What's on

Click on an event to see further details.

Economics Crash Course - Stretford Library

Back to top

Only 12% of the UK public think the way we talk about economics is accessible. If you're part of the 88% who don't, join our fun, free, interactive taster session and crash course – designed to make economics understandable to everyone! To find out more visit the Economy website.

FREE drop-in taster session (no need to book), Stretford Library Tuesday 16 April, 2pm.

FREE six week course at Stretford Library starts on Tuesday 14 May, 2-4pm, book tickets on eventbrite.

Reading Friends - Stretford Library

Back to top

Come and join Reading Friends for fun, friendship, books and banter at Stretford Library on World Book Night, Tuesday April 23 at 11am.  Reading Friends will meet once a month to chat and share stories over tea, coffee and cakes.    
Bring along your favourite book or poem. Meet new people, make friends, chat and have a laugh. Everyone is welcome. Why not give it a try? Visit the Reading Friends website for more information. If you would like to help to run the groups visit our Volunteering at Trafford Libraries page.

Quentin Blake's The Green Ship - Altrincham Library Saturday 25 May, 2pm

Back to top

Whilst on a family holiday siblings, Alice and George, climb over a neighbour’s wall into a large garden, where they discover a huge ship made out of trees and bushes. They soon befriend old Mrs Tredegar, the landowner and ship's 'captain' and throughout the summer, 'sail the Seven Seas' together, visiting exotic places and having thrilling adventures. A not-to-be missed show for all the family!

Visit Librarian Theatre to book tickets (£3)

The Peterloo Massacre: a Talk by Professor Robert Poole

Back to top

Old Trafford Library, Wednesday 26 June at 2pm.

Join Robert Poole for an illustrated talk on The Peterloo Massacre of 1819 in this 200th anniversary year of commemoration.

Robert Poole is Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire and a leading authority on Peterloo and Chartism. He is the author of the new book Peterloo: the English Uprising, co-author of the graphic novel Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre and consultant historian to the Peterloo 2019 programme.

Dr Poole will be signing and selling copies of his books after the talk. 

A free event. Book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Ballads and songs of Peterloo with Dr Alison Morgan

Back to top

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

Back to top
  • Altrincham Library - 2-3pm, Saturday 23 March, Saturday 20 April, Saturday 18 May, Saturday 15 June. For more information please contact altrincham.library@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 912 3189.
  • Hale Library - 4.30-5.30pm, Tuesday 9 April, Tuesday 7 May, Tuesday 4 June. For more information please contact hale.library@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 912 3189.
  • Sale Library - 10.30-12noon, Saturday 13 April, Saturday 11 May, Saturday 8 June. For more information please contact sale.library@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 912 3189.
  • Urmston Library - 2-3pm, Saturday 27 April, Saturday 25 May, Saturday 22 June, Saturday 20 July, Saturday 18 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

Back to top

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

Back to top

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

Back to top

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

Knitting Groups

Back to top

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, 1-3pm

 Sale Library

Every Saturday, 11am-12noon

 Stretford Library

Every Saturday, 10.30am-12noon 

Woodsend Library 

Every Friday, 1.30-3pm

A to Z of Council Services