Library Activities and Events
Special and one off events
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The Girl of Ink & Stars: Live family theatre with a tale of maps, myths and monsters
The Girl of Ink & Stars: Live family theatre with a tale of maps, myths and monsters.
Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped. When a girl from the village disappears into the island's Forgotten Territories, Isabella and her lifelong friend Pablo go in search of her. Following her map and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers that deep beneath the dry rivers and smoky mountains, a fiery legend is stirring from its sleep...
The Girl of Ink and Stars is brought to you by The Spark Arts and is full of myth, magic and map-making – a story about children, their bravery and their curiosity.
This is a new play by Satinder Chohan, based on the book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and is presented through headsets to give a 360° immersive sound experience
An adventure story for girls and boys aged 7+. Booking essential, £2 per person.
- Saturday 3 August 10.30am - 11.30am, Hyson Green Libra
- Sat 3 August, 3pm – 4 pm, Meadows Library
- Wednesday 7 August, 3pm-4pm, Wollaton Library
- Thursday 8 August 30-11.3AM, Strelley Road Library
- Thursday 8 August 3pm - 4pm, The Dales Centre
- Friday 9 August 10.30am - 11.30am. Notts Central Library
- Friday 9 August 2.30pm - 3.30pm, Aspley Library
- Monday 12 August 10.30am - 11.30am, Basford Library
- Monday 12 August 2.30pm - 3.30pm, Bulwell Riverside Library
Tickets go on sale soon shortly!
Upcoming family events in June including a book show, messy play and family film screenings
Refugee Week: Film screening of “An American Tail”
A charming story about a little mouse Feivel and his family who flee Russia, ruled by evil cats, for America where they have been told there are no cats and the streets are made of cheese! This is a free U screening and no tickets/booking required. Full details of these and other Refugee week events can be found here: https://nottinghamrefugeeweek.org/
- Saturday 22 June 10.30am to 12 pm at Nottingham Central Library.
Join us for an hour of sensory, messy play activities with a free gift for every child. Sensory play is a great way to help build language and fine motor skills while having fun! Free and no need to book.
Cosmic Performances, Crafts and Activities at Nottingham Libraries this summer!
Blast of into space this summer with our out of this world summer programme of fun!
The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge kicks of on Saturday 13 July and its sure to be summer of adventure, exploration, reading and fun! Along with the challenge we will be running lots of activities across our libraries...take look below!
All activities are free and drop in unless stated otherwise.
Kev’s Comic Art Masterclass: Back by popular demand! Learn how to write and draw comics with Kev Sutherland (writer for the Beano, Marvel and Doctor Who). Take away a photocopied comic and individual caricature of yourself! For ages 7+. Booking essential, £6 per person. Contact the library to purchase tickets.
- Saturday 27 July, 1.30pm - 4pm, Wollaton Library
- Saturday 27 July, 30am - 12pm, Nottingham Central Library
Fun with Rocketmole: Hear this story about a mole on mission and make a rocket to take home.
- Wednesday 31 July, 11am - 2pm, Sherwood Library
- Thursday 1 August, 11am - 2pm, Basford Library
- Thursday 1 August, 12pm - 3pm. Bilborough Library
- Friday 2 August, 11am - 1pm, Nottingham Central Library
- Friday 9 August, 11am - 12pm, Radford - Lenton Library
- Monday 12 August, 11am-2pm, Strelley Road Library
- Tuesday 13 August, 10am - 11.30am, Aspley Library
- Friday 16 August, 10.30am - 12pm, Hyson Green Library
- Friday 16 August, 1pm - 3pm,St Ann’s Valley Library
- Thursday 22 August, 1pm - 3pm, Wollaton Library
- Wednesday 28 August, 12 - 2pm, Meadows Library
Geoffrey Jumper: Our regular children’s performer returns with mischief, magic and music for all the family. £2 per person. Contact the library to purchase tickets.
- Wednesday 14 August, 2.30pm - 3.30pm, Wollaton Library
- Thursday 15 August, 11am - 12pm, Southglade Park Library
- Thursday 15 August, 2.30pm - 3.30pm, Hyson Green Library
- Friday 16 August, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Nottingham Central Library
- Friday 16 August, 11am - 12pm, Radford - Lenton Library
- Monday 19 August, 11am - 12pm, Basford Library
- Monday 19 August, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, Bulwell Riverside Library.
- Tuesday 20 August, 2.30pm - 3.30pm, Aspley Library
- Tuesday 20 August, 11am - 12pm, The Dales Centre
- Wednesday 21 August, 2.30pm – 3.30pm, St Ann’s Valley Library
- Wednesday 21 August, 11am - 12pm, Sherwood Library
- Thursday 22 August, 2.30pm - 3.30pm Clifton Library
- Thursday 22 August, 11-12pm, Meadows Library
- Friday 23 August, 11am - 12pm, Bilborough Library
- Friday 23 August, 2.30pm - 3.30pm, Strelley Road Library
Aliens Love Underpants! Drop in for alien crafts inspired by the hilarious book.
- Monday 29 July, 12pm - 3pm, Strelley Road Library
- Tuesday 30 July, 10am - 11.30am, Aspley Library
- Wednesday 31 July, 11am - 1pm, The Dales Centre
- Wednesday 31 July, 12pm – 3pm , Bulwell Riverside Library
- Friday 2 August, 11am - 12pm, Radford - Lenton Library
- Wednesday 7 August, 11am - 2pm, Sherwood Library
- Monday 5 August, 12pm - 3pm, Clifton Library
- Thursday 8 August, 11am - 2pm, Basford Library
- Friday 9 August, 1pm - 3pm, St Ann’s Valley Library
- Friday 16 August, 11am - 1 pm Meadows Library
- Wednesday 21 August, 1pm - 3pm, Nottingham Central Library
Super Space Science: Get out of this world and discover space with some fun science activities. For ages 7+
- Friday 9 August, 11am - 1pm, Clifton Library
- Friday 23 August, 10am - 12pm, Aspley Library
- Wednesday 28 August, 1pm - 3pm, Nottingham Central Library
Marshmallows for Martians: Listen to this rhyming space adventure story and make marshmallow constellations and button planets.
- Wednesday 31 July, 12pm - 3pm, Meadows Library
- Thursday 8 August, 12pm - 3pm, Bilborough Library
- Friday 9 August, 10.30am - 12pm, Hyson Green Library
- Monday 12 August, 12pm - 3pm, Clifton Library
- Monday 19 August, 11am -2pm ,Strelley Road Library
- Thursday 22 August, 12pm - 2pm, Southglade park
- Friday 23 August, 11am - 12pm, Radford - Lenton Library
- Wednesday 28 August, 11am - 2pm, Sherwood Library
- Thursday 29 August, 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Nottingham Central Library
- Friday 30 August, 1pm – 3pm, St Ann’s Valley Library
LEGO Space Chase: Let your imagination take off and build your own space creations to add to our lunar space scene.
- Monday 29 July, 12pm - 3pm, Clifton Library
- Tuesday 30 July, 1pm -3pm, Wollaton Library
- Friday 2 August, 1pm - 3pm, St Ann’s Valley Library
- Monday 5 August, 11am – 2pm, Strelley Road Library
- Wednesday 7 August, 12pm – 3pm, Bulwell Riverside Library
- Thursday 8 August, 11am - 2pm, Southglade Park Library
- Thursday 15 August, 12pm - 3pm, Bilborough Library
- Monday 19 August, 11am - 2pm, Sherwood Library
- Friday 23 August, 10.30am - 12pm, Hyson Green Libra
- Wednesday 28 August, 11am – 1pm, The Dales Centre
Coding with Micro:bits: Unlock the secrets of computer coding and do some really cool stuff using a BBC Micro:bit. Age 7+.
- Friday 2 August, 2 - 4pm, The Dales Centre
- Wednesday 14 August, 2pm - 4pm, St Ann’s Valley Library
The Enormous Crocodile: Storyteller John Kirk is working with the Roald Dahl Company to present The Enormous Crocodile. In the biggest, brownest, muddiest river in Africa the Enormous Crocodile is dreaming of eating little children for his lunch. He has thought up all kinds of secret plans and clever tricks but will the other jungle animals allow him to enjoy his meal? This interactive storytelling presentation is 30 minutes and suitable for children 3+. It is kindly supported by The Roald Dahl Company with music by Joseph Attenborough.
Don’t miss John Kirk’s genius storytelling. He’s brilliant! John Kirk brings stories to life in an amazing way and encourages children’s reading, writing and listening skills. Jeremy Strong, author of “The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog”
- Wednesday 14 August, 11am - 12pm, Sherwood Library
- Wednesday 14 August, 4.30pm - 5.30pm, The Dales Centre
- Wednesday 14 August, 2pm - 3pm, Strelley Road Library
Creative Kids Club: Design you own alien and make up your own short story about them!
- Saturday 24 August 12pm-2pm, Meadows Library
Southglade Park Live: Have fun with special spaced themed activities.
- Thursday 1 August, 12-4pm, Southglade Park Library.
All activities are free and drop in unless stated otherwise. Contact the library to purchase tickets for paid events
Upcoming events for adults in June including creative writing workshops and a chance to step inside the Dr Who Tardis!
Step into the Tardis!
Come along to Nottingham Central Library and try out a brand new Doctor Who virtual reality experience, which lets you step inside a VR version of the TARDIS for the first time!
In Doctor Who: The Runaway, Jodie Whittaker voices an animated version of the 13th Doctor and is racing against time to return a strange and potentially dangerous creature called Volta to his home planet. Be there with the Doctor as she faces the forces of evil in this immersive VR story experienced in 360-degree video.
Produced by BBC VR Hub, BBC Digital Drama team and Passion Animation Studios. Due to headset manufacturer guidelines, BBC VR can only be viewed in a headset by those 13 and over. 13 to 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult or have written adult consent.
- Wednesday 5 June, 10 am to 2 pm, Nottingham Central Library. Book your free slot via the Eventbrite link here.
Library Talk: Inns and Beer Houses of Old Nottingham
Once famed for the quality of its ale from brewers such as Home Brewery at Daybrook and Shipstones in Basford, local historian Brian Howes talks about the history of the old Inns and beer houses of Nottingham.
Learn about some interesting old pubs that have been lost in time and the fascinating histories of some of those still open, and how the Beerhouse Act of 1830 created a fascinating network of bohemian drinking establishments all over the city and its suburbs.
£2 a ticket - pay on the day with no need to book in advance. Free transport to and from the library is available for this event to help people with restricted mobility attend. Call Easylink direct on 0115 969 1801 to arrange your lift.
- Tuesday 11 June, 10.30am to 11.30am at Basford Library.
Library Talk: A History of Arnot Hill Park
Join local historian Bob Massey to hear about the origins and history of Arnot Hill Park in Arnold. Built in the early 19th century, the site was originally a worsted mill and employed over 1,200 people at its height. It was turned into a public park in 1919 and celebrates its 100th anniversary as a public park this July.
£2 a ticket, payable on the day, no need to book in advance. Free transport to and from the library is available for this event to help people with restricted mobility attend. Call Easylink direct on 0115 969 1801 to arrange your lift.
- Thursday 20 June, 10 am to 11 am at Sherwood Library.
Refugee Week Exhibition: #I Imagine
Celebrating 21 years of Refugee Week in the UK, Nottingham will be celebrating with a festival of music, theatre, dance, film, literature, art and food celebrating the contribution of refugees to our city. https://nottinghamrefugeeweek.org/
Nottingham Amnesty Group will be presenting an exhibition curated by Amnesty International featuring images from Magnum photographers. It shows the scale of international displacement since World War II to today and puts a human face to the refugee statistics. It's a glimpse into lives uprooted in past decades, and historical context to the current refugee crisis in Europe.
- Running from Saturday 15 to Saturday 22 June, Nottingham Central Library, 1st floor exhibition space.
Creative Writing Workshop
National Writing Day is an annual celebration of creative writing designed to inspire people across the UK to discover the pleasure of writing from stories, poems, letters, songs, scripts and more. To celebrate, we are hosting an informal creative coffee morning where you can try your hand at some creative writing with us. There will be a range of inspiriting writing activities for you to take part in such as free writing, write away an opportunity to find out more about events and support for new and established writers. Free, no need to book and everyone welcome.
- Wednesday 26 June, 11 am to 12noon at Nottingham Central Library.
Regular activities and events
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Asian Language Reading Groups
Bengali, Gujarati and Urdu book groups
For dates of the next meeting and further information please contact Syed Anwar via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0115 876 1938.
Book Groups in libraries
First Thursday of the month, 5.45pm to 7 pm
Crime Readers' Group
Last Tuesday of the month, from 2 pm to 3.15pm
First Tuesday of the month, from 5 pm to 6 pm
Reading For Mental Health Book Club
Contact Jane Brierley on 0115 876 1933 or email@example.com for more information
Reading For Pleasure
Third Tuesday of the month, 11.30am
The Listening Chain an audiobook group for visually impaired persons
Second Wednesday of the month 2 pm to 3.30pm
Contact Sarah Akroyd 0115 876 1946 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulwell Riverside library Library Club and Book Group
Second Friday of the month, 10.15am to 11.30am
0115 883 3500
Dales Centre Library Reading Group
First Friday of the month, 4.45pm to 5.45pm
0115 876 1990
Meadows Library Reading Group
First Wednesday of the month, from 6 pm to 7 pm
0115 915 9279
Sherwood Library Pageturners Reading Group
First Friday of the month, 6 pm to 7 pm NB: New opening times, the group will continue to meet as usual, please contact staff for further information.
0115 915 1155
St Ann's Valley Library Book Group
Third Wednesday in the month, from 12 pm to 1 pm
0115 883 9700
Strelley Road Library Book Group
Third Monday of the month, 11 am to 12 pm
0115 883 3500
Wollaton Library Daytime Group
First Wednesday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30pm
0115 915 2809
Wollaton Library Evening Reading Group
First Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
0115 915 2809
Conversation Groups and Language Cafe
Conversation Groups for learners of English
These groups are for anyone who wants to improve their confidence in speaking English. They are aimed at people who speak English as a second language and help you build confidence by discussion, debate, exchanging ideas and through activities and tasks.
The groups run in term time only at:
Nottingham Central Library Thursday 2.30pm to 4.15pm
Hyson Green Library Friday 10.30am to 12 pm
Meadows Library Monday 10.30am to 12 pm
St Ann's Valley Centre Wednesday 1 pm to 2.45pm
The Dales Centre Monday 1 pm to 2.30pm
The Language Cafe
Saturday 1 pm to 3 pm at Nottingham Central Library.
This is an informal language exchange and fun way to learn new languages or practice your teaching skills, it runs in term time only.
For more information please get in touch:
Email: email@example.com or contact the relevant library.
Children and young people
We have lots of regular activities after school, on Saturdays and in the holidays suitable for all ages of children and young people. Click on the relevant age group below for more details:
One2One Family History computer help sessions.
Support to explore some of the online sources available. The sessions are free and last for one hour. Contact the Local Studies Library
Family History drop-in sessions
On the first Wednesday of every month, 10 am to 12 pm, in the Local Studies Library, floor 1, Central Library. Anyone with family history questions is welcome, whether they are just starting or are already doing their research.
Join our family history group
Are you researching your family history? Would you welcome meeting others who are also researching family history to share progress and brick walls? Then come along to our regular family history group meetings.
The group meet on last Saturday of the month at Nottingham Central Library, Learning Suite, Floor 2, 10 am to 12 pm.
For more information contact Nottingham Local Studies Library:
or Tel: 0115 915 2873.
Our new drop in games cafe is the perfect way to get out to meet new people in your local area while enjoying some new and old favourite games!
Games Café are free and run weekly at the following libraries;
- Aspley Library, Thursday, 10.30am to 11.30am
- Basford Library, Monday, 10.30am to 11.30am
- Clifton Library, Monday, 10.30am to 11.30am
- Sherwood Library, Monday, 10.30am to 11.30am
- The Meadows Library, Thursday, 10.30am to 11.30am.
- Southglade Park Library, Mondays, 10.30am to 11.30 am
Easylink public transport is providing free journeys for anyone with any mobility difficulties. Transport should be booked direct with Easylink and you need to state it is for the Games Café.
Knit and Stitch groups
Knit, stitch and crochet clubs are free and open to anyone who has an interest in needle and yarn crafts; whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, embroider or enjoy any other type of needle crafts.
The clubs welcome people at all levels of experience who are willing to share their time, ideas and skills with others or just want to work on their projects.
Groups meet at:
Aspley Library Knit and Natter, Tuesday 4 pm to 5.45pm
Basford Library Knit and Knatter Group, Alternate Tuesdays 9.30am to 12 pm
Bilborough Library Knitting and Crochet Group, Monday and Friday 10 am to 12 pm
Bulwell Library Knit and Natter, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 12 pm
Friends of Meadows Library Sewing Group, Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm
Nottingham Central Library Tangled Yarns Knitting and Crochet Group, alternate Tuesdays 1 pm to 3 pm
St Ann's Valley Library Knit and Stitch Group, Friday 10 am to 12 pm
Strelley Road Library Knit and Stitch Group, Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Dales Centre Library Crochet Group, Saturday 11.30am to 12.30pm
Monthly, from September to June, libraries invite guest experts who present talks and discussions on a wide range of subjects. Recent topics include Japanese tea ceremonies, the history of photography, local history and poetry.
Everyone is welcome to attend and its a great place to meet people in your community. There is no requirement to attend every talk and refreshments are available for a small contribution.
Library clubs are held at:
Basford Library Second Tuesday of the month 10.30am to 11.30am
Clifton Library First Thursday of the month 10:30 am to 12 pm
Sherwood Library Third Thursday of the month, 10am to 11am
Are you interested in creative writing? Do you want to meet others with similar interests? Here are some writing groups in Nottingham where you might find inspiration!
Third Tuesday of the month, 8 pm
The Peacock pub, Mansfield Road, Nottingham
Lowdham Writers' Group
Second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm
Old Ship Inn, Main St, Lowdham
Nick Sparrow 0115 914 4057
Nottingham Poetry Society
Fourth Saturday of the month, 2:45 pm
The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham
Nottingham Shakespeare Society
First and Third Tuesday of the month, 7 pm
The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham
0115 925 6551
Nottingham Writers' Club
First and Third Wednesday of the month, 7 pm
The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham
Jeremy 0115 962 1453
Nottingham Writers' Studio
A work and resource centre for professional-level writers
Aly Stoneman 0115 959 7947 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Notts Writing Group
Mondays 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm The Bell Inn, Angel Row, Nottingham email@example.com
Open to anyone unemployed and looking for work or training. Delivered in partnership with trained employment advisers from local organisations, drop in for help with your CV, interview skills, job searching, finding training and apprenticeships.
Universal Skills is an online resource aimed at anyone who is looking for work. It’s free to use in the library or from home, just log in with your library card number.
- Basic IT Skills
- How to use Find a Job
- Universal Credit
- Employability Skills, including job search, interview skills, CV writing
Libraries with sessions are listed below:
|Aspley||Tuesday||1 pm to 3 pm|
|Basford||Thursday||1pm to 2.30pm|
|Bilborough||Tuesday||10 am to 12 pm|
|Bulwell Riverside||Wednesday||1 pm to 4 pm|
|Clifton||Tuesday||10 am to 2 pm|
|Dales Centre||Wednesday||2 pm to 4 pm|
|Hyson Green||Monday||1 pm to 3 pm|
|Meadows||Thursday||1.30pm to 3.30pm|
|Radford-Lenton||Monday||10 am to 12 pm|
|Sherwood||Tuesday||10 am to 12 pm|
|St Ann's Valley Centre||Tuesday||9.30am to 12:30pm|
|Strelley Road||Wednesday||1 pm to 3 pm|