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!

Wine Tasting

If you would like to know more about wine and wine tasting and how to do it, look no further than Whitburn Library.

We are hosting a wine tasting evening on Tuesday 30th July at 7pm.  Entry is £8 and this is a ticket only event so if you are interested contact the library on 0191 5293098 for more information or call into the library to get your ticket.

Please bring along a couple of wine glasses as you may be asked to taste 2 at the same time to compare and contrast!

Summer Activities for the Children

Come along to Whitburn Library this summer for a host of activities to keep the children entertained.


We are working alongside South Tyneside Council to offer the Summer Reading Challenge, which has a Space theme this year.  To complement this we have:



Make your own Lego rocket to display in the library. £1 per child and we will display your Lego creation in the library over the summer!


Thursday 26th July – Make a Spaceship

Thursday 2nd August – Make an Alien

Thursday 9th August –  Make a Planet Bookmark

Thursday 16th August – Make a Flying Rocket

Thursday 23rd August – Make a Moving Robot

Thursday 30th August – Make a Lolly Rocket

 All activities £1 per child with all funds raised going towards the maintenance of the library


In addition to the usual crafts and Lego associated with the Summer Reading Challenge, this year we are also hosting a display containing the interactive map in the book series ‘Lily, Windy and the Witch’, from the Angel of the North in Gateshead to Herd Groyne Lighthouse in South Shields.  This trail runs straight past Whitburn Library and we are delighted that the author of the book, Yvonne Carlin-Page has agreed to be our Author in Residence and will be providing activities linked to the story throughout the summer.


Book signing – Yvonne Carlin-Page, Local author of  ‘Lily, Windy and the Witch’ will launch the display with a book signing at 1030AM


Meet the characters – Meet the Windy Way Characters with Yvonne Carlin-Page at 2pm

New Events At Whitburn Library

Over the last few months, our volunteers have been working together to add a few additional regular activities to Whitburn Library.  These activities are aimed to enhance the sense of community within the village, while raising some vital funds towards the sustainability of our library.

Friday Night is Music Night at Whitburn Library

Join us between 7pm and 930pm.  Learn, Listen and enjoy. If you have an instrument you can come along and learn new songs from scratch.  This is an event open to all. £2 per person, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet new people and make new friends.

Monday Evening Quiz Night

Every other Monday we will be hosting a quiz night with bingo. £1 per person entry.  Answer 30 questions through the night. Enjoy the social company while supporting your local library.  Our first Quiz night will be Monday 24th June at 7pm.

Further events Planned

Keep checking back as we have other exciting plans to announce soon, including a games afternoon for adults and some amazing summer activities for the children…


Half-Term Activities

Come along to Whitburn Library this May half term for some fun activities with the children.  On Tuesday we have a free Lego session where your imagine can be used to create what you want!

On Thursday we have some Sea Life crafts that you can create and take away with you.

All week we will also have a crab themed quiz trail for you to explore the library searching for the clues to find the answers to the quiz and get a reward

You can also relax with a cup of tea or coffee at any time.  All funds generated will go towards keeping this community resource open for all

Successful Open Day

Many thanks to all the volunteers that made our open day so successful.  It really was a fantastic day with something for everyone. It was so interesting we had coverage in both the Sunderland Echo and on BBC Look North!

Many thanks to Sheila Quigley for cutting the ribbon, opening the library and signing books.

We have a poem of thanks below written by trustee Richard Day, which sums up the day with some videos highlighting some of the excellent talent that was on display that we have on our doorstep here in Whitburn:


A great big thank you to you all

We asked, you came, you met our call

For the splendid pies and scones and cakes

That warm hearted floury fingers baked


For the brightness of the Acopela group

Sing along, swing along, smiles, join in –

For Bill’s musicians too, the style they did bring

“La Vie en Rose” beautifully sung.


To all the artists, poets, young and old

“A” level art with their colours bold

To Bryony and her carrot fair

Children’s whistles and the pair


Of young girls who joined the band

Gently whistling, a priceless find!

And to those who worked behind the scenes

And to the ladies who served the tea




A thank you all those to the opening came

Making it a moment to remember

Pity we can’t do it again!


The event saw about 210 people come through the door and raised an important £367.95.  Thank you everyone!

Open Day Update

With less than 7 days to go until the big re-opening we have been very busy trying to get everything ready.  The walls in the main library have been repainted and the computers have been upgraded and preparations are well underway for the grand re-opening on Saturday 6th April from 930am-430pm.

  • Best Selling Author Sheila Quigley has confirmed she will be opening the library
  • Spectacular Bunting has been provided with over 300 designs of favourite book characters and books from the pupils of Whitburn Primary and Marsden Primary
  •  The Easter Bunny has hidden carrots around the library for children to find to win a prize
  • There is a carrot quiz for older children, with clues around the library to find
  • Live music has been confirmed
  • A display of local talent
  • Childrens crafts
  • Refreshments
  • We are also keeping a few surprises up our sleeves for you to come down and see for yourselves!

Of course, the most important part of the library is still the books.  The volunteers will be getting formal training next week and the extended hours on the 6th of April provides added opportunities to return and check out books as normal


Thanks to Durham Benevolence Fund

Many thanks to the Durham Benevolence Fund, who have kindly provided us with a grant to help with the building works that have taken place in the library.

See below our secretary Marilyn Harding being handed a cheque from Master Carl Baker. We have been awarded £500 from the Durham Benevolence Fund, which has been matched by Hedworth Masonic Lodge which gives a total of £1000 towards the renovation works we are currently undertaking.

There is now a functioning accessible public toilet within the library. We are also upgrading the computer facilities and redecorating the interior of the building to give a fresh new look

Keys to success

We now have the keys to our library!

Many thanks to all of the trustees and volunteers that have helped us to get to this stage and many thanks to South Tyneside Council for organising the installation of a brand new accessible toilet for the library.

The next two weeks are going to be tough as we redecorate the library, upgrade all of the computers and set up ready for the open day on Saturday 6th April.  If you have some time and a paintbrush, come along and help us. We will also have some books that will need putting back onto shelves.  Email info@whitburnlibrary.co.uk for more details if you can help.

The open day is fast approaching and we currently have many exciting things to show off the talents of our community and keep the children entertained over Easter.  We have a carrot trail, a quiz and craft activities for the children as well as the most spectacular bunting consisting of over 400 pictures created by the pupils at Marsden Primary and Whitburn Primary that depict their favourite stories.  As well as this, for the adults we have bestselling author Sheila Quigley coming to open the library and sign some of her books.  There will be an exhibition of local talent including photos, artwork and poetry and live music.   More information to follow…


Library transfer almost complete

The Lease has now been signed and we are due to take over the library on Friday 8th March 2019.  World Book Day 2019 will mark the final day of Whitburn Library being operated by South Tyneside Council.

Unfortunately there will be a short period of closure between 8th March and 5th April to enable a new accessible toilet to be fitted and the movement of the current kitchen facilities to a more accessible place to allow room spaces for public or private hire.  Rest assured we will not be reducing the book stock or range of books available and all community activities such as Baby Bounce, Story Tots and Knit and Natter will resume under the operation of Friends of Whitburn Library from Saturday 6th April.

We will mark this new chapter with an open day on Saturday 6th April, save the date as we have exciting activities planned.  Check back soon for more information.  We will also be performing various activities over the Easter holidays from Monday 8th April, again more information will follow!

If you want to get involved and help with some of the redecoration or are interested in volunteering, please email us at info@whitburnlibrary.co.uk