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National Libraries Week

Get ready for Libraries this October.

Libraries week is the annual week-long showcase of the best that UK libraries have to offer.

It is taking place from Monday 9th – Saturday 14th October.

This year’s theme is Discovery!

We’ve got lots of activities in our libraries for you to Discover – Bounce & Rhyme, Storytime, Mini-movers, Book clubs, Colouring, Tablets and more!

Find out more about #librariesweek and take a look at all the activities

Check out our Journey of Discovery books here


Fun Palaces Weekend – events taking place in libraries


Library: Cromer – Saturday 7th October 

Event: Come along for a sing-along and a fun day as Cromer Library turns into a Fun Palace for the morning! 
Time: Seaside Reminiscence
– 10:15am and Sing-Along Choir – 11am

Library: Dersingham – Saturday 7th October, 1–3pm

Event:  Poppies at Dersingham Library – Come along and discovery more about the humble poppy, the work of the Poppy Appeal, poetry from WW1 and those from the village who fought and died in WW1. You can also knit, crochet, paint or craft your own poppy and take part in Norfolk’s 2018 Poppy Appeal to remember the 15500+ people who died as a result of WW1 and are listed on the county’s war memorials.

Library: Downham Market – Saturday 7th October, 2–3.30pm

Event: Dare to Dance – A FREE fun session for families with children aged 3+ to come along and learn a few simple dance moves you can do at home! With Crystal’s Fitness and Wellbeing.  PLUS have a go on a Smoothie bike!

Booking Information: Refreshments will be provided. Booking is essential. For further information or to book please ring Downham Market Library on 01366 383073.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library: Gaywood – Sunday 8th October, 11am–1pm

Event: An introduction to Reflexology – come along for a talk and demonstration on reflexology, with an opportunity to have a 10 minute taster session afterwards.  

Booking Information – Booking is essential for the 10 minute reflexology taster sessions. For further information or to book please ring Gaywood Library on 01553 768498.

Library: Gaywood – Sunday 8th October, 2-4pm

Event: Come dance with me – Indian and Bollywood! 

Organiser: Mrs Sangeeta De, Taal-Rasa-Bhava Dance Academy, Kings Lynn

Booking Information: Booking is essential. For further information or to book please ring Gaywood Library on 01553 768498

Library: Great Yarmouth – Saturday 7th October 11am until 2pm

Event: Arts and Science in a Community Space – An overlap of medical science, art and surreal humour – all at the cutting edge of pseudo-science. The Three Harley St Medics’ will be on call for check-ups from the team with ‘Non-evasive Stress-exfoliation and Self-esteem Buffing’, Also: make a cast of your thumb, get mucky in the garden and get crafty

Library: Hunstanton – Saturday 7th October, 10.30am-12noon

Event: Shark Fun Palace! Join us for a morning of shark themed events including a Shark Storytime with Veronica, Shark Facts with staff from the Hunstanton Sealife Centre, amazing shark crafts and you can even help make a life sized shark from recycled materials

All children must be accompanied by an adult. There’s no need to book, just come along.

Library: Kings Lynn – Saturday 7th October, 6–8pm

Event: Zombie Apocalypse – Learn how to walk like a zombie, dance the Thriller dance, try Zombie make-up, zombie knitting, learn first aid and survival skills. Bring along an old t-shirt you don’t mind us destroying and you can create a zombie outfit. This is a free event suitable for anyone over 10 years old. For more info contact Alison at the library on 01553 761393

Library: Long Stratton – Saturday 7th October, 9.30am–12.30pm

Event: Discover the past – If you like finding out about things in the past come along to our fun morning where people will be sharing their knowledge. With activities for children too.

Booking information – Free Event, contact the library on 01508 530797 for more details.

Library: Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library – Saturday 7th October, 10.30am–12noon 

Event: Light bulb moments – Shoe Gardening with bulbs. Come along and make your own spring bulb garden in a shoe!

Booking information – This is a free family activity but space is limited so please email: or call 01603 774703 to book. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library: Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library – Saturday 7th October, 1.30–3pm

Event: The Power of Water in science and art – come along and learn just how important water is to both artists and scientists and then have a go at some water colour painting.

Booking Information This activity is suitable for children aged 8+ and their families but space is limited please email: or call 01603 774703 to book. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library: Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library – Saturday 7th October. Demonstrations at 10.30am and 11.30am  followed by public tryouts.

Event: Fencing Fun – Watch members of the Affondo Fencing Club as they demonstrate some fencing moves and then try on some of the kit and try your hand at this sport.  All welcome, no need to book – this activity will take place in the Express area of the library on the ground floor.

Library: Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library  – Saturday 7th October 2:30–3:30pm

Event: Balloon Transport Fun – join us in the Early Years library as we design and test various forms of transport all powered by balloon. This event is free and all are welcome to just drop in. All materials will be provided but please be aware we will be using balloons made from latex

Read an eBook Day

Celebrate Read an eBook Day which is on Monday 18th September.

OverDrive for Libraries has organised it all. They want you to share your own #eBookLove story! Details here

Share your #eBookLove and head to to start reading free #eBooks. You just need a library card.


Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solint

Check out this review on the 2AD blog.

By Danielle Prostrollo Solnit is perhaps most famous for her book Men Explain Things to Me which birthed the phrase “mansplaining” to describe a man that speaks condescendingly to someone (usually a woman) about a topic he does not necessarily know a great deal about (see: Merriam-Webster’s history of mansplaining). And because of this, I […]

via Book review: Hope in the Dark — 2nd Air Division Memorial Library

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters & Joan Hess

This is the long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters’s bestselling Amelia Peabody series. The basics had been written before Elizabeth Peters death, and Joan Hess has used this to finish the book.

Having read all the others I did wonder if this would be as good, no worries it is. The same quirky humour, the usual adventures (and misadventures) by all the family. Sethos appears too, also several members of the same family intent on assassinating Amelia.

All based around the search for a priceless, stolen bust of the legendary Queen Nefertiti.

Shame this is the last ever, a series that has amused and entertained me for years!


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Ebooks – New App

We have thousands of ebooks and audiobooks that you can borrow for free.

You can borrow them instantly using just the device in your hand, smartphone or tablet.

Meet Libby, the new app from OverDrive.

Into the water by Paula Hawkins

Everything revolves around the drowning pool, a place where over the centuries women have been drowned, some as witches, some suicides and maybe some murders.

This novel begins with the aftermath of the death of Nell Abbott. Her sister Jules returns to the town for the first time in years, she has not communicated with her sister or her niece in all that time.

Memories begin to haunt her as soon as she arrives and steps into the house on the river. What is the truth of what happened in the past and what is the truth now. The police have decided Nell’s death was suicide.

The story is well written, each person has their own chapters. It flows well builds up to a fitting climax. The characters are brought to life and develop all the time.

There are lies, violence, heartbreak, regrets and much more.

Not as good as The girl on the train but still well worth reading.


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Storytelling that adds up with Liam Carroll

How will the Troll under the bridge cope with the goats who keep multiplying in number? If the smartest giant in town buys 12 new items of clothing and then gives half of them away, how many will he have left?  These and other important questions will all be answered in a fun and participatory way in the Count on Norfolk storytelling for numeracy event.

The stories, aimed at 4 – 7 year olds, will be told in a fun and interactive way with performance storyteller Liam Carroll. The session should leave children multiplying their demands for stories, being twice as impressed with learning and adding to their understanding of maths!

Tuesday 8 August             

Stalham  10:30-11:30

North Walsham 12:30-1

Mundesley  2.30-3.15

Wednesday 9 August

Hunstanton 11-11:45

Kings Lynn 2:30-3:15

Thursday 10 August

Hellesdon 11-12

Mobile Library Queens Hill (at Primary School) 2:30-3:15

Monday 14 August

Hingham 11-11:45

Wymondham 2-2:45

Wednesday 16 August

Costessey 10:30-11:15

Dereham 2:30-3:15

Thursday 17 August

Millennium Library  11-11:45

Earlham Library 2:30-3:30

Friday 18 August

Plumstead Road 10:30-11:15

Sprowston 2:30-3:15

Monday 21 August

Poringland 11-11:45

Loddon 2:30-3:15

Tuesday 22 August

Acle 10:30-11:15

Brundall  3-3.45

Wednesday 23 August

Diss 11-11:45

Harleston 2:30-3:15

Thursday 24 August

Attleborough 11-12

Long Stratton 2:30-3:30

Friday 25 August

Gorleston 11-12

Caister 2:30-3:15

Wednesday 30 August

Wroxham 10:30-11:15

Aylsham 1:30-2:15

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

What a story – slow start but it built up and up to a fantastic thrilling crescendo.

A very popular parent at Plummer Prep, Brighton, Yvonne is left for dead in the school playground. The police think they know who did it but have no evidence. The local Inspector asks Cece an ex police officer for help as she has just started taking her children to the same school as the suspects.

The story is told from the viewpoint of Cece, Maxie, Anaya, and Hazel. It covers a lot of back history of each of them, hidden because it is shameful or even illegal. All the parts are integrated brilliantly to produce a cracking story.

A must read book from a master storyteller.


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Summer Reading Challenge – Animal Agents

At your local Norfolk Library and Mobile library this summer – from Saturday 15 July.

Meet the awesome Animal Agents you’ll find sleuthing their way into libraries this summer for your children:

Bart the bloodhound has a nose for trouble. He may not be the fastest creature on four paws, but he can sniff out clues in super quick time.

Daisy the rabbit is dotty and dynamic, darting hither and thither on every mission in her super speedy wheelchair. She’s the perfect furry friend to keep tabs on a suspect.

Slip and Slide AKA the Snake Twins are a charming duo. They can stun a suspect into submission with their hypnotic stares!

Bernice heads up the Animal Agency. A super-smart brown bear, she’s no walkover, but Bernice always finds time for a honey break in her busy schedule.


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