The Kittiwake Trust

Multilingual Library

our patron

After the library had

been running a few months,

we approached

Professor David Crystal,

author of over a hundred books on language, to ask if he

would be our Patron.

He agreed enthusiastically.

He visited the library in April 2016 and gave a talk that is available here

We are indebted to Professor Crystal for his continuing support and advice.

His website is here

the kittiwake trust

The Multilingual Library is a project of the Kittiwake Trust,  registered charity 1165318.

You can find more information about the Trust and the Trustees here










our philosophy

There is no such thing as a foreign language, just languages you don't understand.

Words are vitally important.

We never say 'asylum seekers' -

If they need defining further than human beings or refugees we use

the term 'asylum applicants'.

Feel the difference.

Words like 'diversity' suggest the opposite.

We are all notes in a melody that resounds around the globe.



Upcoming Events

16 May 5-6pm Roma Resistance Day.
Speakers from the Roma community will talk about the one group in the Auschwitz concentration camp who stood up to their captors.
The information banners will remain in the library for a couple of weeks.



18 May 6-10pm - The Late Shows
A chance to see the library after hours. Random music and poetry throughout the evening.
Bring a poem, bring an instrument.
You can also play board games in French as a taster for the event on Sunday 2 June.


Sunday 2 June 11am - 3pm   Games à la Carte


Games à la Carte is a fun and informal way for everyone from absolute beginners to advanced students to meet native speakers and learn a bit more about the French language and culture and practise their skills – all through the medium of modern board games like Ticket to Ride, Dobble and Flamme Rouge.



The March 2024 Newsletter is HERE


The Autumn 2020 newsletter is here

The Summer 2020 newsletter is available here

The Spring 2020 newsletter is available here



In October 2020 We became the first Library of Sanctuary in the North East.

The official presentation of the Library of Sanctuary award was made during the AGM of CILIP North East 

(the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).

The recording of the event is available here.


New Acquisitions

We are receiving some wonderful books for children from Macmillan, Hachette, Nosy Crow and others in lots of languages including Turkish, Thai, Hebrew, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Estonian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, Slovene, Greek and more...




“Lovely place, good choice of books. Friendly folk. Peaceful"


"Nice little place"