What's on

Activities and events in libraries are being slowly reintroduced and require booking to avoid disappointment, please see contact details on specific events.

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

Urmston Flixton and Davyhulme: A Collection of Antiques and Curios

Urmston Library, Thursday 7 October, 2pm.

A talk by Michael Billington.

Michael Billington’s first book, The Story of Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme , looked at the history of the three townships of Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme. In his current book, the sequel, co-authored with Flixtonian Bob Potts, the authors take a look at the quirkier side of Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme.
Who has heard of Lillicrap’s hone? Or Leeming’s concrete incinerator in the shape of a tree trunk? What was a 'tin tabernacle'? Why did the local bobby pay local children for sparrow’s heads and crow’s legs? Who was the Davyhulme Yank? What are the 'Seven Sisters'? And did you know that one of the oldest scout groups in the world was started in Flixton?
Join us for this afternoon talk to find out more.
We will also hear of Urmston’s haunted house and of Arthur Askey’s visit to Urmston, read some of the children’s letters after Bob Potts’ visit to Flixton Junior School and examine some of the quaintly named tithe maps such as Push Plough Field, Poor House Meadow and Long Bottom.
A real pot pourri of entertaining and interesting anecdotes and tales for the delectation of those interested in our fascinating area.

A free #LibrariesWeek event.

Booking essentail -  tickets via Eventbrite

Rhymetime and Storytime

These are being reintroduced - please see our Rhymetime and Storytime page for details.

Little Reads

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.

Old Trafford Library - 11am 2nd Wednesday of the month starting September 2021

Stretford Library - 11am 2nd Thursday of the month starting September 2021

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.

Chair Yoga

Urmston Library, Mondays 1:30pm, £2 (card payment preferable)

Book a space by emailing Urmston Library or turn up on the day (but spaces are limited).

Gentle Mat Yoga 

Starting Wednesday 6 October.

Urmston Library, Wednesdays 10:30am, £2 (card payment preferable). 

Book a space by emailing Urmston Library or turn up on the day (but spaces are limited). Please bring your own mat.

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