Norfolk Library News - December 2018

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December 2018

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Book news


New adult fiction titles out in December include Little Woodford by Catherine Jones, The Woman in the Window by A J Finn and An Unfinished Murder by Ann Granger. For all new titles out in December please visit the library catalogue.

While you're there, check out our Spy themed book collection and Getting Ready for Christmas book and eBook collections.

Events and projects

Suffragette stories


Stories of those who fought for women’s rights are being brought to life thanks to a unique partnership between Norfolk Library and Information Service and the University of East Anglia, with funding from the National Lottery.

Suffragette Stories involves making an archive relating to two working-class suffragettes available to schools, libraries, and the public via a digital exhibition.

As part of the project, young people in Cromer, Wymondham, Wroxham, Great Yarmouth, Loddon and Thetford interviewed older members of the community to discover more about the changing role of women in society. They have curated exhibitions in local libraries and workshops are being held at schools across Norfolk this term.

The library service has worked with Words and Women to put together a booklist to challenge and inspire readers, with the whole project finale being an exhibition at Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library from 1 to 31 December.

For more information visit the Suffragette Stories website.

Heritage events

A century on, celebrate the part Norfolk women played in fighting for the vote, with creative, family-friendly activities inspired by archive items from the Norfolk Heritage Centre as part of our votes for women heritage Sunday on 9 December. Then on Tuesday 11 December, join us for our heritage hour "a Walk in the Park - a History of Chapelfield Gardens".

For more information on upcoming events visit our eventbrite website or contact the Heritage Centre by calling 01603 774740 or via email. And don't forget to check out the Norfolk Heritage Centre Podcast.

You can also book a free 30 minute research advice session with our archive specialists from the Norfolk Record Office.

Reading pathway coaches needed

Reading pathway

Did you know that one in six adults struggle with their reading? Could you spare a few hours a week to help adults learn to read at Gorleston, Yarmouth or the Millennium library?

The Norfolk Reading Pathway is a project which matches volunteers with adults who need support with reading. Coaches and learners meet in the library once a week for an hour and work through the ‘Yes we can read’ workbook.  All of our coaching volunteers are given an induction, tips on working with adult learners and safeguarding information.

Being a Pathway coach can be very rewarding. One of our coaches told us “I feel proud to be an active part of this scheme. I felt nervous before the first session with my reader, but by the end of it, I was confident that it was going to work out”.

Email to find out more.

Three Little Pig Tales

Three Little Pig Tales by Garlic Theatre - Funny and warm hearted, bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in. Tickets cost £3.00. Garlic Theatre will be at Gorleston library (01493 662156) on Saturday 1 December, 11:00, and Thetford library (01842 752048) on Thursday 20 December, 14:00. Please contact the library to book.

Family fun afternoons

Free Family Fun Afternoons at Great Yarmouth and Martham libraries.

Come along every Saturday afternoon, 14:00 - 16:00, for games and crafts suitable for the whole family. Refreshments will be available so enjoy a relaxing couple of hours and maybe even borrow some books.

Author events


Meet the Author J A Newman at Downham Market library on 11 December, 10:30 - 12:00. She will be talking about her writing journey and her debut novel 'Where there's a Will'. Refreshments and book signing will be available after the talk.

Famed crime writer, Elizabeth Haynes, will be visiting North Walsham library to talk about her work on 20 December, 19:30 - 20:30. Places are limited, and booking is essential. Tickets cost £3 each.

Creative writing and let's talk about art

On Monday 3 December, Phil Barrett will be visiting Sheringham library to talk about art (10:00 - 12:00) and for a creative writing group (12:00 - 14:00). He will be back on Monday 10 December for another creative writing group (12:00 - 14:00).

Life is a cabaret old chum - Berlin in the 20's

A talk by Rozanne Mark illustrated with music on Wednesday 5 December, 10:30, at Aylsham library.

"A time of political and economic chaos but also a time of unparalleled creativity and modernity". This extraordinary story shows how this decade created our modern world.

Tickets cost £3.50 including refreshments and mince pies. 

Christmas events

Making Opera accessible

Norfolk libraries have provided copies of the children’s book Gobbolino - The Witch’s Cat by Ursula Williams, to pupils in primary schools in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Sprowston and Heartsease as part of a partnership with Into Opera who are working with children to turn the book into an opera. Displays and performances will take place in local libraries in 2019.

The project is launched with a fundraiser "Opera Unwrapped for Christmas" on Sunday 2 December for Into Opera's projects and commitment to offering children across the county an empowering and imaginative introduction to opera. This concert will also feature a special performance from the Into Opera Youth Company. Tickets cost £35.

Start Time: 6:30pm for canapés and bubbly, concert begins at 7pm.

End Time: 9:45pm

Christmas Chills at Sprowston Library

On Thursday 6 December, 19:00 - 20:30, join us at Sprowston library for an atmospheric evening of spooky tales for the festive season with local actor Tom Carver. This is a free event, but mince pies and mulled wine are available for £1.50. Please call the library on 01603 408426 to book a place. Suitable for ages 14 and over.

Christmas with the choir at Poringland Library

Join us at Poringland library on 17 December, 14:00 - 15:00, for Carols sung by Poringland Primary school choir, with mince pies afterwards. Everyone is welcome to this community event.

Film news

Teen with DVD

With the nights pulling in and the temperature dropping, why not make the most of December to catch up with a top title DVD.

Featuring intense action, extraordinary stunts and a great storyline, Mission Impossible - Fallout proved to be a huge hit on the cinema. This is a must-see for fans of action films.

After the traumatic climax of Infinity War, Marvel fans will no doubt appreciate the lighter tone of Ant-Man and the Wasp. This film delivers on jokes, story and visual effects and is bound to please fans of comic book movies.    

Also out this month, Ewan McGregor stars in Christopher Robin as the titular character returns to the Hundred Acre Woods and is reunited with his childhood friends Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo.

That’s not all though. Hotel Transylvania 3, Crazy Rich Asians, The Equalizer 2, The Festival, The Meg, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Unfriended: Dark Web, Blackkklansman and King of Thieves all arrive on DVD this month.

All of these films and more will be available to borrow from Norfolk Libraries for just £2 for two nights from their day of release. For more information about our films and music service please visit our website.

More information

Library online subscriptions

Need to research old newspapers, biographies, spelling, grammar, or just need general reference works? Use our high-quality library online subscriptions (Oxford, Britannica, Gale) from home for free.

Visit our Library Information Services page for more details, and if we can help you with your research please get in touch with the Information Team on or 01603 774775 / 774785.

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 visit our website and select your nearest Library for more details.

For more information on books and reading, including information on stock suggestions please visit our website.