Crawcrook Library and Pelaw Library are currently closed for refurbishment.
During the temporary closure of Pelaw, Rhymetime sessions and a limited book collection service will be available at Hertfordshire House Community Centre and Gardens CIO. For Crawcrook, Rhymetime sessions and a limited book collection service will be available at Crawcrook Pavilion.
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Emerald Explorers backpacks

Emerald Explorers will take you on a green adventure in Gateshead!

Taking creative inspiration from nature and from the green spaces in the borough, Emerald Explorers is a programme of Libraries, Arts & Heritage activities for all ages. Emerald Explorers backpacks are available from libraries for anyone to borrow. Inside are materials and a seasonal activity inspired by the great outdoors, with the following themes:

  • Water
  • Sticks and Stones
  • Seeds, Leaves and Trees
  • Bugs and Beasties

The activities have been designed by artists Josie Brookes, Jyl Friggens, Elizabeth Kane and Paul Merrick. Each backpack comes fully stocked, with a list of contents in the front pocket.

Emerald Explorers is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. We hope you enjoy the creative ideas and welcome feedback from anyone who borrows a backpack.