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Summer Reading Challenge - Space Chase

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The Summer Reading Challenge 2019 theme is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children taking part in the Challenge will join our super space family, The Rockets, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens!

The Summer Reading Challenge runs from Saturday 13 July to Saturday 14 September. Visit your library and join in the Space Chase!

When you have completed the Summer Reading Challenge you will be entered in our fantastic prize draw. Make sure you finish the challenge by Saturday 14 September to have a chance to win one of the prizes including a Kindle Fire HD and a LEGO Lunar Space Station!

See our Summer Reading Challenge page for details of events over the summer.

Suitcase stories

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A new production by Tell Tale Hearts. A lady, a suitcase, with a lifetime of stories from around the globe.

One suitcase can tell a thousand stories … especially when the suitcase belongs to this particular lady. Journey around the world with our well-travelled friend as she regales you with tales of fishermen, fairies, feasts and beasts, from Yorkshire, through Poland and on to India!

Using only the contents of her suitcase she creates landscapes of mountains and jungles, costumes for the shepherds and kings and finds unique ways to bring the stories into the palm of her audience’s hands!

An interactive storytelling show designed to unleash the imagination of children from 3 years + ... and those of their adults too!

Accompanying adults do not need tickets.

Sale Library, Saturday 27 July at 11am - book online at Eventbrite

Altrincham Library, Saturday 27 July at 2.30pm - book online at Eventbrite

Ballads and songs of Peterloo with Dr Alison Morgan

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Altrincham Library, Thursday 15 August at 7.30pm.

Ballads and Songs of Peterloo by Dr Alison Morgan is based on her unique collection of more than seventy poems and ballads which highlight the outrage, grief, defiance and resolution felt by labouring-class people in the immediate aftermath of the Peterloo Massacre in which eighteen people were killed and more than 600 injured as they listened to the radical Henry Hunt speak on the need for electoral reform.

Alison’s talk focuses on a selection of these poems and songs which were circulated in radical journals and performed at markets and in taverns, highlighting how they aimed to keep a true record of the day in the public consciousness and counter the official government narrative. The talk will be illustrated by audio recordings from musicians who have worked with Alison to bring these important and entertaining songs to life once more.

A free event. Book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Family LEGO® Brick Building Clubs

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  • Altrincham Library - 2-3pm, every 4 weeks on a Saturday. Saturday 10 August, 7 September. For more information please contact altrincham.library@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 912 3189.
  • Hale Library - 4.30-5.30pm, Tuesday 30 July and 27 August. For more information please contact hale.library@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 912 3189.
  • Sale Library - 10.30-12 noon, Saturday, 10 August, 14 September, 12 October, 9 November and 14 December. For more information please contact sale.library@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 912 3189.
  • Urmston Library - 2-3pm, Saturday 20 July, Saturday 17 August, Saturday 28 September . For more information please contact urmston.library@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 912 3189.

Be creative, learn new skills and have fun at our new drop in LEGO® Brick Building Clubs. 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.

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-12noon
Group 2 - 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

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

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

Altrincham Libra\ry

Every Tuesday, 1-3pm

Coppice Library

Every Saturday, 10.30am-12noon

Old Trafford

Every Friday 10.30am - 12noon

 Partington Library

Every Monday, 1-3pm

 Sale Library

Every Saturday, 11am-12noon

 Stretford Library

Every Saturday, 10am-12noon 

Urmston Library

Every Monday at 1.30-2.30pm

Woodsend Library 

Every Friday, 1.30-3pm

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