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Events and training at libraries

Coronavirus (COVID-19): library events update

In light of the current situation, we’re offering virtual and at home events. We will continue to keep this decision under review and keep the website updated.

​We have lots of events and activities taking place in our libraries including IT training, reading and poetry groups and writing workshops.​​

Latest events and activities

Computer screen and mobile screen.
04 March 2018

Available at home

We can show you lots of things to do at home whilst we're not yet running activities in our libraries.

A person reading a book.
29 June 2020

Available at home

We've created a Facebook group to share the latest books we've all been reading. It's FREE to join.

Logo for Bookstart Bear Club at Home.
05 July 2020

Every Wednesday

Join Amy and Bookstart Bear for a fun weekly online session of stories, songs, rhymes and crafts.

Virtual Lego Club logo.
08 July 2020

Every Thursday

Anybody with access to Lego is welcome to take on our weekly challenges and post creations in the group.

Logo for Bookstart Baby at Home with Amy.
21 July 2020

Every Friday

Join Amy and Bookstart Bear for a fun weekly online session especially for babies, with a simple story, new rhymes and songs.

Our volunteer storyteller Izzy with her teddy, Alex Bear. Logo for Storytime with Izzy.
23 July 2020

Every other Monday

Join our volunteer storyteller, Izzy, and her teddy, Alex Bear, for exciting themed stories and songs.

Illustration of animals reading books.
02 August 2020

Last Friday of every month

Join our new virtual Children’s Reading Group for ages 7–11, with a new book to read and discuss each month.

Arts Award

​Our libraries support Arts Award with the events we deliver. If you attend a storytelling session, meet an author, illustrator or poet you're taking part in an arts activity. If you attend a poetry or art workshop you're making art, showing skills and creativity.

A great example of this is the mural in the children’s library at Number One Riverside, created by children at the 2013 Literature and Ideas Festival. You might come to a drum circle or meet dancers, choirs or circus skills performers. All of this contributes to the Arts Award. You can research the work and life of an inspiring artist at your local library. Many children take part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge which contributes to your Arts Award.​​


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