Library Regular Activities
Special and one off events
Click on each heading for more information and visit our special events calendar.
Role Playing Day
Storysmash are back again with yet another RPG Event! If you are a young person looking to enjoy a classic role playing experience then this is the time to get involved! Whether you are an old veteran or a brand new player looking to take part in your own game. We will be hosting our own sessions as well as providing space for peoples own existing games!
So if you're aged between 11 to 25 then why not join us for an entirely free afternoon of role playing games!
Refreshments will be available
Saturday 21 September, 11 am to 3pm, Nottingham Central Library. No need to book, just turn up.
Join us on a playful and interactive storytelling adventure
Through puppetry, music and sensory play Story Explorers will unleash your child’s imagination and take them on a magical and exciting storytelling adventure.
Join Little Owl, a talking Cactus and a comical camel as they journey together through the hot sands to solve an ancient mystery and discover the amazing secrets and creatures of the desert.
For children aged 2 to 5. £2 per child | Accompanying adults free
Running time: 1 hour
Story Explorers is taking place at the following libraries:
Friday 27 September, Aspley Library, 10 am. 0115 915 2802
Wednesday 2 October, Basford Library, 10 am. 0115 915 2855
Friday 4 October, Bilborough Library, 10 am. 0115 915 2820
Saturday 5 October, Strelley Road Library, 10 am. 0115 915 2880.
This will be a relaxed performance ideal for those who need a more relaxed environment including those with an autism spectrum condition or learning disability. Please contact Sandra Edis for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 5 October, Wollaton Library, 1.30pm. 0115 915 2809
Booking advised. To book either pop into the library or call them.
Social Media #onmymind
Do you sometimes feel social media is taking over your life and affecting your wellbeing? Are you concerned about the effect social media is having on a friend or family member?
As part of Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks, we’re hosting a topical workshop examining the effect social media can have upon our wellbeing. Lina Mookerjee will lead the discussion and offer solutions and strategies for more positive interactions with social media.
For the full Mental Health Awareness Weeks programme which will be available later in September, visit: www.mhaw.org.uk
Tuesday 8 October, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Nottingham Central Library.
Social Media Essentials
Social media can be a great tool for communication so drop in and ask questions about social media
- How to better manage social media in their lives
- Using social media to communicate with others
- Staying safe online
- Mechanisms of social media ie notifications, settings etc
- Anything else you want to ask us
This event is brought to you as part of Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Week and Libraries Week.
Friday 11 October, Nottingham Central Library, ground floor, 2 pm to 4 pm. No need to book and suitable for all ages.
Digital Workshop: exploring making music using fruit & veg!
Join us for this fun, hands - on digital workshop exploring making music with fruit and veg. Explore how you can use technology and electrical circuits to create sound and music. Ideal for beginners and no technical knowledge required. Adults aged 18+. Free but limited spaces.
Session as below.
- Wednesday 16 October, 10 am to 12 pm, Bulwell Riverside Library
- Thursday 17 October, 10 am to 12pm, Hyson Green Library
- Friday 18 October, 10 am to 12 pm, Nottingham Central Library
Regular activities and events
Click on each heading for more information.
Asian Language Reading Groups
Bengali, Gujarati and Urdu book groups
For dates of the next meeting and further information please contact Syed Anwar via email on email@example.com or call on 0115 876 1938.
Book Groups in libraries
First Thursday of the month, 5.45pm to 7 pm
Crime Readers' Group
Last Tuesday of the month, from 2 pm to 3.15pm
First Tuesday of the month, from 5 pm to 6 pm
Reading For Mental Health Book Club
Contact Jane Brierley on 0115 876 1933 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Reading For Pleasure
Third Tuesday of the month, 11.30am
The Listening Chain an audiobook group for visually impaired persons
Second Wednesday of the month 2 pm to 3.30pm
Contact Sarah Akroyd 0115 876 1946 or email@example.com
Bulwell Riverside library Library Club and Book Group
Second Friday of the month, 10.15am to 11.30am
0115 883 3500
Dales Centre Library Reading Group
First Friday of the month, 4.45pm to 5.45pm
0115 876 1990
Meadows Library Reading Group
First Wednesday of the month, from 6 pm to 7 pm
0115 915 9279
Sherwood Library Pageturners Reading Group
First Friday of the month, 6 pm to 7 pm NB: New opening times, the group will continue to meet as usual, please contact staff for further information.
0115 915 1155
St Ann's Valley Library Book Group
Third Wednesday in the month, from 12 pm to 1 pm
0115 883 9700
Strelley Road Library Book Group
Third Monday of the month, 11 am to 12 pm
0115 883 3500
First Wednesday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30pm
0115 915 2809
Conversation Groups and Language Cafe
Conversation Groups for learners of English
These groups are for anyone who wants to improve their confidence in speaking English. They are aimed at people who speak English as a second language and help you build confidence by discussion, debate, exchanging ideas and through activities and tasks.
The groups run in term time only at:
Nottingham Central Library Thursday 2.30pm to 4.15pm
Dales Centre Library Monday 1pm to 2.30pm
Hyson Green Library Friday 10.30am to 12pm
Meadows Library Monday 10.30am to 12pm
St Ann's Valley Centre Library Wednesday 1pm to 2.45pm
The Language Cafe
Saturdays 1pm to 3pm at Nottingham Central Library.
This is an informal language exchange and fun way to learn new languages or practice your teaching skills, it runs in term time only.
For more information about Conversation groups or the Language cafe please get in touch:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the relevant library.
Children and young people
We have lots of regular activities after school, on Saturdays and in the holidays suitable for all ages of children and young people. Click on the relevant age group below for more details:
Digital Support Hub
Free training and support to improve your digital skills so you can you take a more active role in your health, care and wellbeing.
Every Wednesday - starting 4 September 2019 - your Digital Support Hub will be at Nottingham Central Library from 10am to 2pm - just drop in no need to book.
The support on offer ranges from keeping in touch with family and friends to following hobbies or managing health. For more information click here.
One2One Family History computer help sessions.
Support to explore some of the online sources available. The sessions are free and last for one hour. Contact the Local Studies Library
Family History drop-in sessions
On the first Wednesday of every month, 10 am to 12 pm, in the Local Studies Library, floor 1, Central Library. Anyone with family history questions is welcome, whether they are just starting or are already doing their research.
Join our family history group
Are you researching your family history? Would you welcome meeting others who are also researching family history to share progress and brick walls? Then come along to our regular family history group meetings.
The group meet on last Saturday of the month at Nottingham Central Library, Learning Suite, Floor 2, 10 am to 12 pm.
For more information contact Nottingham Local Studies Library:
or Tel: 0115 915 2873.
Our new drop in games cafe is the perfect way to get out to meet new people in your local area while enjoying some new and old favourite games!
Games Café are free and run weekly at the following libraries;
- Aspley Library, Thursday, 10.30am to 11.30am
- Basford Library, Monday, 10.30am to 11.30am
- Clifton Library, Monday, 10.30am to 11.30am
- Sherwood Library, Monday, 10.30am to 11.30am
- The Meadows Library, Thursday, 10.30am to 11.30am.
- Southglade Park Library, Mondays, 10.30am to 11.30 am
Easylink public transport is providing free journeys for anyone with any mobility difficulties. Transport should be booked direct with Easylink and you need to state it is for the Games Café.
Knit and Stitch groups
Knit, stitch and crochet clubs are free and open to anyone who has an interest in needle and yarn crafts; whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, embroider or enjoy any other type of needle crafts.
The clubs welcome people at all levels of experience who are willing to share their time, ideas and skills with others or just want to work on their projects.
Groups meet at:
Aspley Library Knit and Natter, Tuesday 4 pm to 5.45pm
Basford Library Knit and Knatter Group, Alternate Tuesdays 9.30am to 12 pm
Bilborough Library Knitting and Crochet Group, Monday and Friday 10 am to 12 pm
Bulwell Library Knit and Natter, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 12 pm
Friends of Meadows Library Sewing Group, Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm
Nottingham Central Library Tangled Yarns Knitting and Crochet Group, alternate Tuesdays 1 pm to 3 pm
St Ann's Valley Library Knit and Stitch Group, Friday 10 am to 12 pm
Strelley Road Library Knit and Stitch Group, Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Dales Centre Library Crochet Group, Saturday 11.30am to 12.30pm
Monthly, from September to June, libraries invite guest experts who present talks and discussions on a wide range of subjects. Recent topics include Japanese tea ceremonies, the history of photography, local history and poetry.
Everyone is welcome to attend and its a great place to meet people in your community. There is no requirement to attend every talk and refreshments are available for a small contribution.
Library clubs are held at:
Basford Library Second Tuesday of the month 10.30am to 11.30am
Clifton Library First Thursday of the month 10:30 am to 12 pm
Sherwood Library Third Thursday of the month, 10am to 11am
Are you interested in creative writing? Do you want to meet others with similar interests? Here are some writing groups in Nottingham where you might find inspiration!
Third Tuesday of the month, 8 pm
The Peacock pub, Mansfield Road, Nottingham
Lowdham Writers' Group
Second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm
Old Ship Inn, Main St, Lowdham
Nick Sparrow 0115 914 4057
Nottingham Poetry Society
Fourth Saturday of the month, 2:45 pm
The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham
Nottingham Shakespeare Society
First and Third Tuesday of the month, 7 pm
The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham
0115 925 6551
Nottingham Writers' Club
First and Third Wednesday of the month, 7 pm
The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham
Jeremy 0115 962 1453
Nottingham Writers' Studio
A work and resource centre for professional-level writers
Aly Stoneman 0115 959 7947 / email@example.com
Notts Writing Group
Mondays 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm The Bell Inn, Angel Row, Nottingham firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to anyone unemployed and looking for work or training. Delivered in partnership with trained employment advisers from local organisations, drop in for help with your CV, interview skills, job searching, finding training and apprenticeships.
Universal Skills is an online resource aimed at anyone who is looking for work. It’s free to use in the library or from home, just log in with your library card number.
- Basic IT Skills
- How to use Find a Job
- Universal Credit
- Employability Skills, including job search, interview skills, CV writing
Libraries with sessions are listed below:
|Aspley||Tuesday||1 pm to 3 pm|
|Basford||Thursday||1pm to 2.30pm|
|Bilborough||Tuesday||10 am to 12 pm|
|Bulwell Riverside||Wednesday||1 pm to 4 pm|
|Clifton||Tuesday||10 am to 2 pm|
|Dales Centre||Wednesday||2 pm to 4 pm|
|Hyson Green||Monday||1 pm to 3 pm|
|Meadows||Thursday||1.30pm to 3.30pm|
|Radford-Lenton||Monday||10 am to 12 pm|
|Sherwood||Tuesday||10 am to 12 pm|
|St Ann's Valley Centre||Tuesday||9.30am to 12:30pm|
|Strelley Road||Wednesday||1 pm to 3 pm|
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