We have lots of events and activities taking place in our
libraries including, IT training, reading and poetry
groups and writing workshops.
In honour of the 450th anniversary of his birth, Shakespeare Week, from 17 to 22 March, is a new annual celebration to bring the great playwright, his works and legacy to life. Join in with a variety of events taking place to mark his life, for both for children and adults.
Romeo and Juliet Costume Exhibition
Monday 17 March to Saturday 22 March*
Rochdale Central Library
What did Shakespearian actors wear on stage? Come and see our Romeo and Juliet costume exhibition to find out! Costumes from Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet will be displayed at Number One Riverside.
Free and suitable for all.
*Exhibition will be available during library open times.
Monday 17 March, 5.30pm-6.30pm
Rochdale Central Children’s Library
Much Ado About Nothing - Stories Alive storyteller Eden Ballantyne re-tells Shakespeare’s famous comedy. Claudio and Hero fall in love and plan to get married, but someone tries to come between them and their happiness. Find out what happens next at our interactive story telling session.
Free, no need to book. Suitable for children of primary school age and parents.
Friday 21 March, 7pm
Rochdale Central Library, The Hollingworth Suite
A re-telling of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure from The Manchester Shakespeare Company.
Tickets £10 (standard) £9 (concessions)
Suitable for people age 15+
Adapted for MSC by John Topliff and Hannah Ellis from Shakespeare’s ‘Measure For Measure’, this darkly comic tale of power and lust, set among the streets of the fictional city of Mancia in the not too distant future. David Vincent, Mayor of the City of Mancia, is a leader with a problem.
Having promised everything to everybody to keep his seat, he now has to deliver. But with the entire Police force reduced to the overworked Constable Iqbal, the jails full to capacity and his Coalition Deputy, the ambitious and ruthless Nicky Angelo snapping at his heels, there’s only one thing to do: Go on holiday.
Leaving Nicky in charge with only his long-suffering PA, Escala Morgan to keep an eye on him, the Mayor melts into the riotous, vice-ridden streets, adopting a new identity and quickly discovering what the citizens really think of him and his Party. In a dangerous world of disguises, sin and double cross, who can you trust?
Written by: John Topliff and Hannah Ellis
Directed by: Gina T Frost and Matt Cawson
More details: Central Library, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU
Knowing how to use a computer and the internet can help make life a lot easier, you can join our free IT courses whatever your skill level. From starting with a keyboard and mouse, email to shopping online and much more.
A number of reading, writing and poetry groups along with a range of activities take place every week in our libraries.
Find out what's on at your local library:
Bookstart Bear Club sessions inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.
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.
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.