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Darlington Libraries promises a fun-packed programme of events for the whole family this Easter.

Visitors young and old can scour the book shelves to hunt down the hidden Easter Eggs throughout the school holidays at Crown Street Library.

There are also two special drawing workshops with artist Liz Million and the chance to get crafty at two springtime craft sessions, as well as a special author event with writer and blogger Mandy Sutter.

The Dogs Trust will also be hosting two special events as part of National Pet Month offering pet owners and animal lovers the chance to learn about their animals and get health and training advice.

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Leisure and the Local Environment, said:

“There’s always plenty to capture the imagination in our libraries with books unlocking the door to a whole host of new things, whether real or in the imaginations of the authors. Our events programme aims to encourage visitors, young and old, to have fun while learning something new.” 

The Easter events programme includes the following:

Easter Egg Hunt – throughout Easter school holidays, usual opening hours, Crown Street Library. Pop in to the library to hunt for eggs – a tasty treat awaits those who complete the hunt! (Free, but only while stocks last.)

Drawing workshop with artist Liz Million – Wednesday 4 April, 10.30-11.30am, Crown Street Library and 1.30-2.30pm, Cockerton Library. Pet-themed drawing workshop, recommended for children aged 5 and above. Tickets, £4 per child, must be purchased in advance from the library.

Children’s Dogs Trust Event – Wednesday 11, 10-11am, Crown Street Library. As part of National Pet Month children are invited to join Dogs Trust to learn about what makes a healthy, happy hound and make some take-home dog toys. Free. Recommended for children aged 5 and above. Booking not required.

Author event with Mandy Sutter – Wednesday 11, 1.30pm, Crown Street Library. Mandy, from West Yorkshire, will be talking about her new book ‘Bushmeat’ which focuses on her family’s time in Nigeria in the mid-1960s. Free. All are welcome. 

Dogs Trust Community Event – Wednesday 11, 2-4pm, Cockerton Library, Cockerton Green. Free, drop-in event. Check your chip service, health and training advice and a basic health check including nail clipping. Find out more at www.ddogstrust.org.uk/communityevents 

Springtime Crafts – Thursday 5 April, 10-11am, Cockerton Library. Free drop-in session for 3-7 year-olds to enjoy springtime crafts.

Springtime Crafts – Thursday 12 April, 10-11am, Crown Street Library. Free drop-in session for 3-7-year-olds to enjoy springtime crafts.

Deefor’s Detectives – Saturday 14 April, 1.30-2.30pm, Crown Street Library. Free, for 6-11-year-olds. This month’s theme is ‘Animals’ to celebrate National Pet Month.

For more information about library services and events log onto the website at Darlington Libraries, visit the Facebook page, Bookstart in Darlington, pop into one of the libraries or call 01325 349610. Details of other events can be found on the website at www.darlington.gov.uk/darlingtonevents

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