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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We're looking for some Summer Reading Challenge volunteers to help us with some Mischief Makers over the summer holidays. If you're aged 13-25 we'd love to hear from you. See more details on the Summer Reading Challenge web page

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Upcoming Events:

6 June - 6 July 2018

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We hope you'll visit Central Library to see this inspiring exhibition by artist Maliheh Zafarnezhad on the first floor.

Maliheh explains that 'as an Iranian woman artist now living in the diaspora, Inspirations in my artworks usually emerge out of my multi-national identity, mixed culture, immigration experiences and memories from Iran.'

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CHILDREN'S HOURS at Stony Stratford Library

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We're trialling Children's Hours at Stony Stratford Library on the following Thursdays:

  • 28 June 2018
  • 12 July 2018

Sessions offer staff led stories, songs and crafts along with educational toys. The library is closed to the public during these sessions and is used exclusively for families attending the Children's Hour.

Sessions cost £2 per child on the door and no advance tickets are required.

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June 2018 is Bike Month and every Saturday in June Get Cycling MK are offering guided bike rides on five new cultural trails. All rides are at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to stop en route to take in the view, visit a cultural destination or park up for a picnic!

Starting locations vary each week and you can view the schedule on the Get Cycling MK website. Each ride starts at 10am and expect to return around 1 or 2pm and covers around 10 miles.

If you'd like to explore Milton Keynes on your own, then why not download the Redways Map (PDF, 6.7MB).

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STORYLINES by Phil Smith
24 literary walking adventures around Milton Keynes

Storylines was part of the Digitalis project which helped to celebrate Milton Keynes' 50th Birthday.

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Phil Smith, The Mythographer, set out to explore Milton Keynes and write a series of guides which weave a library book into the geography, signage and history of our amazing city.

Books on sale for only £2.

(Keep your eyes open for this display as it moves around the libraries.)

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April - September 2018

Fawcett Society Women Who Made MK Exhibition

Visit the community libraries across Milton Keynes to see the Fawcett Society's Snapshot Exhibitions about the 10 pioneering women who helped to shape Milton Keynes.

  • June - Newport Pagnell Library
  • July - Woburn Sands Library
  • August - Kingston Library
  • September - Olney Library

The full exhibition 'Women Who Made MK' will also be hosted at Central Library in September 2018.

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Saturday, 30 June 2018 10am-3pm

Bonsai Tree

Free entry to the Milton Keynes Bonsai and Ikebana Show being held in the Event Space at Central Library - with a collaborative display of trees, flowers and much more.

Come along for advice on Bonsai care alongside an Ikebana and Bonsai demonstration.

You can see more about the MK Bonsai Society on their website or Facebook page.

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Regular Event Showcase:

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
  • Westcroft Library - Wednesdays

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

  • Paper Crafts
    27 June
  • 25 July
  • 26 September
  • 31 October
  • 28 November

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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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.

  • 28 June
  • 12 July
  • 26 July
  • 9 August
  • 23 August
  • 6 September
  • 20 September
  • 4 October
  • 18 October
  • 1 November
  • 15 November

Please note that the classes are led by library volunteers and are not part of any ESOL curriculum.

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Fridays 2-4pm at Newport Pagnell Library


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 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


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
    (No session in August 2018) 

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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Meet your local Councillors and take the opportunity to discuss local issues. Councillor Surgeries are on the following days:

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    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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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 with a different theme each month.

  • 14 July 2018 - Rain maker and more
  • August 2018 - no session

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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WRITERS' CIRCLE at Olney Library
First Wednesday 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.

Please note that there will not be a session in August 2018.

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Fridays 1-2.30pm at Olney Library

Read and Play

We're thrilled that the Woodlands Children's Centre will be supporting these sessions over the summer.

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
  • Bletchley Library on Tuesdays and Fridays 11am-1pm

 or you can book an appointment at:

  • Central Library by emailing the reference library, phoning 01908 254051 or or asking at the desk
  • Olney Library by phoning 01234 711474 or by asking at the desk

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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:

  • 16 June - Jeremy Strong
  • 21 July - Cressida Cowell
  • 18 August - Outdoor Summer Picnic

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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:

  • 6 August 2018
  • 3 September 2018
  • 1 October 2018
  • 5 November 2018
  • 3 December 2018

(Note: there is no meeting in July)

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.

  • 28 June 2018
  • 19 July 2018
  • 20 September 2018

We're also holding sessions at Newport Pagnell Library 11am-3pm on:

  • Thursday 13 September 2018

To book these sessions, email Newport Pagnell Library or phone 01908 610933. 

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.

Thursday, 5 July 2018 ~ 7.30pm


Maggie Taylor visits Olney to talk about The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth - another FoLiO event that really shouldn't be missed! 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! 

HEARTS AND MINDS: The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 ~ 7pm

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Author Jane Robinson released her book under the same name as this talk earlier this year. Like the book, her talk will describe the fever over women's suffrage that had built up in Britain by 1913. In the summer of that year great numbers of women marched on London from all corners of the country in what became known as the 'Great Pilgrimage'.

Using diaries, letters and unpublished memoirs, Jane will tell a story of ordinary people who helped effect extraordinary change and whose lives, in turn, were permanently transformed by their participation in the campaign.

Tickets for this talk can be booked at Stony Stratford Library from 27 June.

Upcoming talks:

  • Wednesday, 5 September 2018 7pm - Talk by Catherine Tackley: 'The Impact of Jazz in Britain'.

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Discover MK Exhibitions:

6-26 June 2018 at Central Library

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Visit the Event Space at Central Library to see this insightful exhibition by Living Archive.

The exhibition shares the stories of original residents, early pioneers, and the people who have come from all over the world to make Milton Keynes their home. Showcased in films and photographs spanning the last 50 years.

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ULTIMATE EIGHTIES - Milton Keynes Bands of the 1980s
April 2018 at Central Library

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Visit the Discover MK Showcase on the first floor at Central Library during April and you're sure to find something (or someone) to jog your memory and take you back to your favourite 80s band.

This exhibition features just a small sample of bands from the era and Living Archive are always looking for more memorabilia.

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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: 21 June 2018