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    Arty Babies - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly group for babies and their families at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Using the services’ collections and resources to inspire creative play and sensory activities. Free entry, no need to book, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 12 April, Tuesday 26 April, Tuesday 10 May, Tuesday 24 May, Tuesday 7 June and Tuesday 21 June.

    Tue 12 April to Tue 21 June, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Incredible Animals exhibition - Bolton Museum

    There are more than a million known species of animals in the world and they are all different in their own special way. Did you know… snails have thousands of teeth, frogs have to blink to swallow and honey bees have hairy eyes! This family friendly exhibition shows you a range of animals from around the world: parrots to insects, kangaroos to otters, seashells to penguins and lots of weird and wonderful facts.

    Tue 09 February to Tue 31 May, 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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    20th Century British Prints: Highlights from the Sycamore Collection

    A fantastic opportunity to view prints from our collection by some of the best known artists of the 20th Century. On display are works by famous names such as Gwenda Morgan, Eric Ravilious, Henry Moore, David Michael Jones, John Craxton and many other celebrated printmakers.

    Tue 09 February to Tue 31 May, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Bolton Carers' Support - Horwich Library

    Drop in session at Horwich Library, providing information and support to carers over the age of 18. The session will take place on the first Wednesday of every month, 1pm to 3pm.

    Wed 02 March to Wed 07 December, The session will take place on the first Wednesday of every month, 1pm to 3pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    Saturday Club - Blackrod Library

    Stories, songs and activities perfect for children under 5 and their families. Come along for themed fun every Saturday at 9:30am!

    Sat 12 March to Sat 24 September, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Get to know your tablet - Westhoughton Library

    Bolton College will be running a four week course to help you get the most from your tablet. Please bring your own device and to book a place call Westhoughton Library on 01942 634644.

    Tue 19 April to Tue 10 May, Every Tuesday for four weeks, 9.30am to 11.30am, 19 April to 10 May.

    Admission: FREE

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    The Gallery 'Happiness is a Journey' exhibition - Harwood Library

    ‘Happiness is a Journey’ will be the exhibition on display during the month of April at Harwood Library's Gallery. The exhibition will feature mixed media art work by The Rosinni Artists. All works are for sale.

    Fri 01 April to Sat 30 April, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

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    Calling all crafters to Smithills Hall Garden Party - Smithills Hall

    We're getting ready for this year’s Smithills Garden Party which is on Sunday 24 July, 12pm - 4pm. So we are now taking stall bookings where you can showcase your craft goods or local produce. Last year our Garden Party attracted over 1,600 visitors. Commercial stalls are £15 per person and Charity stalls are £10 per person. The cost includes a trestle table (approx 6ft by 3ft) and a maximum of 2 chairs. Please note that if you wish to use a gazebo, you will need to provide your own as we do not have gazebos to hire at the hall. Please contact 01204 332209 or email maureen.lewiscoker@bolton.gov.uk with expressions of interest and details of your stall (please provide images of your goods) by Friday 6 May.

    Tue 05 April to Fri 06 May,

    Admission: FREE

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    Get to know your tablet - Harwood Library

    Bolton College will be running a four week course to help you get the most from your tablet. The free course will run every Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm from 19 April to 10 May. Please bring your own device.

    Tue 19 April to Tue 10 May, 1pm to 4pm

    Admission: Please book your free place by calling Harwood Library on 01204 332340.

  • Adult events

    Get to know your iPad - Bromley Cross Library

    Bolton College will be running a four week course to help you get the most from your iPad. The free course will run every Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm from 17 May to 7 June. Please bring your iPad.

    Tue 17 May to Tue 07 June, 1pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE but please call Bromley Cross Library on 01204 332354 to book a place.

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    Get to know your tablet - Farnworth Library

    Bolton College will be running a four week course to help you get the most from your tablet. The free course will run every Monday from 9.30am to 12pm from 9 May to 6 June. Please bring your own device.

    Mon 09 May to Mon 06 June, 9.30am to 12pm

    Admission: Please book your free place by calling Farnworth Library on 01204 332344.

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    Computers for beginners - High Street Library

    Bolton College will be running a four week course to help you get the most from your computer. The free course will run every Monday from 9.30am to 12pm from 13 June to 4 July.

    Mon 13 June to Mon 04 July, 9.30am to 12.30pm

    Admission: To book your free place call High Street Library on 01204 332358.

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    Saturday Stars - May the Fourteenth Be With You! - Harwood Library

    Come along to our very special themed Star Wars event. Meet Yoda and an Ewok, listen to space stories, play Star Wars themed games and make a craft to take home. Come along dressed up in a Star Wars themed costume! So join us in discovering books and a world of creativity beyond them at our special monthly Saturday Stars sessions. Sessions are for children aged 4 -11 years, but families are very welcome.

    Sat 14 May, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Bank Holiday Monday craft session - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Come along and see what you can make at our free drop-in craft session. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

    Mon 02 May, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Spring Bank Holiday Monday session - Smithills Hall

    Join in our May Bank Holiday Spring inspired craft activity session from 1pm to 3pm. £1 each and no need to book.

    Mon 02 May, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Dementia Awareness open day - Breightmet Library

    Come to Breightmet Library where organisations and groups that offer services to people affected by memory problems have been invited. There will be lots of information about the services and support on offer. To tie in with one of the themes of Dementia Awareness week (15 - 21 May 2016) we will be asking the question 'Dear Dementia... - What would you say to Dementia?' From 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm there will be information stands. From 12pm to 1pm there will be a Dementia Friends information session.

    Tue 17 May, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery David Sharples 2016 exhibition - Harwood Library

    For the month of May 2016 artwork by Harwood artist David Sharples will be on display in the Gallery. The exhibition includes a collection of acryllic and watercolour paintings. All works are for sale.

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

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Get online - Bolton Central Library

    Do you want to find out more about using the internet to shop or bank? Drop in to Bolton Central Library for free security tips and advice to help keep you safe online. Friendly experts from the Halifax Bank will be on hand to answer your questions and set your mind at ease.

    Thu 19 May, 2pm to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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