What's On in Your Library and Community

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

MK Archives want 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.

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. 

Upcoming Events:

CREEPY CRAFTS
with Community Learning MK

Halloween characters made from toilet roll tubes

Celebrate Halloween in the half term break by making some creepy crafts!

  • Tuesday, 30 October ~ 10.30am-12noon at Central Library
  • Tuesday, 30 October ~ 2-3.30pm at Kingston Library
  • Wednesday, 31 October ~ 2-3.30pm at Bletchley Library

Tickets are £2 in advance and can be booked at the host library. (Suitable for ages 3+)

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STORYTELLING TOUR
October/November 2018

Storyteller Sandy Clarke will be embarking on a storytelling road trip around the libraries bringing tales to life for children ages 4+ on the following Saturdays between 11-11.30am.

  • Crayon drawing of open book with boat, balloon and castle
    27 October - Kingston Library
  • 3 November - Bletchley Library
  • 10 November - Newport Pagnell Library
  • 24 November - Wolverton Library

Sessions are free to attend and everyone is welcome to join us (no booking required).

Please note that parents/carers must remain with their children during this activity. 

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MK ARCHIVES
Lunchtime Lectures 2018

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MK Archives presents a series of lunchtime lectures at Central Library which all run from 1.15-1.45pm.

More details and dates to come ...

Tickets £3 in advance from Central Library.

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DRACULA by Bram Stoker
Saturday, 20 October 2018 ~ 7.30pm

Dracula silhouette

James Hornsby is back at The Olney Centre by popular demand!

This October John performs Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' as a one-man play - brought to you by FoLiO (Friends of the Library in Olney).

Tickets are available online (no booking fees) or in person at Olney Library. Ticket costs: Adults £10, Children (under 16) £7 and Concessions £9. 

Everyone is invited to come in fancy dress and enter into the spirit of the evening!

(Not suitable for children under 12.)

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HALLOWEEN CRAFTS at Olney Library
October Half Term

Halloween Crafts

Craft supplies will be available for everyone to enjoy during Olney Library opening hours. Just stop by for some spooky crafts during the October half term (29 October - 3 November).

While you're there - don't forget to enter the FoLiO competition for your chance to win prizes - ask for an entry form at the library desk. The Under 5s can do some Halloween colouring and ages 5+ can tackle a Halloween wordsearch. Good luck to everyone who enters the competition!

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MAGIC SHOW at Olney Library
Thursday, 1 November 2018 ~ 1-3pm

Magician's top hat with butterflies flying out of it.

Magician David Pibworth wis ready to dazzle us at Olney Library this half term with a magic show for 3-10 year olds. The older children will be able to learn a trick or two as David will be sharing some of his secrets!

Refreshments are included and parents/carers must remain with their children throughout the show.

Book your free tickets in advance at Olney Library (and voluntary donations are welcome on the day). [SOLD OUT]

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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 - Wednesdays

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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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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.

  • 4 October
  • 18 October
  • 1 November
  • 15 November
  • 29 November
  • 13 December

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!

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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 ~ 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 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:

  • 20 October - Witches, Wizards and Halloween Dress Up
  • 17 November - Katherine Rundell
  • 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:

  • 5 November 2018
  • 3 December 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:

Antique satch and photos

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 October 2018
  • 15 November 2018
  • 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 an amazing programme of talks for 2018. Download your copy of the events (PDF, 101KB) and save the dates.

A HISTORY OF SAINSBURYS
Thursday, 1 November 2018 ~ 7.30pm

Shopping Trolley laden with Christmas shopping

The Milton Keynes Sainsbury Store Manager will be giving a talk about the history of Sainsburys and will be bringing along some Christmas treats! Join us at The Olney Centre and Library.

Book your 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! 

Actor reading Shakespeare's Hamlet

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.

The first play reading is J B Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls' and will be held at Stony Stratford Library.

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

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WILDLIFE WEST OF MILTON KEYNES: Threats and Opportunities
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 ~ 7pm

Photo of a butterfly

The countryside to the west of Milton Keynes has relatively few areas designated as important for biodiversity. However, there is still a surprising amount of wildlife interest as well as some local specialities.

Mick Jones MBE has been volunteer warden at the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Dancers End, Tring for the past 36 years. Mick's interests have developed from birds and plants, through fungi and butterflies, to slime moulds, plant galls, moths and beetles.

Join Mick as he speaks about his interest in local opportunities and conservation issues facing the area. 

Tickets for this talk will be available from Stony Stratford Library from Wednesday, 3 October. There is no charge for tickets, but FoSSL is grateful to accept donations to cover costs and to support activities at the Library.

Discover MK Exhibitions:

VOTES FOR WOMEN
Exhibition at Central Library

Discover MK Showcase of Women's Vote

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

Before 1918 women were not allowed to vote in parliamentary elections and many women and men participated in suffrage rallies and marches. This exhibition looks back at the last 100 years and showcases stories of women who have been effective in making change.

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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 Drop-in 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 October 2018