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Marvellous Makers! Summer Reading Challenge 2024

The Summer Reading Challenge this year is all about creativity - from dance to drawing, junk modelling to music, there's something for everyone! Sign up at any of the Milton Keynes Libraries from Friday 19 July.

Children's Summer Activities 2024

Welcome to our programme of children’s activities for the summer holidays. All events are FREE but some require booking in advance as places are limited.

Download the full programme here.

If you have booked a place for an activity and are unable to attend, please let us know by emailing: library.promotions@milton-keynes.gov.uk to allow your tickets to be reallocated. 

If your child has any additional needs you’d like us to know about, please email library.promotions@milton-keynes.gov.uk as we hope to make the experience fun for everyone.

Parents and carers must remain in the library throughout the sessions.

REGULAR WEEKLY DROP-IN ACTIVITIES

Tuesdays

  • 10-10.30am – Baby Songs and Rhyme Time at Central Library
  • 10.30-11.30am – Lego Club at Stony Stratford Library
  • 10.45-11.15am – Storytime for the Under 7s at Central Library
  • 11.15-11.45am – Storytime for the Under 5s at Woburn Sands Library
  • 2.30-3.30pm – Lego Club at Central Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm – Lego Club at Wolverton Library

Wednesdays

  • 10.30-11.30am – Lego Club at Newport Pagnell Library

Thursdays

  • 2.30-4.30pm – Read and Play at Olney Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm – Lego Club at Bletchley Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm – Lego Club at Westcroft Library

Fridays

  • 2.30-4.30pm – Lego Club at Olney Library
  • 3-4pm – Lego Club at Stony Stratford Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm – Lego Club at Kingston Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm – Lego Club at Woburn Sands Library

Saturdays

  • 10am-12pm – Lego Club at Central Library
  • 10.30-11.30am – Lego Club at Woughton Library
  • 11am-12pm – Lego Club at Stony Stratford Library

ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE BOOKING 

These summer activities require booking online in advance. Click on the link for the relevant activity and you’ll be taken to the booking form.

Mindful Drumming with Drum United

Join Adey from Drum United Academy this Summer for positive mindful drumming with upbeat rhythms and mantra for mindset development. Sessions are great fun with body-tapping, air-drumming, box-drums and drumsticks!

Sessions are FREE but require booking in advance as places are limited. You can register via the Drum United Academy website using the relevant links below to book your sessions. Each registration allows for one adult with up to 3 children.

Kingston Library on Tuesday 23 July

  • 10.30-11am for the Under 5s
  • 11.15-11.45am for ages 5 to 12 years

Stony Stratford Library on Wednesday 24 July

  • 10.30-11am for the Under 5s
  • 11.15-11.45am for ages 5 to 12 years

Central MK Library on Thursday 25 July

Explore Learning Activities (ages 5-11)

Join Explore Learning for their tailor-made Marvellous Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2024 activities. Please note that the sessions are all the same so please do not book multiple sessions, as we’d like as many families as possible to be able to attend.

Let’s Make Music! (ages 8-18)

Members of the Woburn Sands Brass Band will introduce you to the instruments and entertain you with a mini performance. Interactive and engaging, this will inspire your musical creativity and maybe even encourage a new hobby! Funded by Woburn Sands Town Council

Horrible Histories with Studio 43 (ages 6+)

Create Horrible Histories characters with Studio 43: from Rotten Romans to Vile Victorians and many more! 

Rustic Beach Huts (ages 7-12)

Use reclaimed wood to make a driftwood-style seaside hut. Paint and assemble your model hut then accessorise with nautical paraphernalia! Old clothes are recommended. Funded by Woburn Sands Town Council.

  • Saturday 27 July (11am-12.15pm) at Woburn Sands Library - SOLD OUT

Under the Sea Crafts (ages 5-9)

Join Julie and explore life under the sea through music and crafts. With an aquatic themed soundtrack as background music, you’ll explore creatures found under the sea and get creative decorating a colourful sun-catcher and mobile to take home. If you can come dressed in blue or green it’ll make the ideal seascape! Funded by Woburn Sands Town Council.

Summer Crafts with Community Learning MK (ages 3+)

Become a Marvellous Maker with crafts following the creativity theme of the Summer Reading Challenge 2024.

If you need support with English as a second language for this activity, please let us know in advance by emailing library.promotions@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Wool Felting Workshop (ages 7-12)

A fabulous workshop to have a go at the tactile craft of felting. All the materials will be provided for you to create a beautiful seascape picture to take home. Apron or old clothes advisable. Funded by Woburn Sands Town Council.

Printing with Inks (ages 7-12)

Learn to create your printing template by scoring in this popular printing workshop and then use rollers and colourful inks to repeat the print. Create reverse lettering for text sections. Funded by Woburn Sands Town Council.

Music Makers (ages 3-9)

Join local musicians for an interactive group session at Stony Stratford Library. Parents/carers must remain in the library throughout the session. Supported by FoSSL volunteers.

Summer Craft Club with the Friends of Olney Library (ages 3-9)

FOLIO bring you three fantastic craft sessions at Olney Library over the summer. Places are limited and must be booked in advance by emailing olneyfoliofriends@gmail.com and stating clearly which session you would like to book. You can also book by visiting Olney Library in person or phoning 01234 711474.

  • Tuesday 30 July – 10.30-11.30am
  • Saturday 17 August – 10.30-11.30am
  • Tuesday 20 August – 10.30-11.30am

ACTIVITIES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE BOOKING

These summer activities are drop-in and require no booking:

Storytimes

We offer stories, songs and rhymes at various libraries over the summer and these sessions are all drop-in with no booking necessary.

  • Thursday 25 July (10-10.45am) Space Adventure Storytime at Stony Stratford Library (under 11s). This is your chance to learn about the Summer Reading Challenge and sign up.
  • Saturday 27 July (11-11.30am) Summer Storytime at Olney Library (under 7s)
  • Friday 2 August (10-10.30am) Seaside Fun Storytime at Newport Pagnell Library (under 5s)
  • Friday 2 August (10-10.30am) At the Beach Storytime at Westcroft Library (under 7s)
  • Wednesday 14 August (2.30-3pm) Making Music Storytime at Wolverton Library (ages 5-8)
  • Thursday 15 August (10-10.30am) Under the Sea Storytime at Bletchley Library (under 5s)
  • Thursday 22 August (10-10.30am) Teddy Bears Picnic Storytime at Kingston Library – be sure to bring your teddies (under 7s)
  • Friday 23 August (2-2.30pm) Happy Holidays! Seaside Stories and Songs at Wolverton Library (under 5s)
  • Tuesday 27 August (11am-12pm) Storytime with Community Police Officer Amy at Woburn Sands Library (under 7s)
  • Friday 30 August (10-10.30am) Teddy Bears Picnic Storytime at Newport Pagnell Library – be sure to bring your teddies (under 5s)
  • Saturday 26 August (11-11.30am) Summer Storytime at Olney Library (under 7s)

Saturday Lego and Duplo Club at Olney Library (all ages)

  • Saturday 3 August (10.30-11.30am) at Olney Library

SEND ACTIVITIES

These sessions are aimed at SEND children/young people in a non-judgmental setting.

Sessions at Central Library are held in a quiet, spacious area, closed to the public, and available specifically for these events.

The session at Kingston Library is held while the library is closed to the public and is open specifically for this event.

Support staff are welcome. Please only book places for the children attending and not any accompanying adults or siblings (who are welcome to come along).

SEND Storytimes (ages 0-13)

SEND Crafts (ages 0-13)

Regular activities

Regular events and services for each library are also listed on the individual library information pages. New and one-off events are shown in the section above.

Adult - various regular activities

  • CHESS at Woburn Sands Library (adults and children) - Friday 3.30-4.30pm
  • COMPUTER HELP SESSIONS WITH OUR IT BUDDIES
    • Sessions are held at several libraries and offer one-to-one help with your devices (phones, laptops, tablets) and online processes like setting up an email or shopping. Visit the Digital Help web page for full details.
  • FAMILY HISTORY CONSULTATIONS - Central Library (dates to be confirmed)
  • GARDENING CLUB - Stony Stratford Library (contact Stony Stratford Library for dates)
  • JOB CLUBS - Central Library Tuesday 1-3pm and Woughton Library Thursday 10am-12pm
  • KNIT AND NATTER sessions at various libraries
  • LIBRARY COFFEE MORNINGS at Stony Stratford Library with FoSSL on the first and third Wednesdays each month 10-11am. Free to attend, just stop by for tea, coffee, homemade cake and conversation.
  • LIBRARY READING GROUPS at various libraries
  • MK NANOWRITERS meet on the second Saturday each month at Central Library 2pm to 4pm. It's a social group for writers although they do discuss writing as that's their shared hobby. If you'd like to know more or are interested in joining the group, please email mknanowriters@gmail.com.
  • SOCIAL SCRABBLE at Bletchley Library on Tuesdays 10.30-11.30am.
  • STONY LAST THURSDAY HISTORY SOCIETY - Drop-in any time between 2-5pm on the last Thursday of each month upstairs at Stony Stratford Library to chat with like-minded people about the history of Stony Stratford. If you'd like to know more, ask at Stony Stratford Library.

Children - various regular activities

Please note that some activities are term time only.

  • CHESS at Woburn Sands Library (adults and children) - Friday 3.30-4.30pm
  • CODE CLUB (ages 9-13) at Central Library - Monday 4-5pm
  • CRAFT CLUB (ages 3-9) at Olney Library - third Saturday each month 10.30-11.30am
  • LEGO AND DUPLO CLUBS at various libraries
  • Q:HUB (ages 13-19) at Central Library - Tuesday 4-5.30pm
  • READ AND PLAY sessions at Olney Library - Thursday 2.30-4.30pm
  • STAY AND PLAY sessions at Bletchley Library - Tuesday 10.30-11.30am (term time only) There is no session on Tuesday 13 February.
  • STAY AND PLAY sessions at Central Library - Wednesday 1.30-2.30pm (term time only)
  • STONY MUSIC MAKERS at Stony Stratford Library - Wednesday 9.30-10.15am
  • STORIES, SONGS AND RHYMES at various libraries
  • STORY AND SONG TIME (by Woodlands and Tickford Meadow Children's Centres) at Olney Library - Tuesday 11.15-11.45am (term time only)

English conversation club

English conversation club is for anyone who would like to practise and improve their English as a second language, gain better skills for study or employment, or just get on in everyday life.

Sessions at Central Library

  • Everyone is welcome to join us on the day and you don't need to register.
  • Conversation club sessions are held in the foyer at Central Library on Thursday mornings 11am-12pm.
  • If you'd like to know more you can phone 01908 254050 or speak to library staff.

Exhibitions

Discover MK

The Discover MK Showcase area is on the first floor at Central Library. It is the primary showcase for the archive, museum and heritage of Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. It has a regularly changing series of exhibitions throughout the year and more information can be found on the Discover MK website.

Ultimate 80s MK - 16 July to 5 September 2024

As Milton Keynes entered its teenage years, the eighties became the decade for live music. The City blossomed with new bands along with an array of music venues to host them. The punk ethic of “anyone can be in a band” spilled over from the 1970s and youth clubs in particular became a breeding ground for young musical talent.

The eighties also saw Milton Keynes put on the map by the biggest acts in the world visiting the National Bowl. David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Queen – to name but a few – brought a buzz to the City that inspired local bands to raise their game and shoot for the stars.

This is another fantastic exhibition brought to you by Living Archive MK.

 

ZIMBABWE HERITAGE - Central Library 1-30 July 2024

Discovering Zimbabwe: A Journey Through Heritage and Traditions

This exhibition is brought to you by The Zimbabwean Heritage Festival. This exhibition aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the rich cultural traditions and history of Zimbabwe and its main objectives are:

  • Education & Cultural Appreciation
  • Preserving heritage
  • Building connections
  • Promoting unity and identity

 

JOIN ME: Our 2020 Events - Memorial Quilt at Stony Stratford Library

Visit Stony Stratford Library to see this lockdown memorial quilt on display. It’s a community quilt project by Thread Thread Wine to memorialise the events that we most missed in 2020, whether cancelled, lost or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Soraya Tate, founder of Thread Thread Wine

At Christmas 2020 I decided to make a memorial quilt, dedicated to acknowledging the events and opportunities that we lost in 2020.

  • I would create a quilt square about my own losses.
  • I would invite others to do the same about their losses.
  • I would join the pieces to make a quilt.
  • I would display the quilt in December 2021 at an event for the makers.

This is the project so far; I hope you enjoy viewing it and reading about it. We have 42 submissions and the quilt is 3m long.

We have made some of the squares into cards for sale, to raise money for the mental health charity MIND.

If you would like to contribute your artwork to this project, please email Soraya or visit the Thread Thread Wine (TTW) Facebook page.

Read more about the background to this project, the inspiration and the artists who have contributed by visiting the Memorial quilt project page.

Friends Groups

Friends Groups work in partnership with us and closely with local library teams to help support and enhance libraries in our local communities.

They provide an important contribution to support and maintain awareness of a library in a local community.

Folio - Olney Library

Folio (The Friends of the Library in Olney) run a programme of talks which are held 7.30-8.30pm at The Olney Centre, Room 4 and they request that you arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Refreshments are served after each talk.

  • 3 June - 'Maintaining and Repairing Britain's Historic Buildings' by David Sleight
  • 1 July - 'Silks for Sundays' by Yvonne Bell
  • 2 September - 'The Science of Pearls' by Frances Carlaw
  • 7 October - 'Murder and Mayhem' by Jane Isaacs
  • 4 November - 'From Lorenze to Colossus' by Michael Kushner
  • December - to be confirmed

Tickets are £6 in advance and can be booked online at Ticketsource or by phoning Ticketsource on 0333 666 3366.

If you are no longer able to attend or have any questions, please email olneyfoliofriends@gmail.com.

You can download a printable schedule of Folio talks here.

FoSSL - Stony Stratford Library

FoSSL (The Friends of Stony Stratford Library) run regular talks at the library and details for booking tickets for these events will be released closer to the time. If you'd like to join the mailing list to receive news and updates from FoSSL, email fosslmk@gmail.com.

  • Details to follow

Knit and natter

  • Several libraries host Knit and Natter groups.
  • Beginners and experts are all welcome.
  • Admission is free.

Lego and Duplo clubs up to 22 July 2024

  • Free all-round fun with Lego/Duplo clubs at several of our libraries.
  • We provide the bricks and you provide the imagination.
  • Everyone regardless of age is invited to join the fun.
  • Parents and carers are responsible for their child's safety.
  • Parents and carers must remain with their children throughout the sessions.

Click on the session links to see the dates when clubs are running.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday 

Lego and Duplo clubs (23 July to 2 September 2024)

These are the summer holiday club times and some sessions will change in September so please visit the website for the regular days and times.

Tuesday

  • 10.30-11.30am at Stony Stratford Library
  • 2.30-3.30pm at Central Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm at Wolverton Library

Wednesday

  • 10.30-11.30am at Newport Pagnell Library

Thursday

  • 3.30-4.30pm at Bletchley Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm at Westcroft Library

Friday

  • 2.30-4.30pm at Olney Library
  • 3-4pm at Stony Stratford Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm at Kingston Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm at Woburn Sands Library

Saturday 

  • 10am-12pm at Central Library
  • 10.30-11.30am at Woughton Library
  • 11-12pm at Stony Stratford Library
  • First Saturday of each month - 10.30-11.30am at Olney Library

Library news

Reading groups

Do you enjoy reading? Would you like to talk about what you have read? Would you like to share your views with an informal group? Then why not join a reading group.

Stories, songs and rhymes

Summer Reading Challenge

We're excited to bring you the Summer Reading Challenge each year during the summer holidays.

Vacancies at Milton Keynes City Council libraries

We hope you'll consider joining our team here at the Milton Keynes Libraries. You'll find details of any current vacancies across our libraries on the library vacancies webpage.

Volunteering with Milton Keynes City Council libraries

  • We welcome volunteers at all ten of our libraries.
  • There are many interesting opportunities for volunteers within the Milton Keynes libraries and there's bound to be something that suits you.
  • Volunteers need to be at least 13 years old.

 

Have you discovered the world of Geocaching? It's one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the UK and a fantastic way to get the whole family outdoors. After all, who doesn't love a treasure hunt?
   
Geocaching is a bit like a treasure hunt with a modern technological twist if you will! Read the beginner's guide to Geocaching and then download the app to start 'playing' and see what treasures you can find around Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes City Council Libraries contact information

Milton Keynes Central Library, 555 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3HL