What's On

The library is a community space, not just somewhere to read books!

If you would like to set up a community group, please do get in touch. If you would like to hold profit-making activities as part of your business, you can find our rates for room hire here. 


The Dickens Fellowship 

1st Monday of the month, 7pm

Membership is £20/ year.


Meet once a month with those who share an interest in the life and works of Charles Dickens.


This group of Dickens enthusiasts read and discuss classics such as ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, ‘Great Expectations’ and currently, ‘Bleak House’. They also discuss Dickens’ lesser known publications including the magazines, ‘Household Words’ and ‘All the Year Round’.


To join, just turn up at the meeting or contact Anne McLeod on 07833105697 or email cleotwemlow@sky.com.

Book Group

2nd Thursday of the month, 12.00 - 1.30pm. 

£5.00 annually

Why not join the book group for a chat and coffee over the book of the month?  All are welcome!

Recent books of the month have included:

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

he Children Act by Ian McEwan
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

All of these novels are available for loan at Low Fell Library.

To join, just turn up at the meeting or contact the library on 0191 433 6408 or email lowfelllibrary@gateshead.gov.uk

Please do get in touch with the library if you would like more info.

Scrabble Group

Every Monday, 1.30 - 3.30


Friendly games, all abilities welcome.  Just turn up to join in.

Please do get in touch with the library if you would like more info, on 0191 433 6408 or email lowfelllibrary@gateshead.gov.uk

WI Knit and Natter
Fortnightly on alternate Mondays, 10.00 - 12.00

All welcome to come along and for a friendly knit and natter.

Please do get in touch with the library if you would like more info, on 0191 433 6408 or email lowfelllibrary@gateshead.gov.uk

Rhyme Time

Tuesdays 9.30 & 10.50am

Thursdays 9.30am

50p per child  


Singing rhymes helps develop children's social and language skills in a fun way. Sessions are organised by our volunteers and involve a mixture of songs, rhymes and movement.  We mix traditional nursery rhymes with more modern songs you'll probably be familiar with.


Liz and Elaine run Rhyme Time on Tuesdays.  As these sessions are very busy we decided to add an extra one on Thursday morning at 9.30.  This is run by Alison.  She volunteered as she used to enjoy singing with the children when working at a nursery.



A Christmas Carol

posted Nov 2, 2018, 7:22 AM by lf lf

Charles Dickens' 

“A Christmas Carol”

Wednesday 5th December 7.00 pm

An atmospheric staged reading of this classic Christmas tale by members of the Dickens Fellowship in Victorian Costume with sound and lighting effects

Glass of mulled wine or soft drink and a mince pie included in the ticket price of £5.00

This is a very popular event so booking is essential. 

Not suitable for under 9’s

Exhibitions & Talks

posted Oct 23, 2018, 7:16 AM by lf lf   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 8:21 AM ]

100 Years of Women's Suffrage

An exhibition of photographs, letters and posters celebrating 100 years since the first women got the vote.

Exhibitions & Talks

posted Oct 22, 2018, 1:17 PM by lf lf   [ updated Oct 26, 2018, 8:50 AM ]


Exhibitions in the Library this month:
  • Remembering John Brown-King

A talk by local historian, Mike Scott, will provide more details about Private Brown-King, reputedly the man to fire the first shot of the Great War, when his ship, the cruiser Amphion, attacked the German mine-layer, the Konogin Luise.

The talk is FREE and takes place at 2pm on Wednesday, 24th October

  • Letters of a Temporary Gentleman
Exhibition - The family correspondence of Captain George Robertson of 21st (Service) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.

Christmas Fair

posted Oct 22, 2018, 7:51 AM by lf lf   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 6:43 AM ]

Saturday 24 November 9.30 am - 12.00 pm

Visit from Santa, Raffle, Tombola, Craft stalls, Children's Crafts, Cake stalls and Refreshments.

If you'd like a stall, please telephone the Library on 0191-433-6408 for further information.

Halloween Crafts with ArtVenturers - Fully Booked

posted Oct 4, 2018, 5:19 AM by lf lf   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 6:16 AM ]

Halloween Crafts with ArtVenturers 
Thursday 25th October 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm

Fully Booked

Design your own sparkly Halloween Lantern complete with a 
Battery Tea Light

Children 3 - 8 yrs must be accompanied

Pre-Booking and payment (non-refundable) essential.

Further details   0191 4336408
Email:     lowfelllibrary@gateshead.gov.uk


Children's Summer Fun - We've got a fantastic programme of children's summer crafts planned for the school holidays.

posted Jul 26, 2018, 7:41 AM by lf lf   [ updated Oct 27, 2018, 2:20 AM ]

Children can have fun being creative with Artventurers, paint a pot with The Kiln, and do some fabulous themed crafts with Juno Events. Sessions are priced at £2.00 per child, with the exception of The Kiln session, which will be £5.00 per child. To view the full programme of events, please pick up a flier from the library. Sessions are to be booked and paid for in person at the library.

When The Boat Comes In - 11th July

posted Jun 6, 2018, 5:53 PM by lf lf   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 6:02 PM ]

Low Fell Library is delighted to host an evening with Peter Mitchell, sometime Low Fell resident and son of James Mitchell, author of the iconic 1970s TV series “When The Boat Comes In”, set in the North East, will recount the story of the original books and series, and its adaptation for the stage, together with readings from his new novel “Jack High” which continues the story of Jack Ford found in the original three books.

Wednesday 11th July at 7pm

Free admission but reservation needed - phone the library on 433 6408, or click here

Children's Art Competition - World Book Day 2018

posted Feb 22, 2018, 2:35 AM by lf lf

Our popular World Book Day competition returns! As does Head Judge, North East artist and illustrator, Zoe Emma Scott!

The competition opens on World Book Day, Thursday 1st March 2018, and closes on Thursday 29th March 2018.

Low Fell Library Art Competition: World Book Day 2018

Competition Rules

Imagine you are an illustrator who has been asked to design a front cover for one of a series of adventure stories, set around the world, by an author named A.Taleteller.

The books in the series are:

  • The Magical Secret of the Statue of Liberty
  • The Phantom of the Pyramids
  • Treachery at the Taj Mahal
  • Drama at the Great Buckingham Palace Bake-Off
  • Australian Animal Rescue at Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Victory for Newcastle United at Camp Nou!
  • Easter Egg Extravaganza at the Eiffel Tower
  • The Hidden Treasure of the Great Wall of China
  • The Mysterious Monster of Edinburgh Castle
  • Tightrope Terror at Niagara Falls

Choose the title you like best and get illustrating! The cover should include; the landmark mentioned in the book title, the book title, the author’s name and your name as the illustrator, but apart from this the design of the cover is up to you.

Your illustration should be A4 size. You may use pens, pencils or paints, but not a computer.

There are three age categories. These are; Key Stage 1 (age 5-7), Lower Key Stage 2 (age 7-9) and Upper Key Stage 2 (age 9-11).

Please write your name, school year (e.g. Year 1, 2 etc.), age, birthday, address and telephone number on the back of your illustration.

Please hand in your competition entry to a member of staff at the library.

The closing date for the competition is 29 March 2018. We will announce the winners at the beginning of the summer term.

The prizes are; a £25 book token (first prize), a £15 book token (second prize) and a £10 book token (third prize) for each age category.

The prizes will be presented at an award ceremony to be held in the summer term.

Children's Feb Half-Term Art Class

posted Feb 3, 2018, 8:57 AM by lf lf

Looking for half term activities?  Come along to the library for our art class on....

Friday 16th February 2018

10.45 - 11.50am

£2.00 per child

Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult

Easter Fair 2018

posted Feb 3, 2018, 2:38 AM by lf lf   [ updated Feb 3, 2018, 2:45 AM ]

Pop along to our popular Easter Fair on Saturday 17th March,  9.30-12.00.
Plenty of stalls and activities for all the family!

  • Craft stalls
  • Homemade cakes
  • Fun children's activities
  • Raffle
  • Easter egg tombola

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