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What's on in libraries

Our libraries regularly hold activities and events:

Time for Rhyme

Tracing your Family Tree

Reading Groups

Writing Groups

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Go wild for reading with the Summer Reading Challenge! Join the Wild World Heroes for an exciting adventure in the fictional town of 'Wilderville'. With exclusive incentives to collect and plenty of brilliant books to enjoy, the Challenge is the perfect summer activity!

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The challenge is now live. To join and begin the Summer Reading Challenge pop into City, Houghton or Washington Town Centre Library. We will also be hosting a range of crafts to run alongside the challenge. These are suitable for all ages, however, all children under the age of 8 years must be accompanied by an adult. Suggested donation £2.00.

Houghton Library

Wednesday 21 July - Ozone the Owl - 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Wednesday 28 July - Spikey the Hedgehog - 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Friday 6 August - Zoo-Lab - 3pm to 4pm

Wednesday 11 August - Ladybug - 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Wednesday 18 August - Mr Bumble the Busy Bee - 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Wednesday 25 August - Draw a-long with Liz Million - 2pm to 3pm

Places are limited and must be booked before attending. Please call 0191 561 6382.

City Library

Tuesday 20 July - Mr Bumble the Busy Bee - 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Thursday 29 July - Ladybug - 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Tuesday 3 August - Ozone the Owl - 2.30pm - 3. 30pm

Thursday 12 August - Zoo Lab - 3pm - 4pm

Thursday 19 August - Spikey the hedgehog - 2.30 - 3.30pm

Tues 24 August - Draw a-long with Liz Million 10.30 - 11.30am

Places are limited and must be booked before attending. Please call 0191 561 5660.

Washington Library

Tuesday 20 July - Spikey the Hedgehog - 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Tuesday 27 July - Ozone the Owl 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Tuesday 3 August - Zoo-Lab 3pm - 4pm

Tuesday 10 August - Mr Bumble the Busy Bee 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Tuesday 17 August - Ladybug 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Tuesday 24 August - Draw a-long with Liz Million 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Places are limited and must be booked before attending. Please call 0191 561 3500.

Story Explorers

Sunderland Music Hub, Sunderland Libraries Services and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens are delighted to share with you their joint project, Story Explorers.

Story Explorers is a project for children aged 6 and under, created during lockdown when children, their families and carers are unable to visit their favourite Sunderland venues. Story Explorers brings together storytelling and singalongs with some of the wonderful collections at Sunderland Libraries Services and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

This project has been supported using public funding from  Sunderland Music Hub through Department for Education and Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Libraries Services and Sunderland Culture through Arts Council England.

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

City Library every Wednesday: 10am - 10.30am.  Suggested donation £2, no need to book.

Washington Town Centre Library every Tuesday: 10am - 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 Find My Past.

Houghton le Spring Library every Thursday 10am - 12noon  Please book in advance by contacting Houghton-le Spring Library.

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 - not available currently

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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