What's On in Your Library and Community

On the advice of the Government and Public Health England ALL MILTON KEYNES LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED from Wednesday 18 March 2020 until further notice. 

 ALL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED.

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:

SEATED EXERCISE CLASSES
February - April 2020

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Join qualified fitness instructor Mark Shettle for a series of Seated Exercise Classes at various libraries.

Central Library - 10.30-11am on the following Wednesdays:

  • 11 March
  • 18 March
  • 25 March
  • 1 April

You're welcome to attend all sessions for £10 or individual sessions at £2.50 each.

Bletchley Library - 10-10.30am on the following Fridays:

  • 6 March
  • 13 March
  • 20 March
  • 27 March
  • 3 April

You're welcome to attend all sessions for £10 or individual sessions at £2.50 each.

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Kingston Library - 2.30-3pm on:

  • Friday 6 March

Special offer trial session for £2.

Stony Stratford Library - 10.30-11am on the following Mondays:

(The library is closed on Mondays, but attendees should come to the front door and they will be admitted for the classes.)

  • 9 March
  • 16 March
  • 23 March

You're welcome to attend all sessions for £10 or individual sessions at £2.50 each.

Newport Pagnell Library - 2-2.30pm on:

  • Tuesday 10 March

Special offer trial session for £2.

Everyone is welcome at these sessions and if you'd like to book your place or learn more about the classes email Mark Shettle. If you prefer, you can just turn up on the day.

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CHILDREN'S BOOK SALE
Central Library

We're having a sale of Children's books at Central Library - be sure to stop by and grab yourself some bargains - they're only 25p each (or 5 for £1)!

We've just added lots of children's non-fiction books!

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TEEN BOOK CLUB
Central Library

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If you're aged 13-17 and like reading then you might like to join Rachel at the Teen Book Club.

They're a friendly bunch that meet upstairs in the Children's Library to chat about books.

The reading group meets on Saturdays 3-4.45pm and the next dates are:

  • 21 March
  • 18 April
  • 16 May
  • 13 June
  • 11 July

No need to book, just come along on the day and introduce yourself. If you'd like to get in touch, you can email us at Central Library.

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WRIGGLE DANCE THEATRE
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ALL PERFORMANCES BY WRIGGLE DANCE THEATRE HAVE BEEN POSTPONED - Please help us spread the word.
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The 2020 show from Wriggle Dance Theatre is called 'Rainbowfish Goes Adrift’. It's the story of the search for a lost rainbowfish who has drifted from the freshwater into the sea due to plastic pollution.

It's an interactive dance theatre show with live music and audience interactivity. It's suitable for ages 2+ (including grown-ups)!

The show is free and spaces are limited so everyone attending, regardless of age, needs to book a ticket.

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Tuesday 17 March:

SOLD OUT for 10-10.45am - Kingston Library

SOLD OUT for 1.45-2.30pm - Central Library

Wednesday 18 March:

SOLD OUT for 10-10.45am - Bletchley Library

SOLD OUT for 1.45-2.30pm - Stony Stratford Library

Wednesday 25 March:

SOLD OUT for 10-10.45am - Newport Pagnell Library

SOLD OUT for 1.45-2.30pm - Wolverton Library

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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

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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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POSITIVE MINDFUL DRUMMING
28 February - 3 April 2020

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

Sessions run on Fridays for 6 weeks starting 28 February. 

  • 11.15-11.45am - EARLY YEARS (Under 5s with parent/carer) - £9 for 6 weeks or £2 per session BOOK EARLY YEARS
  • 1-1.40pm - HOME EDUCATED KIDS (with parent/carer) - £12 for 6 weeks or £3 per session BOOK HOME ED
  • 2-2.50pm - OVER 55s and RETIREES - £18 for 6 weeks or £4 per session  BOOK OVER 55s

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 in the foyer 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 days.

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ADULT CRAFT EVENINGS at Olney Library

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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.

  • 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)

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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)

From Monday 16 March 2020 in response to Government advice regarding the current coronavirus outbreak we will be adapting some services. ALL Children's Hours will become free storytimes from 10.30-11am without the accompanying toys or craft activities (including colouring).
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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

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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.

  • 19 March
  • 2 April
  • 16 April
  • 30 April
  • 14 May
  • 28 May
  • 11 June
  • 25 June

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 CLUBS

From Monday 16 March 2020 in response to Government advice regarding the current coronavirus outbreak we will be adapting some services. ALL Lego/Duplo Clubs will be suspended. We will let you know when they start again.
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Free all-round fun with the Lego/Duplo Clubs across the libraries.

We'll provide the bricks and you provide the imagination. Everyone regardless of age is invited to join the fun. No booking is necessary - just turn up on the day.

You can choose from the following clubs and remember that the sessions are drop-in so stay as long as you like.

Tuesdays:

  • Wolverton Library 3.30-4.30pm
  • Olney Library 3.30-5pm

Wednesdays:

  • Bletchley Library 3.30-4.30pm

Thursdays:

  • Newport Pagnell Library 3.30-4.30pm
  • Westcroft Library 3.30-4.30pm
  • Central Library 4-5pm

Fridays:

  • Kingston Library 3.30-4.30pm

Saturdays:

  • Olney Library 10.30-11.30am on the first Saturday each month

Remember that the clubs are free and open to everyone. All clubs are term times only except for the Tuesday session at Olney Library which happens every week.

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

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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 3-5pm

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

From Monday 16 March 2020 in response to Government advice regarding the current coronavirus outbreak we will be adapting some services. Activity Hatch Sessions will be suspended. We will let you know when they start again.
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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:

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    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.

  • 14 March
  • 9 May
  • 13 June
  • 11 July

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

From Monday 16 March 2020 in response to Government advice regarding the current coronavirus outbreak we will be adapting some services. Read & Play Sessions will be suspended. We will let you know when they start again.
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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

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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.

We also hold regular drop-in IT Help sessions at Central Library (upstairs by the computers) on Fridays from 1-3pm. No booking needed - just come along.

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IT HELP SESSIONS at Central Library
Fridays ~ 1-3pm

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We have IT helpers on hand to answer your IT questions and help you with your phones, tablets or laptops.

We can help with basic IT skills and queries and help you to use library apps like RBdigital and PressReader.

Stop by for these free drop-in sessions in the computer area upstairs at Central Library every Friday afternoon 1-3pm.

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

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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 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.

  •  19 March - CANCELLED
  • 16 April - CANCELLED

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, 135KB) and save the dates.

AN EVENING WITH BILL HAMILTON
Monday 6 April 2020 ~ 7.30pm

This talk has been CANCELLED.

Bill Hamilton has been a BBC Correspondent for 57 years and he'll be with us for an evening of conversation.

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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! 

Future dates with more information to follow:

  • Monica Else will talk about 'What is Cancer?' - Postponed - date to be confirmed.
  • Darrel Ince - 'Unknown Paris' - Postponed - date to be confirmed.

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Discover MK Exhibitions:

MULTICULTURAL NEW TOWNS HERITAGE PROJECT
February - March 2020

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Visit the Discover MK Showcase area on the first floor at Central Library to see the 'Multicultural New Towns Heritage' exhibition.

In the 1960s, the UK Government decided there was a need for a new towns in the South East of England to accommodate the projected population increase of London.

Milton Keynes was born and early predictions did not estimate how it would boom and become so diverse. The melting pot of newcomers, learning to live together, has been enriched by an increasing influx of migrants. This is a unique story with an important heritage component to share with future generations in Milton Keynes and elsewhere.

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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: 2 June 2020