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Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival 2023

Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival is back and is taking place from Monday 16 to Saturday 28 October. There's a large variety of literary author talks, local history lectures and workshops for both adults and children. You can find out what's on offer in the Literature Festival 2023 programme of events.

Our libraries regularly hold activities and events:

Bookings for live events are recommended as places may be limited. To book please contact the relevant venue on the telephone numbers;

  • City Library - 0191 5615660
  • Local History Library @ETR - 0191 5618439
  • Houghton Library - 0191 5616382
  • Washington Library - 0191 5613500

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School Holiday Craft Activities

Sunderland Libraries host craft activities during the school holidays these are held on the following days during school holidays only.

City City Library @ The Museum and Winter Gardens - Tuesdays 2.30 - 3.30pm and Thursdays 2.30 - 3.30pm 

Houghton Library - Wednesdays 2.30 - 3.30pm and Fridays 2.30 - 3.30pm

Washington Town Centre Library - Tuesdays 2.30 - 3.30pm and Thursdays 2.30 - 3.30pm

Please check with your local library on the telephone numbers above to confirm that crafts are being held, or alternatively check our social media pages at or

Suggested donation £2.00.

Time for Rhyme

Visit Sunderland Libraries to enjoy our lively rhyme time sessions every week at -

Washington Town Centre - every Tuesday at 10.00am-10.30am

City Library at the Museum and Winter Gardens - every Wednesday at 10.00am - 10.30am

Houghton Library and Customer Services Centre - every Wednesday at 10.00am - 10.30am

There is no need to book, simply turn up and join in the fun,

Tracing your Family Tree

Learn how to investigate your family history with a short introduction to Find My Past.

Reading groups

Take your reading group meeting online - whether you are continuing an established reading group or interested in starting a new one we can provide free eBooks for your group.

To access the current eBook title each person in the group needs to be a member of Sunderland Libraries Services, if you aren't a member you can join online. You will also need to have access to a device/tablet/phone to download the BorrowBox app.

BorrowBox eBooks can be downloaded by multiple users, so all of your group can read the same title together. Look out for the section called 'Campaign Title'. These titles change from month to month so it's worth checking regularly.

Writing groups 

Coalfield writers group

Houghton le Spring Library meets every 2nd and 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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