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Family LEGO® Brick Building Club

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Urmston Library, Saturday 2-3pm, 21 April, 26 May, 23 June, 21 July, 1 September, 29 September.

Be creative, learn new skills and have fun at our new LEGO® Brick Building Club. For children aged 6-11 and their grown up(s)! We will also have Duplo® bricks available for younger children to join in the building fun.

Just drop in to the session. For more information please contact Urmston.library@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 912 3189.

Creative Writing Workshops

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We are thrilled to offer this 8 week adult creative writing course for beginners which aims to give participants a wonderful connection to culture by helping them learn the skills to write their own stories. The Write Time Write Place project will focus on areas such as inspiration, characterisation, settings and plotting stories, revising and editing.

Following on from the workshops, participants will be invited to submit their stories for a Write Time Write Place anthology, which will be professionally published. Participants will also be given the opportunity to read extracts from their stories at a special celebratory event.

Book by email: Charles@readnowwritenow.org.uk, by phoning Charles Lea 07966 154 133 or by phoning/emailing the appropriate library.

Limited places available. Supported using publicfunding by Arts Council England.

Meet Crime Writer Kate Ellis

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Sale Library Thursday 10 May at 7pm

Celebrate National Crime Reading Month with crime writer Kate Ellis who will be talking about her new novel, The Mechanical Devil. Described by The Times as ‘a beguiling author who interweaves past and present’, Kate is best known for her DI Wesley Peterson series. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger award and for the CWA Dagger in the Library and has sold more than half a million books  worldwide.

This is a free event. Book online at Eventbrite, phone 0161 912 3189 or email sale.library@trafford.gov.uk

Meet Manchester Author Caroline England

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Coppice Avenue Library Monday 21 May at 7.30pm

Caroline is a former divorce lawyer, now a full time author. Her debut novel “Beneath the Skin”, a beautifully written dark psychological thriller, was published last year. She will be introducing her new novel “My Husband’s Lies” 

This is a free event. Book online at Eventbrite, phone 0161 912 3189 or email libraries@trafford.gov.uk

Readers' Groups for adults

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A number of Readers Groups have been set up in Trafford with a view to promoting an interest in literature. They are informal gatherings of people from all backgrounds who meet on a regular basis to talk about books and to share their enthusiasm for reading.

Each group has a slightly different approach to the content of the meeting and may discuss themes, fiction genres, favourite titles or perhaps a "Book of the Month". In all cases the common thread is the sharing and enjoyment of books.

Further details are on our Readers' Group page

Readers' Group timetable

 Library Meeting time

Altrincham Library

First Tuesday of the month 11am
First Wednesday of the month at 7pm

Coppice Library

Group 1 - first Monday of the month 11am-midday
Group 2 - second Thursday of the month 2-3pm
Group 3 - last Wednesday of the month 2pm

Old Trafford Library

Last Thursday of each month 10am

Sale Library

Second Monday of the month 6pm

Stretford Library

Fourth Thursday of the month 5.30pm

Graphic Novels Readers' Group - one Wednesday a month 7pm

Timperley Library

First Monday of the month 2.15-3.30pm

Urmston Library

Group 1 - first Thursday of the month 2-3pm
Group 2 - last Friday of the month 6-7pm
Group 3 - Crime - last Friday of the month 2-3pm
Group 4 - Page Turners - fourth Tuesday of the month 6-7pm

Woodsend Library

Third Monday of the month 2-3.30pm 

Readers' groups for children

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Chatterbooks are reading clubs for children aged 7-12 years; we read and talk about everything to do with books - stories, authors, illustrators, dramas. There are games, activities, gifts and prizes during the sessions and children will have the opportunity to meet and talk to any visiting authors or storytellers.

There are Chatterbooks groups at Hale and Urmston and libraries. If you would like to join a Chatterbooks group please contact the library first as there may be a waiting list.

Reading groups for children

 LibraryMeeting time

Hale Library

Group 1 - 3rd Tuesday of the month 4-5pm for 10-12 year olds

Group 2 - last Tuesday of the month 4-5pm for 8-10 year olds

Urmston Library

Group 1 - first Tuesday of the month  4-4.45pm, for 7-10 year olds

Group 2 - first Tuesday of the month 4.30-5.15pm for 10-12 year olds

Group 3 - first Thursday of the month 4-4.45pm for 7-10 year olds

Rhymetime and Storytime

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Rhymetimes and storytimes for under 5s are available in most libraries. Visit our Rhymetime and Storytime page for details.

Knitting Groups

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Several libraries run knitting groups, these are free to attend and are popular social activities. The groups discuss a wide variety of topics including sewing, crochet, knitting and cross stitch. The groups are suitable for beginners through to knitting experts. Please contact the library for further information.

Knitting Groups

 Coppice Library

Every Saturday, 10.30am-12noon

 Partington Library

Every Monday, 1.00-3.00pm

 Sale Library

Every Saturday, 11.00am-12noon

 Stretford Library

Every Saturday, 10.30am-12noon 

Urmston Library 

Every Monday, 1.30-3.30pm

Woodsend Library 

Every Friday, 1.30-3.00pm