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World Book Night 2016

Active Northumberland libraries are excited to be taking part in World Book Night 2016 which falls on April 23rd.  The Reading Agency have now announced the 15 titles chosen to be gifted at a series of events across the country with the aim of spreading the love of reading to people who may not regularly read. Click here to find World Book Night books in the Library catalogue. 

 Am I Normal YetBaby at the Beach CafeBand of Brothers

I Cant Begin to Tell YouLast Bus to CoffeevilleLove Poems

Now You See MePerfect DaughterReasons to Stay Alive

Shadow and BoneSomeone Elses SkinThe Rotters Club

Too Good to be TrueTreacheryWhispering Shadows

The World Book Night website is now open for anyone who would like to be a volunteer book giver to apply to win a set of World Book Night titles.  If successful, volunteers can select an Active Northumberland Library as a base to collect their books.   Volunteers can also register if they would like to gift their own personal books to people for World Book Night or if they would like to gift books as part of an organisation.  For full details of how to apply please click here.

 Northumberland Libraries will be holding a series of events around the week of World Book Night.  Please keep a look out for the announcements of these events in the New Year! 

Let the Library help you get ready for Christmas!

Let the library help you get ready for Christmas this year with books on crafts and cooking.  We have picked out a selection of some of our favourite craft and cooking books.  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 new eMagazines that are packed full of Christmas ideas!  To see what eMagazines are available please click here.

Christmas Crafts

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Christmas Cooking

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The Northern Children's Book Festival 2015

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Northern Children’s Book Festival (NCBF) has now been running for 32 years and in 2015 we will be welcoming some extra special author guests to deliver sessions in local schools.

For two weeks, from Monday 9th – Friday 20th November, a host of fantastic and inspiring authors, poets, storytellers and illustrators will visit schools and libraries all across the North East. The festival fortnight will culminate in a Gala Day which, this year, is taking place in Durham Town Hall on Saturday 21st November. 

This year, Northumberland are welcoming these fantastic authors:

NCBF 1Award-winning children’s author Guy Bass will be talking about his latest book in the ‘Stitch Head’ (see photo!) series. Guy will also be appearing at this year’s Gala Day.         

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NCBF 2Liz Million, amazing picture book author and illustrator. Liz will also demonstrating her fantastic artwork at this year’s Gala Day.

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NCBF 3Craig Bradley is a fantastic writer and performance poet.

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And, last but not least, the wonderful Viv French, author of a vast range of fantastic children’s books. Viv French is an ambassador for NCBF and will also be performing at this year’s Gala Day.

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We’re looking forward to a fantastic fortnight with our authors and hope to see lots of you at this year’s Gala Day:

Saturday 21st November - Durham Town Hall

For more information on NCBF and all the brilliant authors and illustrators appearing at this year’s Gala Day, check out the new website:

www.northernchildrensbookfestival.org.uk

Northern Children’s Book Festival (NCBF) has now been running for 32 years and in 2015 we will be welcoming some extra special author guests to deliver sessions in local schools.

For two weeks, from Monday 9th – Friday 20th November, a host of fantastic and inspiring authors, poets, storytellers and illustrators will visit schools and libraries all across the North East. The festival fortnight will culminate in a Gala Day which, this year, is taking place in Durham Town Hall on Saturday 21st November. 

This year, Northumberland are welcoming these fantastic authors:

 Award-winning children’s author Guy Bass will be talking about his latest book in the ‘Stitch Head’ (see photo!) series.  Guy will be visiting New Delaval Primary School on Wednesday 11th November.  Guy will also be appearing at this year’s Gala Day.         

www.guybass.com

 

 

 

 Liz Million, amazing picture book author and illustrator.  Liz will be visiting St Mary’s RC First and The Sele First Schools on Monday 16th November.  Liz will also be demonstrating her fantastic artwork at this year’s Gala Day.

www.lizmillion.com

Craig Bradley is a fantastic writer and performance poet.  Craig is at Ashington Central Primary School on Friday 13th November

www.thatpoetrybloke.com

 

 

And, last but not least, the wonderful Viv French, author of a vast range of fantastic children’s books will be spending the day with the children of Warkworth First School on Thursday 12th  November.  Viv French is an ambassador for NCBF and will also be performing at this year’s Gala Day.

www.vivianfrench.com

 

 

 

We’re looking forward to a fantastic fortnight with our authors and hope to see lots of you at this year’s Gala Day:                       

Saturday 21st November

                                    Durham Town Hall

For more information on NCBF and all the brilliant authors and illustrators appearing at this year’s Gala Day, check out the new website:

www.northernchildrensbookfestival.org.uk.

Britannica Online Winter Quiz - Win £25 Amazon Voucher

Is your child more interested in the Internet than a book? Do you struggle to help your children with their homework? With Britannica they can still learn while having fun.  The Britannica Library Junior is the ideal choice for helping children between 5 and 11 years old with their homework and finding out more about the world on an age-appropriate website.  It can be used at home or in the library for free.  To use it at home all you need is your 14 digit library card number.

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We are currently running a  Britannica Online Winter Quiz for library members up to12 years old and if they complete the quiz correctly they have a chance of winning a £25 Amazon voucher.  The questions must be answered using Britannica Library Junior Online.  Please do not forget to fill in your contact details when you have completed the quiz so that if you win you can be informed.

The quiz can be found by visiting - http://quiz.britannica.co.uk/Northumberland.  

To use Britannica Library Junior Online please click here.

Rules:

  • The quiz runs from today till 12 December and last entries must be received by 5pm on 12 December 2015.  
  • Correct entries will have a chance to win 1 of  3 prizes  -£25 Amazon voucher kindly donated by Encyclopaedia Britannica UK Ltd.
  • Britannica Library Junior Online must be used to answer the questions.
  • Library members up to 12 years old can enter.  If you are not a library member and wish to join please click here or visit your local library.

What to Read After The Hunger Games

Have you finished The Hunger Games and stuck on what to read next?  Here is a selection of some of our favourite books for people who enjoyed The Hunger Games and want to read more!

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1.  Gone Series by Michael Grant - Suddenly there were no adults, no answers. What would you do? In the blink of an eye, the world changes. The adults vanish without a trace, and those left must do all they can to survive.

2.  Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver - Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But then, with only 95 days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable!

3.  Wool Trilogy by Hugh Howey - In a ruined and hostile landscape, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. The people who don't follow the rules are the dangerous ones; they dare to hope and dream, and infect others with their optimism.

4.  Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth - In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior's world, society is divided into five factions - Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) - each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a "perfect society." At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives.

5.  The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner - When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside.

6.  The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry - It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath. In a future society, life appears civilised and ordered. But when 12-year-old Jonas is given the job of 'Receiver of Memories' he realises the horrible truth that lies behind the perfect facade

7.  Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld - Tally lives in a world where your 16th birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases your flaws, transforming you from an 'Ugly' into a 'Pretty'. She is on the eve of this important event, and cannot wait for her life to change. But then she meets Shay, and her whole outlook is different. 

8.  The Selection Series by Kiera Cass - It's the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's love.

9.  Birthmarked Series by Caragh O'Brien - In the future, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like 16-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia delivers babies, then hands a quota over to be 'advanced' into the privileged society of the Enclave. She has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested.

10.  Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare - 16-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry.

11.  Ender Wiggin Saga  by Orson Scott Card - When humanity is under threat from an alien race, Ender Wiggin, at the age of six, leaves his family on Earth to journey to the Belt. There he enters Battle School, where his life is strictly disciplined and he is prepared for war. 

12.  Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis - Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away. Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But 50 years before she's due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy's lost on board and nothing makes sense - she's never felt so alone.

 

 

Learn about Space with Britannica!

Did you know more than "5,000 spacecraft have travelled beyond the atmosphere of the Earth to explore outer space."  You can find out more great Space facts such as who was the first man in space and what kind of training do astronauts do by using our free online resource Britannica.  This month they have a spotlight on space exploration which you can take a look at by clicking here.

BritLibraryJuniorBritannica can be used at home all you need is your library card number to login with.  The great thing about Britannica is it is split into three sections - Adult, Student and Junior. So if your child is more interested in the Internet than a book or if you struggle to help your children with their homework - Britannica Library Junior is the ideal choice for helping children between 5 and 11 years old.  To start using Britannica Junior click here

To find out more about Britannica please click here.  

Download eMagazines, eBooks and eAudio 24/7!

Library members can now download eMagazines, eBooks and eAudio for free 24/7!

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You can choose from over 30 popular magazine titles. List of titles include: Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, BBC Good Food, 25 Beautiful Homes, Astronomy, Focus, Webuser, Lonely Planet Traveller, Auto Express, Your Family Tree, Prima Baby and more ...

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There are no loan period or overdue fees, so magazines can be read at your leisure! Once you have downloaded the magazine you can keep it for as long as you wish.  Find out more here.

eBooks and eAudio

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We have over 100 eAudiobooks that you can download.  Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella, The Girl You left Behind by Jojo Moyes and Matter by Iain M Banks are just a small selection of what is available.

Spqr A Roman Miscellany by Anthony Everitt,  Cilla - Queen of the Swinging Sixties, Rory McIlroy - The Champion Golfer, Voices of Geordie Childhood and Neymar are just some of the eBooks we currently have.  

You only need to register once to use both eBook and eAudiobook service.  To find out more about eBooks and eAudio please click here.

Not a Library member?

Not a member but what to use eMagazines, eBooks or eAudio?  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.  Please note if you join online your temporary ID will not work.

Halloween Horror events at the Library!

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Looking for something to keep your little witches and wizards occupied over half term?

The Library has lots of wonderful half term events, with some special spooktacular sessions taking place for Halloween. Creepy crafts, frightful fancy dress, and much more fun not to be missed.

 

Please click on the event listed below for more information. 

To keep up to date with all events taking place don’t forget to check what’s on in our Libraries here. 

Borrow a Banned Book!

Cramlington Library have a great display highlighting lots of books that have been banned by governments or authorities for various reasons.

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"A banned book is one that has been censored by an authority—a government, a library, or a school system.  Many people think that book banning is something that only happened in the past. But every year, hundreds of attempts to ban books are made! Probably the most famous books banned in recent years are the Harry Potter and Twilight series in certain countries." 

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The first four books in theHarry Potter collection are the most banned books in America. Some people have accused them of promoting witchcraft and the occult.

Other books that have been banned include: Fifty Shaded of Grey, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Black Beauty, Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird, Captain Underpants, His Dark Materials, The Kite Runner, Catch 22, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby and The Lovely Bones.  Why not search the library catalogue and borrow a "banned book" and decide for yourself.  Remember if your library doesnt have the book you want you can request it from another Northumberland Library for free.

Use Britannica Online

If all the information from online Britannica was in book form it would be 29 volumes. Imagine trying to look through all that information in a hurry! With all the information online you will be able to find it quickly and easily at the click of a button.  Library members can use Britannica for free at home or in the library.  All you need is your library card.  There are three versions of Britannica - Adult, Junior and Student.

The Britannica Library Junior is the ideal choice for helping children between 5 and 11 years old with their homework and finding out more about the world on an age-appropriate website.  

Britannica Library Student is written for 12-18 year olds. The encyclopedia is ideal to use for help with homework and coursework topics - and it is also fun to use for general knowledge.

October is Black History Month and Britannica Library have a great feature on it.  Read some inspiring life  stories – from Mo Farah to Martion Luther King.  Try a quiz, crossword, or wordsearch,  - there’s even a lesson plan for teachers.  Take a look at the feature by clicking here.  Or see a timeline.

If you prefer you can go straight to Britannica and start using it.  Just click on the resource you want to use.

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Use Britannica Library online at home or in the library … what will you discover today?  Check out other Northumberland Libraries online resources here