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.

Winter Mini Reading Challenge

The Winter Mini Reading Challenge is now on and runs all the way up to Sunday 20 February. To take part, children simply sign up online and read three or more books of their choice. Once they’ve reached their reading goal, they’ll unlock special digital rewards. For more details and to sign up, visit the Winter Mini Challenge website. #WinterMiniChallenge

National Storytelling Week 

Saturday the 28 January is the start of National Storytelling Week. To celebrate, we have added quite a few extra Storytimes to our regular dates as well as Story Workshops for older children. 

Story Workshop (ages 7 - 12)

  • Altrincham Library Thursday 2 February, 4:00 - 4:30pm

Bedtime stories

Aimed at all ages, but with the inclusion of hot chocolate and biscuits for those who attend. PJs & dressing gowns will be encouraged for the children and the storyteller!

  • Altrincham Library Wednesday 1 February, 6:00 - 6:30pm
  • Sale Library Friday 3 February,  6:00 - 6:30pm

Additional Story Times

Altrincham Library
  • Tuesday 31 January, 11 - 11:30am
  • Friday 3 February, 4:00 - 4:30pm
  • Saturday 4 February, 11 - 11:30am
Hale Library
  • Thursday 2 February, 11:00 - 11:30am
  • Friday 3 February, 2:00 - 2:30pm
Sale Library
  • Tuesday 31 January, 10:30 - 11:00am
  • Wednesday 1 February, 11:00 - 11:30am
  • Thursday 2 February, 2:00 - 2:30pm
  • Saturday 4 February, 2:00 - 2:30pm
Timperley Library
  • Tuesday 31 January, 4:00 - 4:30pm
  • Thursday 2 February, 2:00 - 2:30pm
  • Friday 3 February, 11:00 - 11:30am
  • Saturday 4 February, 3:00 - 3:30pm

Little Red Riding Hood and Friends

Little Red Riding Hood’s friend arrives to tell us the story but has a problem, there are no pages in the book! He tries to tell the story but he keeps getting it wrong. So Cinderella arrives to help, dancing a conga with her Jack’s Baked Beans Band and suggests auditions to find the Wolf to end the story. Full of audience participation and a fine introduction to theatre, tradition is left far behind in this fast, funny show from Booster Cushion Children’s Theatre. Suitable for all the family.

Manchester: City of Culture – a talk by Ed Glinert

Manchester of the mid-19th century wanted to show the world that it was more than just a forest of smokestack industries and belching chimneys; that is was a metropolis where the arts and the glories of civilisation could flourish alongside commerce and manufacturing. Join us for this fascinating look at Manchester’s evolution into the city of culture we know today.

Online Zoom event on Tuesday 7 February, 2pm. The tickets are free and you can book your place online on the Eventbrite website.

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

Beaders group

  • 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!

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

  • Stretford Library, 1st Saturday of the month 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Urmston Library, 1st Tuesday of the month 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Altrincham Library, Mondays 4.00pm - 4.45pm every four weeks: (13 February, 13 March, 17 April, 8 May, 5 June, 3 July)
  • Timperley Library, Fridays 4.00pm - 4.45pm every four weeks: (27 January, 24 February, 24 March, 21 April, 19 May, 16 June,14 July)
  • Sale Library, Tuesdays 4.00 - 4.45pm every four weeks. This group is currently full but email sale.library@trafford.gov.uk if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

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 - 12:00pm
  • Lostock Library, second Friday of the month 10:30am - 12:00pm

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 - 1:30pm. Everyone welcome!
  • Altrincham Library – new monthly creative writing workshop for beginners starting January 2023.

We will explore different forms of writing at each session and there will be the opportunity – but no pressure – to share anything you have written.

The sessions will be monthly – you can choose to attend individual sessions, or all of them.

  • Poetry – Wednesday 22 February 2023 (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
  • Script – Wednesday 22 March 2023 (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
  • Flash Fiction – Wednesday 26 April 2023 (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
  • Novel – Wednesday 24 May 2023 (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
  • Author Visit – Wednesday 28 June 2023 (6:30pm - 8:00pm)

If you would like to be involved or to receive further information about the workshops, email libraries@trafford.gov.uk or come into a library and speak to a member of staff.

Keep the cold out with Trafford Libraries

Warm drinks, warm spaces, friendly faces and charging spots for your devices at every library. Keep warm over the winter at one of our warm offer events or just drop in for a sit down and a chat whenever we are open.

Monday

Sale Library - Games night (4:00pm - 6:30pm)
Local Studies - Family history support (4:00pm - 6:30pm)
Woodsend Library - Hot drinks social afternoon (2:00pm - 4:30pm)
Old Trafford Library - Hot drinks social evening (4:00pm - 6:30pm)

Tuesday

Hale Library - Games night (4:00pm - 6:30pm)
Urmston Library - Games night (4:00pm - 6:30pm)

Wednesday

Sale Library - Hot drinks & what's on in the libraries (10:00am - 1:00pm)
Local Studies - Family history support (10:00am - 1:00pm)
Stretford Library - Hot drinks and what’s on in the libraries (2:00pm - 4:30pm)

Thursday

Timperley Library - Games night (4:00pm - 6:30pm)
Stretford Library - Games night (4:00pm - 6:30pm)

Friday

Sale Library - Games night (4:00pm - 6:30pm)
Urmston Library - Coffee morning (10:00am - 1:00pm)

Saturday

Timperley Library - Family Lego & hot drinks (11:00am -12:00pm)
Partington Library - Hot drinks and what's on in the libraries (10:00am - 1:00pm)

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 meet ups

Saturdays 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 - 12pm, third Saturday of the month 
  • Old Trafford Library, 11:00am - 1:30pm, second Saturday of the month
  • Partington Library, 11:00am - 1:30pm, fourth Saturday of the month
  • Sale Library, 11:00am - 12:00 pm, first Saturday of the month 
  • Stretford Library, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, third Saturday of the month
  • Timperley Library 11:00am – 12:00pm every Saturday
  • Urmston Library, 11:00am - 1:30pm, first Saturday of the month

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.

  • TBC

Local History groups

  • Woodsend Library, first Tuesday of the month 10:00am - 12:00pm

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 - 12:00pm

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 2:00pm, 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) - please note these sessions will resume the week beginning 9 January

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) 

Online activities

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Books and reading – useful websites

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