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    Arty Babies - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Calling all babies and their families! Join us for Arty Babies - a fortnightly baby group at Bolton Central Library and Museum. Arty Babies brings our collections and resources to life through songs, play and sensory activities. Free entry, no need to book, just pop by. Arty Babies will meet at 10.30am on: Tuesday 17 January, Tuesday 31 January, Tuesday 14 February, Tuesday 28 February, Tuesday 14 March, and Tuesday 28 March.

    Tue 17 January to Tue 28 March, 10.30am

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    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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    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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    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

  • Exhibitions

    Animals and Us exhibition - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Sat 03 December to Thu 30 November, Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm, Wed 9.30am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    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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    Children's Craft Club- Westhoughton Library

    Come along to our new Children's Craft Club on the first Saturday of each month. There will be themed crafts each month for you to make and take home.

    Sat 07 January to Sat 03 June, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Free iPad Fridays for beginners - Breightmet Library

    New iPad? Unsure of how to use it? Ask staff about our free iPad sessions on the last Friday of each month here at Breightmet Library. Learn in a friendly, patient environment. Booking is essential as places are limited so please call 01204 332352.

    Fri 27 January to Fri 24 February, 10.30am to 12.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Making Landscape 1778 to 2016 exhibition talk - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    You can find out more about our latest exhibition on Monday 16 January at 1pm, when Matthew Watson, Collections Access Officer for Art and Social History will give a talk on how the items are selected.

    Mon 16 January, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Silver Screenings with subtitles The Notebook - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    Watch film 'The Notebook’ with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing. The romantic drama film by Nick Cassavetes is based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks and stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Light refreshments for sale. The film screening will take place at Central Library's Lecture Theatre. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 25 January, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Bolton Family History Day - Central Library's History Centre

    Would you like to start tracing your family tree? Hit a brick wall in your research, not sure how to overcome it? If so visit our new History Centre and talk to the Archives staff along with members of Bolton Family History Society for advice on how to trace your family tree. Event programme: 10am to 11.20am - Talks for beginners and advanced family historians. 11.30am to 2pm - Explore the Strong Room with our Archivist. Book your free place on the tour (11.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 2pm) by calling 01204 332185. 10am to 4pm - Bolton Family History Society will be in the library foyer to help with genealogy supplies, stationery and maps for sale. 10am to 4pm - Members of the society will be on hand to help solve family tree queries in the History Centre.

    Sat 11 February, 10am to 4pm (book your free place on the Strong Room tours at 11.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 2pm).

    Admission: FREE

  • Adult events

    Making Landscape 1778 to 2016 exhibition and talk - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    The museum’s art collection is now represented by a new exhibition ‘Making Landscape’, on the lower ground floor. From stunning eighteenth century watercolours to contemporary photographs, this exhibition explores our relationship with landscape and its representation in art. You can find out more about our latest exhibition on Monday 16 January at 1pm, when Matthew Watson, Collections Access Officer for Art and Social History will give a talk on how the items are selected.

    Mon 16 January, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Happy Chinese New Year - Horwich Library

    Come along to Horwich Library and celebrate Chinese New Year of the Rooster! Children are invited to create and decorate a dragon to take home. This is a free all day drop in session and is suitable fo children under 10.

    Sat 28 January, 9am to 5pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Study Space - Westhoughton Library

    A friendly and safe space for children and young people to study and complete their homework. Free computer usage and free printing for homework is available. Children will have access to books and reliable online resources. Study Space sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4pm to 6pm. Suitable for children age 11 plus.

    Tue 10 January to Thu 20 July, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm to 6pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Professor of Potter event - Bolton Central Library

    To celebrate Harry Potter Book Night we are pleased to be teaming up with Bloomsbury Publishing and Silverwood Events to bring you the ‘Professor of Potter’ event. Join our ‘Professor of Potter’ and his plucky assistant as they bring to life the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A fun and interactive event for all the family whether you are new to the books or a dedicated fan. Tickets (which are redeemable against a selection of books which will be available at the event) are priced: £10 for a Family Ticket (up to 4 - max 2 adults), £5 for one adult and one child, £5 for all extra individual tickets. (NB ALL TICKETS ARE SUBJECT TO A BOOKING FEE and children under 12 must be accompanied by at least one adult) Tickets are limited and ONLY AVAILABLE from Silverwood Events on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harry-potter-book-night-tickets-31057139741 In addition to the main event we will be celebrating Harry Potter from 11am - 3pm at Bolton Central Library, with a trail, crafts, object handling and more - all these activities are free!! So if you haven't got tickets for the main event, you can still come and see us and join in with the fun!

    Sat 28 January, 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Mavis Sparkle performance by M6 Theatre -Westhoughton Library

    M6 Theatre Company will be performing ‘Mavis Sparkle’ at Westhoughton Library. A feather duster in one hand and a few tricks up her sleeve, our chatty cleaner is moving ever closer to making her dreams come true. With a little help from her cheeky cuckoo clock, mischievous mop bucket, Spike the hedgehog and a nice cup of tea, Mavis is on a journey north to see nature's biggest light show with her own eyes. Suitable for children aged 4+ and families. Free event and no need to book. M6's cosmic production mixes magic, illusion, animation and laughter inspiring us all to dust away doubts, follow our dreams and reach for the stars.

    Wed 08 February, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Mavis Sparkle performance by M6 Theatre at Farnworth Library

    M6 Theatre Company will be performing ‘Mavis Sparkle’ at Farnworth Library. A feather duster in one hand and a few tricks up her sleeve, our chatty cleaner is moving ever closer to making her dreams come true. With a little help from her cheeky cuckoo clock, mischievous mop bucket, Spike the hedgehog and a nice cup of tea, Mavis is on a journey north to see nature's biggest light show with her own eyes. Suitable for children aged 4+ and families. Free event and no need to book. M6's cosmic production mixes magic, illusion, animation and laughter inspiring us all to dust away doubts, follow our dreams and reach for the stars.

    Wed 15 February, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

    Admission: FREE

  • 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 in to the history and ghost stories of the hall. The tour is run by knowledgeable members of the Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for age 16+.

    Thu 16 February, 7pm

    Admission: Tickets £8 adults and £7 concessions. Please contact Bolton Central Library and Museum on 01204 332211 or Smithills Hall on01204 332377 to book in advance.

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    The Crafty Kids Club - First wish of the year - Farnworth Library

    What are your wishes for the New Year? Join us at Farnworth Library to create your own wishing wand to take home and add your wishing star to our giant wishing jar - that’s a lot of wishes already! Suitable for children age 3+.

    Sat 21 January, 2pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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