What's on

All of our library events and activities are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19.

Check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds to find out about online events that you can join in with:

Little Reads

Little Reads with Manchester Literature Festival is back! Join Miriam via Zoom once a month 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!

To book a session visit Manchester Literature Festival Little Reads. 

1 to 1 Digital help sessions

Would you like to do more online? Would you like help with:

  •  Getting started with a new laptop, tablet or mobile phone?
  • Setting up a social media account?
  • Downloading an app?
  • Online shopping?
  • Using video-calling platforms like Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams

Between 19th and 24th October, we will be running a series of 1 to 1 digital help sessions by phone and online via Zoom. If you would like some friendly, digital advice, just email libraryevents@trafford.gov.uk or ring 912 3189 and we will get back to you to arrange a convenient time for your session.

Chilling Tales from the Manchester Graveyards

Join us on Zoom for this chilling talk by Ed Glinert on Tuesday 27 October at 7.30

Enter, if you dare, a nether world of murder, assassination, hanging, homicide, talking corpses and some really nasty stuff.

Not for the faint hearted - prepare for stories of unexplained deaths, tragic deaths, accidental and hoax deaths. Ed Glinert will share tales of death by hanging, death by shooting, sudden death, decapitation and being buried alive. Instant death and slow, tortuous death. Those who didn’t die and those who should have died.

These are gruesome, ghastly and ghostly stories, especially when they involve those who weren’t supposed to be dead.

Book your ticket on Eventbrite and we will email you the Zoom meeting details closer to the event.

We're Going on a Story Hunt with John Kirk

Join storyteller John Kirk on Zoom for our fun, storytelling scavenger hunts!

The free sessions are as follows:

3rd October - National Libraries Week 11am

17th October - Forest 11am

31st October - Halloween 11am

14th November - Outer Space 11am

28th November - Under the Sea 11am

12th December 2020 Party time! 11am

Adventurers will need an Internet-enabled device to connect to the events via Zoom, a piece of paper and crayons, pens or pencils to draw a picture ... plus permission to turn their house upside down!

Suitable for families with children age 3+, the session lasts approx. 30 minutes.

Please book your place on Eventbrite for each individual session you would like to attend by clicking on 'select a date' and we will then send you the Zoom meeting details closer to each event.

Books and reading - useful websites

Visit Reading Groups for Everyone for ideas on how to keep a reading group active during lockdown.

Lockdown Litfest - online literature festivals.

Visit BooktTrust HomeTime to discover fun ideas for the family - online books, videos and games.

Visit the Literacy Trust Family Zone for helpful resources and support during school closures.

Readers' Groups

Although we are still unable to meet in the libraries you can join our groups online using Zoom. Have a look at our Readers' Groups page for details.

Online Chair Yoga

Every Friday at 11am on Zoom

If you come to our regular chair yoga sessions at Urmston and Altrincham Libraries or just fancy 35 minutes of gentle stretching and breathing exercises, join us for online chair yoga every Friday at 11am with our fabulous, regular teacher, Karen.
The weekly session will be via video calling platform, Zoom. If you’d like to join us, just drop us a private message on Facebook or email Trafford Libraries and we will send you the link and meeting ID to access the class.

Trafford Libraries' Chat FB group

Drop in and join us for a chat. Recommend a book, connect with others, share ideas, make a suggestion ... Everyone welcome!

Visit Trafford Libraries' Chat FB page and request to join.

Fun ideas for keeping your kids occupied