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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

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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
Friday 26 September 2014 The world's biggest coffee morning 10.30am - 1pm Littleborough Library Come and join us for coffee and cakes whilst raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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.
Monday 29 September 2014 Word Weavers celebration of National Poetry Day 5.15pm - 7.15pm Rochdale Central Library Book a place on this FREE creative and practical writing workshop with poet Chris Coey, suitable for writers of all abilities. Please book early as places are limited. Speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk
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
Monday 6 October 2014 Friends of Balderstone Library, Balderstone Hall 7pm Balderstone Library A talk by Sarah Cattell of Salford University about their recent archaeology dig at Balderstone Hall. Speak to one of the library staff or email library.service@rochdale.gov.uk
Saturday 11 October 2014 125th Anniversary of Middleton Library 10am - 3pm Middleton Library Come and celebrate the library’s 125th anniversary with a day of fun activities for all the family.
Monday 24 November 2014 Friends of Balderstone Library, Nile Adventure 7pm Balderstone Library George Steele will give an illustrated presentation about his cruise on the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. 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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