired by the books.

‘Night of Spells’ starts at 4pm at Cramlington Library.  5 – 11 year olds will have a magical evening .   After being sorted into their houses, children will make their own magical wand (which they will need to take part in a charms class!), play table quidditch and take part in the trivia challenge – with a prize for the winning team!

 

Children visiting Bedlington Station Library can join in the fun for the whole week!  The library will be running a Harry Potter themed activity table from Monday 1st – Saturday 6th February.  Activities will be available during library opening hours.

 

5th Berwick Beavers will also be joining in the fun by having their very own ‘Night of Spells’ at Berwick Library.

 

Wylam's Big Book Club with guest Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves

 

On Monday 1st February 2016 Wylam Library will host the biggest book club ever seen in Northumberland! Local crime writer Ann Cleeves will be present at the event to share in the discussions about her books, and chat to the audience about her writing.

In anticipation of this event Wylam Library will have a wide range of Ann’s books available to borrow from January 2016 onwards - so just pick up a book from Wylam Library and make the most of this unique experience!

Christmas Opening Hours

All Libraries including Mobile Libraries will be closed during Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Monday 28th December (with the exception of Wooler Library open 10am-1pm and Haltwhistle Library open 10am-1pm and 1.30-4.30pm) and New Year’s Day.

For other opening times throughout the Christmas Holidays please see table below.

And don't forget if our Libraries are closed you can still get instant access to our eMagazines and eBooks

 

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Thursday 24TH Dec

Xmas Eve

 

Tuesday 29th Dec

 

Wednesday 30th Dec

 

Thursday 31st Dec

New Year’s Eve

 

Saturday 2nd Jan

Allendale CLOSED 2-4.30pm 5-7.30pm CLOSED CLOSED 10am-12pm
Alnwick 9am-1pm 9am-5.30pm CLOSED 9am-1pm 9.30am-12.30pm
Amble CLOSED CLOSED 10am-1pm 2-7pm CLOSED 9.30am-12.30pm
Bedlington 9am-12pm 1-5.30pm CLOSED 9am-12pm 9am-12pm
Bedlington Station CLOSED CLOSED 9am-12pm 1-7pm CLOSED 10am-12pm
Bellingham CLOSED 10am-12pm 1-6pm CLOSED CLOSED
Berwick CLOSED 9am-5.30pm 9am-7pm CLOSED 9.30am-12.30pm
Blyth 9am-3pm 9am-7pm 9am-5pm 9am-3pm 9.30am-12.30pm
Cowpen CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Corbridge CLOSED CLOSED 11am-4pm CLOSED 11am-4pm
Cramlington 9am-3pm 9am-7pm 9am-7pm 9am-3pm 9.30am-2pm
Ellington CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Guidepost CLOSED CLOSED 9am-12pm 1-7pm CLOSED 10am-12pm
Hadston 9am-2pm CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Haltwhistle 10am-1pm 10am-1pm 1.30-4.30pm 10am-1pm 1.30-4.30pm 10am-1pm 10am-2pm
Haydon Bridge 9am-12pm 1-4pm 1-4pm CLOSED 9.30am-12.30pm
Heddon CLOSED 1-6pm CLOSED CLOSED 10am-12pm
Hexham CLOSED 9am-5pm 9am-5pm CLOSED 9.30am-12.30pm
Hirst CLOSED 2-6.30pm 10am-1pm 2-5pm CLOSED CLOSED
Kielder CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Lynemouth CLOSED 1-5.30pm CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Morpeth 9am-3pm 9am-7.30pm 9am-7.30pm 9am-3pm 9.30am-12.30pm
Newbiggin CLOSED 2-5pm 10am-12pm 1-7pm CLOSED 10am-12pm
Ponteland CLOSED 1-7.30pm 9am-6pm CLOSED 9.30am-12.30pm
Prudhoe 9am-1pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-1pm 9.30am-1pm
Rothbury CLOSED 10am-1pm CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Seaton Sluice CLOSED CLOSED 10am-12pm 1-5pm CLOSED CLOSED
Seaton Valley 9am-3pm 9am-5pm 9am-6pm 9am-3pm 10am-12.30pm
South Beach CLOSED CLOSED 1-5pm CLOSED CLOSED
Widdrington CLOSED CLOSED 2-5pm 5.30-7pm CLOSED CLOSED
Wooler 10am-1pm 10am-1pm 10am-1pm 10am-1pm 10am-1pm
Wylam CLOSED 2-5pm 5.30-7pm CLOSED CLOSED 9am-12pm
Mobile Libraries 9am-1pm AS NORMAL AS NORMAL 9am-1pm AS NORMAL

Christmas is coming to the Library!

 

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Tis the season to be jolly and jolly our Libraries will be! We will be carolling, Christmas crafting and consuming many mince pies and you and your little ones are invited to join us.  Children can also take part in Christmas Mini Challenge that is run by The Reading Agency.

 Events are taking place at:

For more information please click on the link or contact the Library. 

 

Christmas Mini Challenge

The Reading Agency are running the Christmas Mini Challenge again this year.  To complete the challenge, children simply read 3 library books between 12 December and 6 January and log their reads on the website  http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ 

When they complete the challenge they will receive a virtual badge on their profile page, and a “well done” message from Cressida Cowell.  For more information click here.