The Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival 2018 kicks off this year with a launch event full of murderous mayhem on Friday 28 September.

Tickets are £5 and booking is required through Ticketsource.

Download the full Literature Festival programme for lots to see and do around the city.

Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival 2018 (pdf)

As part of the Literature Festival we will also be celebrating Black History Month.

Black History Month 2018 (pdf)


Our libraries regularly hold activities and events:

Time for Rhyme

Tracing your Family Tree

Reading Groups

Writing Groups

Dyslexia Awareness Short Story Competition

Do you have a story to tell, poems to perform or ideas you want to share? Do you have dyslexia or struggle with reading or writing but you want to make your voice heard?

Sunderland Libraries Services have teamed up with SID (Sunderland Social Inclusion & Dyslexia Project) to give you the opportunity to share your creativity through our Dyslexia Friendly Short Story Competition.

You could win a brand new laptop complete with Google Chrome!

All you have to do is write a story or poem, up to 500 words, on a topic of your choice.

A prize will be awarded for each of the following categories:

Adults over 16;

Children & Teenagers - 16 and under.

The competition will run from Wednesday 8 August to Saturday 15 September and the winner will be announced during the Sunderland Literature Festival in October.

Submit your entries by email, post or in person to: or City Library@ Museum & Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland. SR1 1PP


Entrants must be resident in the City of Sunderland.

There will be 2 prizes, which have been donated by Right2Write. 

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The winners will be notified via email or telephone.

There may be a prize giving presentation for winners - date to be announced.

Time for Rhyme

Come and join our fun, lively sessions of songs, rhymes and actions.

City Library every Wednesday: 10.00am - 10.30am.  Suggested donation £2, no need to book.

Washington Town Centre Library every Tuesday: 10.00 am - 10.30am.  Suggested donation £2, no need to book.

Houghton le Spring Library every Tuesday: 9.30am - 10.15am.  Suggested donation £2, no need to book.

Tracing your Family Tree

Learn how to investigate your family history with a short introduction to ancestry.

Houghton le Spring Library every Thursday 10.00am - 12.00noon  Please book in advance by contacting Houghton-le Spring Library.

City Library every Thursday 2.30pm - 3.00pm and 3.00pm-3.30pm. Please book in advance by contacting City Library @ Museum and Winter Gardens.

Reading groups

Join a reading group for a lively discussion. New members are always welcome. Just come along, no need to book.

Reading groups meeting at City Library

Back on the Map Reading Group meets on the third Friday of the month 10.00am - 12.00noon.

City Library @ Museum and Winter Gardens Reading Group meets on the last Wednesday of every month from 5.00pm-6.00pm.

Reading groups meeting at Houghton le Spring Library

Coalfield reading group meets every first Wednesday of the month 2pm - 3pm.

Houghton reading group meets every fourth Monday from 2pm - 3pm.

Reading groups meeting at Washington Town Centre Library

Washington Town Centre Morning Reading Group meets on the last Thursday of month from 10.30 to 11.30am.

Washington Town Centre Evening Reading Group meets on the first Wednesday of month from 5.45 to 6.45pm.

Writing groups

Coalfield writers group

Houghton le Spring Library meets every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

Information about special events including the Library Literature Festival which takes place each October, the Summer Reading Challenge and school holiday activities is updated regularly on our Twitter page @Slibraries Why not follow us to keep up to date?



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