South Tynesiders are being encouraged to learn something new during a national festival of learning.
Events will take place across the borough next week as part of Adult Learners’ Week.
The week aims to allow people to discover the benefits and the types of learning available to adults.
The event is being co-ordinated by NIACE (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education), and the borough’s libraries.
Free taster sessions will cover a range of skills, from crafts to cooking, and they will be held at South Shields Central Library and the town’s Boldon Lane and Cleadon Park libraries, East Boldon Library, Hebburn Library, Jarrow Library and Whitburn Library.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Adult Learners’ Week is a wonderful opportunity for residents of all ages and backgrounds to be inspired to have a go and expand their knowledge.
“Our events will help those who wish to gain new skills and qualifications to better their careers or simply want to learn more about a particular subject or hobby.
The activities begin with an introduction to ancestry tomorrow, between 10am and noon, at Cleadon Park Library.
There will also be a street party commemorating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta on Monday, from 10.30am to 1pm, at South Shields Central Library.
Other events being held throughout the week include knit-and-natter sessions, an introduction to felt-making, glitter glass-painting, canvas-decorating, a cookery demonstration, board games, willow-weaving, hula-hooping and jewellery-making.
For details, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/libraries or www.alw.org.uk or pick up a leaflet from a library.