Mobile Library

The Mobile Library – A stop near you

Are you looking to try something new? Pop along to the mobile library on a Wednesday 4 weekly and enjoy the convenience of having your books brought to you.
With longer loan periods and no charges for overdue books, take full advantage of the mobile library by reserving you books, for a 60p charge, online or on the library. Snuggle up with a romance, or keep a light on with a thriller; there are plenty for you to choose from, such as: large print, audio tapes, children’s books, fiction and non-fiction.
Bring along your library card or sign up on the mobile to be able to start your mobile reading journey.
Are you part of a book club? Join up at the mobile library and order your books to be brought to a stop near you.
For the month of April the mobiles are taking part in Norfolk’s Great Big Read. Visit the mobile, and bring a friend, to be entered into a free prize draw!
Next visiting on: 18th April, and thereafter: 16th May, 13th June, 11th July, and 8th August
For specific route times please visit:
For more information please contact the mobile libraries on 01603 222267 or email

Library Van Weds 29th Nov 17

Library Van will be visiting Honingham next Weds, 29th Nov. Usual times and places, Fellowes Road at 0940 and The Pump at 10am. Please please use this service if you can – we are in danger of losing it due to NCC cuts.

Library Van – visiting Honingham Weds 4th October 2017

Don’t forget its library van for the village next Weds (4th Oct). Nights are drawing in so cuddle up in front of the fire with a good book and a cuppa….

Fellowes Road 0940hrs to 0955hrs

The Pump 1000hrs to 1015hrs

Library Van Wednesday 6th September

Oooops! Sorry forgot to post this earlier….library van will be visiting Honingham on Weds 6th Sept, usual times and places, 0940 0955 at Fellowes Road, and 10am to 1015 at The Pump ??????

Norfolk Libraries Newsletter August 2017

Norfolk Libraries Newsletter – August 2017

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The Norfolk Reading Pathway

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.

Animal Agents

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Animal Agents

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.

Animal Agents

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.

Book news


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 eBookeAudio 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

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.

Maritime Memories Machine

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.

August Film Releases

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.

August at the Heritage Centre

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.

Heritage picture

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.

August 2017

In this issue

Dogs Trust storytelling and crafts

Dogs Trust

On Friday 18 August the Dogs Trust will be visiting Wells library (10:30 – 12:00) and Fakenham Library (13:30 – 15:00) for doggy storytelling and craft activities. This is a free event but booking is essential.

Draw a Comic Strip Superhero

Visit Gaywood library on Tuesday 29 August, 14:00 – 16:00, and help create a comic strip hero or villain then have a go at drawing your own. This event is for ages 11+.  Booking essential as places limited.

Gruffalo Party


There’s no such thing as the Gruffalo! Or is there? Come along to West Norfolk libraries and make a Gruffalo mask, a snake and a mouse. This event is suitable for children under eight and tickets are £3 per child payable in advance. This event will be taking place at the following libraries:

King’s Lynn library, Tuesday 15 August, 14:30 – 16:00.

Dersingham library – Thursday 17 August, 14:30 – 16:00

Hunstanton library – Monday 21 August, 10.30 – 12.00

Magic show

Visit Downham Market libraryon Monday 21 August, 14:00 – 15:00 for a magic show and balloons. This event costs £3 per child and is suitable for children aged four to ten. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential – tickets are available from the library.

Business Centre update

Do you have a sizzling business idea this summer? Join us at the Business and Intellectual Property Centre(BIPC Norfolk, in the Millennium Library) for six free evening Spotlight sessions ranging from business planning to funding and finance, and protecting your idea to promoting your start up. All sessions can be booked online, where you’ll also find information about everything else happening at BIPC Norfolk over the coming months.

Owl evening

Visit Great Yarmouth library on Wednesday 16 August, 17:00 – 19:00, for story time and a chance to meet an owl from Fritton Owl Sanctuary.

A special guest at story-time

PC Jim Squires, Community Engagement Officer from Norfolk Constabulary, will be sharing his favourite story with children at Loddon library on Monday 7 August, 11:00, and giving them the chance to try on uniforms and learn more about a police officer’s role. For more information please contact Loddon library.

Advertise on a mobile library

Redwings Horse Sanctuary are advertising on the back of our mobile libraries to reach people all over Norfolk. You could too.

Our mobile libraries visit villages on a two or four weekly rota, making around 2,000 stops around the county.

Advertising space measures 900mm x 1800mm. Competitive charges apply. For more information, please email or telephone 01603 222267 / 222303.

Mobile Library Advert

Thursdays at Taverham library

Looking for something to do with your Thursdays? Why not visit Taverham library and join in with one of our events including: Knit and Knatter (14:15 – 15:30), Just a Cuppa – drink and a chat (14:30 – 16:30) and French Conversation Club (16:00 – 17:00).

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.

Library Van 12th July 2017

The mobile library van will be visiting Honingham on Wednesday 12th July….usual time and places….0940 – 0955 in Fellowes Road and 10 – 1015 at The Pump.

Library Van June 2017

Library Van will be in Honingham on Wednesday the 14th June; Fellowes Road 0940 to 0955hrs and The Pump 1000 to 1015hrs.

Library Van – 17th May 2017

The Library Van will be visiting us again on Wednesday 17th May, usual times which are 0940’ish Fellowes Road and 10am ‘ish at The Pump.

Library Van Wednesday 19th April

Library Van will be calling again next Wednesday, 19th April….Fellowes Road 0940’ish and The Pump 10’ish ?


Library Van

Library Van will be visiting Honingham next Weds, 22nd March. Usual times and places, 0940’ish Fellowes Rd and 10’ish at The Pump

Library Van Weds 22nd Feb

The library van will be here in Honingham on Wednesday 22nd February……0940’ish at Fellowes Road and 10’ish at The Pump.