New listening pod to provide silent space for library customers

A new, soundproof listening pod that offers a quiet space to sit and read is to be introduced into Northumberland Libraries.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, 2:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, 2:27 pm
Berwick Library.
Berwick Library.

The pod has been specifically designed for the library service and is a modern, versatile space with audio access. It is easily accessible by all ages and can comfortably seat two adults, or an adult with children.

The pod has been funded by the Arts Council England following a successful joint bid by Northumberland County Council and two local arts organisations – Hexham Book Festival and Arts & Heritage. It has been designed by Xsite Architecture from Newcastle.

It will be launched in Berwick Library on Monday, October 8, with a special event at 5.15pm. Limited free spaces are bookable at pod will be at Berwick Library throughout October and will then tour the county spending a month in each of the eight key libraries.

Children’s author Katherine Rundell, award-winning writer of Rooftoppers and The Explorer, will also be exploring the pod and holding an event for local schoolchildren at Berwick Library on Friday, October 26.

Coun Cath Homer, portfolio holder for culture, leisure, arts and tourism, said: “This is going to offer a wonderful new space within our libraries where customers can sit quietly and enjoy audio books, read a story to their child or just retreat with a book.

“We think it will be of particular appeal to families with members with autism or dementia who will be able to enjoy a haven of tranquillity within the library space.”