Event and activity information

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The events schedule shows regular events across the libraries and can be searched and filtered by location, audience and keywords.

New and upcoming events

Explore Learning Workshops

Join Explore Learning for engaging workshops which encourage creativity while delivering specific numeracy and literacy objectives in a real-life context. The workshops actively promote maths and English in the community and support the younger generation in developing lifelong skills.

Sessions are FREE but require booking in advance as places are limited. Use the links below to book the session you’d like to attend. Please note the age ranges for each workshop.

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

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.

We would appreciate you letting us know if you’ve booked a place but cannot attend so that we can release it to another family. You can contact us about your booking by emailing library.promotions@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

Baby Signing Sessions with Tiny Talk

Join Tiny Talk for British Sign Language signing sessions and learn to communicate with your baby before they can talk or your toddler.

Baby sessions are for ages 0-2 but older siblings are welcome to attend alongside parents/carers. The Toddler Talking session is for ages 18 months to 4 years.

Sessions are FREE but require booking in advance as places are limited. Use the links below to book the session you’d like to attend. You only need to book a place for the adult, regardless of how many children will be attending.

Parents/carers must remain with their children throughout the sessions.

We would appreciate you letting us know if you’ve booked a place but cannot attend so that we can release it to another family. You can contact us about your booking by emailing library.promotions@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

Creative Workshops with Milton Keynes Discovery Centre

Did you know that Milton Keynes was built around six main goals? 

Join Milton Keynes Discovery Centre for their 'cut, colour and build' design workshops where you can rebuild Milton Keynes according to own six goals! What will you choose to build?

Share your vision for Marvellous Milton Keynes at:

  • Central Library - Thursday 22 February 10am to 1pm
  • Kingston Library - Saturday 24 February 10am to 12.30pm

No booking is required - just drop-in to the sessions when you visit the library.

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
    • Bletchley Library - Tuesday 10am-12pm (contact Bletchley Library for more information)
    • Central Library - Tuesday 10am-12pm, Saturday 10am-11am and Saturday 12-1pm - all sessions are by appointment only (email library.volunteers@milton-keynes.gov.uk or phone 01908 254050)
    • Olney Library - First Thursday each month 10.30am-12.30pm drop-in session
  • 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.
  • SMARTPHONE SUPPORT SESSIONS at Wolverton Library on the second Thursday each month 10am to 11am. Appointments can be booked by phoning 01908 312812, emailing linda.collins@milton-keynes.gov.uk or visiting Wolverton Library.
  • 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 (term time only)
  • 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.

    Nightlife MK - from September 2023

    A nostalgic look back at some much-loved nightclubs and venues from the city centre’s past - if you lived it up at The Point, Zazoos, Austens, Ultra Vegas (and more) back in the day pop along and see if you can see yourselves in any of the photos!

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

    Pioneer Tales Revisited - Exhibition at Central Library

    6 January to 24 February 2024

    ‘Pioneer Tales Revisited’ features the stories of 16 individuals who have been pioneers in their own communities or professional lives in Milton Keynes. Coming from diverse backgrounds, their presence in the city has enhanced the lives of others.

    The exhibition is in the Event Space on the ground floor at Central Library and features portraits and photographs by Sagar Kharecha, Living Archive’s Photographer in Residence, alongside the words of the pioneers themselves.

    This project was inspired by Living Archive’s seminal 1985 project ‘Pioneer Tales’, which captured the first generation of incomers to the new city.

     

    Stories of Sierra Leone: Tales of the Lion

    29 January to 29 February 2024

    Visit the first floor exhibition space at Central Library to see this enlightening exhibition from the Sierra Leone Community in Milton Keynes.

    “This exhibition shows a brief introduction to our origin, displaying some of our culture, artefacts, clothing, and mode of sustenance, such as farming, and fishing.

    As teenagers, we go through an education system that is based on the British system, this is mostly our first experience of ‘acculturation’.  At this stage, the boys especially are introduced to wearing ceremonial uniforms which comprises of suit and tie.  Also, at this stage we experience some of the best times, being pre-teens we look forward to end of school year events such as sports, prize giving and, thanksgiving service which involves a parade.

    Those of us who made it to the UK, have varying experiences. Some would tell you stories of wanting to return immediately when they step off the plane due to the cold weather, and others were shocked at the size of their houses. Some tell of their first experience of snow and others tell of their experience witnessing the building of new constructions.

    In all our varying experiences, we have contributed something, however little, to the place we now call home. Milton Keynes has seen emerging authors, teachers, professors, nurses, and doctors to name a few. In integrating in the community, we have learnt that some things we thought were unique to our culture or country are shared with other African countries.

    As you go through our exhibition, think about your story, your experience, and your contribution to your immediate society.”

    – Sierra Leone Community, Milton Keynes

    This project is supported with funding from The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust.

     

    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.

    • 4 March - 'The Origins of British Pub Signs' by Jean Yates
    • 8 April - 'Mystery and Magic' by David Tomkins
    • 20 May - 'Life Behind the Lens' by Tom Way
    • 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.

    • Wednesday 13 March 2024 7pm - 'An Unfinished World' a talk about the life and work of New York photographer and artist Saul Leiter - a talk by Andrew Rodgers and Peter Martin, experienced volunteers at MK Gallery where the largest exhibition of his work ever shown in the UK is now on display. Tickets are free and available from Stony Stratford Library.

    Knit and natter

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

    Lego and Duplo clubs

    • 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 

    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