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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

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

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Various Bookstart Bear Club sessions for children Various Various Libraries

Find you local Bookstart Bear Club sessions

Thursday 21 August 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 29 August 2014 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 29 August 2014 Jamboree Puppetry’s Pocket Puppet Theatre 2pm - 2.30pm Rochdale Central Library (children's area) Suitable for families with children aged up to 5. Puppeteer Vicky Lomax tells the classic tale of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, with a difference. FREE and no need to book.
Friday 29 August 2014 Pocket Puppet Theatre walkabout 2.30pm - 4pm Rochdale Central Library (children's area) Puppet walkabout and Bookstart Pack giveaway around the library and town centre. FREE and no need to book.
Saturday 30 August 2014 Pandemonium Drumming Circle 11am - 12noon Rochdale Central Library It’s fun, exhilarating and no prior experience is necessary. The drumming circle is for all ages, so bring the family. All you need is your hands – we’ll supply everything else! It’s FREE and there’s no need to book – just turn up.
Thursday 4 September 2014 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
Tuesday 9 September 2014 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
Tuesday 9 September 2014 Starting up as a Market Trader 5.45pm - 8pm Rochdale Central Library
Friday 12 September 2014 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
Tuesday 16 September 2014 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
Friday 19 September 2014 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 23 September 2014 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 26 September 2014 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
Saturday 27 September 2014 The world's biggest coffee morning 9.30am - 12.30pm Smithybridge Library Make time for coffee, cakes and browse our plant, gift and books stalls all whilst raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
24 - 26 October 2014 Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival Various Across the borough 3 days of inspiration covering dance, music, theatre, drama, film, science and visual arts.
Thursday 2 October 2014 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

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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