African Drumming

There will be African Drumming lessons taking part in the library on Friday mornings starting at the end of this month!

Are you under too much mental or emotional pressure? Join our class and you will feel its beneficial impact on your mood immediately!

Immerse yourself in the magic of West African culture with this fun and insightful drumming class. Enjoy learning a new instrument in a fun environment with the WEA.

February Talks in the library

This month we have 2 fantastic talks lined up, both by local authors that are supporting our local library:


The first is on Monday 10th February


Jon Warren is a trustee of Friends of Whitburn Library and has recently published a book ‘Industrial Teesside – Lives and legacies’, a copy of which has been donated to the library for loan.  Jon will be giving a talk based around the contents of this book.


The second is on Monday 24th February


Yvonne Carlin-Page is our childrens author in residence in the library.  She is a local author, best known for her childrens book ‘Lily, Windy and the Witch’.  Yvonne regular undertakes writing workshops with young children and will be giving an insight into her work.  Personally signed copies of her books will be available to purchase if anyone would like one.






We now have storybags to loan from the library.  These are free of charge and issued with your library card, however any donations would be much appreciated!

We have 8 bags to choose from, each containing a book, a soft toy and a diary.  Feel free to draw a picture or add a photo of yourself with the toy in the bag in your favourite story spot!  You can even write little bit about your thoughts of the book for others to read, or let us know where the toy has been while you have been looking after it!

National Storytelling Week


Did you know that it is national storytelling week from 1st-8th February?

To celebrate this, after school this week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon between 15:45 and 16:45 we will be having FREE drop in storytelling sessions.  Come along and enjoy a story, join the library if you haven’t already and there will be an activity for the children to do as well!

Cinema in the Library

We are thrilled to announce that we are being supported by the National Lottery Community Fund to create a cinema in the library. We have received funding through the National Lottery “Awards for all” scheme which means we can shortly screen films.

We have a Cinema Group working hard to ensure this enterprise is a success and we encourage you to support the library and come along to screenings on Tuesday evenings. There are plans to introduce a Saturday family screening in the near future. Watch out for further details , we need your support.


Our screening license prevents us from advertising the titles of the films out-with the library.  We are going to rely upon word of mouth.  We are hoping this will create an intimate, community atmosphere, with a maximum of 50 tickets available for each screening at a fraction of the price of the big cinemas, with all income going towards sustaining the community library.

To keep up to date with the film schedule, call into the library, check the notice board at the front of the library or check out our website at


Baby Bounce gets a make-over!

Due to low numbers attending our baby bounce and story tots sessions, we have decided to combine the two into a “Wriggle, Rhyme and Story Time”.


This will be a session aimed at babies, toddlers and their carers lasting about half an hour and include all kinds of nursery rhymes, songs and stories suitable for 0-3 year olds.


These sessions will be adapted to the age of children attending.  If the session becomes popular, we can always look to introduce more sessions guided by the needs of the community.


To ensure these sessions continue, please bring along your children/grandchildren and support the activities.  They are a great way to introduce the next generation to the importance of reading, books and libraries

Latest talk

Paul Hetherington from Newcastle Building Society will be hosting a talk in Whitburn Library on Monday 4th November about Tax Breaks and Toy Boys.

Just call in at 7pm on Monday 4th November, cost will be £2 with refreshments available


Half Term Halloween Crafts

Pop along to Whitburn Library this half term with the children for some Spook-tacular crafts.  Only £1 with all funds raised going to support the ongoing running of the library for all.  The craft is a drop-in session between 2pm and 3pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during half-term.


Where in Whitburn?

How much do you know about Whitburn?  We have devised a picture quiz showing some of the landmarks in this village.  Can you identify where they all are?  Explore the village in a new way trying to find and identify the locations shown in the photos

Get a sheet from the library for £1 and the person with the most correct answers by the 7th September will win a prize.  All proceeds go to the library funds!