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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

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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.

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.

www.lizmillion.com

 

  

 

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

www.thatpoetrybloke.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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

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.