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MK50 Events:

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Milton Keynes was 50 on 23 January 2017!

We're celebrating with many events at Central Library throughout the year and we hope you'll join us.

You can visit our MK50 web page to see how we're celebrating.

Be sure to keep your eyes open for these MK50 activities:

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Upcoming Events:

SPRINGTIME ART, CRAFTS AND POEMS
by Community Learning

Easter Eggs in a row

Join us for Easter fun at these sessions for children aged 4+. Tickets are £2 per child and available in advance from the host library.

  • Tuesday, 4 April ~ 10am-12noon at Central Library
  • Tuesday, 4 April ~ 2-4pm at Kingston Library
  • Wednesday, 5 April ~ 10am-12noon at Wolverton Library
  • Wednesday, 5 April ~ 2-4pm at Westcroft Library

Parents and carers should remain with their children throughout the session.

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TRANSMISSION MEDITATION
Monthly events at Westcroft Library

Transmission Meditation is very simple but powerful group meditation and everyone is welcome to join these free sessions at Westcroft Library. Previous experience of meditation is not necessary so come along!

Sessions are 10.15-11.15 am on the following dates:

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  • 6 April 2017
  • 4 May 2017
  • 1 June 2017
  • 3 August 2017
  • 7 September 2017
  • 5 October 2017
  • 2 November 2017
  • 7 December 2017

To learn more about these sessions phone 07515 710971.

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CHILDREN'S HOUR at Bletchley Library
Thursday, 20 April 2017 ~ 10-11am

Staff led stories, songs and crafts, educational toys and exclusive use of the library during the session - all for only £2 per child on the door. (no booking necessary)

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AUSTERITY - Play by Mike Elliston
Wednesday, 29 March to Saturday, 1 April

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Central Library is pleased to host 'Austerity' a play by Mike Ellison, presented by 'The Play's The Thing Theatre Company'.

Set in the post-war period of 1945-51 'Austerity' aims to start a conversation at a time when we are on the verge of yet another 'reassessment of the nation'.

Don't miss this edgy, funny, politically charged immersive piece of theatre with audience Q & A sessions.

  • Wednesday, 29 March - 7.30pm
  • Thursday, 30 March - 7.30pm
  • Friday, 31 March - 7.30pm
  • Saturday, 1 April - 2pm

Tickets are £12 each (£10 concessions) and can be purchased from the Enquiry Desk on the first floor at Central Library or online through Ticketsource.

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POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT SESSIONS
at Kingston Library

The Police Community Support Officers will be at Kingston Library looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have. Drop by and say hello between 11am and 12 noon on:

  • Friday, 31 March 2017

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Saturday, 22 April ~ 7pm at The Olney Centre

Great Expectations - James Hornsby

Friends of the Library in Olney are proud to present... "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens: James Hornsby's One Man Show!

Tickets can be bought online or by contacting Olney Library on 01234 711474.

Ticket prices: Adults £8 - Under 17s £5 - Concessions £7.

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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 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.

We have drop-in sessions at several libraries (no appointment necessary) or you can book an appointment at Central Library by phoning 01908 254051 or emailing the reference library.

  • Woburn Sands Library - Saturdays 10am-1pm
  • Wolverton Library - Saturdays 10am-1pm 

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

Hooked on Books Club

If you are between 7-11 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! 

We hope you'll join Lydia at one of the sessions:

  • 8 April 2017 - Celebrating the first anniversary of the club!
  • 13 May 2017 - Michael Morpurgo

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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 Tuesday evening at 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome - just come along on the night and bring your favourite book! The next meeting dates are:

  • 4 April 2017
  • 2 May 2017
  • 6 June 2017

For more information, please contact Newport Pagnell Library on 01908 610933. The library closes at 5pm and group members meet at the Riverside door at 5.30pm for entry.

We hope to see you soon!

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CAB Outreach

CITIZENS ADVICE OUTREACH SERVICE
Drop-In Sessions at Stony Stratford Library

Residents of Stony Stratford, Fullers Slade and Galley Hill can access the monthly outreach service funded by Stony Stratford Town Council and hosted at Stony Stratford Library.

Advice, support and assistance is free, confidential and impartial. You can read full details of the outreach service here. (PDF, 31KB)

No appointment is necessary and you can drop in between 10am-1pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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Family History Consultations:

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Expert John Hanson is offering free 30 minute consultations to help you with research into your Family History. Sessions need to be booked in advance by phoning 01908 254051 or emailing the Family History department at Central Library.

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017 ~ 4.15-7.30pm
  • Thursday, 18 May 2017 ~ 4.15-7.30pm
  • Thursday, 22 June 2017 ~ 4.15-7.30pm
  • Thursday, 27 July 2017 ~ 4.15-7.30pm

These sessions prove very popular and we would recommend booking early!

FAMILY HISTORY SESSION at Stony Stratford Library
29 March 2017 ~ 1.30-4.30pm

John Hanson will be visiting Stony Stratford Library for a special session to help you with your Family History research. Book your free 30 minute session in advance by emailing Stony Stratford Library or phoning 01908 562562.

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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.

THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, PAST AND PRESENT
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 ~ 7pm

Sir Neil Chalmers

Sir Neil Chalmers will be speaking about the history of The Natural History Museum, from its foundation by Sir Hans Sloane in the eighteenth century, as part of the British Museum, to its work today, including both its exhibitions and scientific research. Neil will also give you a flavour of daily life behind the scenes at the Museum.

Tickets are FREE and available from Stony Stratford Library (01908 562562) from Tuesday, 14 March.

Poster showing illustration of Venice

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NO LAUGHING MATTER? Shakespeare's Comedy 'The Merchant of Venice: The Historical Context'
Monday, 10 April 2017 ~ 7pm

Tickets are FREE and available from Stony Stratford Library (01908 562562).

More details to follow for these events - save the dates!

THE STORY OF THE STONY STRATFORD WILLIS PIPE ORGAN
Tuesday, 6 June 2017 ~ 7pm

Anna Page will speak about the history of the organ in St Mary and St Giles Church.

BUILDING A NEW TOWN IN AN OLD COUNTRY
Wedneday, 5 July 2017 ~ 7pm

Peter Waterman will speak about the creation of Milton Keynes; a fitting subject during this fiftieth anniversary of its creation.

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Discover MK Exhibitions:

Timeline Exhibition celebrating 50 years of Milton Keynes

TIMELINE EXHIBITION
January - March 2017 at Central Library

On 23 January 2017 it is Milton Keynes' birthday and the Timeline Exhibition celebrates 50 years of Milton Keynes, featuring many archive images and interesting facts, as well as memorabilia and artefacts from the last 50 years.

We hope you'll stop by the Discover MK showcase on the first floor and take a look.

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CONSERVATION AND ARCHAEOLOGY
February 2017 - 6 April 2017 at Westcroft Library

This exhibition highlights the work of the Council's Conservation and Archaeology Team. It focuses on some key current projects and recent archaeological discoveries.

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Arts and Heritage

Are you aged 4-14? Join the Heritage Hunt around Central Library and discover famous paintings and facts about the past in Milton Keynes.

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Milton Keynes Libraries have worked in partnership with Living Archive and Milton Keynes Heritage Association to design this trail just for you. Full details are on the Young Heritage Hunters web page.

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Self Guided Art and Heritage Trail

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During opening hours at Central Library you can follow this Art and Heritage Trail that celebrates the Grade II Listed status of the building and introduces you to the many artworks we have in and around Central Library. Collect your guide and map and begin your tour.

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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:

  • Mondays (10.30am-12.30pm) IT support at Woburn Sands Library using your own devices and WiFi with Stef Muzz of 'Love Woburn Sands'.
  • First Friday of the Month (10am-12.30pm) Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) Drop-in at Bletchley Library.
  • Tuesdays (10am-12noon) Age UK Milton Keynes Drop-in at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Second Tuesday of the Month (6-7pm) Art Hour at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Wednesdays (10am-12noon) Senior Friends Get Together at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Second Thursday of the month (7.30-9pm) Adult Storytelling evening at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Saturdays (10am-1pm) IT Buddy Drop-in sessions at Wolverton Library offering help with your computer skills.
  • Saturdays (10am-1pm) IT Buddy Drop-in sessions at Woburn Sands Library offering help with your computer skills.

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