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Events for adults at our libraries

Join us for a BBC VR experience this Libraries Week – 5 -12 October

Make Noise

Make Noise’ is a unique virtual reality experience which uses the power of your voice to smash through the barriers the suffragettes faced during their fight to win the vote for women.

Created by BBC VR Hub with Anagram, ‘Make Noise’ uses original archive material from the suffragettes to retell the dramatic story of how a few women started one of the most important movements in history.

In a series of colourful and abstract worlds that represent the stages of their struggle, from frustration to resistance to victory, you are invited to use your own voice and consider what it means to speak up. Mesmerizing, profound and playful, ‘Make Noise’ will empower users to follow Emmeline Pankhurst’s advice and ‘make more noise.’

Further info about BBC VR Experiences:

Bookings are for a 20 minute session.

BBC Virtual Reality can only be viewed in a headset by those over 13, due to the headset manufacturer guidelines.

If you are between 13 and 16 you will need a parent or guardian to fill out a consent form. If you require a consent form for your parent to complete in advance and bring with you, please email us at to request one.  Alternatively, those aged 13 -16 will need to be accompanied by an adult to complete a form on the day. There will be adults in attendance at all times during the VR showing but you are welcome to stay with your child or we would love you to book in to try the experience yourself.

Click here for dates, times and venues and to book your session

Urban Word Collective celebrate Black History Month

A diverse collective of storytellers and musicians.  Featuring poets Fellow Dread and Pearl Kofi with Ace Percussion supplying African Caribbean percussion.  Author and local media personality Roger Griffith will host and provide an overview and background to Black History Month.

Tuesday 22 October, Bradley Stoke Library 7:30 – 9:30pm.

Event is free and suitable for families.  Places are limited, please book via Eventbrite

Event in association with South Gloucestershire Race Equality Network and South Gloucestershire Council


Craft groups

Indulge your crafting passion with a bit of “me” time, good company and ideas to share.

Cadbury Heath Library, every other Saturday 10:00am to midday. For more details or to confirm dates please contact Cadbury Heath Library.

Hanham Library, every Thursday 3:45pm to 5:00pm.

Winterbourne Library, every other Saturday 10:00am to midday. For more details or to confirm dates please contact Winterbourne Library.

Patchway Library, one Saturday every month. £1 per session. For more details or to confirm dates please contact Patchway Library.

Thornbury Library, first Thursday of every month 2:00pm to 4:00pm. For more details or to confirm dates please contact Thornbury Library.

Yate Library, every other Saturday 10:00am to midday.  For more details or to confirm dates please contact Yate Library.

Knitter Knatter, Downend Library. Every Monday 10:15am to 12:15pm, drop in anytime. Wool, patterns and needles provided if needed.

Stitch & Knit, Emersons Green Library. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month 6:30pm to 7:30pm


Reading groups

Several libraries hold reading groups, for details click here


Coffee mornings

Friendly company and a chat over a cuppa:

  • Cadbury Heath Library every Thursday 10:00am to midday
  • Downend Library every Friday 10:30 to 11:30am
  • Filton Library every Monday 10:30 to 11:30am
  • Hanham Library every Monday and Tuesday 10:30am to midday
  • Kingswood Library every Friday 10:30am to midday

Memory Café

A social space for people worried about their memory, who have a diagnosis of dementia or have a family member or friend living with dementia. Carers very welcome. Socialise and share experiences.

Emersons Green Library, 2nd Thursday of every month 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Filton Library, 4th Thursday of every month 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Yate Library, last Thursday of every month 2:30 – 4:00pm

Tea, Talk and Stories

Join in with one of our shared reading groups – a place to relax and share stories with others every week. Drop in, sit down and enjoy listening to the group leaders read a story or poem. Perhaps a poem reminds you of experiences as a child or somewhere you’ve visited? A story may bring back a long forgotten memory. Join in one of our Tea, Talk and Stories Groups and start a conversation inspired by poems and stories. All reading material is provided, there is no need to book and the groups are free to join in.

Cadbury Heath Library, Tuesdays 10:30am to 12:00 midday

Emersons Green Library, Tuesdays 1.30pm-3:00pm (term time only). Starting 26 June 2018

Patchway Library, Tuesdays 11:30am to 1:00pm

Staple Hill Library, Mondays 1:30pm to 3:00pm and Tuesdays 10:30am to 12:00 midday

Discussion group

For anyone who wants good company and a chat about what’s in the news. Cadbury Heath Library, last Friday of the month 10:30am to 11:30am

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