A new reading project has recently been launched in libraries across the county. The Norfolk Reading Pathway can help and support anyone aged eight to 80 be a better reader. Readers can access this help for up to six months, working one to one with a volunteer reading coach for an hour every week.
- Anyone aged eight to 80 can take part and it doesn’t matter whether they are complete beginners or want to improve their current reading skills.
- Sessions are one to one in a local library, so people can learn at their own pace.
- There is help and support for readers to take up other learning opportunities, if they wish to do so.
- It’s a completely free programme so there is nothing to lose by giving it a try and seeing how it goes.
To get involved or to simply find out a bit more you can pop into any Norfolk library and speak with a staff member, or contact us via email.
Summer Reading Challenge 2017
It’s not too late to join in the Summer Reading Challenge. Stop by your local library to sign up. The challenge (for children aged five to 11) is to read six books over the summer holidays – for each book you complete you get an additional clue to help the Animal Agents solve a crime. Keep your clues in the collectors folder and see if you can solve the mystery. Those completing the challenge will receive a medal and certificate, and will be invited to join in a ceremony at their local library.
There is also an Animal Agent Adventure for preschool children. Any child aged four and under can take part.
We also have ImagiNation for those aged 10 – 18. As part of this you need to read two books and respond to those books (this can be a written review or some artwork). All those completing the ImagiNation challenge will get a certificate and a key-chain torch as a prize.
Already completed Animal Agents or ImgiNation? Well for younger children we have our Super Achievers Award – ask for a sheet at your local library and see how many extra books you can finish this summer. And for teens take a look at the Reading Hack website for more ideas on how to enjoy books and share your ideas with others.
For library opening times and details about events in your local library click here.
New books out this August include 16th Seduction by James Patterson, Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop and Bilbo the lifeguard dog by Steven Jamieson. You can browse and reserve all new Adult fiction books here and new adult non-fiction books here.
Check out our book list to tie in with the Summer Reading Challenge – Animal Agents. You’ll find animal themed and detective stories, to books with animal facts and jokes. Reserve the books here or download and borrow a Animal Agent eBooks here.
Count On Norfolk is a Norfolk County Council campaign to help families with children aged 0-11 build a really positive attitude towards maths in everyday life. We’ve put together a Count on Norfolk Maths book list, books to help children with numbers, adding, subtracting, times tables and more – browse the list here
The 2017 Man Booker longlist has been revealed, 13 novels are in contention for 2017 prize. Click here to check out the longlist. #ManBooker2017
You can browse and reserve books from our Summer Reading list here. Going on holiday? If you don’t have room for books in your suitcase, remember you can use our eBook, eAudio and eMagazine services.
To borrow an eBook why not try out the brand new Libby App from OverDrive. You can meet Libby here.
Write on Norfolk – our 500 words competition for 5-13 year olds is back for its second year. With fabulous prizes on offer we are hoping that even more young people across Norfolk will let their imaginations run wild this summer. Find out more here and get involved via Facebook and Twitter #WriteOnNorfolk.
This summer the Maritime Memories Machine is touring the country, collecting stories of the sea from everyone it meets.
The Maritime Memory Catchers are searching for sea themed memories, stories and moments. Join in with some sea shanties, create a poem or simply watch events unfold.
When it returns home to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, its cargo of stories will become part of the new Sea Things gallery, and your memories and stories will become part of a national museum collection.
The Maritime Memories Machine will be visiting Great Yarmouth library on Monday 14 August, 10:00 – 16:00.
Film companies often hold back their biggest releases for the Autumn and Winter months, but for the more discerning film fan out there August still has plenty of interesting new releases.
Viceroy’s House is a film in which Lord Mountbatten, played by Hugh Bonneville, arrives in Delhi just as India is about to become independent. With a star turn from Gillian Anderson, this film tells of the birth of a nation, and the conflict that surrounded that momentous moment in history. Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy feature in Their Finest, a romantic comedy drama in which Arturton is tasked with directing a film from a female perspective for the latest Government propaganda film. She must battle the attitudes of the day as she attempts to put the film together. The Sense Of An Ending stars the ever brilliant Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling as they revisit the lives of their younger selves, and have to deal with the consequences of decisions made decades earlier..
Jessica Chastain is one of the great modern actors, and her new film Miss Sloane is a tough thriller set in the world of political lobbyists. Keep an eye out also for Scarlet Johannson in live action anime remake Ghost In The Shell, and the latest Ben Wheatley film, action comedy Free Fire.All of these DVDs, plus many more, will be available to rent of day of release for just £2 for a two night loan.
For the full list of August’s film releases keep an eye out for the Films & Music newsletter later on this month.
For more information about DVD rentals from Norfolk Libraries click here.
Visit the Millennium children’s library on Sunday 20 August, 14:30 – 15:45, for creative, family-friendly activities inspired by archive material from the Norfolk Heritage Centre collections. This session will focus on the life and times of Norfolk-born author Anna Sewell, whose ‘Black Beauty’ remains one of the best-selling books of all time. Suitable for children aged four to eight years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free and there is no need to book.
Picture: dancers enjoying ‘Crazy Night’ at the Samson and Hercules, Tombland, Norwich, 1949.
Visit the Heritage Centre (located within the Millennium library) on Tuesday 22 August, 13:00 – 14:00, for our free heritage hour on the theme of Norwich 1945-1960: A Journey from Austerity to Prosperity. Join authors Frances and Michael Holmes as they take you back to a time when City workers made chocolate and shoes and youngsters danced the night away at the Samson and Hercules. There is no need to book, 45 seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on upcoming events click here or contact the Heritage Centre on 01603 774740 or via email. Many of our events are also included in the Norfolk Record Office What’s On Booklet.