What's On in Your Library and Community

 

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Upcoming Events:

WINTER MINI CHALLENGE
1 December 2018 - 11 January 2019

Winter Mini Challenge cartoon Yeti

The Reading Agency has teamed up with Nosy Crow to bring you a Winter Mini Challenge inspired by 'There's a Yeti in the Playground!' - it's going to be SNOW MUCH FUN!

All you need to do is read three books between these dates. Rate and review the books on the Reading Agency website to unlock rewards, including  a virtual badge and a certificate to print and keep.

Copies of 'There's a Yeti in the Playground' as well as other titles by the author Pamela Butchart are available to borrow.

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CULTURAL ROUTES PASSPORT
1 December 2018 - 6 January 2019

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Discover the art and heritage around Milton Keynes and win yourself some fantastic prizes this Christmas with Pedalling Culture’s Cultural Routes Passport - and it's open to all ages.

You'll need to visit the Pedalling Culture website and register to get started.

Once you've got your passport, you just need to visit 4 places on the cultural route and complete the green challenge to earn your passport stamp. There are 17 venues to choose from - and 8 of those are Milton Keynes Libraries where our challenge is all about the 'Milton Keynes Monster'!

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When you've collected 4 stamps, you can return your passport by email or to any of the Milton Keynes Libraries.

You'll find full details on the Pedalling Culture website including links to download your passport and register online, together with venue information, FAQs and prizes on offer.

Good luck! We hope you'll join the fun.

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ROBOTAZIA
From 15 December 2018

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The robots will be taking over the Event Space at Central Library from 15 December!

Amy and her robot friends will be with us thanks to Robotazia. Robotazia is a unique collection of sci-fi robots and props - creativity from all disciplines under the theme of 'robots'.

From 15 December 2018 you'll be able to:

  • Visit the  mini museum of amazing Robotazia creations made from recycled materials - including unique robots and famous robots you'll recognise.
  • Speak with staff who know all about the robots.
  • Meet robot waitress "Amy" in the sci-fi themed coffee shop, where you can enjoy tasty drinks and snacks.
  • Enter the 'Name the Robot' competition.
  • Watch robot short movies on the big screen.
  • Visit the Robotazia shop for robot gifts and goodies.

The cafe will be open from 9am - 3.30pm on Saturdays, 9am-4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9am-6.30pm on Thursdays when the library is open.

You can see some of the latest projects and work on the Robotazia Instagram page or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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ART EXHIBITION: XANE ASIAMAH 'NE' YAW ASIYAMA
November-December 2018 at Central Library

Painting from the Asiyama Exhibition
©  Xane Asiamah

ASIAMAH NE ASIYAMA is a collaborative exhibition showcasing a family's art journey. 

Originally titled NEWBLOOD, Ghana based Xane Asiamah shares gallery space with MK based Yaw Asiyama - painter, playwright, poet and fashion designer.

Following the successful exhibition in the Event Space, this exhibition has now moved upstairs at Central Library.

We hope you'll take the time to visit.

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Archive Files

MILTON KEYNES ARCHIVES is a group made up of Milton Keynes Council, the City Discovery Centre, Living Archive MK and Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies.

MK Archives wants to know if you would be interested in using a service which brought together local archives within the Central Library.

Please take 5 minutes to give your feedback online. Alternatively, you can print the questionnaire (DOCX, 19KB) and hand it in at any of the Milton Keynes Libraries.

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LEGO/DUPLO CLUB at Central Library
Every Thursday 4-5pm (first floor)

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.

Please note that there will not be a session on Thursday, 27 December 2018.

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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ADULT CRAFT EVENINGS at Olney Library

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

  • Paper Crafts
    28 November 2018
  • No sessions for December, January or February
  • 27 March 2019

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

Reserve your place at Olney Library - there's a £5 charge to be paid on the evening.

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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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

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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, but you can register your interest by phoning 01908 254050 or speaking to library staff.

  • 13 December
  • 10 January
  • 24 January
  • 7 February
  • 21 February
  • 7 March

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

Sewing

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!

Meetings have now stopped for Christmas and will start again in January 2019.

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Chess

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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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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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-12.30pm with Newport Pagnell South Ward Councillors.
  • Bletchley Library - on the third Saturday of each month 10-11am with the Bletchley Park Ward Councillor.

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SATURDAY CRAFT CLUB at Olney Library
Second Saturday of every month ~ 10am-11.30am

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FREE crafts and creativity brought to you by the Friends of the Library in Olney (FoLiO).

Crafts and activities are aimed at children aged 6-12 and everyone is welcome to join the fun. Drop in or stay for the whole session.

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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Quill cartoon pen and books

WRITERS' CIRCLE
First Wednesday of every month ~ 7.30-8.30pm

The Writers' Circle was formed at Olney Library but now meet at The Wildleaf Cafe in Olney. Local authors meet to share, promote and support each other's work.

We hope you'll join us. If you'd like to know more information, ask at the desk in Olney Library or email the FoLiO organiser.

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READ AND PLAY
Fridays 1-2.30pm 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 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 the reference library, phoning 01908 254051 or or asking at the desk.
  • Olney Library by phoning 01234 711474 or asking at the desk.
  • Bletchley Library for Tuesdays and Fridays 11am-1pm by phoning 01908 372797 or asking at the desk.
  • Woburn Sands Library for Saturdays 10am-1pm by phoning 01908 582033 or asking at the desk.

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HOOKED ON BOOKS CLUB
11.30am - 12.30pm at Olney Library

Hooked on Books in Santa Hats

If you are between 7-13 years old and love books this is the club for you! Lydia regularly visits Olney Library and has started this free monthly club with all kinds of book related fun with a different theme each month.

* Games and Puzzles * Reading and Reporting * Colouring and Crafts * Investigations * Character Dress-up * Sketching * ... and lots more! 

The club sessions run on the third Saturday of each month and we hope you'll join us at one of the sessions:

  • 15 December - Christmas Fun and Games

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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:

  • 7 January 2019
  • 4 February 2019
  • 4 March 2019
  • 8 April 2019
  • 6 May 2019
  • 3 June 2019

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:

Antique satch and photos

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 the Family History department at Central Library.

  • 17 January 2019
  • 21 February 2019
  • 21 March 2019

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, 134KB) and save the dates.

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY
Monday, 7 January 2019 ~ 7.30pm

Native American dancer

Join us at The Olney Centre and Library for a fascinating talk brought to you by the Friends of Olney Library.

Peter Gage will be speaking about Native American History.

Contact Olney Library in advance to register and secure your place (01234 711474).

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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! 

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STONY PLAY READERS

Stony Play Readers is a group, formed by Stony Stratford Theatre Society, to read plays in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Scripts will be provided and no acting experience is necesssary.

Readings are held at Stony Stratford Library.

To find out more, contact the library in person or phone 01908 562562.

AN EVENING WITH M. R. CAREY
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 ~ 7pm

Book cover of Someone Like Me by M R Carey

Mike Carey, the author of 'The Girl with All the Gifts', 'Fellside' and 'Someone Like Me' will be speaking about his novels, screenplays and comics.

The talk is brought to you by Friends of Stony Stratford Library in conjunction with Stony Words 2019. We hope you'll join us.

Tickets are available from Stony Stratford Library from Tuesday, 8 January 2019.

Future dates with more information to follow:

  • Suzanne Campbell-Jones talk - Wednesday, 6 March 2019

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Discover MK Exhibitions:

EXPLORE YOUR ARCHIVE
20 November 2018 - 20 January 2019 at Central Library

Visit the Discover MK Showcase on the first floor at Central Library to see this exhibition by Living Archive. 

Photo of old diary in showcase at Central Library

Explore Your Archive is a campaign that showcases the best of archives and archive services in the UK and Ireland. It celebrates the unique potential of archives to excite people, bring communities together and tell amazing stories.

This exhibition showcases some of the archive collections held by members of Milton Keynes Heritage Association. It features exhibits from The Open University, Cowper and Newton Museum, Living Archive MK and MK City Discovery Centre.

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Children's Library Events:

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

  • Weekly Knit and Natter sessions at Westcroft Library (Wednesday).
  • Weekly Knit and Natter sessions at Kingston Library (Wednesday).
  • Weekly Knit and Natter sessions at Bletchley Library (Wednesday).
  • Weekly table top games and activities at Olney Library (Thursday afternoons).
  • Weekly Knit and Natter sessions at Newport Pagnell Library (Wednesday).
  • Weekly Knit and Natter sessions at Stony Stratford Library (Wednesday).
  • Monthly Writers' Circle at Olney Library (First Wednesday each month).
  • Monthly Knit and Natter and Stitch sessions at Wolverton Library (Tuesday).
  • Monthly Reading Groups.
  • Monthly informal Book Chat Group at Newport Pagnell Library.
  • Weekly Craft and Chat Group at Newport Pagnell Library.
  • Weekly Chess Club at Woburn Sands Library (Fridays 2-5pm)

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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.
  • Second Tuesday of the Month (6-7pm)  (excluding August) Art Hour at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Wednesdays (10am-12noon) Senior Friends Get Together at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Saturdays (10am-1pm) IT Buddy sessions at Woburn Sands Library offering help with your computer skills.
  • First Saturday of the Month (10.30am-12.30pm) 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: 15 December 2018