National Libraries Week

Libraries Week takes place from 8–13 October and celebrates the nation’s much-loved libraries.

This year, with a focus on wellbeing, libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health.

To mark Libraries Week, all our libraries will host a Free Just a Cuppa Coffee morning – there will be tea, coffee and the chance to chat and socialise.

There will also be a virtual Just a Cuppa and book chat taking place via our Norfolk Borrower’s Facebook group on Monday 8 October,  Tuesday 9 October and Wednesday 10 October, 7–8pm.  If you want to take part you just need to be a member of the group, be on Facebook from 7pm and join in!  There’ll also be book give-aways each day.  The group provides a place for people to share what they’re reading with others.

We’re celebrating the wellbeing benefits that reading provides. Research shows that reading for pleasure has been linked to a reduction in stress, the symptoms of depression and the risk of developing dementia in later life.  Why not pop in to a library and borrow a book during libraries week?  Or download an eBook, eAudio book or eMagazine

The second strand to Reading Well is Reading Well Books on Prescription. Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. There are booklists on four topics -mental health, long term conditions, mental health for young people and dementia, the books are free to reserve from any Norfolk library.  For more information visit our health and wellbeing page.

Find your local Just a Cuppa event

Acle Library - Tuesday 9 October, 11am

Attleborough Library - Friday 12 October, 2.30pm

Aylsham Library - Thursday 11 October, 10am–12 noon

Blofield Library - Wednesday 10 October, 2.30pm

Brundall Library - Tuesday 9 October, 3pm 

Caister Library - TBC

Cromer Library - Thursday 11 October, 11.30am–12.30pm

Dereham Library

  • Relax with Colour - Monday 8 October, 2–4pm
  • Dereham Carnival Crafters - Wednesday 10 October, 10am-12noon
  • Knit and Natter - Friday 12 October, 10am–12noon

Dersingham Library - Wednesday 10 October, 2–3pm

Diss Library - Wednesday 10 October, 10am–12noon

Downham Market Library - Friday 12 October, 10am–12noon 

Earlham Library - TBC

Fakenham Library - Thursday 11 October, 2–3pm

Gaywood Library - Thursday 11 October, 10.30–11.30am

Gorleston Library - TBC

Great Yarmouth Library - Tuesday 9 October, 10-11am

Harleston Library - TBC

Hellesdon Library - Friday 12 October, 10.30am–12noon

Hethersett Library - TBC

Hingham Library - TBC

Holt Library - Friday 12 October, 10:30am–12noon

Hunstanton Library - Friday 12 October, 10.30-11.30am

King's Lynn Library - Monday 8 October, 2.30–3.30pm

Loddon Library - Monday 8 October, 10am–12noon

Long Stratton Library - TBC

Martham Library - Tuesday 9 October, 10-11:30am

Mile Cross Library - Wednesday 10 October, 10.30am–12.30pm

Mundesley Library - TBC

Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library - Monday 8 October, 11am–1pm - meet on the ground floor of the library

North Walsham Library - Friday 12 October, 2–4pm

Plumstead Road Library - Friday 12 October, 11am–1pm

Poringland Library - Tuesday 9 October, 2–4pm

Reepham Library - Wednesday 10 October, time TBC

St Williams Way Library - TBC

Sheringham Library - Wednesday 10 October, 3pm

Sprowston Library  - Tuesday 9 October, 10.30am–12noon

Stalham Library - TBC

Swaffham Library - Games afternoon - Thursday 11 October, 2-4pm

Taverham Library - TBC

Thetford Library - Friday 12 October, 10.30–11.30am

Tuckswood Library - Friday 12 October, 10.30am–12noon

Watton Library - Wednesday 10 October, 10.30am

Wells Library - Friday 12 October, 11am–12noon

West Earlham Library - Reminiscence group - Tuesday 9 October, 2.30–4pm

Wroxham Library - Friday 12 October, 10.30am

Wymondham Library - TBC

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