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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

Date Event Time Location Details
Various FREE IT training courses whatever your level 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 24 July Get creative 10am - 1.30pm Rochdale Central Library

Community learning taster sessions run by Hopwood Hall College. For more information, please ask a member of library staff. Places are free, but limited, and can be booked by calling into any library in the borough or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Thursday 24 July iPad drop in session From 10.30am Alkrington Library Do you need help with your iPad or Tablet PC? Or perhaps you are thinking of buying one? We can help, staff will be available to offer help and advice. Bring your iPad or Tablet PC with you, or you can try one of ours. Refreshments available. Speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk
Friday 25 July Digital photography 10am - 12noon Rochdale Central Library

Community learning taster sessions run by Hopwood Hall College. For more information, please ask a member of library staff. Places are free, but limited, and can be booked by calling into any library in the borough or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Friday 25 July Poetry workshop 11am - 12noon Rochdale Central Library

Summer Reading Challenge

Friday 25 July Poetry workshop 2pm - 3pm Heywood Library

Summer Reading Challenge

Friday 25 July 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

Monday 28 July Wordweaver writing group 5.30pm - 7.30pm Rochdale Central Library

An inspiring and practical writing workshop with Halifax-based poet, Gaia Holmes. Places are free but limited. To book your place please email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk

Tuesday 29 July 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

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. Speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@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

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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