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Events and training at libraries

Coronavirus (COVID-19): library events update

In light of the current situation, we’ve taken the difficult decision to suspend library 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.​​

Library events

Bookstart Bear Club
09 May 2018
Weekly sessions
Bookstart Bear Club sessions inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.
Living Well sessions at Middleton Library
15 May 2018
Appointments available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Living Well trainers can help you make healthy lifestyle changes and improve your health and wellbeing.
Early Words Together course at libraries
01 June 2018
Weekly sessions
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.
Games club at Milnrow Library
01 June 2018
Every Monday
Enjoy a brew and a biscuit while you play a board game at our weekly club.
Local History 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.
Art group at Wardle Library
01 June 2018
Every Monday
Bring your latest artwork or art projects to this group to get feedback to improve and enhance your art.
Duplo play at Alkrington Library
04 June 2018

Every Monday

Join us for a Duplo Play session. Perfect for children under 4 years old.

Learn My Way - IT training sessions at libraries
05 June 2018
Weekly sessions
Basic IT training sessions covering online skills such as applying for jobs, using online banking and more.
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
Weekly or monthly sessions
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

Weekly or monthly sessions

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
Clubs meet every week or every other week
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
Groups meet every week or every other week
We run a number of different groups across the borough for crochet, cross-stitch, knitting, embroidery and more.
Weaving Words at Milnrow Library
20 June 2018
Every other Monday
Weaving Words is a creative writing group where your can share your creations and ideas with other like-minded people.
Family History Helpdesks at libraries
24 June 2018

Helpdesks held every week or every 3 weeks

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

Creative writing workshop at Darnhill Library
25 June 2018
2nd Monday of every month
Learn writing techniques and share your work at this creative writing workshop.
Reading groups at libraries
26 June 2018
Monthly meetings
Meet new people and discuss your thoughts about books and authors at one of our reading groups.
Poetry groups at libraries
26 June 2018
Groups held every other week or once a month
Calling all poetry lovers!! Discuss and recommend your favourite poems at our poetry group. You can also share poetry you've written yourself.
Walking groups at libraries
27 June 2018
Weekly walks
Get active, get fit, meet new people and explore what's on your doorstep with our walking group.
Yoga at Darnhill Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
Start your day with a refreshing yoga class.
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.
Stories and songs at Milnrow Library
01 July 2018
Every Tuesday
​We run different stories and songs session for babies and young children.
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.
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.

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.

Arts and crafts group at Middleton Library
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
Join our fantastic arts and crafts group. It's fun, friendly and relaxing.
Community group for over 60s at Darnhill Library
01 September 2018
Every Thursday
A social group for over 60s to have a chat with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
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.

Stories and songs with Adam at Alkrington Library
02 September 2018
Every Thursday and Saturday
Come along for stories, songs and crafts with Adam. Suitable for young children up to around 7 years old.
Wardle Society meetings at Wardle Library
05 September 2018
First Thursday of every month
Wardle society group meet to discuss important topics and issues affecting the village.
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 time at Langley Library
30 September 2018
Last Thursday of every month
Join us for free refreshments at our coffee sessions. Chat with others to talk about what matters to you.
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.

Blokes club at Wardle Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
Men are invited to come along to this social club to relax and have a game of cards with other local men.
Tai Chi at Darnhill Library
02 October 2018
Every Friday
Have a go at sun style Tai Chi at these weekly sessions led by a trainer.
Games club at Heywood Library
06 October 2018

First Friday of every month

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

Coffee, cake and company at Smallbridge Library
20 October 2018
Last Friday of every month
Join us to have a drink and a chat with other members of your local community.
Lego and Duplo play sessions at libraries
30 October 2018
Weekly or monthly sessions
Come and play with Lego and Duplo during these sessions. Suitable for ages 3-15 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.

Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival
Event cancelled
An exciting week of arts for all ages, covering drama, comedy, poetry, children's shows and more.


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