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Online reading and author events

Virtually meet the author on Zoom 

On Wednesday 23 September at 8pm Norfolk Libraries will be hosting another Author Q&A with local writer, storyteller and performer Hugh Lupton. Hugh will be talking about his latest novel ‘The Assembly of the Severed Head’. Tickets are free but spaces are limited. To book a place email ‘Hugh Lupton’ to libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk The first 50 people will receive their personal Zoom invite. 

Coming soon...

  • Sally Harris - 8pm Wednesday 21 October
  • Claire Wade - 8pm Wednesday 18 November
  • Heidi Swain - 8pm Wednesday 16 December (Fully booked)

Libraries Week: 5-10 October 2020

Libraries Week is an annual celebration of the best things libraries have to offer. This year’s theme celebrates books and reading, showcasing the vital contribution that libraries make towards building a 'Nation of Readers'.

Throughout the week, Norfolk Libraries will be highlighting all the exciting ways that people across the county can access books, reading activities online, and free support for adults who struggle with reading.

We're also inviting everyone to take part in a Libraries Week Big Read. Matt Haig's 'How to Stop Time' is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.

You can join other readers for the first of our monthly Online Book Club meetings on Zoom on Wednesday 28 October at 8pm. If you'd like to take part, then email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk to find out more.

You can also share your views with others by joining the Norfolk Borrowers Facebook group.

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.

Every Tuesday at 7pm, we’ll bring you a tale to lift your spirits and give you an opportunity to share your thoughts with others via Zoom.

If you’d like to join in, email ‘Reading Friends’ to libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk 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.  

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 50 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.

Escape with a poem podcast

Take a moment to unwind with our Escape with a poem podcast on the Soundcloud website. New episodes every Wednesday and Friday at 11am.

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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