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.

We're now recruiting young volunteers to help us with the Summer Reading Challenge 2024, Marvellous Makers. Read more on the Summer Reading Challenge web page.

New and upcoming events

Milton Keynes Rose 10th Anniversary

Saturday 15 June - 9am to 3.30pm in the Event Space at Central Library

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations, the Milton Keynes Rose Trust is holding an archive collection event to gather and preserve memories and memorabilia related to the Milton Keynes Rose. Everyone is invited to come along and bring photographs, saved newspaper articles, postcards, any objects related to the Milton Keynes Rose or to share your memories of the Milton Keynes Rose and contribute to this important archival project.

The aim of the archive collection event is to support an archive that will be held by the Living Archive Milton Keynes.

If you have memories and memorabilia relating to the Milton Keynes Rose, come along to help celebrate 10 years of the Milton Keynes Rose.

Flute Ensemble at Central Library

Saturday 22 June 2024 1.30pm

The Flute Ensemble will be performing in the foyer at Central Library from 1.30pm. We hope you'll stop by to listen.

The Flute Ensemble meet weekly at the MK Music Centre and has students from across schools in MK. They will be showing what a versatile and fun instrument the flute is by presenting a wide variety of musical styles.

Island Movements: An epic tale of a Windrush family

Thursday 13 June 6:15pm - 7:30 pm at Milton Keynes Central Library

Black British Ballet invites you to join them for a short, moving ballet that tells the story of a young soldier in WW2 and follows him and his family through their life in the UK. A Q&A with the creators will follow the show. This performance is suitable for adults and children age 7+.

Book your tickets online for Island Movements.

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)
    • Central Library Tech Café - Wednesday 2-4pm fortnightly starting 24 April 2024 - 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 - session is by appointment only (email library.enquiries@milton-keynes.gov.uk or phone 01234 711474)
    • Stony Stratford Library - Last Friday each month 10am-12pm - Drop-in session starting on 28 June
  • 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.

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.

 

EXPLORATION - Central Library 4-27 June 2024

Headway Milton Keynes Art Group presents this collaborative exhibition which showcases the amazing talents brain injury survivors have in art and creativity. Over the past year Headway clients have been exploring different mediums and styles, with some fantastic results.

Visit Central MK Library before 27 June to see this inspiring exhibition of art.

 

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

  • 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