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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.

2015 events

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 your local Bookstart Bear Club sessions

Every Tuesday
until 14 July 2015
Beginners Digital Photography 11am - 12.30pm Darnhill Library Aimed at those with little or no experience of their camera’s features and settings. Topics include: Camera Overview, Lens, Accessories and Filters, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Manual Mode, Composition and Using a Computer for your Digital Needs. Bring along your own equipment. 8 Tuesday sessions. Call 01706 927271 to book a place.
28 May 2015 Love Thy Neighbourhood 1.30pm - 3pm Rochdale Library Families are welcome to this FREE event where stories of Rochdale, its river and its wildlife abound. Nothing too serious though, so come along just for fun – you might also learn some secrets of the amazing record-breaking wildlife that lives on our doorstep. With Town Centre Chaplain, Rev. Margaret Smith and Librarian Ray Stearn. Suitable for families with primary school aged children, no booking required, just turn up on the day.
29 May 2015 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
2 June 2015 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
5 June 2015 Digital Skills for Jobs 10am - 11.30am Rochdale 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
9 June 2015 Barclays Tea and Teach 10am - 12noon Rochdale Library Barclays Bank, will be hosting a ‘tea and teach’ morning to help first time or novice internet users develop the skills and confidence needed to explore the benefits of the digital world. Everyone is welcome and you can bring along your own device and get online using the free WiFi.
11 June 2015 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
11 June 2015 Picnic in the Park 12noon - 2pm Springfield Park, Rochdale Join the fun and celebrate National #Bookstart Week. All parents and carers with pre-school children are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy stories, songs, games, crafts and other activities. Every child will receive a free mini-book. Miniature train rides available (small charge), and a fire engine, and we have an indoor space if the weather is wet. No need to book - just turn up.
15 June 2015 Adult learners event 11am - 2pm Rochdale Library There will be several stalls with lots of information about a variety of upcoming courses. Organised by the WEA. No booking - just come along and find out more.
16 June 2015 Digital Skills for Jobs 2pm - 3.30pm Rochdale 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
14 July 2015 Barclays Tea and Teach 10am - 12noon Heywood Library Barclays Bank, will be hosting a ‘tea and teach’ morning to help first time or novice internet users develop the skills and confidence needed to explore the benefits of the digital world. Everyone is welcome and you can bring along your own device and get online using the free WiFi.
11 August 2015 Barclays Tea and Teach 10am - 12noon Rochdale Library Barclays Bank, will be hosting a ‘tea and teach’ morning to help first time or novice internet users develop the skills and confidence needed to explore the benefits of the digital world. Everyone is welcome and you can bring along your own device and get online using the free WiFi.
8 September 2015 Barclays Tea and Teach 10am - 12noon Middleton Library Barclays Bank, will be hosting a ‘tea and teach’ morning to help first time or novice internet users develop the skills and confidence needed to explore the benefits of the digital world. Everyone is welcome and you can bring along your own device and get online using the free WiFi.

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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