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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

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    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

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    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

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    Saturday Crafts - Westhoughton Library

    Starting from 3 August join us every Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am for a free craft session. Suitable for ages 4 to 11. No need to book just pop along.

    Sat 03 August to Sat 21 December, 10.30am to 11.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Peterloo exhibition - Bolton Museum

    2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. A special exhibition ‘Peterloo’ will commemorate the people of Bolton who marched to St Peter’s Fields, Manchester on 16 August 1819, many of whom were injured when government troops and local yeomanry charged a crowd of around 60,000 people. The issues that motivated these brave Boltonians to make the long march to Manchester included the right to vote and fairer representation in Parliament.

    Sat 03 August to Sun 10 November, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    The Gallery by Mary Glencross - Harwood Library

    For the month of September there will be an exhibition of handmade crafts by Mary Glencross. 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.

    Sun 01 September to Mon 30 September, The Gallery is open when Harwood Library is open.

    Admission: FREE

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    Neo:artprize 2019 - Bolton Museum

    Neo:artprize 2019, coordinated by Neo in partnership with Bolton Museum, will present new work by artists working across the world and in a variety of media. The prize is an international, open exhibition, attracting submissions from 24 countries, aiming to raise awareness of new trends and directions in the contemporary art world.

    Sat 07 September to Sun 27 October, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    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 16 September to Mon 24 August, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Heritage Open Day - Smithills Hall

    Celebrate Heritage Open Days and explore Smithills Hall with a tour of this magnificent building on Sunday 22 September. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days. HODs are a chance for communities nationwide to come together to learn, explore and have fun by sharing the treasures on their doorstep. Smithills Hall opened to the public as a museum in 1963 but its history dates back to the 14th century. You can stand in the same room where Bolton Protestant Preacher, George Marsh, was interrogated by the owner of the estate, Robert Barton. Marsh was later burned at the stake because of his faith. Legend has it that as George Marsh was being led from the Hall he stamped his foot on the flagstone, leaving a mark that has remained there ever since as a declaration of his steadfast faith.

    Sun 22 September, The hall is open from 12pm to 4pm and the free tours will take place at 12:30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm (no need to book).

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Tea and tall tales with Richard O'Neill - Breightmet Library

    Join us for stories and then tea and cakes. Everyone is welcome. Free event and no need to book.

    Thu 26 September, 2pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    World's Biggest Coffee Morning - Horwich Library

    You are invited to the world’s biggest coffee morning. Library staff and Library Loops Group are hosting the fundraiser in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Come and join us for a brew and a slice of cake. There will be fundraising fun and games on the day, hand knitted goods for sale and a tombola. Together we can help change lives with every slice.

    Fri 27 September, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - A Stitch In Time by Debbie Knight - Harwood Library

    For the month of October at Harwood Library's Gallery there will be an exhibition of patchwork quilting and applique by Debbie Knight.

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

    Admission: FREE

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    Hieroglyphics beginners course - Bolton Museum

    Beginners course - People and Places, 10am to 12pm Have you ever wanted to be able to read hieroglyphs? In this 10 week beginners course you will be guided at every step of the way to learn the basics in understanding the written language of Ancient Egypt. You will learn by working with real Ancient Egyptian objects from the museum collection. Suitable for ages 16+ The course will take place from 10am to 12pm from Wednesday 2 October to Wednesday 11 December (not including 6 November). The cost of the course is £50 per person. All materials and tuition included.

    Wed 02 October to Wed 11 December, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: Course of the cost is £50. Please book on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hieroglyphics-for-beginners-people-and-places-tickets-69781188413

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    Intermediate Hieroglyphics course - Bolton Museum

    Intermediate course - Obelisks and Hieroglyphs, 1pm to 3pm Some experience of Hieroglyphics is needed or you may have already taken the beginners hieroglyphs course. You will learn by working with real Ancient Egyptian objects from the museum collection. Suitable for ages 16+. The course will take place from 1pm to 3pm from Wednesday 2 October to Wednesday 11 December (not including 6 November). The cost of the course is cost £50 per person. All materials and tuition included.

    Wed 02 October to Wed 11 December, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: The course costs £50 per person. Please book on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intermediate-hieroglyphics-course-tickets-69782761117

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    Horwich Art Society's annual exhibition - Horwich Library

    Join us on Thursday 3 October at 7.30pm for the open evening of Horwich Art Society’s exhibition at Horwich Library. On display there will be an array or work using different styles and techniques created by the local group. Some of the artwork will be on sale.

    Thu 03 October to Sat 02 November, The exhibition will be open during Horwich Library's opening hours (Monday and Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 7pm, Wednesday 1pm to 5.30pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Reading Friends - Breightmet Library

    Join us to enjoy conversations about reading. Becoming a Reading Friend is a chance to take time out, meet new people and share stories. Reading Friends meets on the first Thursday of the month from 2pm to 3pm. Reading Friends is a national initiative co-ordinated by The Reading Agency and funded by The National Lottery and Arts Council England.

    Thu 03 October to Sat 05 October, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    National Poetry Day - Bolton Central Library

    Join in our open mic session on National Poetry Day to celebrate and inspire others to enjoy, discover and share poems. 2019 is the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day and the theme is ‘Truth’.

    Thu 03 October, 3pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Fun Palaces - Harwood Library

    Harwood Library Sunday 6 October, from 1.30pm to 3pm Fun Palaces is a dedicated weekend where lots of creative people from the community give their time to entertain and enlighten you! At Harwood Library join Helen Andrews of Ann Hope Floristry to make children’s flower crowns and adults can create small arrangements. Just pop along and everyone is welcome.

    Sun 06 October, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    eLibrary Surgeries - various locations

    New monthly eLibrary Surgeries first Monday of the month, 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Join us to discover more about the free eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines available with your library card. Drop in event, all welcome, bring your device to get signed up straight away.

    Mon 07 October to Mon 03 February, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Winter Live Literature with Ian Maguire - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The University of Bolton and Bolton Central Library are proud to present free poetry and performances events as part of the ‘Live Literature’ series. For our first event we welcome Ian McGuire who will be reading from his Man Booker longlisted novel ‘The North Water’.

    Tue 08 October, 6.30pm to 8pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Lunchtime talk - Bolton Museum

    Art for Everyone - 80 Years in the Life of Bolton’s Art Collection This talk will look at three individuals who helped to shape Bolton’s art collection: local textile manufacturer, Frank Hindley Smith, who left an important bequest of modern art to the museum; Mass-Observation’s Tom Harrisson and Councillor Harry Lucas, who in the 1950s and 1960s, promoted the idea that the arts had an important role to play in the civic life of the town. Why did they think art and culture were important for people, and what can we learn from them now?

    Fri 18 October, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Ghost and History Tour - Smithills Hall

    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. Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please book in advance and you can pay by cash or debit card at Bolton Museum Tel: 01204 332211 or by cashat Smithills Hall Tel: 01204 332377. The event will take place on Thursday 24 October and Thursday 21 November at 7pm.

    Thu 24 October to Sun 24 November, 7pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Winter Live Literature poetry anthology event - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The University of Bolton and Bolton Central Library are proud to present free poetry and performances events as part of the ‘Live Literature’ series. This month join us to for ‘The Result is What You See Today’ running poetry anthology event with Paul Deaton, Kim Moore and Ben Wilkinson.

    Tue 05 November, 6.30pm to 8pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Anne Frank: A History For Today exhibition - Bolton Central Library

    This popular touring exhibition captures the experience of Anne Frank’s life. By placing the complex historical events of the Holocaust against the backdrop of the life of one inspirational young person, the exhibition enables visitors to grasp the human consequences of persecution and war. The exhibition challenges us to think about how these issues are relevant today and what we can do to prevent prejudice and discrimination.

    Sat 09 November to Fri 22 November, The exhibition is open during Bolton Central Library's opening hours (see link under photo of Anne Frank).

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Winter Live Literature - 'The Bubbler' - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The University of Bolton and Bolton Central Library are proud to present free poetry and performances events as part of the ‘Live Literature’ series. Come along and see ‘The Bubbler‘: script-in hand performance by Cathy Crabb’s acclaimed play.

    Tue 10 December, 6.30pm to 8pm

    Admission: FREE