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Events for adults at our libraries

South Gloucestershire Second World War Stories – Community Events

Join in with one of our community events to discover more about how the Second World War affected life in your area.  Learn about others’ stories or share your own.  From sweet rations to shelters, air-raids to evacuees, learn more about how your parents and grandparents lived through the war.

And if you lived through the war yourself, please bring along any memorabilia or photographs so we can capture your stories. We can scan photos and add them to the Know Your Place website to highlight a slice of history.

Events in 2019 Venue
Saturday 22 June Downend Library: 10am – 12.30pm
Friday 28 June Emersons Green Library: 11am – 4pm
Saturday 28 September Hanham Library: 10.30 – 12.30pm

BBC VR experience with Doctor Who

Emersons Green Library: Friday 14 June, Saturday 15 June and Tuesday 18 June

Step inside the TARDIS with the Doctor in this beautiful, animated, interactive story from the Doctor Who team.

You’ve been in a collision. You wake inside the TARDIS. The Doctor introduces you to the person, or thing, you collided with. He’s a strange and magnificent ball of living energy called Volta. Part surly teenager, part bomb, Volta is very unstable. In fact, he’s primed to explode. Big time. Unless he can be returned to his home planet, sharpish. The problem is, a squad of galactic busybodies has other plans for Volta. Bad ones.

Drawn into a frantic chase, you become the Doctor’s unlikely assistant as she races against time to get Volta home to his parents. Armed with a sonic screwdriver, it is down to you to help the Doctor as she faces the forces of evil, and teenage angst, in this animated 13-minute VR adventure from the team behind Doctor Who Series 11.

Book here for Friday 14 June

Book here for Saturday 15 June

Book here for Tuesday 18 June


Further info about BBC VR Experiences:

Bookings are for a 30 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.  It can also be emailed to the library ahead of time at the same address.  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.

The BBC is showing VR at libraries as part of our research to find out more about audience interest in VR.  This will help us decide if and what VR we should be making in the future.  The library will ask you to fill out a quick on-line survey at the end of your experience. We really appreciate you being part of this research and we hope you enjoy the VR!


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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