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Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight


From 6 - 19 June it is Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight!  This annual campaign brings public libraries and blind and partially sighted people together in an effort to improve access to books and information.

In our libraries we have:

Large Print Books


Using a font of at least 16 points in size, large print titles are perfect for people who have poor vision.  Large print books can be borrowed for free in the same way as normal books.  It is free to reserve large print books from other Northumberland Libraries if your library does not have the one you want. 



Audiobooks, or spoken word books, are available in many titles for adults and children, on CD, tape and MP3 Playaway. They can be loaned for 3 weeks for free to library members who are partially sighted or blind.  We have qualified staff to help you and teach you how to use audiobooks.  Audiobooks are listed in the online catalogue as 'spoken word'.

Audiobook Groups

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Audio Book Groups for people who have a visual impairment or face barriers in reading printed books take place in a number of our libraries.  We currently have groups at:

  • Alnwick Library – meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2.15 - 3.30pm
  • Hexham Library – meets on the last Thursday of the month from 1.30 - 2.45pm
  • Morpeth Library – meets on the first Thursday of the month from 1.30 - 3pm
  • Ponteland Library – meets on the first Monday of the month from 10.30am - 12noon 


There are over 100 eAudiobooks available for download from our Oneclick Digital system. Find out what eAudiobooks are available.

Borrow up to 6 eAudiobooks for free.  When downloading 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!  Find out more information on eAudio.


Talking Books from the RNIB

The RNIB offers a Talking Books Service.  It is free to use and to be eligible to join the service you have to be a UK resident who is blind, partially sighted, or have an impairment that prevents or limits you from reading standard print.   They have 23,000  titles available by digital download to your favourite device through RNIB Overdrive, or on DAISY CD and USB stick, delivered direct to your door.  




Celebrate Elmer Day on 28 May and win a Elmer bag!

Elmer Day is a national celebration of popular children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.  So why not borrow a 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. No need to book - just turn up!

Tuesday 24 May at Seaton Valley Library 9.15am - 9.45am Please note this event is suitable for 0-4 years.

Friday 27 May at Seaton Valley Library 11.10am - 11.40am  Please note this event is suitable for 0-4 years.

Friday 27 May at Bedlington Library 2.15pm - 2.45pm Please note this event is suitable for 0-4 years.

Saturday 28 May at Hexham Library 10.30am - 11.30am  

Tuesday 31 May at Haydon Bridge Library 2.30pm - 3.30pm

There will also be colouring sheets and activity sheets available at Corbridge and Prudhoe Libraries on Saturday 28 May for drop in activities for children to do when in the library (available during normal opening hours).  At Berwick Library (The Swan Centre) on Saturday 28 May children who visit the library will be able to colour in a patch on the Elmer the patchwork elephant wall display.  At Ashington Library activity sheets and colouring sheets will also be available throughout the week, and children will get the chance to be creative and help decorate a paper collage  “Elmer”. 


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We are giving away two gorgeous Elmer tote bags to celebrate Elmer Day.  Send us an Elmer book themed photo on FacebookTwitter or email us it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your chance to win!  Closing date for photos is 4 June.


Free Half-Term Workshops!

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Spellbound are back this half-term with their enchanting storybook events! These fun free events are taking place around the County and we would love for you to join us. 


Crafty Chinese Brush Painting

Try your hand at the art of Chinese brush painting with splendid artist Chun-Chao Chiu and learn how to paint tremendously tall ships. A creative session for children aged 5+ and those who care for them.


Spectacular Stories of the Seven Seas 

Join Marvellous artist Michelle Wood who will show you how to create your very own exciting adventure book to take home. A creative session for children aged 5+ and those who care for them.


Chloe Daykin's Terrific Tall Ships

Shiver me timbers me hearties, come and make your own popup pirate ship complete with salty sea dogs, story book and hidden treasure. A creative session for children aged 5+ and those who care for them.


Advanced booking is advisable for all events.

How to avoid your items becoming overdue

Did you know library members can choose email as their preferred notification method?


Our notifications will let you will receive an email reminder 3 days before your items are due for return so that you can bring them back or renew them before their due date.  It will also let you know when books are overdue and when your reservations are ready to collect.

You can also renew and reserve items online yourself with your library card and PIN. To find out how to renew online please visit our frequently asked questions.

If you would like to swap to email notification or want a PIN please ask a member of library staff or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join Hexham Hackmonsters

We are… Hexham Hackmonsters!

And we are a group of reading hackers located at Hexham Library in the Queen’s Hall.

Our Interests include: Books, Creative writing and volunteering.  We have recently had a Creative Writing Workshop with local author Stevie Ronnie and we plan to have similar groups in future.

We plan to have a regular open meeting for people aged 12-18 who like reading and writing at Hexham Library.  The next meeting is on Wednesday 27 April at 4pm.

If you are interested, our group contact is Jackie White, you can usually contact her at Hexham library: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Happy Hacking!

These photos were taken at a creative writing workshop with local author Stevie Ronnie

Hexham Hackmonsters with Stevie Ronnie 19.3.16 Hexham Hackmonsters Creative Writing Workshop 19.3.16

About Reading Hack

Reading Hack is a programme led by young people aged 13 to 24 who do reading activities and volunteering, called hacks, to gain skills and experience. Visit our Reading Hack webpage to find out more.

Big North Book Run - Meet the Author

bignorthbookrunIn April a number of Pan Macmillan authors are attending libraries across the North East for a series of special author events.  

From the 21-23 April the Big North Book Run will take place with three great authors -Rita Bradshaw, Mari Hannah and Lucy Diamond each visiting a library in Northumberland.


ritabMeet Rita Bradshaw at Bedlington Library - 21 April at 7pm - 8pm

Born in Northamptonshire, where she still lives, Rita started her writing career with Mills & Boon before branching out into historical sagas. Now with 19 novels to her name, Rita is one of the country’s best-selling and most popular writers of historical fiction. Despite her Midlands background, several of her novels are set in the pit villages of the North East. We are delighted she is coming to Northumberland where she will talk about her life and career with her trademark warmth and friendliness.
Please contact Bedlington Library on Tel: 01670 622201 beforehand to book. Ticket price £2.50.
marihMeet Mari Hannah at Berwick Library (The Swan Centre) - 22 April at 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Mari is well known for her Kate Daniels crime novels.  Mari will talk about her choice of a new hero in 'The Silent Room' and what it is like to have your work adapted for TV.  
This event is also part of our World Book Night celebrations so please bring a book to swap with other participants as part of World Book Night.
Please contact Berwick library on Tel: 01670 626099 beforehand to book. Ticket price £2.50.  This event will be taking place at The Swan Centre, the temporary home of Berwick Library.
lucydMeet Lucy Diamond at Ashington Library - 23 April at 2pm -3pm
A Girls' Afternoon Out with Lucy Diamond, author of the popular 'Beach Cafe ' Series.  Although Lucy started out writing children’s fiction (and still does), her Beach Café series propelled her into the bestseller charts and earned her the title ‘queen of summer reading’. If you enjoy Sophie Kinsella or Milly Johnson, then Lucy’s brand of contemporary women’s fiction will appeal.
Come and hear Lucy talk about her work, buy a book and enjoy cupcakes and bubbly.
Please contact Ashington Library on 01670 622262 beforehand to book. Ticket price £2.50

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? 


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:
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.
  • 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.

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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