What's on

Upcoming events

You can find more information about some of our events on the Rhymetime and StorytimeReaders' groups and Trafford Library Eventbrite pages.

Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge Celebration Parties

Read six books to complete the Summer Reading Challenge and come along to one of our celebration parties in the autumn. Meet storyteller Robin Simpson who will be handing out the certificates and medals to all our Gadgeteers. Not to be missed!

  • Urmston Library, Saturday 8 October at 10.30pm
  • Sale Library, Saturday 8 October at 12.45pm
  • Altrincham Library, Saturday 8 October at 3pm

To book, email libraries@trafford.gov.uk, ring 0161 912 3189 or pop into any library in Trafford.

Manc Noir, Author David Nolan

Join David Nolan as he discusses his new novel The Ballad of Hanging Lees and the 'Manc Noir' genre. His thrillers are all set in the North West, all named after real life bodies of water and all based on events he experienced as a journalist. His latest book, The Ballad of Hanging Lees, is a revenge thriller set in the dark world of online grooming. His previous books, Black Moss and The Mermaid’s Pool, have tackled child protection and the rise of the far right.

  • Altrincham Library, Monday 3 October at 7pm. Book via Eventbrite

Murder on the Disorient Express - Murder Mystery Evening with Highly Suspect

Pinot rides the train once more to celebrate his retirement. But when the detective is found shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten and drowned inside his locked compartment, it seems history may have repeated itself. But can all the passengers really be responsible or did one in particular have a locomotive for murder? A whodunnit sure to test the little grey cells. Crack the clues and solve the mystery with murder mystery maestros, Highly Suspect. Suitable for 14+

  • Altrincham Library, Friday 7 October, 7.30pm. This is a Pay What You Feel event - from £1 upwards. You can book for this event via Eventbrite. If you need multiple tickets please repeat the booking process via Eventbrite.

Anthony Burgess’s Manchester (online event)

Join historian and Manchester tour guide Ed Glinert for a tour of the home town of one of Manchester's most renowned writers, Anthony Burgess. Visit the Town Hall, the Free Trade Hall, the Opera House, what was Central Station and many more.

  • Zoom event, Tuesday 11 October at 2pm. Book via Eventbrite

Off Your Chest – Creative Writing Workshop for Families

Celebrate the Rugby League World Cup and explore the poetic potential of Rugby League with our free, family, half-term, creative writing workshop with professional poet Louise Fazackerly. Suitable for families with children aged 7+. Younger children are very welcome to participate with support from a parent or carer. Book one ticket for each child and adult attending.

  • Sale Library, Wednesday 26 October, at 2pm. Book via Eventbrite

Inside the Igloo

Three little penguins are stuck inside their igloo as the storm rages outside! They splash, skid and dance their way through the day, discovering fun and adventure hiding around every corner! Join in with the story and interact with the performers during the show then join us after the show to enjoy a fun and energetic workshop full of dance, play and colouring. An exciting, interactive, free family performance for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups. Book one ticket for each person attending.

  • Old Trafford Library, Saturday 29 October, at 11:00. Book via Eventbrite
  • Altrincham Library, Saturday 29 October, at 14:00. Book via Eventbrite 

Regular events

Art Club

Come meet other art lovers in our informal group run by staff. We show you different projects and techniques and you can use the space to get creative and meet others. Some materials are provided, but you can bring your own.  

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

Beaders group

  • Lostock Library, Monday mornings 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Woodsend Library, Tuesday mornings 10:00am – 12:00pm, 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 and 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, second Friday of the 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, third 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, they 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, Wednesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Old Trafford Library, Fridays at 10:00am
  • Partington Library, Mondays at 1:00pm
  • Sale Library, Saturdays at 10.30am
  • Stretford Library, Saturdays at 10:15am
  • Urmston Library, Mondays at 1:30pm
  • Woodsend Library, Fridays 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Crochet group

  • Urmston Library, Wednesdays at 1:00pm

Davyhulme Quilters group

  • Urmston Library, second and forth Thursdays at 1:30pm

LEGO® Brick Building Clubs Saturday meetups

Staturdays at Trafford Libraries get 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 spaces are limited.

  • Altrincham Library, 11:00am – 12:00noon, third Saturday of the month 
  • Old Trafford Library, 11:00am – 13:30pm, Saturday 8 October, 5 November, 3 December
  • Partington Library, 11:00am – 13:30pm, Saturday 24 September, 22 October, 19 November, 17 December
  • Sale Library, 11:00am – 12:00noon, first Saturday of the month 
  • Stretford Library, 13:30pm – 15:00pm Saturday 17 September, 15 October, 12 November, 10 December
  • Urmston Library, 11:00am – 13:30pm Saturday 1 October, 29 October, 26 November

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.

 October

  • Old Trafford Library, Wednesday 12 October at 11am
  • Stretford Library, Thursday 13 October at 11am

 November

  • Old Trafford Library, Wednesday 9 November at 11am
  • Stretford Library, Thursday 10 November at 11am

 December

  • Stretford Library, Thursday 8 December at 11am
  • Old Trafford Library, Wednesday 14 December at 11am

Local History groups

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

Makaton coffee morning 

Join a friendly group drop in where 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 – see our Readers' groups page for details.

Rhymetime and Storytime

These are being reintroduced – 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 and 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. These are drop-in sessions so there's no need to book.

  • Urmston Library every Monday 11:00am – 12:00pm

Tea and Tech

Need help with technology? Visit us for a chat and advice plus a cup of tea.

  • Partington Library, 1st Monday of the month 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Old Trafford Library, 2nd Monday of the month 4:30pm - 6:00pm

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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