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  • Exhibitions

    Animals and Us exhibition - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Sat 03 December to Sat 01 September, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

    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

    Baby stay and play - Westhoughton Library

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Baby stay and play at Westhoughton Library. Enjoy and explore together through songs, play and sensory activities. Suitable for ages 0 to 2 years . Free session, no need to book, just pop by.

    Thu 30 November to Thu 26 July, 10am to 11am

    Admission: FREE (The session takes place on the last Thursday of each month).

  • Family events

    Story Activity Saturday - High Street Library

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

    Sat 04 November to Sat 29 September, 2.15pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Dementia Friendly sessions - Westhoughton Library

    Monthly sessions aimed at those who have Dementia and are in the early stages. Different activities each week aimed to encourage nostalgia in a friendly and supportive environment. The sessions will take place on the third Friday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.

    Fri 16 February to Fri 20 July, 11.30am to 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    LEGO brick building club - Breightmet Library

    Become a better builder, learn new skills about building with LEGO. Family friendly free event for children aged 6 to 11 years old with their carer. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies who do not sponsor, authorise or endorse this LEGO Brick Building Club. The club is held on the first Thursday of the month. Please contact Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 to make sure there has been no change to the date or time of the sessions. See 2018 dates below the photo.

    Thu 04 January to Thu 06 December, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Table Top Games - Horwich Library

    Join us for board games fun every Wednesday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. We’ll provide the games. Suitable for age 16+. No need to book.

    Wed 10 January to Wed 27 June, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sunday Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us for stories, crafts and fun 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 3pm. See left hand side of the page for 2018 dates.

    Sun 14 January to Sun 16 December, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - Harwood Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Harwood Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the second Friday of the month between 12pm and 1.30pm. For more information contact Harwood Library on 01204 332340 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Fri 12 January to Fri 14 December, 12pm to 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - Horwich Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Horwich Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the third Thursday of the month between 10.30am and 12pm. For more information contact Horwich Library on 01204 332348 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Thu 18 January to Thu 20 December, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Family History Helpdesk - The History Centre

    Would you like to start tracing your family tree? Hit a brick wall in your research, not sure how to overcome it? On the first Saturday of every month, 10am to 12pm, members of Bolton Family History Society will be available with advice on how to trace your family tree. Just come along to the History Centre in Bolton Central Library. If you have any queries please call 01204 332185. The sessions will take place on: 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June, 7 July and 4 August.

    Sat 03 March to Sat 04 August, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Wildlife Trail - Smithills Hall

    Come and see if you can find all the animals hidden around Smithills Hall. This is a free drop in session suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

    Mon 28 May, 1pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Crafty Crew - It's time to make music! - Bromley Cross Library

    One not to miss! Come and create your very own loud and colourful musical instruments. Free craft session for all the family. Each month there’s a different theme. Suitable for ages 4 to 11. No need to book. Dressing up to match the theme is most welcome!

    Sat 02 June, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Crafty Crew - Father's Day Cards - Bromley Cross Library

    Show your Dad how much he is loved with a lovely handmade Father’s Day Card. This umbrella themed card will shower him with love! Free craft session for all the family. Each month there’s a different theme. Suitable for ages 4 to 11. No need to book. Dressing up to match the theme is most welcome!

    Sat 16 June, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Baby Play - Breightmet Library

    Inspire your baby to develop through sensory touch, song, movement and play. Meet other parents and carers, relax in our supportive and friendly atmosphere, creating precious memories together in the most important years of your baby’s life. We welcome all parents and carers. Free session, no need to book, just pop by. The sessions will take place on the first Friday of each month. Friday 4 May, Friday 1 June, Friday 6 July, Friday 3 August, Friday 7 September, Friday 5 October, Friday 2 November and Friday 7 December.

    Fri 04 May to Fri 07 December, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Beginners Code Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us at Bolton Central Library where we will be learning basic coding skills to make your own games, animations and more. The sessions are suitable for children aged 6 to 11. Parents are welcome to join in. The sessions, from 4.15pm to 5.15pm, will take place on: Tuesday 8 May, Tuesday 15 May, Tuesday 22 May, Tuesday 29 May and Tuesday 5 June.

    Tue 08 May to Tue 05 June, 4.15pm to 5.15pm

    Admission: Please call 01204 332853 to book your place.

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent holiday special - Paddington 2 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along and watch this live-action animated comedy film based on the marmalade loving bear Paddington! Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments for sale. Free event and no need to book.

    Wed 30 May, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - Breightmet Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Breightmet Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the first Tuesday of the month between 2pm and 3pm. For more information contact Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Tue 01 May to Tue 04 December, The sessions will take place on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 3pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Landscapes Galore by Antoni Pieczonka - Harwood Library

    For the month of May there will be an exhibition of Acrylic and Watercolour Landscapes by Antoni Pieczonka. All the works are for sale.

    Tue 01 May to Thu 31 May, The exhibition is open when Harwood Library is open.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Make A Noise In Libraries with BorrowBox - Bolton Central Library

    Join us to celebrate Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight with our BorrowBox drop in. Find out more about our eBook and eAudio service. Bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop, we’ll get you registered, downloading the app and borrowing in no time at all! Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight is The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s annual national campaign which brings libraries together with blind and partially sighted people in an effort to improve access to books and information.

    Thu 07 June, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Jurassic Park - Breightmet Library

    Examine dinosaur bones and fossils from Bolton Museum’s collection. Discover more about the prehistoric world and listen to excerpts from Michael Crichton’s novel ‘Jurassic Park’. This free event is suitable for age 7+ and families. Under 8 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wed 30 May, 11am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Make A Noise In Libraries with Ukes Like Us Ukulele Group - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us to celebrate Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight with Ukes Like Us Ukulele Group.Come along for a fun and lively morning as the group perform for adults and for children at the Toddler Tales session. Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight is The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s annual national campaign which brings libraries together with blind and partially sighted people in an effort to improve access to books and information. Light refreshments will be available. Free event and just come along.

    Fri 08 June, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Half term craft - Horwich Library

    Beat the boredom of half term and join us at Horwich Library for some crafty fun. Celebrate spring and decorate a large 3D insect to take home.

    Wed 30 May, 2pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings Murder on the Orient Express - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Murder on the Orient Express'. 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 13 June, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Internet Safety drop in session - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    We will be joined by the Barclays Digital Eagles. Drop in for a cup of tea and a chat about making sure that you stay safe online.

    Wed 30 May, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Before Bolton talk - Blackrod Library

    Bolton Before Bolton - From 8000 BC to the Roman Invasion in 60 minutes Join us for a free talk taking you through thousands of years of prehistory from the Mesolithic people of the Pennines, to the Bronze Age burials at Noon Hill and right up to the Roman Invasion in the 1st millennium AD. With a chance to see real artefacts up close! The talk will be given by Archaeologist Ian Trumble from Bolton Library and Museum Services.

    Thu 31 May, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    In conversation with author Anne Youngson - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Anne will be in conversation about her stunning debut novel ‘Meet Me At The Museum.’ Anne’s novel is about a man and a woman with more than their life behind them than ahead, both face new beginnings and when they connect unexpectedly through letters they find a shared love of ancient history, personal treasures and nature. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and buy a signed copy of the book. Light refreshments will be available. Please book your free ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-conversation-with-author-anne-youngson-tickets-45970399703 or call 01204 332853.

    Tue 05 June, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - Ferdinand - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch this fantastic family film in the Lecture Theatre 1. Light refreshments for sale. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Free, no need to book.

    Sat 09 June, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Meet your local Police Community Support Officer - Breightmet Library

    Julie Farrell is your Local Police Community Support Officer. Come and chat with Julie about her role in your community, how you can keep yourself safe and ask any questions you may have.

    Thu 21 June, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    National Bookstart Week Toddler Tales Special - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    We are celebrating ‘Bookstart Week’ and this year’s theme is the ‘Bird Boogie’. It’s also ‘Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight’ so we have invited the Ukes Like Us Ukulele Group to come along and perform some songs at the Toddler Tales session. Light refreshments will be available.

    Fri 08 June, 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bird Boogie Toddler Tales - Harwood Library

    Join us for a ‘Bird Boogie’ as we celebrate Bookstart Week with stories, rhymes and fun! We’ll be making an owl headband plus pick up your free mini book and rhyme sheet.

    Mon 04 June, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Paintings by Geoff McLardy in support of Bolton Hospice - Harwood Library

    For the month of June there will be an exhibition of watercolours, oils and acrylic paintings of birds, landscapes and boats by artist Geoff McLardy. The exhibition is in support of Bolton Hospice. The gallery will be open during Harwood Library’s opening hours. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Fri 01 June to Sat 30 June, The gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Arty Babies! - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly group at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Arty Babies brings our collections and resources to life through songs, play and sensory activities. Suitable for ages 0 to 2 years. Free entry, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 5 June, Tuesday 19 June, Tuesday 3 July, Tuesday 17 July, Tuesday 31 July, Tuesday 14 August and Tuesday 28 August.

    Tue 05 June to Tue 28 August, 10.30m

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Family History Society’s advanced course - Harwood Library

    Do you want to know more about your ancestors but have hit a brick wall in your research? Resolve your family history research queries through a series of four advanced workshops organised by the Bolton Family History Society. The workshops will be held at Harwood Library on the following Fridays from 10am to 12pm and the cost is £20: 29 June, 6 July, 13 July and 20 July. For further information please call Harwood Library on 01204 332340.

    Fri 29 June to Fri 20 July, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Spinning Dreams - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for a series of free talks and dramatic performances in celebration of the Manchester Histories Festival. No need to book. Lecture Theatre Talks: 10.30am - Introduction to Worktown (the title of Mass Observation’s pioneering project in Bolton), 10.40am - Happiness in Worktown and 10.50am - Happiness Then and Now. Performances in the Library Foyer: 11am - Women in the Mass Observation Archive, 11.10am - The Windrush Diaries and 11.20am - Letter to my younger self. Drawn from the Happiness Letters.

    Sat 09 June, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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  • 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 Sat 01 September, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 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

  • 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 Activity Saturday - High Street Library

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

    Sat 04 November to Sat 29 September, 2.15pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Baby stay and play - Westhoughton Library

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Baby stay and play at Westhoughton Library. Enjoy and explore together through songs, play and sensory activities. Suitable for ages 0 to 2 years . Free session, no need to book, just pop by.

    Thu 30 November to Thu 26 July, 10am to 11am

    Admission: FREE (The session takes place on the last Thursday of each month).

  • Family events

    LEGO brick building club - Breightmet Library

    Become a better builder, learn new skills about building with LEGO. Family friendly free event for children aged 6 to 11 years old with their carer. LEGO is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies who do not sponsor, authorise or endorse this LEGO Brick Building Club. The club is held on the first Thursday of the month. Please contact Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 to make sure there has been no change to the date or time of the sessions. See 2018 dates below the photo.

    Thu 04 January to Thu 06 December, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Table Top Games - Horwich Library

    Join us for board games fun every Wednesday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. We’ll provide the games. Suitable for age 16+. No need to book.

    Wed 10 January to Wed 27 June, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - Harwood Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Harwood Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the second Friday of the month between 12pm and 1.30pm. For more information contact Harwood Library on 01204 332340 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Fri 12 January to Fri 14 December, 12pm to 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Sunday Stars - Harwood Library

    Join us for stories, crafts and fun 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 3pm. See left hand side of the page for 2018 dates.

    Sun 14 January to Sun 16 December, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - Horwich Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Horwich Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the third Thursday of the month between 10.30am and 12pm. For more information contact Horwich Library on 01204 332348 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Thu 18 January to Thu 20 December, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Dementia Friendly sessions - Westhoughton Library

    Monthly sessions aimed at those who have Dementia and are in the early stages. Different activities each week aimed to encourage nostalgia in a friendly and supportive environment. The sessions will take place on the third Friday of the month from 11.30am to 1pm.

    Fri 16 February to Fri 20 July, 11.30am to 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Family History Helpdesk - The History Centre

    Would you like to start tracing your family tree? Hit a brick wall in your research, not sure how to overcome it? On the first Saturday of every month, 10am to 12pm, members of Bolton Family History Society will be available with advice on how to trace your family tree. Just come along to the History Centre in Bolton Central Library. If you have any queries please call 01204 332185. The sessions will take place on: 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June, 7 July and 4 August.

    Sat 03 March to Sat 04 August, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - Breightmet Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Breightmet Library is hosting an Age UK group for people with early onset dementia and their carers. Come along for an informal chat, experience the reminiscence boxes, share memories and reminisce. Light refreshments provided. The sessions will take place on the first Tuesday of the month between 2pm and 3pm. For more information contact Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Tue 01 May to Tue 04 December, The sessions will take place on the first Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 3pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Landscapes Galore by Antoni Pieczonka - Harwood Library

    For the month of May there will be an exhibition of Acrylic and Watercolour Landscapes by Antoni Pieczonka. All the works are for sale.

    Tue 01 May to Thu 31 May, The exhibition is open when Harwood Library is open.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Baby Play - Breightmet Library

    Inspire your baby to develop through sensory touch, song, movement and play. Meet other parents and carers, relax in our supportive and friendly atmosphere, creating precious memories together in the most important years of your baby’s life. We welcome all parents and carers. Free session, no need to book, just pop by. The sessions will take place on the first Friday of each month. Friday 4 May, Friday 1 June, Friday 6 July, Friday 3 August, Friday 7 September, Friday 5 October, Friday 2 November and Friday 7 December.

    Fri 04 May to Fri 07 December, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Beginners Code Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us at Bolton Central Library where we will be learning basic coding skills to make your own games, animations and more. The sessions are suitable for children aged 6 to 11. Parents are welcome to join in. The sessions, from 4.15pm to 5.15pm, will take place on: Tuesday 8 May, Tuesday 15 May, Tuesday 22 May, Tuesday 29 May and Tuesday 5 June.

    Tue 08 May to Tue 05 June, 4.15pm to 5.15pm

    Admission: Please call 01204 332853 to book your place.

  • Family events

    Wildlife Trail - Smithills Hall

    Come and see if you can find all the animals hidden around Smithills Hall. This is a free drop in session suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

    Mon 28 May, 1pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent holiday special - Paddington 2 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along and watch this live-action animated comedy film based on the marmalade loving bear Paddington! Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments for sale. Free event and no need to book.

    Wed 30 May, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Jurassic Park - Breightmet Library

    Examine dinosaur bones and fossils from Bolton Museum’s collection. Discover more about the prehistoric world and listen to excerpts from Michael Crichton’s novel ‘Jurassic Park’. This free event is suitable for age 7+ and families. Under 8 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wed 30 May, 11am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Half term craft - Horwich Library

    Beat the boredom of half term and join us at Horwich Library for some crafty fun. Celebrate spring and decorate a large 3D insect to take home.

    Wed 30 May, 2pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Internet Safety drop in session - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    We will be joined by the Barclays Digital Eagles. Drop in for a cup of tea and a chat about making sure that you stay safe online.

    Wed 30 May, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Before Bolton talk - Blackrod Library

    Bolton Before Bolton - From 8000 BC to the Roman Invasion in 60 minutes Join us for a free talk taking you through thousands of years of prehistory from the Mesolithic people of the Pennines, to the Bronze Age burials at Noon Hill and right up to the Roman Invasion in the 1st millennium AD. With a chance to see real artefacts up close! The talk will be given by Archaeologist Ian Trumble from Bolton Library and Museum Services.

    Thu 31 May, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Paintings by Geoff McLardy in support of Bolton Hospice - Harwood Library

    For the month of June there will be an exhibition of watercolours, oils and acrylic paintings of birds, landscapes and boats by artist Geoff McLardy. The exhibition is in support of Bolton Hospice. The gallery will be open during Harwood Library’s opening hours. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Fri 01 June to Sat 30 June, The gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Crafty Crew - It's time to make music! - Bromley Cross Library

    One not to miss! Come and create your very own loud and colourful musical instruments. Free craft session for all the family. Each month there’s a different theme. Suitable for ages 4 to 11. No need to book. Dressing up to match the theme is most welcome!

    Sat 02 June, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bird Boogie Toddler Tales - Harwood Library

    Join us for a ‘Bird Boogie’ as we celebrate Bookstart Week with stories, rhymes and fun! We’ll be making an owl headband plus pick up your free mini book and rhyme sheet.

    Mon 04 June, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Arty Babies! - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly group at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Arty Babies brings our collections and resources to life through songs, play and sensory activities. Suitable for ages 0 to 2 years. Free entry, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 5 June, Tuesday 19 June, Tuesday 3 July, Tuesday 17 July, Tuesday 31 July, Tuesday 14 August and Tuesday 28 August.

    Tue 05 June to Tue 28 August, 10.30m

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    In conversation with author Anne Youngson - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Anne will be in conversation about her stunning debut novel ‘Meet Me At The Museum.’ Anne’s novel is about a man and a woman with more than their life behind them than ahead, both face new beginnings and when they connect unexpectedly through letters they find a shared love of ancient history, personal treasures and nature. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and buy a signed copy of the book. Light refreshments will be available. Please book your free ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-conversation-with-author-anne-youngson-tickets-45970399703 or call 01204 332853.

    Tue 05 June, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Make A Noise In Libraries with BorrowBox - Bolton Central Library

    Join us to celebrate Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight with our BorrowBox drop in. Find out more about our eBook and eAudio service. Bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop, we’ll get you registered, downloading the app and borrowing in no time at all! Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight is The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s annual national campaign which brings libraries together with blind and partially sighted people in an effort to improve access to books and information.

    Thu 07 June, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Make A Noise In Libraries with Ukes Like Us Ukulele Group - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us to celebrate Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight with Ukes Like Us Ukulele Group.Come along for a fun and lively morning as the group perform for adults and for children at the Toddler Tales session. Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight is The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s annual national campaign which brings libraries together with blind and partially sighted people in an effort to improve access to books and information. Light refreshments will be available. Free event and just come along.

    Fri 08 June, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    National Bookstart Week Toddler Tales Special - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    We are celebrating ‘Bookstart Week’ and this year’s theme is the ‘Bird Boogie’. It’s also ‘Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight’ so we have invited the Ukes Like Us Ukulele Group to come along and perform some songs at the Toddler Tales session. Light refreshments will be available.

    Fri 08 June, 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Spinning Dreams - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for a series of free talks and dramatic performances in celebration of the Manchester Histories Festival. No need to book. Lecture Theatre Talks: 10.30am - Introduction to Worktown (the title of Mass Observation’s pioneering project in Bolton), 10.40am - Happiness in Worktown and 10.50am - Happiness Then and Now. Performances in the Library Foyer: 11am - Women in the Mass Observation Archive, 11.10am - The Windrush Diaries and 11.20am - Letter to my younger self. Drawn from the Happiness Letters.

    Sat 09 June, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - Ferdinand - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch this fantastic family film in the Lecture Theatre 1. Light refreshments for sale. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Free, no need to book.

    Sat 09 June, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings Murder on the Orient Express - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Murder on the Orient Express'. 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 13 June, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Crafty Crew - Father's Day Cards - Bromley Cross Library

    Show your Dad how much he is loved with a lovely handmade Father’s Day Card. This umbrella themed card will shower him with love! Free craft session for all the family. Each month there’s a different theme. Suitable for ages 4 to 11. No need to book. Dressing up to match the theme is most welcome!

    Sat 16 June, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Meet your local Police Community Support Officer - Breightmet Library

    Julie Farrell is your Local Police Community Support Officer. Come and chat with Julie about her role in your community, how you can keep yourself safe and ask any questions you may have.

    Thu 21 June, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Family History Society’s advanced course - Harwood Library

    Do you want to know more about your ancestors but have hit a brick wall in your research? Resolve your family history research queries through a series of four advanced workshops organised by the Bolton Family History Society. The workshops will be held at Harwood Library on the following Fridays from 10am to 12pm and the cost is £20: 29 June, 6 July, 13 July and 20 July. For further information please call Harwood Library on 01204 332340.

    Fri 29 June to Fri 20 July, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE