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World's Biggest Coffee Morning

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Old Trafford Library at Limelight, Friday 27 September 10am

Old Trafford Library at Limelight are supporting MacMillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning. You are invited from 10am Friday 27th September. Donations of food, biscuits and cakes appreciated, please let library staff know if you would like to contribute. Raffle draw at 2pm.

Handbell Ringing

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Urmston Library, Saturday 5 October 10am-1pm

Come and have a go at handbell ringing as part of our Fun Palaces programme. The event is free and suitable for everyone. 

Enquire at Urmston Library, email libraries@trafford.gov.uk or phone on 0161 912 3189.

Ballads and songs of Peterloo with Dr Alison Morgan

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Altrincham Library, Tuesday 8 October at 7.30pm

The date for this event has been changed from 15 August, any tickets for that date will be valid for the new date.

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.

An evening with Mandasue Heller

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Sale Library, Friday 11 October at 7pm

Join us for an evening with author Mandasue Heller as she talks about her latest gritty thriller, Brutal, and life as a bestselling writer.

A FREE Libraries Week event.

Book online at Eventbrite, email libraries@trafford.gov.uk or call 0161 912 3189.

New Readers' Group at Hale Library

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Tuesday 24 September at 6pm.

This will be our first meeting when we will discuss our favourite authors and titles and plan the next few meetings. We will meet each month on a Tuesday, a regular Tuesday still has to be decided on.


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Altrincham Library, Thursday 10 October 7.30-10.30pm

As a touring swing band gather for their next performance, malevolent trickster, Lago, begins to sow the seeds of mistrust. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons relocate Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of jealousy and deception to a jazz-age setting, with live music, intense drama, and more than a hint of their own inimitable brand of theatrical mischief. 

Book tickets at £4 each in the library or via Eventbrite.

Northanger Abbey

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Urmston Library, Saturday 12 October 7.30-9.30

Northanger Abbey follows unlikely heroine Catherine Morland to Bath where she is introduced into Society and the delights of the Gothic novel. We see her falling in love and watch with horror as her overactive imagination gets the better of her.

Box Tale Soup have tried to remain as faithful to the original work as possible, taking the vast majority of the dialogue verbatim from the novel. This, combined with the use of puppetry, has made the production a favourite of Austen lovers and sceptics alike!

Suitable for age 10+. Running time 75 minutes. Book your ticket on Eventbrite.

Family LEGO® Brick Building Clubs

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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

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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 pa

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

Last 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

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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

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

Knitting Groups

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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

Altrincham Libra\ry

Every Tuesday, 1-3pm

Coppice Library

Every Saturday, 10.30am-12noon

Old Trafford

Every Friday 10.30am - 12noon

 Partington Library

Every Monday, 1-3pm

 Sale Library

Every Saturday, 11am-12noon

 Stretford Library

Every Saturday, 10am-12noon 

Urmston Library

Every Monday at 1.30-2.30pm

Woodsend Library 

Every Friday, 1.30-3pm

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