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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 11 October, Tuesday 25 October, Tuesday 8 November, Tuesday 22 November, Tuesday 6 December, and Tuesday 20 December.

    Tue 11 October to Tue 20 December, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    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 December, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    We are Bolton exhibition - Bolton Museum

    The 'We are Bolton' exhibition opens on Saturday 4 June and is a celebration of the people and places of Bolton. In 2015, the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Carole Swarbrick, invited photography students from the University of Bolton to go out and capture images which they thought reflected something important about Bolton now. The exhibition presents the results of that commission. The exhibition will also feature photographs from the museum collection including celebrated names such as Humphrey Spender, John McDonald and Caroline Edge. Check out: http://wearebolton.co.uk/

    Sat 04 June to Sun 13 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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    Westhoughton Poetry Group - Westhoughton Library

    Meet with other poetry enthusiasts in these monthly workshops to develop your own poetry and share with others. The group meets on the last Thursday of every month.

    Thu 30 June to Thu 25 May, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Library Loops - Horwich Library

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

    Fri 12 August to Fri 31 March, 1.15pm to 3.15pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Fishy Friday Fun - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Share a story with your fishy friends in the aquarium. This includes a craft activity and fish feeding! This is a 4 week course suitable for ages 2 ½ - 5 years. Book your place at the Museum reception desk, or call 01204 482566 or email familylearning@boltoncc.ac.uk

    Fri 09 September to Fri 30 September, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    The Gallery: John Booth's illustrations - Harwood Library

    For the month of September 2016 the Gallery will feature an exhibition of illustrations, cartoons and anthromorphic art by local artist John Booth. All artwork is for sale.

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

    Admission: FREE

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    Silver Screenings with English subtitles The Call - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    We will be screening the film 'The Call' with English subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing in the Central Library Lecture Theatre.

    Wed 28 September, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Mindfulness Through Meditation and Movement - Harwood Library

    To mark World Mental Health Day on Monday October 10, join us at Harwood Library for a session exploring how meditation and movement can be used to relieve stress and anxiety, and create a positive state of mind.

    Mon 10 October, 11am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Techy Tea Party - Harwood Library

    Join us for IT and biscuits at Harwood Library to celebrate Get Online Week. Staff will be on hand to help you get the most out of your electronic devices, so feel free to bring along your own (fully charged) laptops, tablets or Smartphones you need help with. Tea and biscuits provided! Technology explained with no jargon and a nice cup of tea…how refreshing!

    Tue 18 October, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Ghost and History Tour - Smithills Hall

    Come and 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 run by the knowledgeable Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for ages 16+. Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or Smithills Hall on 01204 332377 to book in advance.

    Thu 27 October, 7pm to 9pm

    Admission: £8 adults and £7 concessions

  • Adult events

    Ghost and History Tour - Smithills Hall

    Come and 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 run by the knowledgeable Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for ages 16+. Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or Smithills Hall on 01204 332377 to book in advance.

    Thu 24 November, 7pm to 9pm

    Admission: £8 adults and £7 concessions

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    Saturday Stars Autumn Tales - Harwood Library

    Join us at Harwood Library to celebrate the changing season. Listen to some heart warming Autumn tales, play some library games and make an autumn collage to take home. 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 and families are very welcome.

    Sat 15 October, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Saturday Stars Starry Nights - Harwood Library

    The nights are drawing in, come along to Harwood Library for some starry stories, learn about the tales behind the constellations and make a stellar craft to take home. 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 and families are very welcome.

    Sat 12 November, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Saturday Stars Celebrate Christmas - Harwood Library

    Join us for a seasonal celebration at Harwood Library. Listen to some festive stories, join in with our Christmas singalong and make a Christmas tree decoration to take home. 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 and families are very welcome. The sessions start at 3.30pm and end at 4.30pm. Free, no need to book.

    Sat 10 December, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Meet Crime Writer Michael Connelly - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Crime Royalty, bestselling author Michael Connelly is coming to town! Michael will be talking about his latest Harry Bosch novel, ‘The Wrong Side of Goodbye’. There will be an opportunity to buy signed copies of Michael Connelly’s books. Book your free ticket via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/myevent?eid=26965496526 or call 01204 332211. Light refreshments will be available.

    Tue 18 October, 1pm

    Admission: FREE (book via Eventbrite)

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    Silver Screenings Star Wars The Force Awakens - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. Our matinee film screenings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 12 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Cinema at the Crescent Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Road Chip - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks - The Road Chip’ in Central Library’s Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 08 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Cinema at the Crescent Hotel Transylvania 2 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    It’s half term and nearly Halloween! Watch family film ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ in Central Library’s Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wed 26 October, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Meet author Anne Harvey - Horwich Library

    Writer Anne L Harvey was born in Horwich but spent much of her childhood with her parents in domestic service. She returned to the town when she was 13. Anne has written two family sagas ‘A Suitable Young Man’, set mainly in Horwich, and the follow-up novel ‘Bittersweet Flight’, is set in Horwich and Blackpool. Both books have enjoyed considerable sales success, not only in the UK but also among ex-pats in the United States, Canada and Australia. Come and listen as Anne gives an insight into her novels.

    Mon 17 October, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Meet author Anne Harvey - Blackrod Library

    Writer Anne L Harvey was born in Horwich but spent much of her childhood with her parents in domestic service. She returned to the town when she was 13. Anne has written two family sagas ‘A Suitable Young Man’, set mainly in Horwich, and the follow-up novel ‘Bittersweet Flight’, is set in Horwich and Blackpool. Both books have enjoyed considerable sales success, not only in the UK but also among ex-pats in the United States, Canada and Australia. Come and listen as Anne gives an insight into her novels.

    Mon 17 October, 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    The Creepy Crawly experience - Breightmet Library

    You are invited to experience REAL creepy crawlies at Breightmet Library this half-term. You will have the chance to handle live hissing cockroaches, dead-leaf cockroaches and stick insects! You will also have the opportunity to see some museum animal specimens. Come and take a walk on the wild side! Suitable for the whole family. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Please call Breightmet Library on 01204 332352 to book your free place.

    Tue 25 October, 12.30pm to 1pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Live Literature Series - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The University of Bolton and Bolton Central Library are pleased to present the first in their series of FREE poetry and fiction performances as part of the ‘Live Literature’ series. Light refreshments will be served. Conor O'Callaghan was born in Northern Ireland and grew up ten miles away in the Republic of Ireland. He has published four books of prize-winning poetry, most recently ‘The Sun King’ in 2013. His first novel, ‘Nothing on Earth’, has just been published by Transworld/Doubleday. Beverley Bie Brahic is a prize-winning translator of Apollinaire, Yves Bonnefoy and Francis Ponge. Her poetry collection, ‘White Sheets’, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Her most recent collection, ‘Hunting the Boar’, is a 2016 Poetry Book Society Recommendation. We will also be launching the University of Bolton and Bolton Library and Museum Services Poetry Competition.

    Tue 11 October, 6.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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