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Online reading and author events

Reading group books

While titles in branches are taking longer to supply we are limiting book club reservations to titles held in the centrally held Reading Group Collection.

If you’d like to reserve titles for your book group…

  • First check the list of available titles online
  • Draw up a shortlist of two or three titles that you’d like
  • Have your book club card at the ready
  • Call the Library staff on 01603 774777 (10am-6pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday)

Staff will then place the reservations, add the £1.80 reservation fee for the first three copies to your library card for payment.
If your group has signed up for email notifications, then you’ll hear when the books are ready to collect.

We also have an eBook collection on our Overdrive website which is perfect for book club discussions. The collection contains 100 titles carefully chosen by library staff 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.

Author Q&A on Zoom

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. 

Nick Bradley - 8pm Wednesday 12 May 2021

Nick will be joining us to talk about his first novel 'The Cat and the City' which was chosen for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and is on the longlist for the Dublin International Literary Award. Tickets can be booked from 12 April.

Cressida McLaughlin - 8pm Wednesday 9 June 2021

Cressy will be talking about her new novel The Cornish Cream Tea Wedding, book 4 in the Cornish Cream Tea series. Tickets can be booked from 9 May.

Neil Storey - 8pm Wednesday 21 July 2021

We'll be celebrating this year's Norfolk Day with a talk by local author and social historian Neil Storey. Tickets can be booked from 21 June.

Carol Rivers - 8pm Wednesday 4 August 2021

Carol is the author of historical sagas and family dramas, set in the East End and London's Docklands, including Lily of Love Lane. Tickets can be booked from 4 July.

Freya North - 8pm Wednesday 1 September 2021

Freya is the bestselling author of 14 novels, including 'Turning Point', which is set in North Norfolk. Tickets can be booked from 1 August.

Joy Ellis - 8pm Wednesday 20 October 2021

Crime writer Joy will be talking about her DI Nikki Galena series set on the Fens. Tickets can be booked from 20 September.

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

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.

Reading Friends at home (new!)

At Home with Library Reading Friends is a pilot telephone reading project for people who would like to read and chat with a member of Library staff.

We will read to you from books, magazines or newspapers depending on your interests for up to half an hour. Reading Friends at Home is dementia friendly and the calls will be adapted to suit your needs.

If you would like to take part or just find out more please email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk or call us on 01603 774777 (weekdays 10am - 6pm).

Reading Ahead

Do you want to read more, but struggle to find the time? Have you lost the reading habit and need a little inspiration? The Reading Ahead project challenges adults to pick six reads and record, rate and review them in a personal virtual reading diary. After completing the diary you’ll receive a certificate or digital badge.

The programme isn't just about books - newspapers, magazines, poems and websites all count too! The aim is that participants challenge themselves to try something new and discover that reading can be a pleasure in the process.

Registering is easy - just email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk and we’ll help you get started.

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. 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.

May

On Wednesday 26 May 'One Dark, Two Light' by Ruth Mancini

New Year's Eve, London. Outside the Hope & Glory pub, a man has been left to die. A victim of extraordinary violence, he will never walk or speak again. He remains in hospital, nameless, until criminal defence lawyer Sarah Kellerman walks onto his ward.

Sarah barely recognises the man she once worked with – he was honourable and kind – what was he involved in? Who wanted him dead? But in her race to uncover the truth, Sarah comes to realise there are two men in her life that she never really knew at all...

From one of crime fiction's most compelling voices, One Dark, Two Light sees the personal and criminal collide, as Sarah reaches into the darkest corners to bring secrets into the light.

It’s available to borrow as eBook (One Dark, Two Light) and eAudiobook (One Dark, Two Light).

June

On Wednesday 30 June we will be discussing The thief on the winged horse by Kate Mascarenhas.

'Witty, inventive and unflashily wise about human hearts; Mascarenhas's future promises to be an exciting one' GUARDIAN.

The Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls since the early 1800s. But their dolls aren't coveted for the craftmanship alone. Each one has a specific emotion laid on it by its creator. A magic that can make you feel bucolic bliss or consuming paranoia at a single touch. Though founded by sisters, now only men may know the secrets of the workshop. Persephone Kendrick longs to break tradition and learn the family craft, and when a handsome stranger arrives claiming doll-making talent and a blood tie to the Kendricks, she sees a chance to grasp all she desires. But then, one night, the family's most valuable doll is stolen. Only someone with knowledge of magic could have taken her. Only a Kendrick could have committed this crime.

It is available to borrow as an eBook (The thief on the winged horse), eAudio (The thief on the winged horse), and paperback (The thief on the winged horse)

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.

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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