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    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. The first session will take place on Tuesday 6 November and then they will continue on the last Tuesday of every month, 1pm to 1.30pm.

    Tue 06 November to Tue 26 February, 1pm to 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Bollywood Film Screenings - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for our new Bollywood film screenings on: 29 November 27 December 31 January 28 February 28 March Free event, suitable for age 16+ and no need to book.

    Thu 29 November to Thu 28 March, Last Thursday of each month, 6.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    Children's games session - Westhoughton Library

    Enjoy games with friends or parents after school. There’s a great selection of games to play! The free sessions will then take place every Tuesday, 4pm to 5pm and no need to book.

    Tue 12 February to Tue 30 April, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

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  • 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. The first session will take place on Tuesday 6 November and then they will continue on the last Tuesday of every month, 1pm to 1.30pm.

    Tue 06 November to Tue 26 February, 1pm to 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bollywood Film Screenings - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for our new Bollywood film screenings on: 29 November 27 December 31 January 28 February 28 March Free event, suitable for age 16+ and no need to book.

    Thu 29 November to Thu 28 March, Last Thursday of each month, 6.30pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    University of Bolton School of the Arts - Making Textiles - History, Identity, Innovation - Bolton Museum

    This exhibition showcases the work of staff and students from the BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course at the University of Bolton. The students and their tutors have used the museum’s historic textiles collection as the starting point for the creation of new work. The museum’s collections are a rich resource for understanding the town’s identity and experience of living in Bolton. For decades, Bolton’s identity was closely bound up with its position as one of the country’s leading textile producing towns. A huge number of local people were involved in some way in the spinning, weaving, bleaching and dyeing of cotton. The University of Bolton’s Textiles and Surface Design students follow in a long line of textile “workers” - machine operatives, pattern designers, production assistants and development managers. Though grounded in the history of their discipline, all are pushing the design and production of textiles in new and often surprising directions. Look out for details of linked workshops and events taking place in the gallery while the exhibition is on.

    Thu 24 January to Sat 23 February, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 9am to 5pm, Wednesday - 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday - 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    University of Bolton School of the Arts: Making Textiles: History, Identity, Innovation - Bolton Museum

    This exhibition showcases the work of staff and students from the BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design course at the University of Bolton. The students and their tutors have used the museum’s historic textiles collection as the starting point for the creation of new work. The museum’s collections are a rich resource for understanding the town’s identity and experience of living in Bolton. For decades, Bolton’s identity was closely bound up with its position as one of the country’s leading textile producing towns. A huge number of local people were involved in some way in the spinning, weaving, bleaching and dyeing of cotton. The University of Bolton’s Textiles and Surface Design students follow in a long line of textile “workers” - machine operatives, pattern designers, production assistants and development managers. Though grounded in the history of their discipline, all are pushing the design and production of textiles in new and often surprising directions. Look out for details of linked workshops and events taking place in the gallery while the exhibition is on.

    Thu 24 January to Sat 23 February, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9am to 5pm, Wednesday: 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Children's games session - Westhoughton Library

    Enjoy games with friends or parents after school. There’s a great selection of games to play! The free sessions will then take place every Tuesday, 4pm to 5pm and no need to book.

    Tue 12 February to Tue 30 April, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

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    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

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    Reading Friends - Bolton Central Library

    In a reading rut? Join us to launch the new Reading Friends group at Bolton Central Library, with free buffet lunch from 1pm. Become a Reading Friend and meet new people, recommend reads and hear the written word brought to life. All welcome!

    Fri 22 February, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    ELibrary drop in - Bolton Central Library

    Discover our free eBook, eAudio and eMagazine service. Pop in for a demo of the full range of eLibrary resources and bring your tablet, smartphone or laptop!

    Mon 25 February, 11am to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Try your hand at Canasta - Horwich Library

    Come and give this classic card game a go every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm at Horwich Library.

    Wed 27 February to Wed 26 June, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Harriet Tyce and Alex Michaelides in conversation with Margaret Murphy - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Bolton Library presents Harriet Tyce and Alex Michaelides in conversation with Margaret Murphy Join us for an exciting afternoon of crime as we welcome Harriet Tyce and Alex Michaelides who will be in conversation with Margaret Murphy. Harriet and Alex will be discussing their new books ‘Blood Orange’ and ‘The Silent Patient’. Author Margaret along with Helen Pepper are the crime writing duo 'Ashley Dyer' and their latest book is 'Splinter In The Blood'.

    Wed 27 February, 1pm

    Admission: There will be an opportunity to buy signed copies of both books. Please book your free ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bolton-library-presents-harriet-tyce-and-alex-michaelides-in-conversation-with-margaret-murphy-tickets-52368460475 or call 01204 332853.

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    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. The tour is led by the knowledgeable Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for ages 16+.

    Thu 28 February, 7pm

    Admission: Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please book in advance and you can pay by cash or debit card at Bolton Museum (tel no: 01204 332211) or by cash at Smithills Hall (tel no: 01204 332377).

    Fully booked
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    Walt Whitman and his Bolton friends - High Street Library

    For more than 130 years, poetry lovers in Bolton have celebrated the birthday of Walt Whitman, (1819-1892) one of the most-loved and influential poets in the United States. In the bicentennial year of his birth, Flo Wood invites you to explore Whitman’s relationship with Bolton and his poetry. This is a free event and no need to book.

    Thu 28 February, 5pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Advance Family History Society course - Harwood Library

    Do you want to know more about your ancestors but have hit a brick wall in your research? Come along to a series of four Bolton Family History Society workshops which will be held on the following Saturdays from 10am to 12.30pm: Saturday 2 March, Saturday 9 March, Saturday 16 March and Saturday 23 March The cost for the four workshops is £25, please book by calling Harwood Library on 01204 332340.

    Sat 02 March to Sat 23 March, 10am to 12.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    World Book Day celebrations - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    We’ll be starting our World Book Day celebrations on Saturday 2 March! Xplode Magazine, a youth-led charity, and Bolton Central Library are hosting a free book gifting event. Children are welcome to attend with their family to discover the joys of reading through interactive storytelling sessions and craft activities and pick up a free book to take home with them! *Storytelling sessions will be hosted at 11.30am; 12.30pm; 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

    Sat 02 March, 11am to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Junior reading buddies' session - Westhoughton Library

    Practice your reading skills with our friendly library staff. These sessions are suitable for children just beginning to read and primary school children who need some help and encouragement with their reading. Bring your school reading book or choose one from the library. The free drop in sessions will take place every Monday 4pm to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 11.30am.

    Mon 04 March to Mon 08 July, Every Monday 4pm to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 11.30am

    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 11.30am 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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    Friends Against Scams - Blackrod Library

    Worried about keeping safe and secure online? Why not drop in to Central Library for a friendly chat with Paul Geary, NatWest Community Banker and Friends Against Scams Ambassador? Free session and no need to book.

    Thu 07 March, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Super Science Saturday - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    It’s British Science Week so join us at our super science event at Bolton Central Library and Museum. There will be lots of science experiments, storytelling, museum object handling and craft activities. Free event and no need to book.

    Sat 09 March, 11am to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Library gets lively! - Westhoughton Library

    Library gets lively is a fun interactive session for parents and carers to share with their children, with a good mix of stories, rhymes, songs and a themed craft. The drop in sessions are aimed at under 5's but all children are welcome to attend. Enjoying these library sessions will help children develop an early love of language, rhymes and songs, which build a firm foundation for learning to read.

    Mon 11 March to Mon 08 July, 10am to 11am

    Admission: FREE

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    Be Scam Aware! - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Learn how to protect yourself from fraud and scams with our #ScamAware workshop at Bolton Central Library. Join Paul Geary, NatWest Community Banker for a look at a wide range of scams and how to avoid them.

    Tue 12 March, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: Free session but please call 01204 332853 or email askboltonlibraries@bolton.gov.uk to book an appointment.