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    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

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    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

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    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

  • 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

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    Down Memory Lane - reminiscence group - Bolton Central Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Bolton Central 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 Wednesday of the month between 1.30pm and 3pm. For more information contact Bolton Central Library on 01204 332853 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Wed 04 July to Wed 05 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Family History course - Blackrod Library

    Bolton Family History Society will be running a five week course to show you how to trace your family history. You will be looking at certificates, census returns, parish and burial records, newspapers and websites which will help you. The course is run by Bolton Family History Society. The sessions will run from 10am to 12pm and start on Monday 1 October until Monday 29 October. The cost for the five workshops is £20. For further information please call Blackrod Library on 01204 332380.

    Mon 01 October to Mon 29 October, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: The course is run by Bolton Family History Society and the cost is £20 for 5 sessions.

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    Bolton Family History Society Helpdesk - Blackrod Library

    Would you like to start tracing your family tree? Hit a brick wall in your research, not sure how to overcome it? Bolton Family History Society will be available with advice on how to trace your family history. There’s no need to book just come along to Blackrod Library, from 10am to 12pm on: Saturday 22 September, Saturday 20 October, Saturday 17 November and Saturday 15 December. If you have any queries please call Blackrod Library on 01204 332380.

    Sat 22 September to Sat 15 December, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Join Bolton Young Writers' Group - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Have you always wanted to have a go at creative writing? Would you like to come to a taster session? No experience necessary. We are looking for young people, aged between 16 and 30, to take part in a writing project. We will meet initially for a drop in session on Tuesday 23 October, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Bolton Central Library. Places are limited, so please book via Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/hVZV30lLcR4 The project will be run by published writer and post graduate student, Anne Caldwell, who studies at the University of Bolton and teaches at the Open University. For further information email - a.caldwell@open.ac.uk

    Tue 23 October, 4.30pm to 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent half -term holiday special - Coco - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along and see 'Coco' - a great family film to enjoy during half-term! Light refreshments for sale. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free event and no need to book.

    Wed 24 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Portraits and Scenery by Antonia Rosser - Harwood Library

    For the month of October Harwood Library’s Gallery will feature an exhibition of paintings in oils and acrylics by Antonia Rosser. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Mon 01 October to Tue 30 October, The gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

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    Relaxed Saturdays - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along on the third Saturday of each month from 9am to 10am and join us for our relaxed openings. Our relaxed openings are designed for visitors who would prefer a quieter visit to our buildings, for people with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders, along with their families. Touch, feel and smell some of our fascinating objects! During the event, we will put our lights on full and turn off all the sound effects so it’s a less overwhelming environment. You’ll still be able to visit all the galleries, but there will be no dark areas and no sudden sounds. There is seating provided around the museum, and a quiet space will be available should you need it. • 9am to 10am - Quiet Opening and Handling Sessions •10am - Relaxed Cinema Film Screening

    Sat 20 October to Sat 16 February, 9am to 10am Quiet Opening and Handling Sessions and 10am Relaxed Cinema Film Screening.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Meditation in the Art Gallery - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Get your weekend off to a peaceful start with our new drop in Saturday morning meditation classes. Relax and be calm in our beautiful art gallery. Guided by author, guest speaker and Meditation teacher - Midnight McBride. Booking is not required, just turn up. Entry fee: £5 per session. Six weekly sessions, starting Saturday 13 October, 10am to 10.45am.

    Sat 13 October to Sat 17 November, 10am to 10.45am

    Admission: £5 per session.

  • Adult events

    The Art of Noticing - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for acts of slow looking in the art gallery. In these short, focused sessions we will explore one artwork, taking time to gain a deeper understanding of the piece. Free and no need to book, just turn up. Last Tuesday of every month, starting Tuesday 30 October, 1pm to 1.30pm.

    Tue 30 October to Tue 26 February, 1pm to 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Knit and Natter - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Can you knit or crochet? Or would like to learn how? If you’d like to make new friends, come and join us! Everyone welcome! Bolton Central Library, every Monday 11am to 2pm. Refreshments provided. Starting 15 October.

    Mon 15 October to Mon 17 December, 11am to 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    The 11th Hour play by Terry Deary - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    World famous ‘Horrible Histories’ writer Terry Deary will be bringing his new play ‘The 11th Hour’ to Bolton Central Library and Museum next month. The 11th Hour is set in 1918 and tells the story of two soldiers, one German and one British, who meet and begin exchanging stories of their experiences during the war. There is just one hour left before the end of World War 1 and the two soldiers know they must kill each other. But before they do, amidst the chaos of war, their shared humanity becomes a revelation for them both. ‘The 11th Hour is about finding humanity across the divide. It’s about the power of dialogue in conflict resolution and the compromise and understanding that underpins any peace process.’ - Terry Deary. The performances will take place from Monday 19 November to Saturday 24 November. Tickets are £5 plus booking fee and are available from www.quaytickets.com or call 0843 2080500.

    Mon 19 November to Sat 24 November, See www.quaytickets.com for more details.

    Admission: Tickets are available £5 plus booking fee from www.quaytickets.com or call 0843 2080500.

  • Family events

    Toy sleepover - Bolton Museum

    Your cuddly toys are going on a week long sleepover to Bolton Museum! Drop your cuddly toy off at Toddler Tales on Friday 26 October at 11am (suitable for under 5s). Watch on social media as they have lots of fun exploring the museum at night. We will have a big welcome home presentation on Friday 2 November at 11am in the Lecture Theatre where you can collect your cuddly toy, receive a certificate and take photos! If at any point you start to miss your cuddly toy you can collect it earlier in the week. Each toy will receive a luggage tag to ensure they return to you safely.

    Fri 26 October to Fri 02 November, Please drop off your toy at 11am on Friday 26 October and pick up on Friday 2 November at 11am.

    Admission: FREE

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  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • Adult events

    Down Memory Lane - reminiscence group - Bolton Central Library

    Do you or someone you know have dementia? Bolton Central 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 Wednesday of the month between 1.30pm and 3pm. For more information contact Bolton Central Library on 01204 332853 or Dawn Crossley at Age UK on 01204 701525 or dawn.crossley@ageukbolton.org.uk

    Wed 04 July to Wed 05 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Family History Society Helpdesk - Blackrod Library

    Would you like to start tracing your family tree? Hit a brick wall in your research, not sure how to overcome it? Bolton Family History Society will be available with advice on how to trace your family history. There’s no need to book just come along to Blackrod Library, from 10am to 12pm on: Saturday 22 September, Saturday 20 October, Saturday 17 November and Saturday 15 December. If you have any queries please call Blackrod Library on 01204 332380.

    Sat 22 September to Sat 15 December, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Portraits and Scenery by Antonia Rosser - Harwood Library

    For the month of October Harwood Library’s Gallery will feature an exhibition of paintings in oils and acrylics by Antonia Rosser. Please note that the Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Mon 01 October to Tue 30 October, The gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Family History course - Blackrod Library

    Bolton Family History Society will be running a five week course to show you how to trace your family history. You will be looking at certificates, census returns, parish and burial records, newspapers and websites which will help you. The course is run by Bolton Family History Society. The sessions will run from 10am to 12pm and start on Monday 1 October until Monday 29 October. The cost for the five workshops is £20. For further information please call Blackrod Library on 01204 332380.

    Mon 01 October to Mon 29 October, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: The course is run by Bolton Family History Society and the cost is £20 for 5 sessions.

  • Adult events

    Meditation in the Art Gallery - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Get your weekend off to a peaceful start with our new drop in Saturday morning meditation classes. Relax and be calm in our beautiful art gallery. Guided by author, guest speaker and Meditation teacher - Midnight McBride. Booking is not required, just turn up. Entry fee: £5 per session. Six weekly sessions, starting Saturday 13 October, 10am to 10.45am.

    Sat 13 October to Sat 17 November, 10am to 10.45am

    Admission: £5 per session.

  • Adult events

    Knit and Natter - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Can you knit or crochet? Or would like to learn how? If you’d like to make new friends, come and join us! Everyone welcome! Bolton Central Library, every Monday 11am to 2pm. Refreshments provided. Starting 15 October.

    Mon 15 October to Mon 17 December, 11am to 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Relaxed Saturdays - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along on the third Saturday of each month from 9am to 10am and join us for our relaxed openings. Our relaxed openings are designed for visitors who would prefer a quieter visit to our buildings, for people with autism, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorders, along with their families. Touch, feel and smell some of our fascinating objects! During the event, we will put our lights on full and turn off all the sound effects so it’s a less overwhelming environment. You’ll still be able to visit all the galleries, but there will be no dark areas and no sudden sounds. There is seating provided around the museum, and a quiet space will be available should you need it. • 9am to 10am - Quiet Opening and Handling Sessions •10am - Relaxed Cinema Film Screening

    Sat 20 October to Sat 16 February, 9am to 10am Quiet Opening and Handling Sessions and 10am Relaxed Cinema Film Screening.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Join Bolton Young Writers' Group - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Have you always wanted to have a go at creative writing? Would you like to come to a taster session? No experience necessary. We are looking for young people, aged between 16 and 30, to take part in a writing project. We will meet initially for a drop in session on Tuesday 23 October, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at Bolton Central Library. Places are limited, so please book via Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/hVZV30lLcR4 The project will be run by published writer and post graduate student, Anne Caldwell, who studies at the University of Bolton and teaches at the Open University. For further information email - a.caldwell@open.ac.uk

    Tue 23 October, 4.30pm to 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent half -term holiday special - Coco - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along and see 'Coco' - a great family film to enjoy during half-term! Light refreshments for sale. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free event and no need to book.

    Wed 24 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Toy sleepover - Bolton Museum

    Your cuddly toys are going on a week long sleepover to Bolton Museum! Drop your cuddly toy off at Toddler Tales on Friday 26 October at 11am (suitable for under 5s). Watch on social media as they have lots of fun exploring the museum at night. We will have a big welcome home presentation on Friday 2 November at 11am in the Lecture Theatre where you can collect your cuddly toy, receive a certificate and take photos! If at any point you start to miss your cuddly toy you can collect it earlier in the week. Each toy will receive a luggage tag to ensure they return to you safely.

    Fri 26 October to Fri 02 November, Please drop off your toy at 11am on Friday 26 October and pick up on Friday 2 November at 11am.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    The Art of Noticing - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for acts of slow looking in the art gallery. In these short, focused sessions we will explore one artwork, taking time to gain a deeper understanding of the piece. Free and no need to book, just turn up. Last Tuesday of every month, starting Tuesday 30 October, 1pm to 1.30pm.

    Tue 30 October to Tue 26 February, 1pm to 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    The 11th Hour play by Terry Deary - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    World famous ‘Horrible Histories’ writer Terry Deary will be bringing his new play ‘The 11th Hour’ to Bolton Central Library and Museum next month. The 11th Hour is set in 1918 and tells the story of two soldiers, one German and one British, who meet and begin exchanging stories of their experiences during the war. There is just one hour left before the end of World War 1 and the two soldiers know they must kill each other. But before they do, amidst the chaos of war, their shared humanity becomes a revelation for them both. ‘The 11th Hour is about finding humanity across the divide. It’s about the power of dialogue in conflict resolution and the compromise and understanding that underpins any peace process.’ - Terry Deary. The performances will take place from Monday 19 November to Saturday 24 November. Tickets are £5 plus booking fee and are available from www.quaytickets.com or call 0843 2080500.

    Mon 19 November to Sat 24 November, See www.quaytickets.com for more details.

    Admission: Tickets are available £5 plus booking fee from www.quaytickets.com or call 0843 2080500.