What's on

You can also visit these webpages for details of Rhymetime, Storytime and craft, our Readers' groups and individual libraries pages. Our Eventbrite page also lists many of the events that are on at the libraries.

Upcoming events

Big Jubilee Read

The Big Jubilee Read is a UK-wide reading for pleasure campaign celebrating great reads from across the Commonwealth to coincide with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. An expert panel of librarians, booksellers and literature specialists has chosen seventy titles from a “readers’ choice” longlist with ten books for each decade of The Queen’s reign. The list offers brilliant, beautiful and thrilling writing produced by authors from a wide range of Commonwealth countries over the last seventy years to engage all readers in the discovery and celebration of great books.

 See the full Big Jubilee booklist and reserve your copies.

Children’s Improvised Book Club

Come and join the Honey Pot Village Improvised Book Club. Ilaria the storyteller will help you create original characters and you'll even get to help write the book. Bring your grown-ups and something like a hat, sunglasses, handbag (or something silly!) to help you with your character. Suitable for 6+ years.

  •  Timperley Library, Saturday 25 June, 11:00am,  book via Eventbrite

You can also call us on 0161 912 3189 to book a place.

Summer Crafts

Free drop-in sessions for children to have fun making butterflies and flowers. No need to book - just turn up.

  • Sale Library, Saturday 25 June, 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Hale Library, Saturday 25 June, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Regular events

Art Club

Come meet other art–lovers in our informal group run by staff. We show you different projects and techniques, with some materials provided. You can also bring your own materials, and just use the space to get creative and meet others.

  • Urmston Library, Tuesday afternoons, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Woodsend Library, 1st Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm with Gwen Broadhead 0161 747 7665

Beaders group

  • Lostock Library, Monday mornings  10:00am – 12:00noon
  • Woodsend Library, Tuesday mornings 10:00am – 12:00noon with Patricia Wilson

Chatterbooks Groups

 For children aged 7 – 11 years old who love stories and illustrating or want to get more enjoyment from them!

  • Stretford Library, 1st Saturday of the month 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Urmston Library, 1st Tuesday of the month 4:00pm – 5:00pm

 To book a place email libraries@trafford.gov.uk 

Children's Hour

Children’s Hour every Tuesday 11am at Old Trafford Library. Come join us every week for an hour session suitable for children aged 0 – 5 for stories, rhymes & other activities. No booking required, just turn up early as spaces are limited.

  • Old Trafford Library, every Tuesday, 10:30am - 11:30am

Coffee mornings

Come into our libraries for a hot drink and chat at our regular coffee mornings. The sessions are free but there may be a small charge for refreshment top-ups

  • Urmston Library, every Friday 10:30am – 12:00noon
  • Lostock Library, 2nd Friday of every month 10.30am – 12:00noon

Creative writing groups

Want to write but can’t get started? Made a start but don’t know how to carry on? Finished, but not sure what to do next? Then come along to Scribblers Writers’ Group

  • Urmston Library 3rd Saturday of the month, 1:00pm – 3:30pm. Everyone welcome!

Dungeons and Dragons Group

Stretford's own Stranger Things! Suitable for anyone aged 12 – 18 years

  • Stretford Library, every Tuesday 2:00pm – 4:00pm for 6 weeks starting 26 July

Knitting, crochet and quilting groups

Several libraries run knitting, crochet or quilting groups, these are free to attend and popular. They discuss a wide variety of things including sewing, crochet, knitting and cross-stitch. The groups are suitable for beginners, right through to experts.

Knitting groups

  • Altrincham Library, Wednesday 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Old Trafford Library, Friday 10:00am
  • Partington Library, Monday 1:00pm
  • Sale Library, Saturday from 10.30am
  • Stretford Library, Saturday 10:15am
  • Urmston Library, Monday 1:30pm
  • Woodsend Library, Friday 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Crochet group

  • Urmston Library, Wednesday 1:00pm

Davyhulme Quilters group

  • Urmston Library, 2nd and 4th Thursdays  1:30pm

LEGO® Brick Building Clubs monthly meetups

Be creative, learn new skills and have fun at our monthly LEGO® Brick–Building Clubs. There will be Duplo® available for our younger builders to join in the building fun too. Everyone welcome.

There is no need to book, you can just turn up but please note that spaces are limited.

  • Altrincham Library, 3rd Saturday of the month, 11:00am – 12:00noon
  • Old Trafford Library, 18 June, 16 July, two sessions 11:00am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Partington Library, 2 July, 11:00am – 1:30pm
  • Sale Library, 1st Saturday of the month, 11:00am – 12:00noon
  • Stretford Library, 25 June, 23 July,  1:30pm – 3:00pm
  • Urmston Library, 11 June, July 9, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Little Reads with Manchester Literature Festival is back.

Join Miriam once a month at Old Trafford and Stretford Libraries for a fun, interactive workshop using drama, dance, songs, play and craft to explore children’s picture books.

The sessions are most suitable for children aged 2 to 6 but all the family is welcome. Don’t forget your favourite cuddly toy. No need to book, just turn up. There is more information on the Little Reads website.

  • Old Trafford Library 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11:00am
  • Stretford Library 2nd Thursday of the month  at 11:00am 

Local History groups

  • Woodsend Library, 1st Tuesday of the month 10:00am – 12:00noon

Makaton coffee morning 

Join a friendly group drop in were you can learn about Makaton and some of the basics including alphabet, greetings, travel etc.

Today over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton symbols and signs, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech. In addition to children and adults with communication and learning difficulties and the community around them – for example, teachers, health professionals, friends, public service bodies etc. Makaton is increasingly used by the general public to aid communication.

  • Urmston Library - every Wednesday 11:00am – 12:00noon. 

Readers' groups

There are monthly readers' groups at your local library – please see our Readers' groups page for details.

Rhymetime and Storytime

These are being reintroduced – please see our Rhymetime and Storytime page for details.

Sensory Play

Come and join us at Urmston Library for our fun and interactive Sensory Play session for babies & toddlers. Sensory play has been proven to support a child's development, motor skills and learn mindfulness from a young age. We will have lots of exciting objects and materials for your child to play, learn and interact with. Book one ticket per child attending.

  • Urmston Library every Monday 11:00am – 12:00pm book via Eventbrite.

Tech and Talk

Come along to one of Altrincham Library’s Tech and Talk sessions for help and advice about anything technology-related or just to chat about the subject. We meet face-to-face in the library twice a month at 2pm, usually in Meeting Room 3.

  • Altrincham Library, 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 2:00pm

We also meet online twice a month at 10:30am on Jitsi, a free web-based video chat service that doesn’t require you to download anything to use on your device.

Yoga - Chair

Join us for 30 minutes of gentle stretches and breathing exercises. Suitable for all levels and abilities and no previous experience of yoga needed. No booking just turn up on the day (but spaces are limited).

  • Urmston Library, Mondays at 1:30pm £2 (card payment preferable)
  • Altrincham Library, Tuesdays at 11.30am £2 (card payment preferable)
  • Online via Zoom, Fridays at 11:00am free class (email libraryevents@trafford.gov.uk for Zoom link)

Yoga - Gentle Mat 

This Hatha Flow Yoga class is ideal for beginners or those who want to practise yoga mindfully and slowly. Incorporating traditional yoga poses alongside functional movements; the class provides the opportunity to safely stretch, strengthen and mobilise the whole body, whilst allowing the breath to slowly relax muscles. Please bring your own mat. No booking just turn up on the day (but spaces are limited).

  • Urmston Library, every Wednesday at 10:30am, £2 (card payment preferable)

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