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    Toddler Tales - Breightmet Library

    Join us every Wednesday at 9.30am 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.

    Wed 30 September to Wed 05 July, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales - Blackrod Library

    Join us every Thursday at 10.30am for free storytelling sessions for children under 5 and their mums, dads and carers. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Thu 01 October to Thu 06 July, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales - Bromley Cross Library

    Join us every 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 01 October to Thu 06 July, 2pm

    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 05 October to Mon 03 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales - High Street 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 05 October to Mon 03 July, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales - Horwich Library

    Horwich Library Toddler Tales sessions are now every Tuesday at 10.30am. If you’re working all week there’s also a chance for you and your toddler to come every Saturday at 10am. Following the Toddler Tales storytelling sessions join us for Stay and Play where children and their parents can play and have fun together. Both these free sessions are for children under 5 and their mums, dads and carers. No need to book just come along.

    Tue 12 July to Sat 24 June, Tuesdays at 10.30am and Saturdays at 10am.

    Admission: FREE

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    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 07 July, 10am

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales - Bolton Central Library

    Join us every Friday at 11am for free storytelling sessions for children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for under 5s. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Fri 02 October to Fri 07 July, 11am

    Admission: FREE

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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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    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

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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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    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

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    Hearing Aid sessions - Blackrod Library

    The free sessions take place at Blackrod Library on the first Thursday of every month from 10am to 12noon.

    Thu 06 October to Thu 07 September,

    Admission: FREE

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    Coffee and Carols - Bromley Cross Library

    Join in the festive fun as school children from Eagley Infants and Juniors sing Christmas carols at Bromley Cross Library. Year 1 will be singing from 10.30am to 11am and the Juniors from 11.15am to 11.45am. Light refreshments will be available.

    Thu 15 December, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    Coffee and Carols - Westhoughton Library

    Join in the festive fun as children from St Bartholomew’s School sing Christmas carols at Westhoughton Library. Light refreshments will be available.

    Mon 12 December, 10am

    Admission: FREE

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    War Memorials Condition Survey Workshop - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    A War memorials workshop will be held in Bolton Central Library on Saturday 28 Jan 2017 9.45am-2pm by Civic Voice. As we reflect on the events of the First World War that saw so many people make the ultimate sacrifice, we believe it is vital that we ensure our memorials are fitting tributes to the fallen. Our Bolton War Memorials project is part of the national commemorative events. It will help conserve and protect the nation's war memorials for the long term as well as ensuring there are skilled volunteers available to assess their condition and take steps to preserve them in the proper way. This workshop will train volunteers how to do this. The event is free with refreshments but places have to be booked through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/war-memorials-condition-survey-workshop-bolton-tickets-28419388155

    Sat 28 January, 9.45am to 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Coffee and Carols - Little Lever Library

    Join in the festive fun at Little Lever Library as we sing Christmas carols. Light refreshments will be available.

    Tue 20 December, 10am to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Christmas with the Bennett Ladies Choir - Smithills Hall

    Listen to the Rivington based Bennett Ladies Choir sing traditional Christmas songs in the beautiful surroundings of Smithills Hall. Free entry. Mince pies and mulled wine will be on sale.

    Sun 11 December, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Crafty Christmas - Horwich Library

    Staff at Horwich Library have got some cracking Christmas crafts for you to make in the run up to the big day. Each Saturday in December, from 10.30am to 12pm, come along and have some festive fun: Saturday 3 December - tree boxes to decorate and fill, Saturday 10 December - Snow Globe Christmas Cards to send, Saturday 17 December - Stained glass festive shapes to put in your window, Saturday 24 December - Glitter Wreaths to decorate your home and Saturday 31 December - Hanging Star Silhouettes to bring in the New Year. The free sessions are suitable for under 11s and no need to book.

    Sat 03 December to Sat 31 December, 10.30am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Silver Screenings Spectre - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    This month watch 'Spectre'. 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 14 December, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Cinema at the Crescent Zootropolis - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film ‘Zootropolis’ 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 10 December, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Cinema at Crescent holiday special Cinderella - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch family film ‘Cinderella’ 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 17 December, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Christmas Toddler Tales - Horwich Library

    Come and listen to a Christmas story, sing along to festive songs and create your very own robin to take home. Toddler Tales are free storytelling sessions for young children and their mums, dads and carers, ideal for under 5s. Sessions take place at all Bolton libraries throughout the week. Contact any Bolton library for details.

    Tue 20 December, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    I Spy A Yeti! interactive performance and workshop - Bolton Central Library

    I Spy A Yeti! interactive performance and workshop with Paperwork Theatre Bolton Central Library and Museum, Tuesday 13 December, 5pm and Saturday 17 December, 10am, 1pm and 3pm “Did you know that monsters come in all shapes and sizes?” Fi has made a list and she’s checked it twice but she hasn’t checked under the bed. So when the mince pie she left out for Father Christmas mysteriously disappears, there can only be one culprit. Join Fi as she goes on a brave and magical mission to steal back Christmas. I Spy A Yeti! Is an interactive performance and workshop for adventurous 7 to 10 year olds, using storytelling, drama and games. Tickets are free and any adults wishing to accompany children must also book a ticket. Book via Eventbrite or call Bolton Museum on 01204 332211.

    Tue 13 December, 5pm

    Admission: FREE

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    I Spy A Yeti! an interactive performance and workshop - Bolton Central Library

    I Spy A Yeti! interactive performance and workshop with Paperwork Theatre. “Did you know that monsters come in all shapes and sizes?” Fi has made a list and she’s checked it twice but she hasn’t checked under the bed. So when the mince pie she left out for Father Christmas mysteriously disappears, there can only be one culprit. Join Fi as she goes on a brave and magical mission to steal back Christmas. I Spy A Yeti! Is an interactive performance and workshop for adventurous 7 to 10 year olds, using storytelling, drama and games. Tickets are free and any adults wishing to accompany children must also book a ticket. Book via Eventbrite or call Bolton Museum on 01204 332211.

    Sat 17 December, 10am, 1pm and 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery Floral and 3D Wall Art - Harwood Library

    For the month of December 2016 The Gallery at Harwood Library will feature an exhibition of handmade seasonal items including gift bags and bookmarks by Margaret Cummings. All items are for sale. Please note that The Gallery is on a Mezzanine floor and access is via a spiral staircase.

    Mon 05 December to Sat 31 December, The Gallery is open during Harwood Library's opening hours.

    Admission: FREE

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    Toddler Tales Christmas specials - Breightmet Library

    Jingle all the way! Come and share in the festive fun every Wednesday in December at 9.30am at Breightmet Library. Find out who got stuck up the chimney and who has a very shiny nose! Make your toddler's Christmas extra special this year with some fun festive stories and fabulous festive songs. Fancy dress is optional.

    Wed 07 December to Wed 28 December, 9.30am

    Admission: FREE

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    Making Landscape 1778 to 2016 - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The museum’s art collection is represented in a new exhibition, on the lower ground floor. Entitled Making Landscape, the exhibition features a selection from 1778 – 2016, including stunning 18th century watercolours to contemporary photographs. The museum, which is situated on the top floor of the building, is now closed to the public for the duration of the Eternal Egypt gallery project. Sat 10 December to Fri 30 June, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Sat 10 December to Fri 30 June, 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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