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  • Family events

    Stories and song Saturdays - Breightmet Library

    Free storytelling sessions to enhance the fun and joy of stories for young children and their mums, dads and carers. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 16 February to Sat 28 December, 2.30pm

    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 06 March to Wed 04 December, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Whitman and Moran: Scenes from Long Island - Bolton Museum

    Bolton Library and Museum Services is celebrating the 200th birthday of the great American poet Walt Whitman with a number of special events. Whitman’s links with Bolton stretch back to the late 1800s and the founding of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship. This exhibition pairs lines from Whitman’s poems with etchings by the celebrated printmaker Mary Nimmo Moran, who was married to the Bolton-born artist Thomas Moran. Many of Mary’s prints depict locations near to the Morans’ home in Long Island, New York. Walt Whitman was born in Long Island and his poetry is filled with descriptions of the island’s unique scenery. These poetic evocations of place find their parallel in Nimmo Moran’s landscape etchings.

    Sat 13 April to Sun 21 July, Bolton Museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    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 7 May, Tuesday 21 May, Tuesday 4 June, Tuesday 18 June, Tuesday 2 July, Tuesday 16 July, Tuesday 30 July, Tuesday 13 August and Tuesday 27 August.

    Tue 07 May to Tue 27 August, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Natural World by Antoni Pieczonka - Harwood Library

    For the Month of July 2019 there will be an exhibition of landscape paintings by Antoni Pieczonka. All the works are for sale. 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.

    Mon 01 July to Wed 31 July, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Creative writing club - Westhoughton Library

    A taster course for the inner writer in you. Come along if you like writing, or if you’re just thinking of giving it a go. No experience required! Just curiosity and an interest. During the six weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with different genres and techniques with the view to improve your skills and confidence. The Creative Writing Club will meet every Tuesday from 2 July to Tuesday 6 August, 5pm to 7pm and suitable for age 14+.

    Tue 02 July to Tue 06 August, 5pm to 7pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Calling all Arty Babies and Toddlers to 'The Great Pirate Adventure' - Bolton Museum

    Join us at Bolton Museum for The Great Pirate Adventure! Arty Babies you are invited to our pirate training school on Tuesday 16 July, 10.30am and Toddlers it’s your turn at Toddler Tales on Friday 19 July, 11am. You’ll sing a pirate song, make a pirate craft and dig for treasure. But watch out – you don’t want to end up walking the plank! Developed in partnership with the Octagon Theatre who will be presenting a new adaptation of 'Treasure Island' over the festive period.

    Tue 16 July to Fri 19 July, Arty Babies - 16 July at 10.30am and Toddler Tales - 19 July at 11am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Books and Banter - Breightmet Library

    Are you reading at the moment? Would you like to find out what's popular with other people? All adults are invited to come along to have a cuppa and a chat about what they’re reading. Whether you've been reading books for years or would like to start reading, just come along and enjoy the banter! Light refreshments provided.

    Thu 18 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    An evening with crime writers Chris Hammer and Gytha Lodge - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Ahead of their appearance on the prestigious ‘New Blood’ panel at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival join Chris Hammer and Gytha Lodge to talk about their books – 'Scrublands' and 'She Lies in Wait'.

    Thu 18 July, 6.30pm to 8pm

    Admission: Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-crime-writers-chris-hammer-and-gytha-lodge-tickets-61989892437

  • Family events

    Lunchtime talk - Prehistoric Life - Bolton Museum

    At our museum lunchtime talk gain an insight into the prehistoric world of Bolton from the plant fossils in Carboniferous swamps over 300 million years ago to Ice Age creatures about 20 thousand years ago. Discover more about the prehistoric skeletons we have at Bolton including the: • Fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex • Spiky Tuojiangosaurus • Bird-like Archaeopteryx There will also be an opportunity to gets hands on with prehistoric fossils and casts of dinosaur bones.

    Fri 19 July, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    PCSO Surgery - Horwich Library

    Horwich PCSOs are holding a drop in surgery for you to come and discuss any issues you may be having locally.

    Fri 19 July, 5pm to 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Baby Rhyme Time - Harwood Library

    Rhymes, songs and stories session for 0 to 2 year olds and their carers from 10.15am to 10.45am. Stay and Play from 10.45am to 11.15am. The free sessions will take place fortnightly on a Monday, no need to book, just pop by.

    Mon 22 July to Mon 25 November, Baby Rhyme Time - 10.15am to 10.45am and Stay and Play - 10.45am to 11.15am.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    The Great Pirate Adventure - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for The Great Pirate Adventure! Come to our pirate training school and learn how to look, talk and act like a pirate. Sing a pirate song, make a pirate craft and dig for treasure. But watch out – you don’t want to end up walking the plank! The pirate training school will be in session at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm from Monday to Saturday. Booking is via Eventbrite and you can ring 01204 332853 for assistance. July sessions. Developed in partnership with the Octagon Theatre who will be presenting a new adaptation of 'Treasure Island' over the festive period: https://octagonbolton.co.uk/whats-on/theatre/treasure-island/

    Mon 22 July to Sat 17 August, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

    Admission: Please book via Eventbrite: July sessions: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-pirate-adventure-july-sessions-tickets-63864977868 August sessions: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-pirate-adventure-august-sessions-tickets-63865886586

  • Family events

    Sunday Garden Stars - Harwood Library

    Pop in for our monthly Sunday Garden Stars afternoon. Each month there’ll be a different theme and a chance to help green up the library courtyard as well as grow things at home. These drop in sessions are suitable for ages 4 to 11 but all welcome. Sunday 28 July - harvesting and planting vegetables and making paper vegetable bunting. Sunday 25 August - celebrate Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival by creating your own herb garden. Sunday 22 September - make a bug hotel using recycled materials. More harvesting and sowing winter crops.

    Sun 28 July to Sun 22 September, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    An evening with NJ Cartner - Westhoughton Library

    Join Manchester born author N.J. Cartner, discussing his writing and passion for music which is the theme of his debut novel ‘Lost in Manchester Found in Vegas’. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and buy a signed copy of the book. Free event and no need to book.

    Tue 30 July, 6pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - The LEGO Movie 2 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along and see ‘The LEGO Movie 2,’ a brilliant family film for the holidays. The film screening will take place in the Lecture Theatre 1. Light refreshments for sale.

    Wed 31 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery by Ian Peters - Harwood Library

    For the month of August Ian Peters’ watercolour and acrylic paintings will be exhibited at Harwood Library’s Gallery. All the works are for sale. 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.

    Thu 01 August to Sat 31 August, The gallery is open when Harwood Library is open.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    An afternoon with C. A. Milson - Farnworth Library

    Meet Australian writer C.A. Milson; writer of horror, science fiction and fantasy. He is best known for horror fiction novel, ‘The Chosen’. C.A. will be talking about his writing and will be giving a reading from his fourth book in the ‘Chosen’ series, ‘Prophecy’s End’. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Light refreshments will be available. Free event and no need to book.

    Sat 31 August, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE