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A Pictures to Share Book
A Pictures to Share Book

Gateshead Libraries offers a range of resources for adults with learning difficulties and adults with communication difficulties, such as dementia.

Pictures to share

Pictures to Share books are intended for people with mid to late stage dementia but can also work well for adults with learning disabilities. They are simple, clear and often colourful, with no confusing backgrounds or content that is difficult to interpret.
They are chosen because they provide an opportunity for telling stories or for linking in to themes that most people will recognize. The set includes ’In the Garden’, ’Travelling’, ’Shopping’, ’Pets’, ’The Countryside’, ’Beside the Seaside’, ’A Funny Old World’, ’Family Life’, ’A World of Work’, ’Childhood Days’, ’A Sporting Life’ and the latest title ’Proverbs and Sayings’.
The books are available to borrow individually or as a set, free of charge to individuals, community groups and organisations.
Contact: Jen Bell, Central Services Librarian - email:

Bag Books

Bag Books is the only organisation in the world publishing multi-sensory books specifically for people with learning disabilities. Their multi-sensory story bags include instructions, story outlines and objects for use by workers in a group setting. Some of the collections are suitable for children, some for teenagers and adults and others for all. The following collections are available to borrow from Gateshead Libraries:

- The Captain’s Hat
- Band Rehearsal
- Andre’s Night Out
- Kofi & the Magic Shaker
- Please Be Quiet
- C.J. The Library Cat
- A Little Bit of Magic English
- The Match England

For specific details of each story bag please visit the Bag Book website. The sets are available to borrow for local groups and organisations who work with adults, children and teenagers with specific learning needs.

Contact: Jen Bell, Central Services Librarian - email:

Library Passport

Gateshead Libraries has recently taken part in a pilot project with Gateshead Council’s Disability Day Services to help adults with learning disabilities build confidence in accessing library services. The course covered six two hour sessions at the Central Library in Gateshead and looked at a range of areas including choosing a book, finding information, local history and ICT.

A case study of the pilot project is available to download to the right of this page. You can also find a ’quick guide’ to using the library for adults with learning difficulties which was produced by service users of Marquisway Centre who took part in the course.

A Bag Books Story Collection
A Bag Books Story Collection



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Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8410

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