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:

200 MILLION MINUTES - Reading Challenge
7 March - 2 April 2019

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The 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge aims to encourage children across England and Wales - at schools, libraries, playgroups, etc - to collectively read for 200 million minutes within the challenge time frame.  We're thrilled to say that Milton Keynes Libraries has signed up for this.

Children and teens are invited to collect a bookmark from any of the libraries and record the time you've spent reading between 7 March and 2 April. Hand your bookmarks to staff at any of the libraries and your minutes will be included alongside our storytimes, children's hours and school/group visits when we register the totals online.

We hope you'll help us make the challenge a success!

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ROBOTAZIA

The robots have taken over the Event Space at Central Library and we're thrilled to announce that they will be with us until the end of March 2019!

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'.

Robotazia Poster

You can:

  • 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 10am-4pm on Saturdays, 10.30am-4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10.30am-6.30pm on Thursdays whenever 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.

The 'Name the Robot' competition has been won by Daisy and the robot is now called 'Jandowan'! Well done to Daisy.

There's now a new robot who needs naming - come visit and offer up your name suggestions.

Toy robot holding a winning raffle ticket

Because of their extended their stay, Robotazia have started a new raffle! Buy a strip of 5 tickets for £2.50 to enter. The prizes this time are:

  • 1st Prize - Deluxe R2D2 18" tall
  • 2nd Prize - Megatron Mask/Voice changer
  • 3rd Prize - Official Robotazia Mug and Pen

Winners will be drawn on Wednesday, 20 March 2019. Good luck!

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MILTON KEYNES SCALE MODEL CLUB
Every Saturday in March 2019

Photos of scale models

The MK Scale Model Club will be at Central Library (upstairs by the Children's Library) every Saturday during March to display their models and talk to anyone interested in modelling. 

Milton Keynes Scale Model Club will also be presenting their modelling showcase at the Marshall Arena (AKA Arena MK) on Sunday 28 April 2019 alongside 80 other modelling clubs and organisations who will also be exhibiting their stunning models from all disciplines, interests and genres from across the years - everything from working model railways through to science fiction and fantasy monsters.

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Young Heritage Hunters - ICHTHYOSAUR CHALLENGE

Ichthyosaur Fossil

Calling all Young Heritage Hunters (aged 4-14) - join the MK Monster Challenge and find out more about the Ichthyosaur.

Step into the Triassic period and meet the 'fish lizard' at Central Library. It's easy to take part, just follow these steps:

  • Collect your quiz postcard from the desk.
  • See the fossils in our showcase and visit the skeleton in the Reference Library.
  • Find the answers to three questions about ichthyosaurs from our display.
  • Hand your completed card to a member of staff and collect your free backpack!

Another exciting challenge brought to you in association with the Milton Keynes Heritage Association.

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BRITISH WEST INDIES REGIMENT & KINGS AFRICAN RIFLES IN THE GREAT WAR
6 March - 27 April 2019 at Central Library

Black and White photo of soldiers

This free photographic exhibition is on the first floor at Central Library and is brought to you by Learning Through the Arts. It commemorates the contributions and sacrifices of soldiers who served in the King's African Rifles and British West Indies Regiment during the Great War (1914 - 1918).

Saturday, 27 April 3-4.30pm at Central Library

You are invited to join us as we unpick the exhibition to learn about the contributions and sacrifices of the men of the British West Indies Regiment and King’s African Rifles in the Great War during an interactive presentation.

Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance with Eventbrite. 

Follow Learning Through the Arts on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

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MK JOB SHOW
Friday, 29 and Saturday, 30 March 2019

MK Job Show Logo for March 2019

The MK Job Show showcases thousands of employment and training opportunities – from part time to full time, entry level to senior executive, apprenticeships to graduate positions – there is something for everyone at the MK Job Show.

If you're looking for job opportunities, then go along to Middleton Hall, the Centre:MK between 10am-6pm.

We'll be at the show and hope you'll stop by to say hello.

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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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SOUND START WORKSHOPS
Shake, Rattle and Tap

Baby playing Xylophone

Join Community Learning MK for a series of workshops around the libraries.

These workshops are suitable for children aged 1-4 years and during the sessions you will:

  • Create musical instruments from recycled materials
  • Use props and toys to bring songs to life
  • Learn new and traditional songs and rhymes
  • Make music together as a family

Tickets are £1 per family and must be booked in advance at the host library.

Newport Pagnell Library on the following Tuesdays from 10.15-11am:

  • 26 March

Stony Stratford Library on the following Tuesdays from 1.45-2.30pm:

  • 26 March

Westcroft Library on the following Thursdays from 10.15-11am:

  • 28 March

Wolverton Library on the following Thursdays from 1.45-2.30pm:

  • 28 March

Be sure to book your place by contacting the host library.

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STORY BOX THEATRE PROJECT
February-April 2019

Story Box Theatre member performing

Alfie James Productions brings you an exciting new project starting at Central Library - funded by Milton Keynes Community Foundation.

The Story Box Theatre project is designed specifically for adults aged 50 and over and provides a free 8 week project. 

Through weekly workshops and special one off events, the group explores the art of oral storytelling through fun, practical performance techniques before working towards regular small public performances.

If you'd like to find out more about the project or are interested in being involved, you can email Alfie James or phone 07858 625622.

The first performance by the group is 'Room on the Broom' at Central Library on Saturday, 30 March 2-2.30pm. SORRY BUT THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT.

Please note that the Children's Library will be closed to the public between 1-3pm for this performance.

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Regular Event Showcase:

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.

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
    27 March 2019
  • 24 April 2019
  • 29 May 2019
  • 26 June 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)

Children's Hour Clock

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.

  • 21 March
  • 4 April
  • 18 April
  • 2 May
  • 16 May
  • 30 May
  • 13 June
  • 27 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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SATURDAY CRAFT CLUB at Westcroft Library
First Saturday each month ~ 10.30-11.30am

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Join us for free monthly craft sessions for ages 6-12 years. We use recycled materials to create art and crafts. 

No need to book - just drop-in between 10.30 and 11.30am.

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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!

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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

Lego

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

Olney Craft Club Header

FREE 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
  • 11.15-12pm

Book in advance to avoid disappointment by visiting Olney Library or phoning 01234 711474.

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. 

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

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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 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 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 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 Club

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:

  • 16 March - 3rd Birthday Celebrations
  • Date tbc - Easter Holiday Fun

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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:

  • 8 April 2019
  • 13 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 Central Library.

  • 21 March 2019
  • 18 April 2019
  • 23 May 2019
  • 20 June 2019

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

John has extended his sessions to include other libraries and is also offering free 20 minute consultations on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 1.30pm at the following libraries:

  • 9 April 2019 - Bletchley Library (Book on 01908 372797)
  • 11 June 2019 - Wolverton Library (Book on 01908 312812)

You can also book any of the Family History sessions (at any library) by emailing us at Central Library.

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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.

ORCHIDS AND OWLS NOT CONCRETE COWS
Monday, 1 April 2019 ~ 7.30pm

Close up photograph of an owl.

April's talk brought to you by the Friends of Olney Library is delivered by Chris Ward who explores the flora and fauna around Milton Keynes.

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

BOOK ONLINE

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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! 

GROWING & ARRANGING SEASONAL FLOWERS
Monday, 18 March 2019 ~ 7pm

Flower arrangement in a jug

If you love your garden, then you may want to come along to this horticultural talk arranged by Stony Stratford in Bloom and presented by Theresa Wedderburn of Branch-out MK. 

The talk will be held at Stony Stratford Library and is a free event, but donations are warmly welcomed. To book a place email judith.deveson@gmail.com or phone 01908 562876.

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Future dates with more information to follow:

  • Talk by opera director Jamie Hayes on the history of opera - Wednesday, 1 May 2019 (tbc)
  • Talk by Sue Ledwith on 'Women and Trade Unions' - Tuesday, 18 June 2019

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Discover MK Exhibitions:

NEW TOWN NOSTALGIA - MK at Play, Back in the Day
12 March - 30 April 2019 at Central Library

MK Bowl audience in the 80s

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

This latest exhibition is a nostalgic celebration of how Milton Keynes had fun in the 80s and 90s. And it’s all about YOU!

Are you of the generation whose idea of a good night out was pre-drinking at The Barn or the City Duck followed by a boogie at The Point? Did you go shopping in Woolworths and C&A? What about rollerskating at the Agora?

We think this exhibition will bring back some fond memories – festivals, nightclubs, roller discos, big gigs at the Bowl, street parties, carnivals and much much more.

Stop by Central Library and see if you can spot yourself in the photos! 

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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.
  • 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: 25 March 2019