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Meet George Costigan

4th May Middlesbrough Reference Library 7pm

Actor George Costigan (‘Happy Valley’, ‘Rita, Sue and Bob too’) will be in conversation with BBC Tees’s Bob Fischer to introduce his debut novel ‘The Single Soldier’. Save the date!!!! More details coming soon!!!!


Memory Lane Dementia Café

Middlesbrough Central Library

The Memory Lane Dementia Café is held on a monthly basis on the third Wednesday of each month, in Central Library, from 1-3pm.


Local History Month

5th May 2pm - 4pm Central Library Raymond Kitching: The Quiet Documentation of Middlesbrough

A unique chance to see and hear the inimitable words and photos of Raymond Kitching. Bookings available on 01642 729002

8th May 7pm - 9pm Marton Library Illustrated Talk - Finding the Past Lives and History of Fairy Dell and Gunnergate Hall

An illustrated talk to find out how Fairy Dell's history has been traced back to mediaeval times following a recent archaeological dig. for more info call 01642 300255

17 May 1:30pm - 3pm Central Library Memory Lane Dementia Café - Book Launch and Celebration

For information contact Middlesbrough Library on 01642 729002

22 May 10am - 3pm Central Library Down to the Bare Bones - Hands on Anthropology and Archaeology

A series of talks and hands-on activities detailing anthropological and archaeological practises and current advances within the disciplines. Reserve your place on 01642 729002

27 May 2:30pm - 3:30pm Central Library Putting Ladies on a Pedestal

Middlesbrough is to acquire a statue commemorating Ellen Wilkinson MP - the only lady to be so honoured. Book your seat on 01642 729002


An Evening with Graham Masterton 

2 May 7pm - 8:30pm Yarm Library £3

Join Graham Masterton prolific author of the Katie Maguire series, to hear him talk about his writing journey from magazine editor to writing horror, thrillers and historical fiction before turning his talent to crime writing. To book, contact the Visitor Information Centre 01642 528130


Crime Panel

5 May 7pm- 8:30pm Thornaby Central Library £3

Join authors Fiana Cummins, Michelle Davies and Aga Lesiewicz for a panel discussion on killer plots, creepy murders, and how to write the perfect crime novel. To book, contact the Visitor Information Centre 01642 528130. Booking essential


Acklam Library 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Acklam Library is 50 years old on Thursday 11th May. Join us for a packed programme of free events to celebrate!

10.30am - 11.30am Tots and Toys Rhymetime session

12pm - 2pm Celebration refreshments

4.30pm - 6pm – Children’s party with children’s entertainer

7.15pm – Murder Mystery Night performed by the North Ormesby Minstrels – The Wenlock Mummy – a whodunit by Elly Griffiths.

Come along and help us celebrate Acklam Library's 50th Birthday. For more information contact Acklam Library & Community Hub on 01642 817810


Crossing the Tees 2017

10 June 1:30pm - 4:30pm Central Library Rare Birds - Voices of Holloway Prison: Poetry Workshop £3

Join poet Natalie Scott to create convincing poetic voices for historical figures Book tickets here

12 June 7pm - 8:30pm Central Library Between Stations Live £5

Bases on Andy Willoughby’s critically acclaimed long poem Between Stations the show examines memories of a trip to Siberia with Finnish beat poets whilst travelling through the remnants of the last steelworks of Teesside having survived cancer.  Book tickets here

13 June 7pm - 8pm Central Library Streetwise Opera free

Join award-winning charity Streetwise Opera for a fun and informal performance. Book tickets here

15 June 7pm - 8:30pm Central Library An Evening with Sophie Hannah and Adele Gegras £5

Enjoy an evening with mother and daughter authors Adele and Sophie as they talk about their writing. Book tickets here

16 June 11am - 12pm Grove Hill Community Hub Theakstons Big Read with Mari Hannah free

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will be on tour this Summer and would like to invite you to join them for the 9th year of the Big Read. Book tickets here

20 June 7pm - 8:30pm Acklam Community Hub and Library Rare Birds - Voices of Holloway Prison: Presentation and script-in-hand performance £3

This collection of dramatic monologues aims to creatively retell the story of the notorious London prison. Book tickets here

24 June 2pm - 3pm Central Library Just Soph £2

With original live music, puppetry and a host of curious characters, join storyteller Soph for a very special journey in this new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Just So Stories especially for children aged 3-7 and their best beloveds. All ages welcome! Book tickets here