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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Reader Development


Find out about our latest book promotions and discover new books at your local library. We have authors and poets visiting our libraries throughout the year so watch the library events pages for details.


Reader's Groups

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about the last great book that you read - then why not join one of our library reading groups? Groups meet once monthly and usually all discuss one title. Some of the groups in Stockton Borough are recruiting new members now - once the groups are full we will add your name to our waiting list. Contact your local library for more details.

Support for existing Reader's Groups
If you are already in a readers' group in Stockton Borough the library service can support your reading by supplying sets of books from our Reading Resource Collection sited at Thornaby Central Library. If you would like more details about any of our Readers' Groups or our Reading Resource Collection please ask at your local library or contact Jen Brittain, Reading Resources Librarian:

You can also visit and share information about your reading group and see the offers available to book groups.


Crossing the Tees Book Festival

Crossing the Tees Book Festival is brought to you by the library services for Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington and Redcar & Cleveland. This literary festival has something to appeal to all ages with its wide and varied programme of events. More information can be found on the Crossing the Tees website.


Join the Stockton Reading Challenge

Are you ready to read?

Running until Sunday 31 December 2017, it's fun and easy to get involved. All you need to do is borrow and read one book from each of the 12 categories, that's just over 1 book a month.

The categories are fun and flexible, so you'll be able to find something you enjoy or maybe you'll discover something new. There's no set reading list, so you choose the books that you want to read.


Adult Reading List

A Sunday Times Bestseller

A book that has been made into a film

A crime/thriller book

A book with 'food' in the title

A travel book

A book set in a country you have never visited

A book by or about a person who has a disability

A children's book

A biography or autobiography

An audio book

A book by a debut author

A book recommended by a member of library staff


Download your Adult Reading List


How do I join?

If you are a member of the library service you can start now. Just choose a book to read from the categories above. Once you’ve read it make a note of the book title on the Reading List. If you're not a member of the Library Service, you can join for free.

Why not get the whole family involved? We also have a reading challenge specially for children and young people.


Download your Children and Young Persons Reading List