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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 Enjoy a short video as we share some of our memories from the last year.

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Upcoming Events:

23 January - 4 February 2018

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StonyWords is Milton Keynes' annual festival celebrating the Word in all its formats. It 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. Join the entertainment at one or all of the events. Be enlightened, informed and entertained in the dark days of Winter.

Many events are free and these are the ones held at Stony Stratford Library:

  • 23 Jan 7pm - An Evening with Tessa Hadley
  • 24 Jan 7pm - Translating 'The Little Prince' Joe Laredo
  • 26 Jan 7pm - Shakespeare: A Musical Celebration
  • 27 Jan 11am - The Princess and the Pea, Theatre of Widdershins
  • 27 Jan 3pm - Andree's War, talk by Francelle White
  • 28 Jan 5pm - Pop-up Performances by Stony Stratford Theatre
  • 29 Jan 7pm - F Scott Fitzgerald & The Great Gatsby, talk by Sarah Churchwell
  • 30 Jan 7pm - Encore Masterclass by Danni Kushner
  • 31 Jan 7pm - 100 Years Fighting for Social Justice in North Bucks, talk by Living Archive MK
  • 3 Feb 11am - Pop-up Performances by Stony Stratford Theatre
  • 3 Feb 4pm - Pop-up Performances by Stony Stratford Theatre

Visit the StonyWords website for a full listing of all the events and details on how to book tickets.

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MK50 SHOWCASE at Central Library
18 January - 22 February 2018

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Throughout 2017 a wealth of events and activities have been delivered in celebration of the 50th birthday of our unique city.

This exhibition brings together elements from exhibitions, events and projects created and staged during the year.

Stop by Central Library and see what MK50 had to offer over the last year.

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Saturday, 20 January 2018 ~ 2-4pm

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Working with artist Emma Wilde you will make a large, colourful collaged map of Milton Keynes. Looking at original plans and drawings we will become town planners - designing our own buildings, bridges, shops, parks and houses to be included on our map of this exciting new town.

The workshop is suitable for ages 7+.

Book your tickets in advance at the Enquiry Desk, first floor at Central Library.

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA at Stony Stratford Library
Saturday, 27 January 2018 ~ 11-11.40am

Puppet show suitable for ages 4+.

Theatre of Widdershins Princess and the Pea
© Theatre of Widdershins

King Lentil Bentil and Queen Tomatina are worried that their son, Prince Pilchard, spends too much time on his computer and will never meet a Princess to marry.  When Pilchards falls for the mysterious Olivia, the King and Queen’s fears are increased.  Is he or is she not a REAL princess?  There is, of course, only one way to find out.

This tale, made famous by Hans Christian Anderson, comes from the collection of the Skinny Widd Tales – Theatre of Widdershins’ unplugged storytelling.  Where tales are told with simple puppets and props, and children are encouraged to add their voice and energy.

Brought to you as part of the StonyWords festival. Tickets available in advance from Stony Stratford Library.

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Regular Event Showcase:

LEGO and DUPLO CLUB at Olney Library
First Saturday of every month ~ 10.30am-11.30am

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

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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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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Second Saturday of every month ~ 10.30am-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 with a different theme each month.

  • 13 January 2018 - Light pulls and calendars
  • 10 February 2018 - Hats with air freshener and flowers (for Mother's Day)
  • 10 March 2018 - Spring mobile and Easter cards

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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WRITERS' CIRCLE at Olney Library
Second Thursday of every month ~ 7.30-8.30pm

Local authors meeting 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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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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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 Woburn Sands Library on Saturdays 10am-1pm or you can book an appointment at:

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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:

  • 20 January 2018 - Rachel Renee Russell
  • 17 February 2018 - Enid Blyton
  • 17 March 2018 - Chris Riddell
  • 21 April - 2nd Birthday celebrations for Hooked on Books club!

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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:

  • 5 February 2018
  • 5 March 2018
  • 9 April 2018
  • 14 May 2018
  • 4 June 2018

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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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 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.

  • 18 January 2018
  • 15 February 2018
  • 15 March 2018
  • 17 May 2018
  • 28 June 2018
  • 19 July 2018

These sessions 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 an amazing programme of talks for 2018. Download your copy of the events (PDF, 101KB) and save the dates.

EMPOWERMENT: Get Going for the New Year
Thursday, 4 January 2018 ~ 7.30pm

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Roy McDonald presents an evening of inspiration and empowerment at The Olney Centre and Library.

Book your free tickets in advance at Olney Library.

[Donations are welcome on the night]

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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!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 ~ 7pm

Author Tessa Hadley

This event is part of the Stony Words 2018 literary festival. Acclaimed author Tessa Hadley will read from her latest novel 'The Past' and discuss her writing.

Join us for this interactive evening with Tessa and the chance to purchase copies of 'The Past' or her latest publication, a collection of short stories, 'Bad Dreams'. 

Free tickets are available from Stony Stratford Library.

Friday, 26 January 2018 ~ 7pm

Shakespeare Illustration

Due to popular demand, this repeat performance is offered as part of the Stony Words 2018 literary festival. Created by Vicki Shakeshaft and Paul Martin this musical celebration is presented by Vicki, Paul and friends.

Book your free tickets at Stony Stratford Library. 

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Discover MK Exhibitions:

Details of the next exhibition are coming soon!

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Arts and Heritage:

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:

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

  • 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)  (excluding August) Art Hour at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Wednesdays (10am-12noon) Senior Friends Get Together at Woburn Sands Library.
  • Saturdays (10am-1pm) IT Buddy Drop-in sessions at Woburn Sands Library offering help with your computer skills.

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Last Updated: 15 January 2018