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What's on in libraries

Our libraries regularly hold activities and events:

Time for Rhyme

Tracing your Family Tree

Reading Groups

Writing Groups

Bookings for live events are recommended as places may be limited. To book please contact the relevant venue on the telephone numbers;

  • City Library - 0191 5615660
  • Local History Library @ETR - 0191 5618439
  • Houghton Library - 0191 5616382
  • Washington Library - 0191 5613500

Story Explorers

Sunderland Music Hub, Sunderland Libraries Services and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens are delighted to share with you their joint project, Story Explorers.

Story Explorers is a project for children aged 6 and under, created during lockdown when children, their families and carers are unable to visit their favourite Sunderland venues. Story Explorers brings together storytelling and singalongs with some of the wonderful collections at Sunderland Libraries Services and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

This project has been supported using public funding from  Sunderland Music Hub through Department for Education and Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Libraries Services and Sunderland Culture through Arts Council England.

Click Here to explore Story Explorers!

Come and join our fun, lively sessions of songs, rhymes and actions.

City Library every Wednesday: 10am - 10.30am.  Suggested donation £2, no need to book.

Washington Town Centre Library every Tuesday: 10am - 10.30am.  Suggested donation £2, no need to book.

Houghton le Spring Library every Tuesday: 9.30am - 10.15am.  Suggested donation £2, no need to book.

Tracing your Family Tree

Learn how to investigate your family history with a short introduction to Find My Past.

Houghton le Spring Library every Thursday 10am - 12noon  Please book in advance by contacting Houghton-le Spring Library.

Reading groups

Take your reading group meeting online - whether you are continuing an established reading group or interested in starting a new one we can provide free eBooks for your group.

To access the current eBook title each person in the group needs to be a member of Sunderland Libraries Services, if you aren't a member you can join online. You will also need to have access to a device/tablet/phone to download the BorrowBox app.

BorrowBox eBooks can be downloaded by multiple users, so all of your group can read the same title together. Look out for the section called 'Campaign Title'. These titles change from month to month so it's worth checking regularly.

Writing groups 

Coalfield writers group

Houghton le Spring Library meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

Information about special events including the Library Literature Festival which takes place each October, the Summer Reading Challenge and school holiday activities is updated regularly on our Twitter page @Slibraries Why not follow us to keep up to date?

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