It is with regret that the library will be closing temporarily from Saturday 21st March until further notice. This action has been taken to protect the health and safety of our volunteers, visitors and valued members of the community and to reduce the possible transmission of the coronavirus.
If you wish to borrow any books our library will be open to issue books:
Thursday 19th March; 0930 – 1230 and 1330-1900
Friday 20th March: 0930 – 1230 and 1330-1700
Saturday 21st March: 0930 – 1200
In order to support the most vulnerable in the community that have been asked to spend a prolonged period in self-isolation, we are looking to trial a delivery service. If you would like books delivered to your home please contact the library via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, telephone the library on Tuesday between 1000 and 1200 on 0191 5293098
See below upcoming events in the library. Please come along to support us!
Please see below upcoming talks in the library:
Join us this February Half-Term (17th-21st February) between 2pm and 330pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for some exciting craft activities… only £1 with all funds raised going directly to the library!
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.
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!
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!
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 www.whitburnlibrary.co.uk/cinema
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