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Events for adults at our libraries

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Get Creative Festival 2020

Get Creative with these FREE sessions at your local library:

Knitter Knatter: Downend Library: Monday 11 May, 10.15am – 12 noon. Join our friendly group to learn how to knit or new techniques. Needles & wool supplied. Refreshments available.

Making Dough: Staple Hill Library:  Monday 11 May, 10.30am-11.30am. Messy Play session including making dough with a demo, printed instructions and a bag to take away anything you make.

Creative Creature Crafts: Kingswood Library: Monday 11 May, 11am – 12noon. Come along and create your own creature companion. No sewing skills required. Speak to staff at the library to book your place.

Creative Creature Crafts: Cadbury Heath Library: Tuesday 12 May, 2 – 3pm. Come along and sew your own creature companion. No sewing skills required. Refreshments provided. Speak to staff at the library to book your place.

Mind How You Go Workshop: Staple Hill Library: Tuesday 12 May, 2 pm-3pm. Unwind with a 20 minute meditation session with music, followed by making your own Mandala with instructions and a pattern to take home and colour. Speak to staff at the library to book your place.

Craft groups

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

Cadbury Heath Library, every 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. £2 per session. For more details or to confirm dates please contact Patchway 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
  • Patchway Library – cuppa and chat, first Thursday of the month 10:30 to 11:30am

Adult colouring and board games

  • Filton Library every Wednesday 2 – 4pm.  Relax with colouring and games in this social group

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 11am – 12.30pm

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

Staple Hill Library, Mondays 2pm to 3:30pm

Poetry Group

Yate Library, fortnightly on Tuesday.  Forthcoming dates/times: 10 & 31 December 12-2pm; 7 January 12:15-2pm; 14 & 28 January 12-2pm; 4 February 12:15-2pm; 18 February 12-2pm; 3 March 12:15-2pm; 17 & 31 March 12-2pm

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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