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Online reading and author events

Virtually meet the author on Zoom 

Coming soon...

  • Heidi Swain - 8pm Wednesday 16 December (Fully booked)

  • Zoe Somerville - 8pm Wednesday 20 January 2021 

    Zoe’s first book Night of the Flood is a literary thriller set in north Norfolk in the shadow of the Cold War, in which a love triangle turns murderous. It’s also available as an ebook and eAudio

Tickets are free but spaces are limited. To book a place on an event, email the author's name to libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk The first 50 people will receive their personal Zoom invite. 

Shut up and write Facebook Group

Every Tuesday at 4pm for 1 hour.

Do you struggle to find one hour to sit down and tackle that writing project you keep thinking about? Us, too!

We were going to launch a brand new Shut Up and Write weekly session at the American Library, however we are now launching online, getting ready for when we reopen.

The rules: The event takes place at 4 pm every Tuesday and will last for one hour (and a bit). The host will post some optional prompts and word count challenges at the beginning and then we shut up and write for 60 minutes straight. No ifs, no buts, lock the door and get on with it!

Join the group on Facebook

Online book club

Last Wednesday of the month, 8pm on Zoom

December

On Wednesday 30 December we will be discussing 'Little Women' by Louisa M Alcott.

The classic story of the March family, Little Women has been adored for generations. The novel follows the lives of four sisters-tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy-as they come of age while their father is fighting in the American Civil War. Since 1868, readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over the family's tragedy, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy.

The book is available to borrow from Norfolk Libraries:

To join the online discussion, simply download or borrow a copy of the book, and then email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk . We'll send you a link to the Zoom meeting a week before the event. 

January 

On Wednesday 27 January we will be discussing ‘Mortmain Hall’ by Martin Edwards.

A chilling encounter on London's Necropolis Railway leads to murder. At the Old Bailey, a man accused of a 'blazing car' killing escapes the gallows after a surprise witness gives sensational evidence. And journalist Jacob Flint finds himself framed for murder. To save himself, Jacob needs to discover what links these strange events to a remote estate on a northern coast, Mortmain Hall. At Mortmain Hall, an eccentric female criminologist hosts a gathering of people who have narrowly escaped the consequences of miscarriages of justice. But the house party culminates in tragedy when a body is found beneath the crumbling cliffs. Is the death an accident or the result of an ingenious plot to get away with murder?

The book is available to borrow from Norfolk Libraries:

To join the online discussion, simply download or borrow a copy of the book, and then email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk . We'll send you a link to the Zoom meeting a week before the event. 

Reading Friends

Reading Friends is a Reading Agency project which aims to tackle loneliness through the proven power of reading. Each week we'll invite adults across Norfolk to relax with a cuppa and enjoy listening to a good story.

Join us and we’ll bring you a tale to lift your spirits and give you an opportunity to share your thoughts with others via Zoom. The sessions are:

  • Tuesdays 2-2.45pm
  • Tuesdays 6-6.45pm
  • Tuesdays 7-7.45pm (fully booked)

If you’d like to join in, email ‘Reading Friends’ to libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk stating the session you'd like to attend, and you'll be sent a personal invite. If you’re new to Zoom, we’ll also help you set things up on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Norfolk Reading Pathway

One in six adults struggles with reading. Research shows that when people read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment.

The Norfolk Reading Pathway is a free programme which is available across Norfolk and is open to any adult who would like support to become a more confident reader.

We match learners with one of our volunteer coaches and they work through the ‘Yes we can read' handbook together.

Coaching sessions are usually weekly for up to an hour. COVID-19 restrictions mean sessions can no longer take place in our libraries, so coaching is currently offered via telephone, Zoom or WhatsApp.

If you know someone who needs support or would just like to find out more, contact your local library or email nrp@norfolk.gov.uk.

Ebooks, eAudio, eMagazines and eNewspapers

We offer a range of eBooks, eAudio books, eNewspapers and eMagazines that library members can download free of charge, with no reservation or overdue charges. All you need is a library card.

Read or listen on your computer, smartphone, tablet or eBook reader. Find out more about borrowing eBooks.

If you don’t already have a library card, you can sign up for a library account here.

If you need help accessing any of the digital services email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk and library staff will do their best to help.

Reading group eBook reads

Our Norfolk libraries support many book groups across the county, so we've set up a new Reading Group Reads eBook collection on our Overdrive website.

The collection contains 100 titles carefully chosen by library staff, perfect for discussion and available to download at any time.

Find out how you can borrow ebooks free of charge using your Norfolk library card and read more about the Libby app.

Norfolk Borrowers Facebook group

If you’re missing your book group or chatting about books with friends, then why not join our Norfolk Borrowers Facebook group? You’ll be able to share what you’re reading with others and get lots of recommendations to add to your ‘to be read’ piles.

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