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News, 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.

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2014 events

24 - 26 October 2014, three days of inspiration covering dance, music, theatre, drama, film, science and visual arts.

Date Event Time Location Details
Various FREE basic IT training courses Various Various Libraries

See a list of IT training sessions in libraries

Various Reading, writing and poetry groups and a range of activities Various Various Libraries

Find regular activities at your local library

 

Various Bookstart Bear Club sessions for children Various Various Libraries

Find you local Bookstart Bear Club sessions

Thursday 31 July Children’s creative writing workshop 2pm - 3pm Alkrington Library For ages 7-11, creative writing workshop on the theme of Charlie and the chocolate factory. To book your place 0161 643 7799 or email Alkrington.library@rochdale.gov.uk
Friday 1 August Digital Skills for Jobs 10am - 11.30am Rochdale Central Library

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Places are limited and if you are unemployed the Job Centre can refer you. Alternatively speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Friday 1 August Crime Mystery Day 2pm - 4pm Balderstone Library

Officers from Greater Manchester police will be holding a crime mystery day, come along and help the officers solve the mysteries and catch the baddies! For children aged 9-12. Speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Monday 4 August Peaceful stories 2.30pm-3.30pm Rochdale Central Library 100 years ago to the day, war was declared on Germany. Join us for stories with a peaceful theme. There will be a simple craft activity to follow. For more information speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk
Thursday 7 August Remembering the Great War 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm Spotland Library Throughout August, an exhibition of First World War memorabilia and artefacts, many contributed by our customers, such as photographs, postcards, letters and documents, will be on display. We invite you to bring your own memorabilia and share your stories. Refreshments available. Speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk
Thursday 7 August Digital Skills for Jobs 2pm - 3.30pm Smallbridge Library

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Places are limited and if you are unemployed the Job Centre can refer you. Alternatively speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Monday 11 August Barclays Tea and Teach 12noon - 5pm Rochdale Central Library Barclays Bank Rochdale, as part of the Digital Eagle Programme, are running confidence booster sessions. You can get help with basic internet and digital skills, such as connecting to the internet, email, internet searches, and using the council web site. With the added benefit of a brew and a biscuit while doing so! Speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk
Tuesday 12 August Digital Skills for Jobs 2pm - 3.30pm Rochdale Central Library

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Places are limited and if you are unemployed the Job Centre can refer you. Alternatively speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Thursday 14 August Children’s creative writing workshop 2pm - 3pm Alkrington Library For ages 7-11, creative writing workshop on the theme of Matilda. To book your place 0161 643 7799 or email Alkrington.library@rochdale.gov.uk
Friday 15 August Digital Skills for Jobs 10am - 11.30am Middleton Library

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Places are limited and if you are unemployed the Job Centre can refer you. Alternatively speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Saturday 16 August Young people's reading group 11am - 12noon Heywood Library

For young people aged 11+. Come along and chat about your favourite books. Everyone is welcome and bring your ideas for future meetings. Speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Tuesday 19 August Digital Skills for Jobs 2pm - 3.30pm Darnhill Library

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Places are limited and if you are unemployed the Job Centre can refer you. Alternatively speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Thursday 21 August Our Town 10.30am - 12noon Rochdale Central Library What do you see in the town? What stories could possibly go on there? Come along to Our Town stories and you might well be in for a surprise, a storytime for all the family with a simple craft activity to follow. For more information speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk
Thursday 21 July Storytime 2.30pm - 3.30pm Rochdale Central Library Peaceful stories. Families are welcome to join the Town Centre Chaplain, Reverand Margaret Smith and children's librarian Ray Stearn for a storytime. Call into the library or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk
Friday 22 August Digital Skills for Jobs 2pm - 3.30pm Heywood Library

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Places are limited and if you are unemployed the Job Centre can refer you. Alternatively speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Tuesday 26 August Digital Skills for Jobs 11am -12.30pm Balderstone Library

Learn about searching and applying for jobs online, how to use email and get tips on how to write a CV. Places are limited and if you are unemployed the Job Centre can refer you. Alternatively speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Tuesday 9 September 2014 Starting up as a Market Trader 5.45pm - 8pm Rochdale Central Library
24 - 26 October 2014 Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival Various Across the borough

Three days of inspiration covering dance, music, theatre, drama, film, science and visual arts.

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. More about Arts Award

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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