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  • Family events

    Toddler Tales - Westhoughton Library

    Join us every Friday at 10am 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.

    Fri 02 October to Fri 15 May, 10am

    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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    Baby stay and play - Westhoughton Library

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Baby stay and play at Westhoughton Library. Enjoy and explore together through songs, play and sensory activities. Suitable for ages 0 to 2 years and just pop by. The sessions will take place every Friday from 10.30am to 11.30am.

    Fri 11 October to Fri 15 May, 10.30am to 11.30am

    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 to11 years old with their carer. Beginners and newcomers always welcome. Please contact Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 to make sure there has been no change to the date or time of the sessions. LEGO does not officially run or endorse this event.

    Thu 05 December to Thu 04 June, 4pm to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Reading Friends - Bolton Central 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. Bolton Central Library’s Reading Friends meets on the second Friday 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.

    Fri 13 December to Fri 13 November, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales - Bromley Cross Library

    Join us every Tuesday and Thursday 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.

    Thu 16 January to Thu 17 December, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Sensations - Bromley Cross Library

    A sensory group which is a relaxing and an interactive session to encourage parent and tot bonding. The session is parent led where you and your little one/s can explore selections of mini multi-sensory activities which incorporate a variety of props. Activities are changed weekly. No need to book and sessions are free. The session does not run during school holidays.

    Mon 20 January to Mon 28 December, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Tuesday Knit and Natter group - Westhoughton Library

    Come and join us with your knitting and crochet. All ages and abilities welcome. Help is always available and the chatter is great.

    Tue 21 January to Tue 30 June, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    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. Breightmet Library’s 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 06 February to Thu 03 December, First Thursday of each month, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Bolton Family History Society Genealogy Helpdesk - Harwood Library

    On the second Saturday of the month from 10am to 12pm members of Bolton Family History Society will be at Harwood Library to help with your family history research issues (there will be no helpdesk session in April).

    Sat 08 February to Sat 13 June, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Spring Live Literature - 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. Tuesday 11 February The Night Brother: Rosie Garland reads from her prize-winning fiction, with an interview and Q&A. Tuesday 21 April Doris: John Graham Davies and Alison Down discuss their development process using research and script extracts from this piece of new writing.

    Tue 11 February to Tue 21 April, 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery - Birds in camera - Harwood Library

    For the month of April 'The Gallery' at Harwood Library will feature a photographic exhibition of wild birds in Britain and abroad by Cliff Heyes.

    Mon 02 March to Thu 30 April, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

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    Elemental exhibition - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The work of Paul Miller, artist in residence for our recent Elements science exhibition, will be displayed to coincide with British Science Week. This digital installation is an exploration of the elements and their relationship to us and the world we live in. This project has been funded by Arts Council England.

    Sat 07 March to Mon 13 April, Bolton Museum's opening times: 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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    Photographing the English North, 1890-1990 - Bolton Museum

    This exhibition examines how the North of England has been portrayed in the work of leading British and international photographers. The exhibition has been curated by Dr Ian Glover with support from Dr Keith Roberts, both from the University of Bolton, and has been created as part of the 2020 Worktown Festival. Photographs from a range of national and international collections will feature in the exhibition including pieces by Bill Brandt, Martin Parr, Bert Hardy, Humphrey Spender, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Tish Murtha and Chambré Hardman.

    Sat 14 March to Sun 26 April, Bolton Museum's opening times: 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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    Cuppa and a quiz - Breightmet Library

    Come along to our free and friendly social group for anyone who likes a quiz. We meet up every Tuesday to have a cuppa and a quiz. Newcomers welcome.

    Tue 17 March to Tue 29 December, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Tone and colour painting class - Breightmet Library

    Discover your inner creativity, through the use of tone and colour. For a fun, therapeutic afternoon, come and have a go! Please book your free place for Thursday 19 March or Thursday 16 April at Breightmet Library or calling 01204 332352.These sessions are led by a student from the University of Bolton.

    Thu 19 March to Thu 16 April, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Silver Screenings - Yesterday - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along and watch ‘Yesterday’, a British comedy film. The film stars Himesh Patel as a struggling musician Jack Malik, who, after an accident, finds himself the only person who remembers the Beatles and becomes famous by performing their songs. The screening will take place at 2pm in Central Library’s Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments will be on sale.

    Wed 08 April, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Cinema at the Crescent - Aladdin - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch the live-action adaptation of Disney's animated film of ‘Aladdin’! The film screening will take place in Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Free, no need to book.

    Sat 11 April, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Meet local author Paul Salveson - Horwich Library

    ‘The Works’ is Paul Salveson's first novel, though he has published extensively in non-fiction. It is set in Horwich and Bolton in the 1970s to 1980s and brings the story up to the present-day. It is based around the iconic Horwich Loco Works, where the author once worked and tells the story about shop floor life, local politics and relationships. Light refreshments will be available. Free event and no need to book. There will be an opportunity to buy a signed, discounted copy of Paul’s book for £10.

    Sat 18 April, 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    World Book Night - Bolton Central Library

    World Book Night is coming early to Bolton Central Library as we will be celebrating our love of books in the afternoon! Drop in for a chat, cuppa and cake. Pick up a surprise book from the World Book Night list. Free event and no need to book.

    Thu 23 April, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Guided History Tour - Smithills Hall

    Guided tour at Smithills Hall Wednesday 29 April, 1.30pm Explore Smithills Hall with a guided tour of this magnificent building. Smithills Hall opened to the public as a museum in 1963 but its history dates back to the 14th century. During the tour discover more about the history from one of The Friends of Smithills Hall. Tickets cost £5 adults and £4 concessions. Please book in advance, you can pay by cash or debit/credit card at Smithills Hall or call Tel: 01204 332377.

    Wed 29 April, 1.30pm

    Admission: FREE