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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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    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

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    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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    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

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    Adult Learners’ Week - The Big Spring in to Books Bonanza At Bolton Children’s Library

    A free story and craft event celebrating some of our favourite children’s books. Come along and join in the fun, no need to book. This is a family event and children must be accompanied by an adult. For information about Family Learning courses in your child’s school please ring Bolton College on 01204 482566.

    Sat 11 June, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: FREE

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    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 Fri 30 September, 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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    Silver Screenings The Lady In The Van - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'The Lady In The Van'. 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 08 June, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Cinema at The Crescent The Good Dinosaur - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film ‘The Good Dinosaur’ 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 11 June, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Walt Whitman's birthday event - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    To commemorate Walt Whitman’s birthday, authors Professor Paul Salveson and Dr Kirsten Harris, will share their knowledge and research about the American poet. Whitman had a group of devoted followers in Bolton who set up the Whitman Fellowship and referred to themselves as disciples. They meet every year to celebrate his birthday. At the event Professor Salveson, who is currently a visiting professor at the University of Huddersfield, will talk about: ‘Walt Whitman's spiritual disciples in Bolton’. We also welcome Dr Harris, from Bristol University, who will present "Poetry be blowed!": Walt Whitman and his Bolton Readers. The free event will take place on Saturday 28 May at 11am at Bolton Central Library and Museum. No need to book. You can also join in the Whitman Walk (organised by the Bolton Whitman Group) which will take place at 2pm from the Barrow Bridge Bus turnaround. The celebrations continue at Bolton Socialist Club, Wood Street, at 7.30pm, where members of the Bolton Whitman Group will Skype birthday greetings with the Whitman House in Camden, New Jersey.

    Sat 28 May, 11am

    Admission: FREE

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    Super Saturday - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Join us for our FREE Super Saturday, a day of themed family friendly activities. This month we are celebrating the vibrant colours in our Museum collections and it's Elmer Day! Also can you 'Find the Rainbow'? Pick up a trail from the Museum desk. Come dressed in colourful clothes if you like! Here's what we will be up to: Fish Feed: 11am (Aquarium) Colourful birds: 11.30am - 1pm (Learning Studio 1) Make your own colourful bird. Rainbow Artefacts: 1pm - 2.30pm (Bolton Lives Gallery) See an array of bright and beautiful objects from the Museum collections. Elmer time!: 1.30pm - 3pm (Learning Studio 1) It's Elmer Day so come along and make a craft inspired by this loveable vibrant elephant. Storytelling: 3pm - 3.30pm (Children's Library) Come and listen to colour-themed stories.

    Sat 28 May, 11am to 3.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Elmer Day - Horwich Library

    Dress up in your brightest coloured clothes and celebrate the loveable book character ‘Elmer’. There will be storytelling, games and you can make your own Elmer ears and Elmer Day medal. Suitable for ages 3 to 8. Free event and no need to book.

    Sat 28 May, 11am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Gruffalo event - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    Hear the tale of the Gruffalo and create a 3D woodland scene with animals from the story. Free event and no need to book.

    Sat 04 June, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Bug hunts - Smithills Hall

    Bug Hunt, Smithills Hall, Wednesday 1 June, 10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm Come along and join in some wildlife games and then we will venture out to look for lots of different insects. What will you find? Once we have had a look at them we’ll let them go. Suitable for ages 5+ and wear suitable clothing. Please book your free place via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bug-hunt-session-1-tickets-25412645908?aff=ehomecard or https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bug-hunt-session-2-tickets-25412754232?aff=ehomecard call 01204 332211. Children can also take part in a Woodland Nature trail throughout the day from 10am till 4pm.

    Wed 01 June, 10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Nature craft session - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    Create a woodland hedgehog. £1 per person and no need to book. Suitable for ages 4 to 11.

    Tue 31 May, 12.30pm to 2pm

    Admission: £1 per person

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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 30 May, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    School holiday activities - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    On Tuesday and Thursday there will be a fish feed at 1pm. We will also have a craft session from 1.30pm - 3pm. Suitable for ages 4 - 11.

    Tue 31 May to Thu 02 June, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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