What's On in Your Library and Community

 

Did you know that you can use your Short Breaks Vouchers to attend events and activities at Milton Keynes Libraries?
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Upcoming Events:

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BLACK PIONEERS
23 January - 28 March 2020

We hope you'll visit this exhibition at the top of the stairs in Central Library and read about the untold and mistold stories of key leaders within the Milton Keynes community. 

The exhibition is part of the New Town Heritage Explorers project and aims to highlight and celebrate the stories of Black people who have invested in the social architecture of the city.

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NO CORNERS HERE
23 January - 28 March 2020

Photo of young boy building a structure for the No Corners Here project

You'll find the 'No Corners Here' exhibition in the Event Space on the ground floor at Central Library.

New Town Heritage Explorers teamed up with Global Outreach Foundation to develop a project on the built environment and how it relates to identity and a sense of self for modern day citizens of Milton Keynes.

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NEW TOWN HERITAGE EXPLORERS PROJECT

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The New Town Heritage Explorers Project launched on 23 January and is an exciting design and heritage project which develops a New Town Heritage toolkit and brings the city’s design heritage to life with an innovative creative programme.

The project explores and documents the social history of MK – the stories of the people who live here, the impact of the buildings on daily life and what it's really like to live in a city built from scratch.

Read more on the MK Archives page.

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STONY WORDS 2020
17 January - 2 February

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There's a great programme of literary events in Stony Stratford for the 2020 Stony Words festival - celebrating the Word in all its formats.

Stony Words brings together poetry, drama, film, music, literature and more to show how we can communicate through different media. This fortnight showcases local, national and international talent and offers something for everyone.

Check out the events at Stony Stratford Library and join us at one or all of them. Be enlightened, informed and entertained in the dark days of Winter.

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A NEW BEGINNING
14 January - 12 February 2020

Abstract painting by Ann Goodman-Smith using bright blues and greens.
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Positive Colourful Abstract paintings by local artist Ann Goodman-Smith are on display upstairs at Central Library.

Ann creates layers of acrylic paints using organic shapes, symbols and bold colours to express herself and offers artwork to share her creativity and energy.

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THE ZAGARO by ZOOLABS
Saturday 25 January 2020 ~ 11am-12noon

Cartoon drawing of a 'Zagaro' from a kid's story
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Stony Words 2020 brings 'The Zagaro' to Stony Stratford Library.

The Zagaro is an interactive show by Zoolabs (with real animals) - it's based on a famous children's story and takes us on a trip through the deep, dark wood; storytelling with live animal interaction.

Tickets for this event have SOLD OUT! (Suitable for ages 3+)

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O2 GURUS IN THE COMMUNITY
Thursday 6 February ~ 11am-1pm

Various devices - phone, tablet and laptop.

We'll have an O2 Guru with us to share his expertise and answer your questions.

If you have any problems with your phone or tablet or have questions you'd like some answers to, stop by Newport Pagnell Library between 11am and 1pm. 

You don't need to be an O2 customer and you don't need an appointment.

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POSITIVE MINDFUL DRUMMING
10 January - 14 February 2020

Drum United tutor Adey is offering 6 week courses of positive mindful drumming at Central Library. 

Sessions run on Fridays for 6 weeks starting 10 January. (Prices quoted cover all sessions over the 6 weeks)

You're invited to join Adey for these upbeat, fun and social sessions - rhythms and music to make you feel good.

To enrol, use the BOOKING links above, visit the Drum United website or search Eventbrite for 'Drum United'.

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ART CORNER for Adults
Wednesdays at Central Library ~ 10.30am-1pm

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There are many wellbeing benefits of colouring for adults and we're here to help you relax and colour away the stress.

Colouring helps:

  • lower stress and anxiety levels
  • you focus on the present and achieve mindfulness
  • you unplug from technology and promote creativity
  • your brain experience relief by entering a meditative state
  • stimulate brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity
  • provide a hobby for everyone, not just artists or creative types

You'll find the Art Corner table at the top of the stairs at Central Library - we hope you'll join us and get creative with colour.

Sessions are drop-in - stay as long as you'd like and they're free!

Please note that on staff training dates the library opens at 11.30am and Art Corner will run from 11.30am to 1pm on those dates.

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ADULT CRAFT EVENINGS at Olney Library

Paper Crafts

Join us for drinks, nibbles and crafts on the following Wednesdays between 7-9pm (late arrivals are welcome).

Bring your own craft project and/or enjoy the planned group activity.

Reserve your place at Olney Library (01234 711474). There is a £5 charge to be paid on the evening.

  • 29 January 
  • 26 February
  • 25 March
  • 29 April
  • 27 May
  • 24 June

These evenings are brought to you by the Friends of the Library in Olney (FoLiO) and all profits will be donated to FoLiO's Craft Clubs and activities. 

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CRAFTING FOR CHANGE at Stony Stratford Library
Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm (term times only)

Flower Display at Stony Stratford Library

This is a friendly group, suitable for all ages and abilities, where members use their crafting skills to improve the lives of the local community and support the library.

Come along to the group: get involved with library displays and community events or bring your own project to work on.

Free to attend, although voluntary donations for tea, coffee and biscuits are very welcome!

You can see more about their work on the Crafting for Change Facebook page.

Kindly funded by Stony Stratford Town Council

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CHILDREN'S HOURS
10-11am (term times only)

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Children's Hours offer staff led stories, songs and crafts along with educational toys. The libraries are closed to the public during these sessions and are used exclusively for families attending the Children's Hour.

Sessions cost £2 per child on the door and no advance tickets are required.

  • Central Library - Tuesdays
  • Bletchley Library - Thursdays
  • Kingston Library - Thursdays
  • Westcroft Library - Fridays

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ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES at Central Library
Alternate Thursdays ~ 10.30am - 12noon

English Conversation Class

English conversation classes are 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.

Everyone is welcome to join us on the day and you don't need to register. If you'd like to know more you can phone 01908 254050 or speak to library staff.

  • 9 January
  • 23 January
  • 6 February
  • 20 February
  • 5 March
  • 19 March
  • 2 April
  • 16 April

Please note that the classes are led by library volunteers and are not part of any ESOL curriculum.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

IELTS is the world's proven English language test and can be accessed online at all Milton Keynes Libraries and from your computer at home. For more information, visit the eLibrary web page.

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LEGO/DUPLO CLUB at Central Library
Thursdays 4-5pm (first floor) - Term Times Only 

Boy playing with Lego/Duplo bricks

Free all-round fun with the Lego/Duplo Club at Central Library.

We'll provide the bricks and you provide the imagination. Everyone regardless of age is invited to join the fun.

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

Lego

We're hoping to start more LEGO clubs. If you can help by donating any LEGO or DUPLO it can be dropped off at any of our libraries. 

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LEGO/DUPLO CLUB at Westcroft Library
Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm - Term Times Only

Lego

Everyone is welcome to join us for free brick building fun at Westcroft Library. No booking is necessary - just turn up on the day.

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

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LEGO and DUPLO CLUB at Olney Library

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FREE Family Fun with brick building clubs at Olney Library brought to you by the Friends of the Library in Olney (FoLiO).

  • Weekly on Tuesdays ~ 3.30-5pm
  • Monthly on the first Saturday ~ 10.30-11.30am

Everyone is welcome to join the fun.

Please note that parents/carers must remain with their children during this activity. 

(Sessions are free to attend but voluntary donations are welcome)

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CRAFT AND CHAT
Fridays 2-4pm at Newport Pagnell Library

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Join us for two hours of crafting and friendship at Newport Pagnell Library on Friday afternoons.

Everyone is welcome to come along regardless of experience - beginners and experts all  coming together to craft and chat!

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CHESS CLUB at Woburn Sands Library
Fridays 2-5pm

Join us for this free club at Woburn Sands Library. It's open to everyone regardless of your chess playing abilities - we can even throw in some tuition if you'd like! 

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ACTIVITY HATCH SESSIONS at Woburn Sands Library
Saturdays 10am-12noon

Play and Crafts

Self-service play activities for children of all ages encouraging youngsters to visit and enjoy the library. There will be Duplo, toys, drawing and colouring, books, HappyLand, cutting and sticking ... fun in all shapes and sizes!

Everyone is welcome to join us.

Please note that parents/carers must remain with their children during this activity. 

(Sessions are free to attend but voluntary donations are welcome)

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COUNCILLOR SURGERIES

Meet your local Councillors and take the opportunity to discuss local issues. Councillor Surgeries are on the following days:

  • Handshake Meet and Greet
    Newport Pagnell Library - on the first Saturday of each month 10.30am-12pm with Newport Pagnell South Ward Councillors.
  • Bletchley Library - on the third Saturday of each month 10-11am with the Bletchley Park Ward Councillor.

NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN COUNCIL SURGERY

Newport Pagnell Town Council will hold surgeries at Newport Pagnell Library 10am-12.30pm on the following dates:

  • 25 January
  • 25 April
  • 26 September

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SATURDAY CRAFT CLUB at Olney Library
Second Saturday of every month

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Crafts and creativity brought to you by the Friends of the Library in Olney (FoLiO) with a different theme each month.

This craft club has proved so popular that there are now two separate sessions with 12 children at each: 10.15-11am or 11.15am-12pm.

You'll need to book your place in advance by visiting Olney Library or phoning 01234 711474. There is a suggested voluntary contribution of £3 per child payable on the day.

  • 11 January
  • 8 February
  • 14 March

Crafts and activities are aimed at children aged 3-12 and everyone is welcome to join the fun. 

Please note that parents/carers must remain with their children during this activity. 

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READ AND PLAY
Fridays 1.30-2.30pm at Olney Library

Read and Play

Join us on Fridays when we have books and toys for you to explore with your pre-school age children (suitable for ages 0-4 years).

Please note that parents/carers must remain with their children during this activity. 

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COMPUTER HELP SESSIONS
IT Buddies are waiting to help you

Red Keyboard Help

If you'd like a little guidance about using computers, the internet, your iPad, tablet or phone, setting up emails or have any computer related questions you'd like answered, we have amazing volunteers called IT BUDDIES ready to help you.

Contact the host library to arrange your session.

  • Central Library by emailing Central Library, phoning 01908 254051 or asking at the desk.
  • Olney Library by phoning 01234 711474 or asking at the desk.
  • Bletchley Library for Tuesdays 11am-1pm by phoning 01908 372797 or asking at the desk.
  • Woburn Sands Library by phoning 01908 582033 or asking at the desk.
  • Wolverton Library for Tuesdays 2-4pm and Wednesdays 11.30am-1.30pm by phoning 01908 312812 or asking at the desk.

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BRING YOUR OWN BOOK!
Monthly Book Chat Group at Newport Pagnell Library

Bring Your Own Book

Do you have a book that you would love to share with others? The Book Chat Group meets once a month on a Monday evening at 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome - just come along on the night and bring your favourite book! The next meeting dates are:

  • 6 January
  • 3 February
  • 2 March
  • 6 April
  • 11 May
  • 1 June

For more information, please contact Newport Pagnell Library on 01908 610933. The library is closed on Mondays and group members meet at the Riverside door at 5.30pm for entry.

We hope to see you soon!

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Family History Consultations:

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Expert John Hanson is offering free 20 minute consultations to help you with research into your Family History. Sessions are held on Thursdays between 4.15-7.30pm and need to be booked in advance by phoning 01908 254051 or emailing Central Library.

  • 16 January
  •  20 February
  • 19 March
  • 16 April

Family History sessions always prove very popular and we would recommend booking early!

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FoLiO Events at Olney Library:

FoLiO (Friends of the Library in Olney) support Olney Library with many activities and have lined up another amazing programme of talks for 2019. Download your copy of the events (PDF, 153KB) and save the dates.

PICTURES OF COSTA RICA
Monday 3 February 2020 ~ 7.30pm

Title 'Pictures of Costa Rica' and map of Costa Rica

Ray and Jenny Rowlson share their adventures and pictures of Costa Rica.

Tickets are £5. You will need to book your place in advance online and pay at the door on the evening.

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FoSSL Events at Stony Stratford Library:

The Friends of Stony Stratford Library bring a variety of activities and events to Stony Stratford Library. Watch this space for the latest updates. More details to follow for future events - save the dates! 

CHOKED: THE AGE OF AIR POLLUTION AND THE FIGHT FOR A CLEANER FUTURE
Tuesday 28 January 2020 ~ 7pm

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FoSSL are delighted to welcome Beth Gardiner, American journalist and author, to deliver this talk based on her book of the same title - as part of the Stony Words programme. 

Air pollution is one of the world's most urgent health threats, killing more people than AIDS, diabetes and car accidents combined. Beth will take listeners from the halls of power in Washington and the diesel-fogged streets of London to Poland's coal heartland and India's gasping capital.

Tickets for the talk are available from Stony Stratford Library (01908 562562) from Tuesday 7 January 2020. Tickets are free but FoSSL welcome donations on the night.

Her book has been featured as Book of the Week by the Guardian, which said that 'you couldn't ask for a better guide for non-specialists and concerned citizens.

Future dates with more information to follow:

  • Naomi Eisenstadt will talk about 'Parents, Policy and the State' - Tuesday, 25 February 2020.
  • Monica Else will talk about 'What is Cancer?' - Wednesday, 1 April 2020.

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Discover MK Exhibitions:

RELIVE GEORGIAN LIFE - Olney
November - December 2019

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Visit the Discover MK Showcase area on the first floor at Central Library to see the 'Explore Your Archives' exhibition.

The exhibition explores the influence of the Georgian era on life in Olney and the surrounding area; featuring articles from the collection at the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney.

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Children's Library Events:

Please remember that storytimes are term time only.
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Regular Library Events:

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Community Events:

You might find the COIN Community Information Database useful when looking for local groups or support.

  • Tuesdays (10am-12noon) Age UK Milton Keynes Drop-in at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Wednesdays (10am-12noon) Senior Friends Get Together at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Saturday 10am-12noon (on set dates) Newport Pagnell Town Council surgery at Newport Pagnell Library
  • First Saturday of the Month (10.30am-12noon) Newport Pagnell South Councillors Surgery at Newport Pagnell Library.
  • Third Saturday of the Month (10-11am) Bletchley Park Ward Councillor Surgery at Bletchley Library.

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Last Updated: 25 January 2020