Welcome to Stockton Libraries and Information Service. The library has moved on! We still do the books bit, and we do ensure we always have the very latest titles, but take a look at what else we do. Find out more at www.stockton.gov.uk/libraries.

Stockton Central Library
Church Road
Stockton-on-Tees
TS18 1TU

Billingham Library
Billingham Town Centre
Stockton-on-Tees
TS23 2LN

 

Thornaby Central Library
Pavilion Shopping Centre
Wrightson House
Stockton-on-Tees
TS17 9EW

Upcoming events at Stockton Borough Libraries:

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Tall Tales Family Mystery Event – The Mystery Of The Magic Thief

Date: Saturday - 9 June
Location: Billingham Library
Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Cost: Family of 4 £5 or £2 per person

Once upon a time the ground on which your library now stands was a school of magic young wizards and witches. Now adults have stopped believing in magic, the school for wizards and witches has long since been closed and books of spells have disappeared. Now you must turn detective to discover who has stolen a special book and return it back to the shelves.

Suitable for 5 – 11 year olds.

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Blackout Poetry with Kirsten Luckins

Date: Saturday - 9 June
Location: Thornaby Central Library
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: £5

Get creative with Kirsten Luckins’ workshops on ‘Erasure’ or ‘Blackout’ poetry. Highlight words and phrases from printed text to a create poem, and use artwork to hide the unwanted words. All materials will be provided and participants will take home a framed piece of original artwork.

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Murder by the Book

Date: Saturday - 9 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: £5

Calling all would-be Marples and Poirots!

For one night only Stockton Central Library will be turned into the Much Wordy Book Club where you are invited to be a detective. When a murder is discovered you must turn detective to work out whodunnit, how and why.

Join us for a fun evening of murder mystery where you can become one of our armchair detectives to see if you can crack the case.

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Author Session with Kate Pankhurst

Date: Tuesday - 12 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Cost: Free

Kate Pankhurst, descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst, has created this wildly wonderful and accessible book about women who really changed the world. Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women; fly through the sky with the incredible explorer Amelia Earhart and read all about the Adventures of Mary Seacole in what is the number one selling children’s non-fiction title in the UK market this year. Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shape the world we live in.

Suitable for ages 7+

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Blogging Workshop with Alice-May Purkiss

Date: Wednesday - 13 June
Location: Billingham Library
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: £5

Blogging isn’t just about typing words on a screen. It’s not just pretty pictures and social media shares. It’s a place for you to tell your story, talk about what matters to you and make your mark on your own online space.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to decide what to write about, create and personalise your own blog using WordPress, evaluate what makes a good blog and discuss social media sharing. We’ll help you spark your creative ideas and give you the tools to make your blog a creative outlet you can be proud of.

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An Evening with Mick Herron

Date: Wednesday - 13 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

An evening with Mick Herron, author of the acclaimed Jackson Lamb series. Described as ‘The John le Carré of our generation’ (Val McDermid) and ‘The new spy master’ (Evening Standard).

Mick’s novels have attracted a number of nominations for the Gold and Steel Dagger Awards, Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, and the 2017 Macavity Award, and have gone on to win the Last Laugh Award at Crimefest 2017 and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2017. London Rules is the fifth book in the series, featuring a branch of demoted and troubled MI5 agents known as the “Slow Horses.”

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Self-Publishing Workshop with 6th Element

Date: Saturday - 16 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: £5

How to write, publish and sell your own book: in a nutshell.

Want to write, publish and sell your own book – and retain all the rights to your work? Join Sixth Element Publishing for this friendly and informal workshop. We will cover topics including how to write, self-edit and revise your final manuscript, the production process of typesetting and print, and then the all-important issues of distribution, sales and marketing.

This is an introductory workshop, suitable for all writers who’d like to know more about the whole process of self-publishing.

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The Secret Diaries of Adam Kay

Date: Monday - 18 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Cost: £5

Award-winning writer and comedian Adam Kay started his career as a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.

This debut memoir spent three months topping the Sunday Times Bestseller charts, has been translated into 15 languages and has picked up a whole host of awards and accolades, including Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year.

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An Evening with Rebecca Tope

Date: Wednesday - 20 June
Location: Billingham Library
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

British crime novelist Rebecca Tope was first published in 1999, after many years of trying to break into print. She now has thirty crime novels to her name, all set in the English countryside – the West Country, Cotswolds and Lake District. The two current series have female amateur detective protagonists and are loosely labelled ‘cosies’. Rebecca is also ghost writer of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme. The Bowness Bequest is the sixth book in the Lake District Mystery series.

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Lipstick Library VIP Girls Only Event with Blogger Alice-May Purkiss

Date: Friday - 22 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £2

Meet our Blogger in Residence, Alice-May Purkiss at our exclusive event and take part in a micro-blogging workshop. Other activities include henna, hair braiding, temporary tattoos, crafts, plus everyone who attends will receive a free goodie bag to take home! Suitable for ages 11 – 16 years.

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