What's On in Your Library and Community

 

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Upcoming Events:

Your newly refurbished NEWPORT PAGNELL LIBRARY OPENS on Tuesday 17 December. Join us for the opening celebrations at 11am.

Newport Pagnell Library opening ceremony invitation

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CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING
6 and 7 December at Stony Stratford Library

Christmas Wreath

Join the Friends of Stony Stratford Library (FoSSL) to make Christmas Wreaths at the library.

The sessions are suitable for children aged 5-10 years and children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Friday 6 December ~ 4-5pm
  • Saturday 7 December ~ 11am-12noon

Places are FREE but limited so book your place early by visiting Stony Stratford Library or phoning 01908 562562.

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HANDBELL RINGING
21 December 2019

Stop by Stony Stratford Library to enjoy some festive handbell ringing between 10am and 11am. The perfect way to celebrate the library's last open day before the New Year.

Everyone is welcome to join us on Saturday, 21 December!

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EXPLORE YOUR ARCHIVE
23 November - 1 December 2019

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Explore Your Archive is a campaign delivered by the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland), with and on behalf of the archives and records sector, across the UK and Ireland. MK Archives invites you to celebrate Explore Your Archive Week with the following events at Central Library:

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Thursday 28 November ~ 1.15-1.45pm
OLNEY AND THE GEORGIANS: A Time Traveller's Guide to the 18th Century -
Bring your lunch and join us for this free Lunchtime Lecture by Tom Jones from the Cowper & Newton Museum exploring life in Olney during the Georgian era.

Tickets are FREE and you can book your place online in advance. Entry on the day is subject to availability.

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Thursday 28 November ~ 4.15-7.30pm
WANT HELP WITH YOUR FAMILY HISTORY?
 Book your free 20 minute consultation with expert John Hanson by phoning 01908 254051 or email library.enquiries@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

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Saturday 30 November ~ 2-2.45pm
MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH TALK
- Archivist Katherine Gwyn (Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies) shares some of her insights about being born, getting married, dying and the legacies that we leave behind. Book online for this free talk.

Tickets are FREE and you can book your place online in advance. Entry on the day is subject to availability.

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23-30 November 2019
MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH EXHIBITION
- Visit the foyer at Central Library to see how birth, marriage and death is depicted in the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies’ archive collection.

Discover MK board from Explore Your Archive exhibition

November 2019
RELIVE GEORGIAN LIFE: OLNEY EXHIBITION
- Visit the Discover MK Showcase on the first floor to discover the influence of the Georgian era on life in Olney and the surrounding area.

 

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IMAGES OF AN ANTIQUE LAND
4 December 2019 - 13 January 2020

Photograph of Egyptian landscape by David Tunnicliffe
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Visit the Event Space at Central Library to experience this stunning photographic exhibition by David Tunnicliffe exploring the telling the story of his four and a half years spent in Egypt through these inspirational photographs. 

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THE ROCK CHORUS
Saturday 7 December ~ 11.30-11.50am

Cartoon illustration of choir singers

We hope you'll join us in the foyer at Central Library on 7 December when The Rock Chorus, from the MK Music Centre will be performing a medley of Christmas songs.

Everyone is welcome to come along!

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Friday 13 December 2019 ~ 7.30pm

Actor James Hornsby in Dickensian costume

Following his previous visits, Actor James Hornsby returns to the Olney Centre and Library to entertain the crowds with another incredible one man show.

James will be bringing the Dickens characters to life when he performs 'A Christmas Carol' on Friday 13 December at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm).

Tickets are £10 for adults, £7 for Under 16s and £9 for concessions and can be booked online through the FoLiO Ticketsource page. Alternatively, you can buy tickets in person from CT Wilson at 84 High Street, Olney (cash only).

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SAXOPHONE QUARTET
Saturday 21 December ~ 2pm

The MK Music Centre's saxophone quartet 'Winds of Change' will be playing live Christmas music in the foyer at Central Library on the 21 December from 2-2.30pm.

We hope you'll stop by the foyer to cheer them on and join the festive fun.

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THE ZAGARO by ZOOLABS
Saturday 25 January 2020 ~ 11am-12noon

Cartoon drawing of a 'Zagaro' from a kid's story
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Stony Words 2020 brings 'The Zagaro' to Stony Stratford Library.

The Zagaro is an interactive show by Zoolabs (with real animals) - it's based on a famous children's story and takes us on a trip through the deep, dark wood; storytelling with live animal interaction.

Free tickets are available in advance from Stony Stratford Library. (Suitable for ages 3+)

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ADULT CRAFT EVENINGS at Olney Library

Paper Crafts

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

Bring your own craft project and/or enjoy the planned group activity.

Reserve your place online using the BOOK NOW button for the date you'd like to attend and there is 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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CRAFTING FOR CHANGE at Stony Stratford Library
Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm (term times only)

Flower Display at Stony Stratford Library

This is a friendly group, suitable for all ages and abilities, where members use their crafting skills to improve the lives of the local community and support the library.

Come along to the group: get involved with library displays and community events or bring your own project to work on.

Free to attend, although voluntary donations for tea,coffee and biscuits are very welcome!

You can see more about their work on the Crafting for Change Facebook page.

Kindly funded by Stony Stratford Town Council

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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.

  • 28 November
  • 12 December
  • 9 January
  • 23 January
  • 6 February
  • 20 February

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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LEGO/DUPLO CLUB at Central Library
Thursdays 4-5pm (first floor) - Term Times Only 

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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LEGO/DUPLO CLUB at Westcroft Library
Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm - Term Times Only

Lego

Everyone is welcome to join us for free brick building fun at Westcroft Library. No booking is necessary - just turn up on the day.

Parents and carers must remain with their children throughout the sessions.

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LEGO and DUPLO CLUB at Olney Library

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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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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!

While Newport Pagnell Library is closed for refurbishment (Sep-Dec 2019) the group will meet at The Kings Arms, Severn Drive, Newport Pagnell MK16 9BY. They will be back at the library from January 2020.

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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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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. During the library refurbishment (Sep-Dec 2019) the surgery will be held at The Brooklands Centre (rear of Royal British Legion, Ousebank Street, Newport Pagnell) 
  • 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

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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 or 11.15am-12pm.

You'll need to book your place in advance by visiting Olney Library or phoning 01234 711474. There is a suggested voluntary contribution of £3 per child payable on the day.

  • 9 November
  • 14 December
  • 11 January
  • 8 February
  • 14 March

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. 

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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 11am-1pm by phoning 01908 372797 or asking at the desk.
  • Woburn Sands Library by phoning 01908 582033 or asking at the desk.
  • Wolverton Library for Tuesdays 2-4pm and Wednesdays 11.30am-1.30pm by phoning 01908 312812 or asking at the desk.

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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:

  • 4 November 2019
  • 2 December 2019
While Newport Pagnell Library is closed for refurbishment (Sep-Dec 2019) the group will meet in the front lounge of The Swan Revived Hotel at 5.30pm. They will be back at the library from January 2020.

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.

  • 28 November
  • 16 January
  •  20 February
  • 19 March
  • 16 April

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 another amazing programme of talks for 2019. Download your copy of the events (PDF, 134KB) and save the dates.

BLACK PROPAGANDA RADIO, Britain's Biggest Hoax
Monday, 2 December 2019 ~ 7.30pm

Stylised image of radio receiver from WW2

Michael A Kushner, volunteer guide and lecturer at Bletchley Park, returns to Olney in December. Michael will be speaking about 'Black Propaganda Radio, Britain's Biggest Hoax' during World War II.

Tickets are £5. You will need to book your place in advance online and pay at the door on the evening.

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A HISTORY OF PANTOMIME
Monday, 6 January 2020 ~ 7.30pm

A History of Pantomime poster with Aladdin's lamp

David Pickering joins us at the Olney Centre and Library to speak about 'A History of Pantomime'. (Oh yes he is)

Tickets are £5. You will need to book your place in advance online and pay at the door on the evening.

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! 

Future dates with more information to follow:

  • Beth Gardiner will talk about 'Air Pollution' as part of Stony Words - Tuesday, 28 January 2020.
  • Naomi Eisenstadt will talk about 'Parents, Policy and the State' - Tuesday, 25 February 2020.
  • Monica Else will talk about 'What is Cancer?' - Wednesday, 1 April 2020.

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Discover MK Exhibitions:

RELIVE GEORGIAN LIFE - Olney
November 2019

Discover MK exhibition photo of lace bobbins

Visit the Discover MK Showcase area on the first floor at Central Library to see the 'Explore Your Archives' exhibition.

The exhibition explores the influence of the Georgian era on life in Olney and the surrounding area; featuring articles from the collection at the Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney.

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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.

  • 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: 6 December 2019