Norfolk Libraries Newsletter - March 2017

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New Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction

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New Adult fiction titles out in March include ‘The Gingerbread House’ by Kate Beaufoy, ‘The Other Mrs Walker’ by Mary Paulson-Ellis and ‘The beautiful Dead’ by Belinda Bauer. Browse the full list of new titles out in March and reserve a book to borrow from the Library catalogue here

New Non-Fiction titles out in March include ‘Love Like Salt’ by Helen Stevenson, ‘Herding Hemingway’s Cats’ by Kat Arney and Redeemable by Erwin James. 

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Coming soon… Great Big Read - Norfolk’s Most Wanted

Great Big Read is our annual reading promotion for adults, this year the theme is Norfolk’s Most Wanted and will be a promotion of our top 20 most popular and in demand books asked for by Library customers. Great Big Read starts on Monday 20 March and runs until 22 April. Look out for Crime, Thrillers and Romance, including bestselling books such as ‘The Girl on The Train’ by Paula Hawkins and ‘The Night Manager’ by John Le Carre.

Author Rachel Hore, whose book ‘The House on Bellevue Gardens’ is featured on our Most Wanted list, will be at Great Yarmouth Library on Thursday 23 March, 17.30 - 18.30, to talk about her writing and will also be signing books. The event is free but booking is required. To book a free place, please telephone the Library on 01493 844551 or email 

We’ll also be helping to run a new book club on BBC Radio Norfolk. The Chrissie Jackson Book Club will be launching on Tuesday 7 March at 11.00. We’ll be talking about our Great Big Read - Norfolk’s Most Wanted Promotion and will introduce the first read, ‘The Girl on The Train’ by Paula Hawkins, which will be discussed on the April show. Tune in to BBC Radio Norfolk, 95.1 FM, 95.6 FM, 104.4 FM for the book group on the first Tuesday of every month, between 11.00 - 12.00.  

Norfolk's Most Wanted

Quick Reads 2017

Quick Reads

One in six adults of working age in the UK find reading difficult and may never pick up a book. People’s reasons for not reading are varied: some people say they find books intimidating, that they struggle to find time, or that books are difficult or boring. Quick Reads sets out to challenge these beliefs and show that books and reading can be for everyone. Each year the Reading Agency commission big name authors to write short stories that are specifically designed to be quick and easy to read.

The 2017 Quick Read titles are:

  • A very Distant Shore by Jenny Colgan
  • Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
  • Dead Simple – 8 crime reads by Harry Bingham, Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, James Oswald, CL Taylor, Angela Marsons, Jane Casey and Antonia Hodgson
  • One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell
  • The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig
  • Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman

For more information on Quick Reads please click here or reserve a Quick Read by visiting our Library catalogue here.

Mood-boosting books 2017 

Mood-boosting books

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups. A new Mood-boosting list for 2017 has been created by young Library volunteers. The varied lists includes Mariko Tamaki's graphic novel, This One Summer, the Young Adult book The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and classic children's books Matilda and A Bear Called Paddington.

To find out more about Mood-boosting books please click here. Browse and borrow one of the Mood-boosting titles from the Library catalogue here.

Take the first steps to tracing your family history

Have you been inspired by Who do you think you are? Are you interested in tracing your family history? If so visit your local Library to take those first steps. Norfolk Libraries hold a subscription to Find my Past, allowing access to, records such as the 1939 register, and census records from 1841 - 1911, all free of charge. Pop in and ask at any branch to find out more. Courses to get you started will be held in South Norfolk throughout March at the following Libraries:

Costessey Library - 6 March at 10.00.

Hingham Library - 7 March at 10.00.

Wymondham Library - 8 March at 10.00.

Hethersett Library - 9 March at 14.00.

Places cost £5 per person. Please contact the branch directly or email to book a place.

Heritage Centre Update

In the week of International Women’s Day, drop in to the ground floor of the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library as we look at women in the archives. View a selection of prints, photographs and other archive material giving an insight into various aspects of women’s lives in Norfolk through the 19th and 20th centuries. This is a free event and will be held on Saturday 11 March

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps

On 14 March, 13.00 - 14.00 our heritage hour will focus on the theme of Harriet Martineau and the East. Join Adrian White as he explores how an affinity with Egypt came to affect the Norwich-born writer and social reformer’s religious views, and touches on her connection with Florence Nightingale. This is a free event and there is no need to book, 45 seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

On Sunday 19 March, 14.30 - 15.45, join us in the Millennium Children’s Library for creative, family-friendly activities inspired by archive material from the Norfolk Heritage Centre collections. This session will focus on the ways in which Norfolk imaginations have, down the years, been captured by efforts to conquer the skies. This event is suitable for accompanied children aged four to eight years. This is a free event and there is no need to book.

Don't forget that you can book a free 30 minute one to one research advice session with our Archive Specialist from the Norfolk Record Office. Various times are available. For more information contact the Norfolk Heritage Centre on 01603 774740 or email

March DVD releases

We say it every time but once again the DVD releases in March feature some of the biggest films of recent months. We have Doctor Strange, the latest Marvel Studios box office hit, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. The wonderful Amy Adams stars in two brilliant new films – firstly Nocturnal Animals, also starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is a psychological thriller with echoes of Lynch and Kubrick. Her second film is the intelligent sci-fi drama Arrival, a film awash with nominations and award wins.

For those that still miss the Harry Potter franchise, we have the start of a new film series from the pen of J.K. Rowling Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne and a cast of fantastical creatures. This proved to be box office gold and is sure to be equally popular on DVD. Look out also for Ben Affleck’s The Accountant a thriller that delivers a lot more than the title suggests and A United Kingdom, a film which tells the true life romance between an African king and a London office worker, this film is directed by Amma Asante whose previous film Belle was one of the best of 2013. All of these DVDs, plus many more are available on day of release from selected libraries and can be borrowed for just £2.10. 

For more information about DVD rentals from Norfolk Libraries click here


America, Norfolk and Two World Wars in the Air

We’re excited to share with you details of our forthcoming events series - America, Norfolk and Two World Wars in the Air.

All of these events will take place in the Express area on the ground floor of the Millennium Library, beginning just after 19.00, when the main Library closes to the public. You can book online using Eventbrite, email us at or phone us on 01603 774747.

Tuesday 14 March - 2nd Air Division Stories

2nd Air Division Stories

Nathaniel Sikand-Youngs and the Memorial Library's American Scholars present stories of the American men and women of the 2nd Air Division, Eighth US Army Air Force, who were stationed in East Anglia during the Second World War. The stories bring together information discovered in the 2nd Air Division Digital Archive, a unique collection of over 30,000 images of original photographs, letters, memoirs and other documents. A USAAF 75 event commemorating the arrival of the American Air Force in East Anglia 75 years ago.

Thursday 16 March - WW1 Aviation

Join local author and aviation historian Ian MacLachlan, who will be talking about the US Air Arm and the German Amerika programme 1917-18.

Monday 20 March - Too Proud to Fight

Dr Graham Cross (Cambridge and Manchester Metropolitan Universities) will be talking about America's entry into World War One in April 1917.

In his talk, Dr Cross explores the factors driving American intervention in the war, and reflects on how we remember that pivotal decision. British narratives recognise the American contribution, but often also focus on the lateness of entry and the 'Associate' status of American belligerence in stark contrast to the later 'Special Relationship' between the two nations. The story of how British hopes and expectations, both at the time and since, colour our understanding of the American entry into World War One is both fascinating and timely in this centenary year for American participation in the war.

Too proud to fight

Thursday 23 March - Zeppelins Over Norfolk

Local author and historian Steve Smith will be at the Millennium Library talking about the World War One Zeppelin air raids on the county.

Upcoming events at your local Library

Throughout this newsletter there have been examples of some of the great events and activities that are on offer in Libraries throughout Norfolk.

To find out about events at your local Library click here and select your nearest Library for more details.

For more information on books and reading, including information on stock suggestions click here.

March 2017

In this issue

Advertise on a mobile Library

Reach thousands of local people by advertising on the back of mobile Libraries.

Hire advertising space on the back of any of our eight vehicles, which visit villages on a two weekly or four weekly rota, making around 2,000 stops around the county.

Space measures 900mm x 1800mm.

For more information, please call 01603 222267.

Mobile library

A short history of Castle Rising

Join us at Downham Market Library, Tuesday 7 March, 13.00 - 14.00, for a talk by Fred Cooke of the Castle Rising History Group.

Booking is essential. This event is part of the 'in good company' group so costs £1, refreshments provided. For more information or to book a place call the Library on 01366 383073.

Friends of Gaywood Library

Are you interested in becoming part of a new group who:

  • Develops ideas for Library activities
  • Plan and hold fundraising activities such as Library sales, community or author events
  • Act as a link between your Library and the local community
  • Promote the Library and Library services

Then come to Gaywood Library on Thursday 9 March, 18.00, and help this new group develop.

Vintage Coffee Morning

Visit Reepham Library on Wednesday 15 March, 10.00 - 13.00, to see a collection of vintage objects, photographs and books. Come in for a real blast from the past featuring some of Norfolk's most popular books from 'The Great Big Read'. 

Vintage coffee

Forget Me Not Coffee Morning

Raising awareness of the Alzheimer's Society and Dementia Friends.

Hellesdon Knit and Knatter group will be crafting 'Forget Me Nots' and would be pleased if you would join them.  Make a Forget Me Not yourself and/or enjoy a cuppa and a chat at Hellesdon Library on Friday 17 March, 10.00 - 13.00.

Materials and patterns will be available, along with information on the Alzheimer's Society and how to become a 'Dementia Friend'. 


Mini Beasts

Join us at the Millennium Library for a 'Mini Beasts' adventure on Monday 20 March. This will include games, songs, role-play and storytelling with a professional tutor from Little People's Drama Company. There are two sessions. 12.45 - 13.30 for two and three year olds or 13.45 - 14.30 for three and four year olds. Please book in the Library or call 01603 774703. This event costs £5 per child, payable of booking. 

Poetry Workshop for World Poetry Day

Would you like to turn your hand to writing a haiku or two?  Do you enjoy listening to poems read out loud over a cup of coffee? If so come along to our free and informal workshop and meet new people to celebrate World Poetry Day at Wroxham Library, on Tuesday 21 March, 10.30 - 12.00. No experience necessary.  This is a free event. For more information call 01603 782 563. 

Friends of Aylsham Library

Would you like to support us and the work we do by becoming a member of the 'Friends of Aylsham Library Group'?  If you would like to act as a link between the Library and the local community, plan and hold fundraising activities and develop ideas for events then come along to find out more and meet others over a cup of coffee at Aylsham Library on Wednesday 22 March, 10.00 - 12.00. For more information call the Library on 01263 732320.

Eggstraordinary Fun

Join us for some eggstraordinary fun in the Millennium Early Years Library on Thursday 23 March, 13.00 - 14.00. This will include stories and weaving crafts for 3 - 4 year olds, with local artist Rachel Anstey-Sanders.

This event costs £4 per child. Booking is essential so to book a place or for more information please call 01603 774703.

Cookie Tots

Visit the Millennium Children's Library on Monday 27 March, 11.00 - 12.00, for Cookie Tots for two to four year olds.

Have fun creating healthy, easy to make recipes with you child, join in with fun activities based around preparing and enjoying food, and enjoy eating the food your child has made. No heat will be used.

Booking is essential. For more information or to book a place call 01603 774703. This event costs £6.50 per child.

Dementia Awareness session

Are you caring for someone, or do you know someone living with dementia? 

Come along to a free dementia awareness session run by Age UK to learn about the little ways you can help and become a dementia friend, at Plumstead Road Library on Tuesday 28 March, 10.00 - 12.30.

For more information and to book a place contact the Library on 01603 433 455

Gaywood Valley Conservation Group

A talk on the river and wildlife in the area, its conservation and protection, by the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group at Gaywood Library on Thursday 30 March, 13.00 - 14.00. Booking is essential. This event costs £1 and includes refreshments as part of the 'in good company' group. For more information or to book please contact the Library on 01553 768498.

Gaywood Valley Conservation Group

Just a Cuppa

Feeling at a loose end? Then come and visit Long Stratton Library for a coffee and a chat. Make new friends or meet old ones. Adult colouring sheets and crosswords are available or just pop in and read the newspaper. Every Thursday from 14.00 - 17.00.

In Good Company


Two of our online subscriptions, specially aimed at not only people starting up a new business but also those wanting advice on how to move their businesses forward.

MINT gives access to a wide range of high quality information covering companies, news, directors and industry research. Available at the Millennium Library only. For details of our pay-for company listings in Excel format, contact the Information Team on

MINTEL is a marketing tool offering expert analysis of high quality data and market research to help you grow your business. Can be accessed in any Norfolk Library.

For details of all our online subscriptions click here.