Norfolk Library News - May 2019

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May 2019

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We're now on Instagram

It's official! You can now find out about the exciting things that happen in Norfolk Libraries on Instagram. Be sure to follow us @Norfolklibraries.

The new Attleborough library is now open

Attleborough library has now moved to a new location on the Ground Floor of the Community and Enterprise Centre, Church Street, Attleborough, NR17 2AH. Please do come and visit us to see what the new library has to offer.

Book news

New Fiction Titles


May is a bumper month for new fiction titles.

Victoria Hislop has a new full-length novel Those who are loved, Lucinda Riley has a new Southwold set novel The Butterfly Room and after a 13 year wait, Silence of the Lambs author Thomas Harris has written a new thriller, Cari Mora

There’s also the promise of summer with new novels from Philippa Ashley, Nadia Marks, Sue Moorcroft and Patricia Wilson.

May is National Crime Reading Month and there are new thrillers from Mark Billingham, Chris Carter, Jeffery Deaver, Peter James and James Patterson  to keep you busy.

If you’d like to share your favourite books with other readers, you can do so via the Norfolk Borrowers Facebook group.

Young adult readers help to select books

Recently, a group of young adult readers spent time helping us add to our “teen read” stock on the shelves of our libraries. They chose a great range of books, if you’d like to have a look at their choices you can find them on our library catalogue.

Non-Fiction News

For those of you who enjoyed Adam Kay’s account of working as a junior doctor in ‘This is Going to Hurt’, we can recommend Hard Pushed by Leah Hazard, a midwive’s perspective of life on the frontline in the NHS. Also, Critical by Matt Morgan, offers a true insight into the fragility of human life.

Looking to be inspired?  Why not check out The Stopping Places: A Journey through Gypsy Britain by Damien Le Bas, a beautifully written insight into Romany laws and traditions right through to the present day.


In his latest book, Underland, Robert Macfarlane explores the life beneath our feet, offering a greater appreciation of our history, geography and the beauty of nature. Other titles to watch out for this month include Tin Can Cook by Jack Monroe, which promises to offer recipe solutions for those of us with only cans and dried ingredients in our cupboards. Plus, why not try Adam’s Henson’s latest account of life on the farm with A Breed Apart, where his passion for nurturing rare breeds shines through.

Don’t forget to borrow your copy of the social media sensation Pinch of Nom offering inspiring, ‘tried and tested’ healthy recipes. Available in all Norfolk Libraries.

Events and projects

The Green Ship Family Show

We are thrilled to be working with Librarian Theatre who will be presenting the story of Quentin Blake’s The Green Ship.

The Green Ship will be performed at the following libraries:

For more information, including details of how to book, please visit our website. You can also reserve a copy of the book using our online catalogue. 

The Green Ship

Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios Exhibitions

This year Norfolk libraries and Open Studios' artists have come together to hold a number of exhibitions across the county, celebrating the work of artists in each area:

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness week is co-ordinated by the Mental Health foundation and takes place between 13 - 19 May 2019. This year’s theme is body image - how we think and feel about our bodies. We offer a Reading Well for mental health scheme, which is aimed at adults and contains books to help people deal with issues such as body image, stress and anxiety. The books are free to reserve and some of the titles are available as eBooks. Browse the booklist on our library catalogue

Shelf Help - Reading Well for young people, recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. Please visit the library catalogue to browse the shelf help booklist.

Dementia Action Week

Dementia Action Week is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative and takes place from the 20 – 26 May 2019. We offer a Reading Well for Dementia scheme, which recommends helpful reading for people with dementia and their carers. The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories. 

We also have Reminiscence kits and packs that are available to borrow from your local library. The kits are designed for working with individuals at various stages of memory loss and those with communication difficulties. The kits contain books and objects on a themes such as holidays and the seaside. 

For more information all the Reading Well schemes, please visit the Reading Well website.

Calling all musicians


Make Music Day is a free international celebration of music held every year on 21 June.

We’ll be joining thousands of other music lovers around the world by hosting performances at Norfolk libraries.

If you’re a musician and would like to perform in one of our libraries, please get in touch by emailing

You can find out more about the celebrations by visiting the Make Music Day website.

Writing: Making Your Mark pop up display

As part of the British Library’s Living Knowledge Network, we are hosting the Writing: Making Your Mark pop up display during the summer. This display accompanies the British Library’s landmark exhibition exploring one of humankind’s greatest achievements - the act of writing.

The pop up display takes themes and images from the exhibition, an exploration of 5000 years of written culture, tracking the development of this product of human genius from its humble beginnings up to the present day. The British Library’s exhibition presents visitors with a myriad of views of this skill: the various systems employed by languages across time and space; the impact of materials and technologies on the shape and practice of writing; and the creative approaches with which humans have employed writing to express themselves and their relationships to the people, things and places around them. Visitors are invited to answer the question: What is the future of writing, and what role might I play in it?

The display is appearing at the following libraries:

Millennium library: 26 April - 10 May

Gorleston library: 17 May - 7 June

Downham Market library: 14 June - 28 June

Attleborough library: 6 July - 27 July

Dereham library: 3 August - 24 August

Film news


Get ready fans of period dramas, as May sees the release of not one, but two brilliant historical films. The Favourite is an award winning dark comedy film. With a fantastic performance by Norfolk-born actress Olivia Colman (who stars as Queen Anne) alongside co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, this is definitely one to watch. Alternatively, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star in the historical drama, Mary Queen of Scots.  

Prefer something a bit more action-packed? Bumblebee, provides a fresh and exciting new take of the Transformers franchise. Whilst Glass concludes M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero trilogy.

Other films out this month include Holmes and Watson, Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back), Welcome to Marwen, Colette, Beautiful Boy, The Front Runner, The Upside, At Eternity’s Gate, Lancaster Skies and Destroyer.

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.

Events at your local library

This newsletter contains just a few of the great events and activities that are on offer in libraries throughout Norfolk. 

To find out about events at your local library please visit our website, where you can also find information on books and reading, including an option to make stock suggestions.