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

Free Half Term Events at the Library

There are lots of exciting free events happening over October half term in Northumberland Libraries.  Take a look at the list below and click on the individual event to find out more about it and to book a place online using Eventbrite.  Please note adults do not need a ticket for any of these events so please register children who wish to take part only.

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Libraries Week

Libraries Week runs from 9-14 October and gives you a chance to discover the range of things you can do at your local library, from accessing WiFi, downloading eBooks and eMagazines, children's activities, computer help to mention just a few! There are lots of different things to do at the library rather than just borrowing books.  Take a look below at these fantastic library facts:

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To celebrate Libraries Week we have highlighted some of the things that are happening during the week in our Libraries. 

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Did you know?

Here are a few facts you may not have known about us:

  • 30 of our Libraries have free WiFi that you can use.
  • You can download eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines 24/7.  All you need is a library card and to sign up for an RBdigital account.  Never be stuck for something to read again if your local library is closed.
  • If you visit one of our libraries you can pick up the sticker storybook ‘Bear's Reading Adventure’ – free for families with children aged up to five.  Children get awarded a new sticker to put in this book every time they visit the library – collect all 10 to download a special Bookstart certificate!
  • You can revise for your Theory Test online at home or in the library using our free resource - Theory Test Pro.
  • You can research your family tree in our libraries by using Ancestry, Find My Past and British Newspaper Archive online for free.

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Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo

Come and experience a fabulous musical theatre performance for children aged up to 7 and their families. Suitable for both groups from pre-school settings and individual families.


Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo will be at:

Haltwhistle Library - Mon 16 Oct at 10am - 11am
Cramlington Library - Thurs 19 Oct at 10am - 11am
Ashington Library - Thurs 19 Oct at 1:45pm- 2:45pm

Tickets cost £2 and can be purchased online through Eventbrite. Please click on the event you would like to attend to book tickets.  Why not enter the competition to design a monster too!

From the creators of Hey, Presto!, Man on the Moon and The Worst Princess, comes a mischievous tale that little monsters everywhere are sure to fall in love with.  The hero of our story has received an invitation to run a zoo for a day. But this isn’t just any zoo, this zoo seems rather odd, and the keeper is in a great hurry to leave for his holiday. This zoo is a mess and the creatures are all misbehaving. This zoo is a Monster Zoo!

Can these naughty creatures ever learn to mind their manners? Join us on this exciting adventure to help our young hero take on a Monster Zoo full of weird and wonderful creatures. Featuring original live music performed by a monster band and lots of laughs for children aged up to 7 and their families.

Adapted by Stacey Sampson from the book written by Amy Sparkes and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie. Directed by Ruth Johnson.  For more information please visit the Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo Website.

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo Competition

Are you going to see Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo at Haltwhistle, Cramlington or Ashington?  If the answer is yes, then why not enter the competition to design and name your own monster.  There will be a winner at every venue and the winner will have the name of their monster mentioned in the show.


Competition entries can be drawings, a photo of a written sentence about the monster, someone dressed up as their monster invention, a monster made in a craft activity ...the sky is your limit! We just need the following information:

  • The monster’s name
  • An idea of what it looks like
  • Something the monster does or likes/dislikes.  Does it have special powers? 
  • Your name
  • Tell us which show you will be coming to see

Entries can be either directly posted on to the Monster Zoo Tour Facebook page or by tagging them in a post and using the hashtag #monsterzootour. You could also post it on to our Facebook page or email us your entry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Have a look at the Hall of Fame page on our website for some examples.

Summer Reading Challenge Presentations 2017

 DSC4724Congratulations to all who have completed the Summer Reading Challenge 2017! 

Once again we are holding a special presentation of medals and certificates for all children who have successfully completed this year's Summer Reading Challenge.

We are inviting children and their families along to their local library where we will celebrate this special event.  Where libraries are not holding presentations, arrangements will be made for children to receive their medals and certificates through their school or direct from the library.

So don't forget to come along and claim your medal and certificate if you have completed the challenge! Presentations will be taking place:

  • Thursday 14 September - Bedlington Library at 4pm
  • Thursday 14 September - Blyth Library at 4pm - 5pm
  • Friday 15 September - Haydon Bridge Library at 4pm
  • Friday 15 September - Rothbury Library at 5.30pm
  • Saturday 16 September - Alnwick Library at 10.30am
  • Saturday 16 September - Wooler Library at 11am
  • Tuesday 19 September - Hexham Abbey (for Hexham Library) at 3.30pm
  • Thursday 21 September - Cramlington Library at 4pm
  • Thursday 21 September - Ashington Library at 5pm - 6pm
  • Saturday 23 September - Berwick Library at 2pm
  • Monday 25 September - Seaton Sluice Library from 4pm onwards.  Please note all children that attend Seaton Sluice Nursery and First School will be presented with their certificates and medals in assembly.
  • Wednesday 27 September - Morpeth Library at 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 September - Ponteland Library at 4pm
  • Thursday 28 September - Newbiggin Library at 4pm - 5pm


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We have had lots of fun with this year's challenge. Take a look at what has been happening in our libraries:

Lego Donations Needed

We'd like to start up a Lego Club at Ashington Library! Do you have any spare or unused Lego that you could donate to the library to help get this group started? If the answer is yes please drop any donations off at the library.

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Meet the Author LJ Ross

Ashington Library is getting ready to welcome a visit from bestselling Northumbrian born crime writer, L J Ross on Wednesday 13 September from 4pm-5pm. LJ Ross is the author of the bestselling series of six DCI Ryan mystery novels all set in and around our beautiful county of Northumberland.


Louise will be talking about how she came to leave her career as a lawyer in London to settle in Bath with her family and pursue her dream of writing. She will be making a return visit to her home ground to discuss how the local landscape has inspired her to write her novels which include Holy Island, Sycamore Gap and the recently published Cragside.

Come along and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat and take the opportunity to purchase copies of the books and have them signed by the author.  Tickets for this event are £3 and are bookable beforehand via Eventbrite at:

New App for eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines

Northumberland Library members can now access audiobooks, magazines, and eBooks all in one easy-to-use mobile app.  Mobile apps are available for Apple™, Android™, and Kindle Fire™ devices.  It can be found by searching for "RBdigital" in your app's store.  Previously two different apps were needed to use eMagazines and eBooks/eAudio.  

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  • When downloading your eBook or 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! eBooks include The Girl on the Train, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and  A Game of Thrones.  Our selection is updated on a regular basis too!
  • You can choose from over 20 popular magazine titles.  List of titles include: Good Housekeeping UK, Kitchen Garden, BBC Good Food, Digital Photographer, 25 Beautiful Homes and more.  Once you have downloaded the magazine you can keep it for as long as you wish. 

Use our easy links below to get the app you need for your device:

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  • You do need to be a library member to use this service.  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.  Alternatively you can visit any Northumberland Library and join there.  

Please note if you join online your temporary ID will not work.Please note if you are using a laptop or desktop pc you will need to visit the two seperate websites:


Animal Agents - Still 23 days left to join!

The Summer Reading Challenge is well under way in our libraries now with lots of fun events taking place.

Ashington Summer Reading Challenge

1566 children so far have signed up to the Summer Reading Challenge this year. The top three libraries for children joining are:

1. Prudhoe Library
2. Ashington Library
3. Widdrington Library

There is still time to sign up and take part in this year's challenge. Children can sign up at any Northumberland library till the 26 August.

A fantastic 163 children have also joined the library for the first time in order to complete the Summer Reading Challenge. The top three libraries for new members are:

1.  Ponteland Library
2.  Prudhoe Library
3.  Blyth Library

72 Children have even completed the challenge but don't worry if your child has not yet. You have till the 9 September to complete the challenge.

Finally, so far the schools with the greatest number of pupils taking part are:

1. Grange View Church of England First School
2. Bothal Primary School
3. Prudhoe West First School

To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge in Northumberland Libraries please visit this page.