Event and activity information

View the schedule of regular events

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

Upcoming events

Christmas Story Time and Crafts at Olney Library

You'll find two great activities on offer at Olney Library on Saturday 17 December - provided by FoLiO (Friends of the Library in Olney) volunteers.

Story time for the Under 7s - 10.30 to 11am

  • Story time is a free drop-in session with stories, songs and rhymes with the theme of Christmas Trees! Everyone is welcome to come along on the day, no booking is necessary.

Children's Craft Club - 11 to 11.30am

  • The crafts will be themed around Christmas Trees and are suitable for ages 3 to 9 years. The craft sessions are now fully booked.

Both sessions are free to attend but donations are welcome on the day.

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

Positive Mindful Drumming at Stony Stratford Library

Saturday 10 December

Rhythms and music to make you feel good - with positive mantra to develop a growth mindset. Sessions are led by Adey from Drum United and have been funded by Stony Stratford Town Council.

To maximise the number of children, we ask that only one adult accompanies each family if possible.  

Places are limited and must be booked in advance online. Book tickets for all participants – both children and accompanying adults – by using the links below. 

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

The 2022 Winter Mini Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency in partnership with Science Museum Group, runs from 1 December 2022 to 20 February 2023. Following on from the Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge, children can join the Gadgeteers as they use their ingenuity and creativity to keep everyone entertained during a snowstorm. Read more about the Winter Mini Challenge.

Regular events

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

Children - various regular activities

Please note that some activities are term time only.

  • CODE CLUB (ages 9-13) at Central Library - Monday 4-5pm
  • CRAFT CLUB (ages 3-9) at Olney Library - Third Saturday each month 10.30-11.15am
  • LEGO AND DUPLO CLUBS at various libraries
  • READ AND PLAY sessions at Olney Library - Thursday 2.30-4.30pm
  • STONY MUSIC MAKERS at Stony Stratford Library - Wednesday 9-9.30am
  • 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

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.

Milton Keynes Special Needs Advancement Project (MK SNAP)

Established in 1992, MK Snap is an award winning local charity providing life skills, education and work training for adults with learning disabilities.

This exhibition celebrates and showcases 30 years of their work transforming the lives of adults in and around the Milton Keynes area.

ARTS CENTRAL at Central Library - until the end of December 2022

Visit the Event Space on the ground floor to see the Arts Central showcase of art from local artists in a variety of media inlcuding collage, fabric, acrylic painting and canvas printing.

SOMALI HERITAGE at Central Library - 2 to 30 November 2022

This exhibition presents a series of images by photographer David Tunnicliffe on the first floor at Central Library. While in Somalia David took photos of landmark places and historic buildings, particularly in and around Mogadishu, which showcase Somali heritage and history.

David has been building his photographic archive over 40 years and it includes a vast collection of images from almost every corner of the world.

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.

  • 7 November 2022 - Alan Turing and the Real Imitation Game by Michael Kushner from Bletchley Park
  • 5 December 2022 - Celebrating Christmas with Morrisons Supermarkets Limited by Marc Bushell

Register in advance to attend by emailing olneyfoliofriends@gmail.com, visiting Olney Library or phoning 01234 711474.

Tickets are £5 to be paid on the door and refreshments are served after each talk.

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 7 December at 7pm - FoSSL AGM.
  • Monday 23 January 2023 at 7pm - local author Sarah Pinborough speaks about the process of writing for books and for screen. (Part of the StonyWords festival)
  • Saturday 25 February at 2.30pm - Rebecca Shawcross presents 'Followers of Fashion - the history of the highs and lows of shoe fashion'.

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.

Tuesday

  • 3.30-4.30pm at Wolverton Library
  • 4-5pm at Central Library

Wednesday

  • 3.30-4.30pm at Newport Pagnell Library

Thursday

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

Friday

  • 3.30-4.30pm at Kingston Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm at Olney Library
  • 3.30-4.30pm at Woburn Sands Library

Saturday

  • 10.30-11.30am 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 Libraries

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

Volunteering with Milton Keynes Libraries

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

 

Milton Keynes Libraries contact information

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