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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.​​

Regular events

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Libra​ry ​e​vents and training

Early Words Together course at libraries
01 June 2018
Every Monday or Friday during term time
Join this 6-week course to help build your child's language skills before they start primary school. Suitable for children aged 2-5 years old.
Local studies helpdesk at Heywood Library
01 June 2018
Every Monday
Get help finding out about local history and access the local history resources on offer at the library.
Crafts class at Balderstone Library
01 June 2018
Every Monday
Unlock your creativity with this crafts class for adults. Making and crafting may help with your mental health and wellbeing.
Futures Club
04 June 2018

Every Monday

Informative drop-in session for care leavers about education, finance, training, employment and accommodation.

Duplo play at Alkrington Library
04 June 2018
Every Monday
Join us for a Duplo Play session. Perfect for children under 4 years old.
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support Group at Middleton Library
04 June 2018
Every Monday
If you're an adult with fibromyalgia, come along to our support group.
Rhymes, songs and stories at Littleborough Library
11 June 2018

Every Monday during term time

Join us for a fun session of singing, rhyming, stories and crafts. Suitable for children under 5 years old.

CV writing sessions for jobseekers at Langley Library
13 June 2018
Every Monday and Tuesday
Get help to prepare and write an effective CV. You can also access support for applying for jobs.
Homework Club at Heywood Library
14 June 2018

Every Monday and Thursday during term time

Drop in for help with English, Maths, French and more. Suitable for all school-aged children.

Health trainer sessions at libraries
16 June 2018
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Come along for a FREE health check up, such as weight check, blood pressure checks and general medical advice.
Lego Clubs at libraries
17 June 2018

Various Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays

Our themed Lego Club is aimed at children aged 5-12 years old. You bring your creativity and imagination and we'll provide the Lego.

Code Clubs at libraries
17 June 2018
Various Mondays and Saturdays
Come along to one of our Code Clubs to learn some basic coding and programming skills. Suitable for children aged 7-11 years old.
Knitting and stitching groups at libraries
17 June 2018
Various Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
We run a number of different groups across the borough for crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, embroidery and more.
Family History Helpdesks at libraries
24 June 2018

Every 3 weeks on a Monday

Come along to our family history helpdesk to get help tracing your family tree.

Epic tales for toddlers at Middleton Library
25 June 2018

2nd Monday of every month

Storytime and epic tales for toddlers under 5 and their parents/carers.

Writing group at Littleborough Library
25 June 2018
3rd Monday of every month
Join our writing group to discuss authors, writing techniques and share your work.
Reading groups at libraries
26 June 2018
Monthly meetings on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Meet new people and discuss your thoughts about books and authors at one of our reading groups.
Poetry group at Littleborough Library
26 June 2018
4th Monday of every month
Calling all poetry lovers!! Discuss and recommend your favourite poems at our poetry group. You can also share poetry you've written yourself.
Next Steps Digital at Rochdale Central Library
01 July 2018

Every Tuesday

Next Steps Digital is our new IT group aimed at learners who have completed the Learn My Way programme and are ready to take the next steps in digital technology.

Coffee mornings at Littleborough Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
Pop in for a drink while you browse books for sale or chat and meet new people.
Nursery rhyme and craft sessions at Heywood Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
A nursery rhyme and crafts session for babies and children aged 0-5 years old.
Card-making class at Spotland Library
01 July 2018

Every Tuesday

Make beautiful hand-crafted cards to take home. All materials, envelopes and instruction provided.

Crafts group at Littleborough Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
Our crafts group is full of lively, creative people who share a passion for all things crafts. Join us to get stuck in on a number of different crafts projects.
Water art sessions at Langley Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
Come along to a fun, free, friendly session designed to help enhance your child's motor skills by painting with water. Suitable for babies 12 months old and above.
Smithy Bridge Computer Group
02 July 2018
Every Tuesday during term time
An advanced computer group where you can learn more about computers, tablets and phones.
Walking groups at libraries
02 July 2018
Every Tuesday and Thursday
Get active, get fit, meet new people and explore what's on your doorstep with our walking group.
Learn My Way - IT training sessions at libraries
03 July 2018
Every Tuesday and Friday
Basic IT training sessions covering online skills such as applying for jobs, using online banking and more.
Singing sessions for adults at Heywood Library
05 July 2018
First Tuesday of every month
All adults are welcome to join this fun and lively singing group.
Coffee mornings at Langley Library
11 July 2018
Last Tuesday of every month
Join us for free refreshments at our coffee morning. Chat with others to talk about what matters to you.
Crafts group at Smallbridge Library
10 August 2018
Every 4 weeks on a Wednesday
Get creative at this crafts group for adults.
Laptop, iPad and tablet helpdesk at Castleton Library
01 September 2018

Every Thursday

Help using mobile devices for beginners, including iPads, tablets and laptops.

Armchair exercise at Smallbridge Library
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
Join this class where all the exercises are done sat down on a chair. All ages and abilities are welcome.
Board games club for children at Langley Library
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
Our board game club is for children and families to learn to play a variety of different board games. It's suitable for children aged 3 years and older.
Writing group at Spotland Library
11 September 2018
2nd Thursday of every month
Enjoy creative writing? You can share your poetry and prose in a friendly, relaxed environment. Or if you prefer, just come along to listen. Everyone is welcome.
Coffee mornings at Castleton Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
Meet new people and have a chat while enjoying a coffee.
Play and learn sessions at Balderstone Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
Come along to our fun play sessions for children of all ages. It's a great opportunity to meet other local families.
Art group at Littleborough Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
Share your skills and learn new techniques at this art group. You can also get support to improve or enhance your art.
Stories and songs at Spotland Library
04 October 2018
Every other Friday
Join us for an interactive story session including songs as well. Suitable for children under 5 years old.
Games club at Heywood Library
06 October 2018

First Friday of the month

Come and join our small, friendly games club. Board games to suit everyone or bring your own.

Lego and Duplo play at Junction Library
01 November 2018
Every Saturday
Come and play with Lego and Duplo at the library. Suitable for ages 2-15 years old.
Stories and songs with Adam at Alkrington Library
01 November 2018
Every Saturday
Come along for stories, songs and crafts with Adam. Suitable for young children up to around 7 years old.
Reading group for children at Rochdale Central Library
01 November 2018

Every month on a Saturday

This reading group is designed to help children discover new books and authors. Suitable for children aged 7-11 years old.

Story and craft session at Rochdale Central Library
19 January 2019

Fortnightly on a Saturday

Story and craft sessions aimed at children of any age and their families.

Crafts for Kids at Alkrington Library
29 November 2019
Feeling creative? Then come along to Alkrington Library’s Crafts for Kids session.
Christmas Card Crafts for kids at Alkrington Library
13 December 2019
Come along to our FREE Christmas Card craft session for children at Alkrington Library.


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