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    Arty Babies - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly baby group at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Arty Babies brings our collections and resources to life through songs, play and sensory activities. Free entry, no need to book, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 1 August, Tuesday 15 August, Tuesday 29 August, Tuesday 12 September, Tuesday 26 September, Tuesday 10 October and Tuesday 24 October.

    Tue 01 August to Tue 24 October, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Animals and Us exhibition - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Sat 03 December to Wed 31 January, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Making Landscape 1778 to 2016 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The museum’s art collection is represented in a new exhibition, on the lower ground floor. Entitled Making Landscape, the exhibition features a selection from 1778 – 2016, including stunning 18th century watercolours to contemporary photographs. The museum, which is situated on the top floor of the building, is now closed to the public for the duration of the Eternal Egypt gallery project. Sat 10 December to Fri 30 June, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Sat 10 December to Sat 30 December, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Family History Helpdesk - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Visit our new History Centre on the first Saturday of every month, 9.30am to 12pm, where members of Bolton Family History Society will be available with advice on how to trace your family tree. No need to book just come along.

    Sat 06 May to Sat 02 December, 9.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Saturday Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join our new Saturday Club, where each week you can take part in free activities.

    Sat 03 June to Sat 16 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Poetry Group - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Do you enjoy poetry? The group is for lovers of poetry, whether listeners, readers or writers. Join us in Bolton Central Library’s Fiction area. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Contact John Crook for further details – 088567@gmail.com

    Mon 07 August to Mon 04 December, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sunday Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us in discovering books and a world of creativity at our monthly Sunday Stars session. Sessions are for children aged 4 to 11 years, but families are very welcome. The sessions run from 2pm to 2.45pm on 30 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 19 November and 17 December. .

    Sun 30 July to Sun 17 December, 2pm to 2.45pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Painting the Mythopoeic - Harwood Library

    For the month of August Harwood Library’s Gallery exhibition will feature acrylic mythical paintings by Frank Meadows. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Tue 01 August to Sat 30 September, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Celebrity Gardener Roy Lancaster returns to his home roots - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Roy Lancaster will be returning to his roots to talk about his new book ‘Roy Lancaster: My life with plants’. There will also be an opportunity to buy copies of his book and get it signed. Join us for free fun garden and animal themed activities for the whole family from 11am to 3pm.

    Sat 30 September, 11am to 3pm

    Admission: Please book your free place for Roy’s talk at 11am on Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/drTY30e1bQt or call 01204 332853.

  • Exhibitions

    Bolton's Egypt Events Programme - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for a celebration of all things Ancient Egyptian with 12 months of free talks and activities for all ages, with experts from around the UK. ∗ indicates Family Friendly

    Sat 12 August to Thu 21 June, Various times

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings with subtitles - Ben-Hur - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch historical epic film 'Ben-Hur’ with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing. Light refreshments for sale. The film screening will take place at Central Library's Lecture Theatre. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 27 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    World's Biggest Coffee Morning - Horwich Library

    You are invited to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Horwich Library. Library staff are hosting the fundraiser in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. You can guess the name of the teddies, play cake bingo, guess the height of our cake tower and even sign up to the cake off! Alternatively come for a brew and a slice of cake. Together we can help change lives with every slice.

    Fri 29 September, 11am to 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Story Craft - High Street Library

    Come along for a storyteling session and then join in a craft activity.

    Sat 09 September to Sat 14 July, 2.15pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    National Poetry Day Celebration - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for an Open Mic session – Read your poem on this year’s National Poetry Day theme of 'Freedom', or read a recent poem you’ve written. Light refreshments will be available. Free event and no need to book.

    Thu 28 September, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Discovery drop in - explore BorrowBox - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us to celebrate Libraries Week and discover more about BorrowBox - our new eBook and eAudio service. Just come along and bring your tablet or mobile. We’ll get you registered, downloading the app and borrowing in no time at all!

    Mon 09 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton's Beautiful Books - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Celebrate Libraries Week and discover something new with an illustrated talk on the history of Bolton’s Rare Book Collection. There will be an opportunity to get up close to some of the most interesting items from this collection.

    Wed 11 October, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: Please book your free place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/boltons-beautiful-books-rare-books-talk-tickets-37562626828

  • Adult events

    Ghost and History tour - Smithills Hall

    Come and join us for a ghostly tour of Smithills Hall. Our fascinating tour will give you an insight to the history and ghost stories of the hall. The tour is run by the knowledgeable Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for ages 16+. Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please book in advance by visiting the History Centre in Bolton Central Library or by phoning 01204 332185.

    Thu 19 October, 7pm

    Admission: Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions.

  • Adult events

    Ghost and History tour - Smithills Hall

    Come and join us for a ghostly tour of Smithills Hall. Our fascinating tour will give you an insight to the history and ghost stories of the hall. The tour is run by the knowledgeable Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for ages 16+. Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please book in advance by visiting the History Centre in Bolton Central Library or by phoning 01204 332185.

    Thu 16 November, 7pm

    Admission: Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions.

  • Family events

    Family History Day - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Would you like to start tracing your family tree? Hit a brick wall in your research, not sure how to overcome it? If so visit our History Centre and talk to the Archives staff along with members of Bolton Family History Society for advice on how to trace your family tree. Watch out for more details!

    Sat 21 October, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Behind the scenes of Bolton Central Library

    Explore hidden areas of Bolton Central Library and see some treasures from the collections. This tour is one of a series of events to celebrate Libraries Week 2017.

    Thu 12 October, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: Please book your free place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovery-behind-the-scenes-at-the-library-tickets-37620967326

  • Adult events

    Behind the scenes of Bolton Central Library

    Explore hidden areas of Bolton Central Library and see some treasures from the collections. This tour is one of a series of events to celebrate Libraries Week 2017.

    Thu 12 October, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: Please book your place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovery-behind-the-scenes-at-the-library-tickets-37621187986

  • Family events

    World's biggest coffee morning - Breightmet Library

    Come and have a cuppa and a slice of cake at Breightmet Library to help us to raise funds for Macmillan’s crucial work. We would be delighted to see you!

    Thu 28 September, 10am to 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bolton Library Comic Day - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join our Imaginators (young volunteers) for this one-day event at Bolton Central Library, for families and lovers of comics and superheroes. This family friendly event will have something for everyone - including art workshops, arts and crafts, comic exchange, face painting and more. Entry is free and there is no booking required, just come along and join in the fun. Feel free to come dressed up as your favourite comic character! This event also forms part of our Fun Palaces celebrations, an annual weekend of arts and science events led by local volunteers.

    Sat 07 October, 11.30am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sing and Sign at Toddler Tales - Harwood Library

    Celebrate Libraries Week at Sing and Sign Toddler Tales! It is a special one off event so we would love it if you could join us. The session is for young children and their mums, dads and carers. Ideal for children under 5.

    Mon 09 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Techy Tea Party - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for IT and biscuits at Bolton Central Library. Staff will be on hand to help with quick troubleshooting for your electronic devices, so feel free to bring along your own (fully charged) laptops, tablets or Smartphones you need help with. Tea and biscuits provided! Technology explained with no jargon and a nice cup of tea…how refreshing! Please note, this is a drop in session for quick troubleshooting rather than a full lesson. One hour long one to ones with a volunteer mentor can also be booked at different times during the week if you require in depth help.

    Mon 02 October, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Scary stories and creepy crafts - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Celebrate Halloween with us at Bolton Central Library! Join us on the 31 October at 6pm to listen to some spooky stories and make a creepy craft to take home. Come dressed up in your Halloween costume if you like - there will be prizes for the best costumes. Suitable for ages 6 to 12.

    Tue 31 October, 6pm to 7pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Live Literature - Neil Campbell and Eoghan Walls - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The Live Literature poetry and performance events are back, proudly presented by The University of Bolton and Bolton Central Library. At the first event we will be welcoming Neil Campbell and Eoghan Walls. Neil’s work has featured three times in Best British Short Stories. Recent books include his first novel ‘Sky Hooks’ and a collection of flash fiction, ‘Fog Lane’. Eoghan won an Eric Gregory Award in 2006 and has been shortlisted for many other poetry prizes. His first collection, The Salt Harvest (Seren 2011) was shortlisted for the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for Best First Collection. Every Live Literature event is FREE to all, with no need to book. Light refreshments will be served.

    Mon 02 October, 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Chair Yoga - Breightmet Library

    Do you want a bit of time to relax? Are you looking for a tonic for today’s stressful world? Would you like to meet new people? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, ask library staff about the Chair Yoga sessions at Breightmet Library. Chair yoga is gentle exercise which helps to improve your physical, mental and emotional health and overall well-being. For adults aged 18+.

    Sat 30 September, 10am to 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    World's Biggest Coffee Morning - Farnworth Library

    Friday Fun (Toddler Tales group) and Knit & Natter are teaming up for Farnworth Library’s very first World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support! Come along and donate for some tea, coffee and cake while browsing all the wonderful things that our local knitting group have created for the big charity sale!

    Fri 29 September, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    Crafty Kids Spooktacular Saturday - Farnworth Library

    Join us for spooktacular Halloween stories and crafts at this month's Crafty Kids Club. Dress up if you wish! Free event and just turn up.

    Sat 28 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - Smurfs: The Lost Village - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ in Central Library’s Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 14 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Cinema at the Crescent holiday special - The Boss Baby

    It’s half term! Come along and watch 'The Boss Baby', a fantastic, funny family film in the Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wed 25 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings Sully - Miracle on the Hudson - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Sully: Miracle on the Hudson'. Our matinee film screenings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 11 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Ainsworth Artists - Harwood Library

    For the month of October 2017 Harwood Library’s Gallery will feature an exhibition of mixed media paintings by the Ainsworth Artists. All works are for sale. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase. The Gallery will be open during Harwood Library’s opening hours.

    Sun 01 October to Tue 31 October, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Join us for an afternoon of fun with storyteller John Kirkman - Breightmet Library

    We are delighted to welcome John back to Bolton for the second year in a row to end our Summer Reading Challenge Celebrations. He will be performing the story of ‘The One Hundred Mile an Hour Dog’... Streaker who is a mixed up kind of dog. She’s got a lot of greyhound blood in her, along with quite a bit of Ferrari and a large chunk of whirlwind. Trevor has until the end of the holidays to train her or he’ll lose his bet with Charlie Smugg and he wouldn’t want to do that! The 40 minute performance is fun and free. It is suitable for children aged 6+ and their families. There is no need to book just turn up and join in the fun!

    Sat 14 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Saturday Club - Blackrod Library

    Stories, songs and activities perfect for children under 5 and their families. Come along for themed fun every Saturday at 9:30am!

    Sat 12 March to Sat 07 October, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Library Loops - Horwich Library

    Come and join us with your knitting and crochet. All ages and abilities welcome. Help is always available and the chatter is great.

    Fri 12 August to Fri 06 April, 1.15pm to 3.15pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Hearing Aid sessions - Blackrod Library

    The free sessions take place at Blackrod Library on the first Thursday of every month from 10am to 12noon.

    Thu 06 October to Thu 07 June, 10am to 12noon

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Animals and Us exhibition - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Sat 03 December to Wed 31 January, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Making Landscape 1778 to 2016 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The museum’s art collection is represented in a new exhibition, on the lower ground floor. Entitled Making Landscape, the exhibition features a selection from 1778 – 2016, including stunning 18th century watercolours to contemporary photographs. The museum, which is situated on the top floor of the building, is now closed to the public for the duration of the Eternal Egypt gallery project. Sat 10 December to Fri 30 June, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Sat 10 December to Sat 30 December, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Study Space - Westhoughton Library

    A friendly and safe space for children and young people to study and complete their homework. Free computer usage and free printing for homework is available. Children will have access to books and reliable online resources. Study Space sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4pm to 6pm. Suitable for children age 11 plus.

    Tue 10 January to Thu 21 June, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Crafternoons - Horwich Library

    Why don’t you put down that tablet or phone and get creative instead? Join us for a free craft session at Horwich Library on the first Saturday of each month, 2pm to 4pm.

    Sat 11 February to Sat 03 February, First Saturday of each month, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Family History Helpdesk - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Visit our new History Centre on the first Saturday of every month, 9.30am to 12pm, where members of Bolton Family History Society will be available with advice on how to trace your family tree. No need to book just come along.

    Sat 06 May to Sat 02 December, 9.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Craft and Chat - Little Lever Library

    Every Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm join us with a craft of your choice and enjoy a chat at the same time!

    Thu 18 May to Thu 02 November, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Saturday Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join our new Saturday Club, where each week you can take part in free activities.

    Sat 03 June to Sat 16 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sunday Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us in discovering books and a world of creativity at our monthly Sunday Stars session. Sessions are for children aged 4 to 11 years, but families are very welcome. The sessions run from 2pm to 2.45pm on 30 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 19 November and 17 December. .

    Sun 30 July to Sun 17 December, 2pm to 2.45pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Arty Babies - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly baby group at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Arty Babies brings our collections and resources to life through songs, play and sensory activities. Free entry, no need to book, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 1 August, Tuesday 15 August, Tuesday 29 August, Tuesday 12 September, Tuesday 26 September, Tuesday 10 October and Tuesday 24 October.

    Tue 01 August to Tue 24 October, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Painting the Mythopoeic - Harwood Library

    For the month of August Harwood Library’s Gallery exhibition will feature acrylic mythical paintings by Frank Meadows. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Tue 01 August to Sat 30 September, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Poetry Group - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Do you enjoy poetry? The group is for lovers of poetry, whether listeners, readers or writers. Join us in Bolton Central Library’s Fiction area. The group meets on the first Monday of each month. Contact John Crook for further details – 088567@gmail.com

    Mon 07 August to Mon 04 December, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Bolton's Egypt Events Programme - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for a celebration of all things Ancient Egyptian with 12 months of free talks and activities for all ages, with experts from around the UK. ∗ indicates Family Friendly

    Sat 12 August to Thu 21 June, Various times

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Story Craft - High Street Library

    Come along for a storyteling session and then join in a craft activity.

    Sat 09 September to Sat 14 July, 2.15pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings with subtitles - Ben-Hur - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch historical epic film 'Ben-Hur’ with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing. Light refreshments for sale. The film screening will take place at Central Library's Lecture Theatre. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 27 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    National Poetry Day Celebration - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for an Open Mic session – Read your poem on this year’s National Poetry Day theme of 'Freedom', or read a recent poem you’ve written. Light refreshments will be available. Free event and no need to book.

    Thu 28 September, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    World's biggest coffee morning - Breightmet Library

    Come and have a cuppa and a slice of cake at Breightmet Library to help us to raise funds for Macmillan’s crucial work. We would be delighted to see you!

    Thu 28 September, 10am to 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    World's Biggest Coffee Morning - Farnworth Library

    Friday Fun (Toddler Tales group) and Knit & Natter are teaming up for Farnworth Library’s very first World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support! Come along and donate for some tea, coffee and cake while browsing all the wonderful things that our local knitting group have created for the big charity sale!

    Fri 29 September, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    World's Biggest Coffee Morning - Horwich Library

    You are invited to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at Horwich Library. Library staff are hosting the fundraiser in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. You can guess the name of the teddies, play cake bingo, guess the height of our cake tower and even sign up to the cake off! Alternatively come for a brew and a slice of cake. Together we can help change lives with every slice.

    Fri 29 September, 11am to 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Celebrity Gardener Roy Lancaster returns to his home roots - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Roy Lancaster will be returning to his roots to talk about his new book ‘Roy Lancaster: My life with plants’. There will also be an opportunity to buy copies of his book and get it signed. Join us for free fun garden and animal themed activities for the whole family from 11am to 3pm.

    Sat 30 September, 11am to 3pm

    Admission: Please book your free place for Roy’s talk at 11am on Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/drTY30e1bQt or call 01204 332853.

  • Adult events

    Chair Yoga - Breightmet Library

    Do you want a bit of time to relax? Are you looking for a tonic for today’s stressful world? Would you like to meet new people? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, ask library staff about the Chair Yoga sessions at Breightmet Library. Chair yoga is gentle exercise which helps to improve your physical, mental and emotional health and overall well-being. For adults aged 18+.

    Sat 30 September, 10am to 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Ainsworth Artists - Harwood Library

    For the month of October 2017 Harwood Library’s Gallery will feature an exhibition of mixed media paintings by the Ainsworth Artists. All works are for sale. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase. The Gallery will be open during Harwood Library’s opening hours.

    Sun 01 October to Tue 31 October, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Live Literature - Neil Campbell and Eoghan Walls - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The Live Literature poetry and performance events are back, proudly presented by The University of Bolton and Bolton Central Library. At the first event we will be welcoming Neil Campbell and Eoghan Walls. Neil’s work has featured three times in Best British Short Stories. Recent books include his first novel ‘Sky Hooks’ and a collection of flash fiction, ‘Fog Lane’. Eoghan won an Eric Gregory Award in 2006 and has been shortlisted for many other poetry prizes. His first collection, The Salt Harvest (Seren 2011) was shortlisted for the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for Best First Collection. Every Live Literature event is FREE to all, with no need to book. Light refreshments will be served.

    Mon 02 October, 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Techy Tea Party - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for IT and biscuits at Bolton Central Library. Staff will be on hand to help with quick troubleshooting for your electronic devices, so feel free to bring along your own (fully charged) laptops, tablets or Smartphones you need help with. Tea and biscuits provided! Technology explained with no jargon and a nice cup of tea…how refreshing! Please note, this is a drop in session for quick troubleshooting rather than a full lesson. One hour long one to ones with a volunteer mentor can also be booked at different times during the week if you require in depth help.

    Mon 02 October, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bolton Library Comic Day - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join our Imaginators (young volunteers) for this one-day event at Bolton Central Library, for families and lovers of comics and superheroes. This family friendly event will have something for everyone - including art workshops, arts and crafts, comic exchange, face painting and more. Entry is free and there is no booking required, just come along and join in the fun. Feel free to come dressed up as your favourite comic character! This event also forms part of our Fun Palaces celebrations, an annual weekend of arts and science events led by local volunteers.

    Sat 07 October, 11.30am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sing and Sign at Toddler Tales - Harwood Library

    Celebrate Libraries Week at Sing and Sign Toddler Tales! It is a special one off event so we would love it if you could join us. The session is for young children and their mums, dads and carers. Ideal for children under 5.

    Mon 09 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Discovery drop in - explore BorrowBox - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us to celebrate Libraries Week and discover more about BorrowBox - our new eBook and eAudio service. Just come along and bring your tablet or mobile. We’ll get you registered, downloading the app and borrowing in no time at all!

    Mon 09 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton's Beautiful Books - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Celebrate Libraries Week and discover something new with an illustrated talk on the history of Bolton’s Rare Book Collection. There will be an opportunity to get up close to some of the most interesting items from this collection.

    Wed 11 October, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: Please book your free place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/boltons-beautiful-books-rare-books-talk-tickets-37562626828

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings Sully - Miracle on the Hudson - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Sully: Miracle on the Hudson'. Our matinee film screenings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 11 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Behind the scenes of Bolton Central Library

    Explore hidden areas of Bolton Central Library and see some treasures from the collections. This tour is one of a series of events to celebrate Libraries Week 2017.

    Thu 12 October, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: Please book your free place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovery-behind-the-scenes-at-the-library-tickets-37620967326

  • Adult events

    Behind the scenes of Bolton Central Library

    Explore hidden areas of Bolton Central Library and see some treasures from the collections. This tour is one of a series of events to celebrate Libraries Week 2017.

    Thu 12 October, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: Please book your place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovery-behind-the-scenes-at-the-library-tickets-37621187986

  • Family events

    Join us for an afternoon of fun with storyteller John Kirkman - Breightmet Library

    We are delighted to welcome John back to Bolton for the second year in a row to end our Summer Reading Challenge Celebrations. He will be performing the story of ‘The One Hundred Mile an Hour Dog’... Streaker who is a mixed up kind of dog. She’s got a lot of greyhound blood in her, along with quite a bit of Ferrari and a large chunk of whirlwind. Trevor has until the end of the holidays to train her or he’ll lose his bet with Charlie Smugg and he wouldn’t want to do that! The 40 minute performance is fun and free. It is suitable for children aged 6+ and their families. There is no need to book just turn up and join in the fun!

    Sat 14 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - Smurfs: The Lost Village - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ in Central Library’s Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 14 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Ghost and History tour - Smithills Hall

    Come and join us for a ghostly tour of Smithills Hall. Our fascinating tour will give you an insight to the history and ghost stories of the hall. The tour is run by the knowledgeable Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for ages 16+. Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please book in advance by visiting the History Centre in Bolton Central Library or by phoning 01204 332185.

    Thu 19 October, 7pm

    Admission: Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions.

  • Family events

    Family History Day - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Would you like to start tracing your family tree? Hit a brick wall in your research, not sure how to overcome it? If so visit our History Centre and talk to the Archives staff along with members of Bolton Family History Society for advice on how to trace your family tree. Watch out for more details!

    Sat 21 October, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent holiday special - The Boss Baby

    It’s half term! Come along and watch 'The Boss Baby', a fantastic, funny family film in the Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wed 25 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Crafty Kids Spooktacular Saturday - Farnworth Library

    Join us for spooktacular Halloween stories and crafts at this month's Crafty Kids Club. Dress up if you wish! Free event and just turn up.

    Sat 28 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Scary stories and creepy crafts - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Celebrate Halloween with us at Bolton Central Library! Join us on the 31 October at 6pm to listen to some spooky stories and make a creepy craft to take home. Come dressed up in your Halloween costume if you like - there will be prizes for the best costumes. Suitable for ages 6 to 12.

    Tue 31 October, 6pm to 7pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Ghost and History tour - Smithills Hall

    Come and join us for a ghostly tour of Smithills Hall. Our fascinating tour will give you an insight to the history and ghost stories of the hall. The tour is run by the knowledgeable Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for ages 16+. Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please book in advance by visiting the History Centre in Bolton Central Library or by phoning 01204 332185.

    Thu 16 November, 7pm

    Admission: Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions.