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    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 29 September, 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 September,

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

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Free iPad Fridays for beginners - Breightmet Library

    New tablet? Unsure of how to use it? Ask staff about our free iPad sessions on the last Friday of each month here at Breightmet Library. Learn in a friendly, patient environment. Booking is essential as places are limited so please call 01204 332352.

    Fri 27 January to Fri 23 June, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    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 20 July, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Chair based exercise with Age UK - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Chair Based Exercise Help loosen your joints and keep yourself active, healthy and feeling good. Join us every Monday at 2pm starting 30 January for gentle seated exercises to help improve mobility, muscle strength, suppleness and posture. For more information call 01204 37879. Email lucybird@ageukbolton.org.uk or visit ageuk.org.uk/bolton

    Mon 30 January to Mon 03 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    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

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Still Learning - Harwood Library

    Up until the end of June at the Gallery in Harwood there will be an exhibition of paintings and mixed media by June Dootson and Edith Tunstall. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Mon 01 May to Fri 30 June, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    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

    Worktown Tour - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Meeting point: the foyer, Bolton Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, BL1 1SE Discover all about the extraordinary story of Mass Observation and their pioneering study of Bolton, which they called “Worktown”, in the late 1930s. Beginning our walk in the Bolton Archives History Centre with a chance to view Humphrey Spender’s internationally celebrated “Worktown” photographs.

    Fri 23 June, 12pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: Book your free place on Eventbrite http://ow.ly/ejof30bxm7M

  • Family events

    Baby Shower - Horwich Library

    Calling all parents-to-be, babies and their families! We are pleased to announce the imminent arrival of the Horwich Library Baby Shower. Chat to a range of partners about all things baby-related, find out more about reading with your little one and enjoy free taster sessions, games and quizzes. Every family attending will also get a goody bag to take home.

    Thu 22 June, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    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

    Awesome Origami - Breightmet Library

    Have fun folding with our artist, Ling Yang. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, our free workshops will be great fun for you! Suitable for children aged 6+ and adults can have a go! Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

    Sat 24 June, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Summer Garden Party - Smithills Hall

    Join in the fun at Smithills Hall’s Garden Party on Sunday 9 July, 12pm to 4pm. For an enjoyable afternoon including: •Bird displays by Raptor Experience •Craft and Food stalls •Smithills Farm donkey rides •Little Voices’ drama and singing workshops •Live music •Bolton FM •Animal handling with Lion Learners. The event is supported by Bolton Council and Friends of Smithills Hall.

    Sun 09 July, 12pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Code Club - Westhoughton Library

    Learn some basic coding skills at Westhoughton Library this summer. Use creativity and problem solving to create your own animations and games. The weekly sessions will be every Thursday, 3pm to 4pm, starting 27 July and ending on 24 August. The sessions are suitable for children aged 8 and above.

    Thu 27 July to Thu 24 August, 3pm to 4pm

    Admission: The free weekly sessions will be every Thursday, 3pm to 4pm, starting 27 July and ending on 24 August. Please call 01942 634640 to book a place.

  • Family events

    Fantastic Fridays - Westhoughton Library

    Join us each Friday from 28 July to 25 August, 2pm to 3pm for animal themed stories and crafts.

    Fri 28 July to Fri 25 August, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

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

    Watch this family film in the Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments for sale.

    Sat 08 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings with subtitles - I, Daniel Blake - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch film ‘I, Daniel Blake’ 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 26 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Saturday Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    At this week's Saturday Club our crafts will be based on Armed Forces Day. You can make a statue of your unsung hero and make postcards inspired by the First World War.

    Sat 24 June, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Scarecrow Festival - Blackrod Library

    Join the village for its 11th annual Scarecrow Festival and the library will be extending its opening hours to welcome more visitors.See our storybook scarecrow and there will be themed children craft activities. Plus you can see Blackrod Art Group’s summer exhibition and most of the artwork will be for sale. The local history group will also have a tombola stall inside the council chamber. Come along for a fun packed weekend!

    Sat 01 July to Sun 02 July, Saturday 1 July, 9am to 4pm and Sunday 2 July, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales - Breightmet Library

    Join us every Wednesday at 9.30am for free storytelling sessions for young children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for toddlers aged 2 - 4. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Wed 30 September to Wed 05 July, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - Blackrod Library

    Join us every Thursday at 10.30am for free storytelling sessions for children under 5 and their mums, dads and carers. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Thu 01 October to Thu 06 July, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales - Bromley Cross Library

    Join us every Thursday at 2pm for free storytelling sessions for young children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for toddlers aged 2 - 4. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Thu 01 October to Thu 06 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - Westhoughton Library

    Join us every Friday at 10am for free storytelling sessions for young children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for toddlers aged 2 - 4. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Fri 02 October to Fri 07 July, 10am

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales - Bolton Central Library

    Join us every Friday at 11am for free storytelling sessions for children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for under 5s. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Fri 02 October to Fri 07 July, 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - Harwood Library

    Join us every Monday at 2pm for free storytelling sessions for young children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for toddlers aged 2 - 4. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Mon 05 October to Mon 03 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - High Street Library

    Join us every Monday at 2pm for free storytelling sessions for young children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for toddlers aged 2 - 4. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Mon 05 October to Mon 03 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    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

  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - Horwich Library

    Horwich Library Toddler Tales sessions are now every Tuesday at 10.30am. Following the Toddler Tales storytelling session join us for Stay and Play where children and their parents can play and have fun together. Both these free sessions are for children under 5 and their mums, dads and carers. No need to book just come along.

    Tue 12 July to Mon 26 June, Tuesdays at 10.30am

    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 29 September, 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 September,

    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 Fri 30 June, 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 20 July, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Free iPad Fridays for beginners - Breightmet Library

    New tablet? Unsure of how to use it? Ask staff about our free iPad sessions on the last Friday of each month here at Breightmet Library. Learn in a friendly, patient environment. Booking is essential as places are limited so please call 01204 332352.

    Fri 27 January to Fri 23 June, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Chair based exercise with Age UK - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Chair Based Exercise Help loosen your joints and keep yourself active, healthy and feeling good. Join us every Monday at 2pm starting 30 January for gentle seated exercises to help improve mobility, muscle strength, suppleness and posture. For more information call 01204 37879. Email lucybird@ageukbolton.org.uk or visit ageuk.org.uk/bolton

    Mon 30 January to Mon 03 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    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

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Still Learning - Harwood Library

    Up until the end of June at the Gallery in Harwood there will be an exhibition of paintings and mixed media by June Dootson and Edith Tunstall. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Mon 01 May to Fri 30 June, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    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

    Baby Shower - Horwich Library

    Calling all parents-to-be, babies and their families! We are pleased to announce the imminent arrival of the Horwich Library Baby Shower. Chat to a range of partners about all things baby-related, find out more about reading with your little one and enjoy free taster sessions, games and quizzes. Every family attending will also get a goody bag to take home.

    Thu 22 June, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Worktown Tour - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Meeting point: the foyer, Bolton Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, BL1 1SE Discover all about the extraordinary story of Mass Observation and their pioneering study of Bolton, which they called “Worktown”, in the late 1930s. Beginning our walk in the Bolton Archives History Centre with a chance to view Humphrey Spender’s internationally celebrated “Worktown” photographs.

    Fri 23 June, 12pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: Book your free place on Eventbrite http://ow.ly/ejof30bxm7M

  • Family events

    Awesome Origami - Breightmet Library

    Have fun folding with our artist, Ling Yang. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, our free workshops will be great fun for you! Suitable for children aged 6+ and adults can have a go! Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

    Sat 24 June, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Saturday Club - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    At this week's Saturday Club our crafts will be based on Armed Forces Day. You can make a statue of your unsung hero and make postcards inspired by the First World War.

    Sat 24 June, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Scarecrow Festival - Blackrod Library

    Join the village for its 11th annual Scarecrow Festival and the library will be extending its opening hours to welcome more visitors.See our storybook scarecrow and there will be themed children craft activities. Plus you can see Blackrod Art Group’s summer exhibition and most of the artwork will be for sale. The local history group will also have a tombola stall inside the council chamber. Come along for a fun packed weekend!

    Sat 01 July to Sun 02 July, Saturday 1 July, 9am to 4pm and Sunday 2 July, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

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

    Watch this family film in the Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments for sale.

    Sat 08 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Summer Garden Party - Smithills Hall

    Join in the fun at Smithills Hall’s Garden Party on Sunday 9 July, 12pm to 4pm. For an enjoyable afternoon including: •Bird displays by Raptor Experience •Craft and Food stalls •Smithills Farm donkey rides •Little Voices’ drama and singing workshops •Live music •Bolton FM •Animal handling with Lion Learners. The event is supported by Bolton Council and Friends of Smithills Hall.

    Sun 09 July, 12pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings with subtitles - I, Daniel Blake - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch film ‘I, Daniel Blake’ 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 26 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Code Club - Westhoughton Library

    Learn some basic coding skills at Westhoughton Library this summer. Use creativity and problem solving to create your own animations and games. The weekly sessions will be every Thursday, 3pm to 4pm, starting 27 July and ending on 24 August. The sessions are suitable for children aged 8 and above.

    Thu 27 July to Thu 24 August, 3pm to 4pm

    Admission: The free weekly sessions will be every Thursday, 3pm to 4pm, starting 27 July and ending on 24 August. Please call 01942 634640 to book a place.

  • Family events

    Fantastic Fridays - Westhoughton Library

    Join us each Friday from 28 July to 25 August, 2pm to 3pm for animal themed stories and crafts.

    Fri 28 July to Fri 25 August, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE