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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What we offer: schools and nurseries

Children in the Central Junior Library 400 x 200

Exciting and inspiring activities delivered in schools or in your local library. Let our professional librarians and children's specialists support your school. 

Love your library

Transform your school library with our help. Create an exciting and stimulating space for your pupils. We will visit your school and work with you to provide advice on how to enhance your book stock.

Class library visits

If you want to develop your pupils' reading habit, then why not bring your class to the library to borrow books?

To book a visit, contact your local library.

Early Years Foundation Stage

We offer interactive sessions featuring stories, rhyme and movement. These can also be held at your school. Sessions include:

  • Storywalks
  • Rhymetime

Key Stage 1 and 2 visit

Chatterbooks

a relaxed reading group to stretch, motivate, encourage and support readers. Children share books and enjoy creative activities inspired by reading. All children receive a bag, reading diary and wristband. Designed for 12 children over a six week period. Suitable for key stage 2. 

Book Buzz Juniors

Exciting and inspiring discussion and activities introducing children to new authors. Three sessions, suitable for able year 6 readers. 

Your school will receive a collection of books for the school library. 

Enquire now

Key stage 3

Book talk

Encourage reading for pleasure with fun, interactive discussion around books. Sessions are designed to introduce a wide range of genres and topics. 

Information literacy

Help students establish independent learning and research skills using online and hard copy resources. Session are designed to encourage critical thinking. 

Enquire now

Other opportunities

Author & illustrator events

Check our events schedule for our regular author, illustrator and performance visits.

Parent Welcome Meetings

Why not invite us to your parents evening or open day? We can promote reading and sharing books to children as they prepare to start school.

CPD for education professionals

Expand your school's knowledge of inspiring authors, titles and genres. Book Talk is an informal exploration of amazing children's and young people's literature. 

Find out more

You can customise sessions for your individual requirements. 

Charges are payable on some activities. 

For more information on our offers please contact us.

Looking for inspiration?

Booktrust (opens new window) is the UK's largest children's reading charity.   

National Literacy Trust (opens new window) is an independent charity working with schools and communities. They give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.

The Reading Agency (opens new window) inspires more people to read more. They encourage sharing the enjoyment of reading and celebrate the difference that reading makes to all our lives.

Gateshead Libraries

Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN
0191 433 8410

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