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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

  • 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

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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

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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.

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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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    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

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    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.

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - exhibition by Brian Barlow - Harwood Library

    During November and December 'The Gallery' at Harwood Library will feature an exhibition by renowned local artist Brian Barlow. All the paintings on display will be for sale and are also be featured in the Bolton Hospice calendar. 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 November to Mon 31 December, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Remembers the First World War - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Bolton residents can help make history by sharing their family mementos from the First World War. On Saturday, November 24, Bolton History Centre is inviting the public to bring along their stories, photos and objects from the conflict to be digitally scanned and archived. The centre, located in Bolton Central Library, will be open from 10.30am to 3pm and visitors will also have the chance to learn more about their military ancestors. The event is part of the nationwide Lest We Forget project, organised by the University of Oxford and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which aims to record as much information as possible about the war during the centenary of its final year. The centre is also looking for contributions to the Bolton Remembers database, a digital record of every serviceman from the borough who fought in either world war. On the day, there will be a help desk staffed by the Bolton Family History Society to help visitors find out more about their relatives’ experiences. There will be tours of the archive’s strongroom at 11am and 1pm. At 12noon and 2pm there will be a short discussion about First World War artefacts in the museum as well as tours of the Town Hall’s Hall of Remembrance. Places can be booked on the tours by calling 01204 332185. Pictured is Boltonian Fred May, aged 16, in 1914 and served until 1918. Fred donated his WWI mementoes to Bolton Museum, together with some photographs, including one of him in his R.A.M.C. uniform.

    Sat 24 November, 10.30am to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - The Son of Bigfoot - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month at Cinema at the Crescent watch - 'The Son of Bigfoot'. Light refreshments for sale. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free event and no need to book.

    Sat 17 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Bolton Light Festival Night Code Breakers 17 November - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    As part of the Bolton Light Festival explore the library and museum after hours! Try to solve a series of puzzles using light, imagination and codebreaking skills to find the answers! Suitable for families, children 4+. Please book your free tickets on Eventbrite

    Sat 17 November, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Admission: Please book your free ticket on: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bolton-central-library-and-museum-light-night-code-breakers-tickets-51745288551

  • Family events

    The Time Collector performance - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for an exciting promenade performance through our amazing Egyptian Galleries! Scallywags Theatre company will be bringing to life historical characters, such as Cleopatra and Annie Barlow - Bolton’s Edwardian Egyptologist. Come and join us for a fun filled family adventure through time. The performances will take place at 1pm and 2pm.

    Sat 17 November, 1pm and 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton's Egypt tours - Bolton Museum

    If you’ve not had chance to take a look around Bolton Museum’s new Egypt gallery why not join us for a tour. The guided sessions will give you more of an insight into the gallery and will take place every Tuesday at 2pm starting on 6 November until 11 December. Free event and no need to book.

    Tue 06 November to Tue 11 December, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Explore your Archives - Life writing - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Have you ever wanted to explore memoir or life writing? Would you like to explore how the archives at Bolton Central Library could help? Come along to a taster session as part of National Archives Week on Thursday 22 November, 10am to 12pm, where published writer Anne Caldwell will introduce the archive material on writer Bill Naughton as a starting point for life writing. This event is organised in partnership with the University of Bolton, where Anne is a post graduate student in the School of Arts. Places are free, but limited. Please book by ringing 01204 332161 or through Eventbrite.

    Thu 22 November, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/explore-your-archive-life-writing-tickets-51290854326

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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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    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

  • 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

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - exhibition by Brian Barlow - Harwood Library

    During November and December 'The Gallery' at Harwood Library will feature an exhibition by renowned local artist Brian Barlow. All the paintings on display will be for sale and are also be featured in the Bolton Hospice calendar. 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 November to Mon 31 December, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    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. 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

  • Adult events

    Bolton's Egypt tours - Bolton Museum

    If you’ve not had chance to take a look around Bolton Museum’s new Egypt gallery why not join us for a tour. The guided sessions will give you more of an insight into the gallery and will take place every Tuesday at 2pm starting on 6 November until 11 December. Free event and no need to book.

    Tue 06 November to Tue 11 December, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Cinema at the Crescent - The Son of Bigfoot - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month at Cinema at the Crescent watch - 'The Son of Bigfoot'. Light refreshments for sale. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free event and no need to book.

    Sat 17 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Family events

    Bolton Light Festival Night Code Breakers 17 November - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    As part of the Bolton Light Festival explore the library and museum after hours! Try to solve a series of puzzles using light, imagination and codebreaking skills to find the answers! Suitable for families, children 4+. Please book your free tickets on Eventbrite

    Sat 17 November, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Admission: Please book your free ticket on: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bolton-central-library-and-museum-light-night-code-breakers-tickets-51745288551

  • Family events

    The Time Collector performance - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for an exciting promenade performance through our amazing Egyptian Galleries! Scallywags Theatre company will be bringing to life historical characters, such as Cleopatra and Annie Barlow - Bolton’s Edwardian Egyptologist. Come and join us for a fun filled family adventure through time. The performances will take place at 1pm and 2pm.

    Sat 17 November, 1pm and 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.

  • Adult events

    Explore your Archives - Life writing - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Have you ever wanted to explore memoir or life writing? Would you like to explore how the archives at Bolton Central Library could help? Come along to a taster session as part of National Archives Week on Thursday 22 November, 10am to 12pm, where published writer Anne Caldwell will introduce the archive material on writer Bill Naughton as a starting point for life writing. This event is organised in partnership with the University of Bolton, where Anne is a post graduate student in the School of Arts. Places are free, but limited. Please book by ringing 01204 332161 or through Eventbrite.

    Thu 22 November, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/explore-your-archive-life-writing-tickets-51290854326

  • Adult events

    Bolton Remembers the First World War - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Bolton residents can help make history by sharing their family mementos from the First World War. On Saturday, November 24, Bolton History Centre is inviting the public to bring along their stories, photos and objects from the conflict to be digitally scanned and archived. The centre, located in Bolton Central Library, will be open from 10.30am to 3pm and visitors will also have the chance to learn more about their military ancestors. The event is part of the nationwide Lest We Forget project, organised by the University of Oxford and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which aims to record as much information as possible about the war during the centenary of its final year. The centre is also looking for contributions to the Bolton Remembers database, a digital record of every serviceman from the borough who fought in either world war. On the day, there will be a help desk staffed by the Bolton Family History Society to help visitors find out more about their relatives’ experiences. There will be tours of the archive’s strongroom at 11am and 1pm. At 12noon and 2pm there will be a short discussion about First World War artefacts in the museum as well as tours of the Town Hall’s Hall of Remembrance. Places can be booked on the tours by calling 01204 332185. Pictured is Boltonian Fred May, aged 16, in 1914 and served until 1918. Fred donated his WWI mementoes to Bolton Museum, together with some photographs, including one of him in his R.A.M.C. uniform.

    Sat 24 November, 10.30am to 3pm

    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