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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Mentor Session with Sixth Element Publishing

Date: Saturday - 8 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Cost: £3

Writing a book and looking for some inspiration? Join Sixth Element Publishing for a half hour one-to-one mentoring session on writing and publishing.

If you’re writing fiction, we can help with plot structure, character development, point of view, style and genre. If you’re writing a non-fiction book, we can have a chat about chapter structure, referencing, style and research.

Whatever book you’re writing, come along for a heads up on your publishing options, whether you’re looking to go traditional or independent. If you love writing, come along for a chat… it will be half an hour well spent.

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School Event

Jen Campbell & Katie Harnett

Date: Wednesday - 12 June
Location: Darlington & Stockton
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Join bestselling author Jen Campbell and award-winning illustrator Katie Harnett for interactive storytelling and letter writing activities. You’ll be learning all about Franklin the Dragon and his best friend Luna, and how they went on an exciting adventure… into space!

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Creative Writing Workshop with David Mark

Date: Tuesday - 11 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Cost: £5

David Mark is a former crime journalist who has become one of the UK’s most popular crime writers. His dark, gritty DS McAvoy novels have been bestsellers around the world. In this introduction to creative writing, David will help writers at every stage of their careers turn their killer ideas into a marketable manuscript.

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The Ultimate Quiz

Date: Thursday - 20 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
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All Stockton-On-Tees schools are invited to bring groups of Year 9 and 10 students to the annual Crossing the Tees Ultimate Quiz!

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Poetry Masterclass with Poet-in-Residence Lisette Auton

Date: Tuesday - 11 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Cost: £5

As poets we end up gathering notebooks full of fragments, knowing that they are worthy of our ink, but not quite knowing where they belong. This workshop will use these fragments as our foundation to create new work and introduce new forms and methods to find them a home. Suitable for those who have been playing with words for a while, this workshop will be excellent for those poets seeking to hone their poetry techniques to place in competitions and for publication.

Please bring your notebooks!

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Author Event

A Thrilling Evening With Bestselling Authors C.L.Taylor and Alex North

Date: Wednesday - 12 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

If dark, psychological thrillers are your thing join us for an evening with two incredible authors. What is their inspiration and how do they keep you hanging on until the end?!

C.L. Taylor is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her psychological thrillers have sold over a million copies in the UK alone, been translated into over twenty languages, and optioned for television. Sleep – Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie. Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up… C.L Taylor is back with her darkest, twistiest book to date.

If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken… Alex North’s debut novel The Whisper Man has been described as ‘The best crime novel of the decade’ by Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of Twisted.

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Lipstick Library VIP Girls Only with author Sufiya Ahmed

Date: Friday - 14 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £3

Meet Sufiya Ahmed, author of Secrets of the Henna Girl, as she discusses feminism and campaigning for girls’ rights. Other activities include henna, hair braiding, temporary tattoos, crafts, competitions, plus everyone who attends will receive a free goodie bag to take home! Suitable for 11-16 years.

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An Evening With Author and Archaeologist Nicola Ford

Date: Friday - 14 June
Location: Yarm Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

Nicola Ford is the pen name of archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist for the Stonehenge & Avebury World Heritage Site. Through her day job, and now her writing, she spends more time than most thinking about the dead. Her debut novel The Hidden Bones was praised as ‘a cracking debut’ and ‘top notch’. The Lost Shrinepublished in May, is the second in her Hills & Barbrook series.

During the evening Nicola will take you behind the scenes to reveal how she uses her real life experience to bring her archaeological crime thrillers to life.

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Teesside Poetry Connexions: Branchlines

Date: Saturday - 15 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: Free

A fun creative writing workshop to encourage new teenage writers aged 16-19. Working with internationally known performance poets and playwrights Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby and members of their Teesside Poetry Connexion Group with lots of inspirational writing games and exploration of how to create a poem or story then take it from page to stage.

Participants will be encouraged to follow up with a performance of their work at an Electric Kool-Aid Cabaret event at Middlesbrough Central Library on 22 June.

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Author Event

Suspense and Intrigue: An Audience With Lisa Jewell and T.J. Stimson

Date: Wednesday - 19 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

Come along and enjoy an exciting evening with bestselling psychological thriller authors Lisa Jewell and T.J. Stimson.

Lisa Jewell is the author of fifteen novels, starting with Ralph’s Party, the breakout debut of 1999. Her latest novel is the bestselling psychological suspense thriller, Watching You. Her new book, The Family Upstairs is due out this Summer.

T.J. Stimson is the author of twelve novels, including top-ten bestseller The Adultery Club, which between them have been translated into dozens of languages. Her new novel, Picture of Innocence is a dark and gripping psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages.

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An Evening With Crime Author Stephen Booth

Date: Thursday - 20 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

The mountain of Kinder Scout is one the most iconic locations in the Peak District National Park – but also one of the most dangerous. The spectacular landscape turns into a death trap for an ill-prepared walking group, when one of its members fails to make it back down alive. But did she fall, or was she pushed?

Crime novelist Stephen Booth talks about the latest bestseller in his award-winning Ben Cooper and Diane Fry series, Fall Down Dead – and the importance to readers of his real-life Peak District locations.

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Door-to-Door Poetry (The Show) with Rowan McCabe

Date: Friday - 21 June
Location: Stockton Central Library
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Cost: £5

What do you think would happen if you knocked on a stranger’s door and offered to write them a poem? Rowan McCabe is the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet. Through a funny and thought-provoking mix of spoken word and theatre, find out about his adventure around the North East of England, from his visit to a council estate in Stockton, to his appearance on BBC Breakfast.

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