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Author Caroline England

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Friday 1 Devember, 2pm at Altrincham Library

Join us for an afternoon with Manchester based author and former divorce lawyer, Caroline England, as she discusses her debut novel. Beneath the Skin is a dark psychological thriller with a stunning twist.

This is a free event. Please book online at Eventbrite, by phone on 0161 912 3189 or by emailing libraries@trafford.gov.uk

Aladdin - Saturday 2 December

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Old Trafford Library, Saturday 2 December 1-3pm

A magical Christmas pantomime suitable for all the family. This is a free Trafford Libraries event part funded by a Trafford Housing Trust Social Investment grant.

Book your ticket via Eventbrite, by emailing libraries@trafford.gov.uk or phoning 0161 912 3189.

Christmas Book Art - Saturday 9 December

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Join us for Christmas crafty fun at our Christmas decorations drop-in workshops. Come along and make some fabulous Christmas decorations from old books at our festive book art workshops with artist Kate Bufton.

Urmston Library - 11am -12noon

Altrincham Library - 2-3pm

The workshops are free and suitable for children aged 5+. No need to book, just turn up! For more information please email libraries@trafford.gov.uk or phone 0161 912 3189

Celebrate Christmas with Stretford Library

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On Friday 15 December we are having events to celebrate Christmas. See if there is something you would like to come to from the list below:

  • 10am-12.30pm - Coffee morning
  • 10am-1pm - Tombola
  • 10.30.11am - Christmas Rhyme Time
  • 11am - St Matthews Church of England School Choir
  • 12-1pm - Children's craft session
  • 2-4pm - Adult colouring group
  • Raffle draw

We are also collecting food for Stretford Food Bank and gifts for the 'Santa for a Senior' collection.

All monies raised will be donated to Stretford Food Bank.

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