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Events and training at libraries

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

Occasionally, there are short-term and emergency changes to some of our library services. To keep up to date with any changes, please visit our libraries Facebook page.

Latest events and activities

Computer screen and mobile screen.
09 March 2018

Available at home

We can still show you lots of things to do at home even though in-person activities have started again.

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.

3 people sat at computers.
29 June 2020

Every Monday

Free course in basic computer skills for beginners.

Person making a card at a table.
02 July 2020

Every Tuesday

Make beautiful hand-crafted cards to take home.

A young mother reading with her child.
06 July 2020

Every Wednesday

Weekly informal sessions for new and expectant mums to talk, ask questions and make new friends.

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.

2 people sat in a library reading.
09 July 2020

First Thursday of every month

Read, share and discuss a range of fiction and non-fiction chosen from our extensive list of book titles.

Pen writing on a paper.
27 July 2020

2nd Thursday of every month

A creative writing group to explore or develop your writing skills.

Basket of yarn with a pair of knitting needles.
31 July 2020

Every Friday

A friendly group for people who knit, crochet, sew, embroider or do any kind of needlecraft.

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.

Cross stitch pattern.
11 August 2020

Every Saturday

A friendly group at Spotland Library for people who enjoy cross-stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, or who would like to start.

A photo of Amy next to an illustration of Bookstart Bear reading to a young bear.
17 August 2021

Sessions every week

Join Amy and Bookstart Bear for a fun session specially for babies up to 15 months and their parent or carer.

A photo of Amy next to an illustration of young bears reading and discussing books.
19 August 2021

Sessions every week

Join Amy and Bookstart Bear for a fun session specially for toddlers up to pre-school age and their parent or carer.

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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Phone: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm.

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Did you know?

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So, if you can't find it with us, take a look at the services on offer at a different library.

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It only takes a couple of minutes to join the library online. You can use your library membership to:

  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Access a range of online resources.
  • Borrow items from any library in the Greater Manchester Consortium.

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