Activities in libraries in Ribble Valley over the summer

Friday, August 03, 2018

Libraries in the Ribble Valley are offering a wide variety of free activities over the summer that will appeal to both adults and children.

Activities that younger visitors to Clitheroe Library can enjoy include a regular Saturday Storytime session. This is held from 1pm to 3pm and parents can drop in with their children aged from three to eight years-of-age.

Many other libraries hold regular Toddler Rhyme Time and Storytelling sessions weekly.

A Lego Club is held at Clitheroe Library every Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. This is suitable for children aged from eight–years-old to drop in and use their imagination to work together to create something.

Clitheroe Library is also holding regular learning sessions for people looking for a job and anyone wanting to improve their digital skills. A weekly Crafternoon session is available which is suitable both for complete beginners and those who are more experienced.

A Piano Group is also held at Clitheroe Library every Saturday from 12noon to 4pm. At the group visitors can meet other piano enthusiasts and everyone is welcome to play. All abilities and styles are welcome.

Weekly activities at Longridge Library include Sketch and Chat on Fridays from 10am to 11am. Those taking part in this sociable art group will be able to explore their creativity and meet new people. A Bridge for Beginners group is held on Monday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm. This is a seated exercise session to improve strength, mobility and flexibility. It is held every Tuesday between 10am and 11am.

Activities for children and families at Longridge Library include summer SCART Club tasks, Baby Bounce and Rhyme on Tuesdays between 2.30pm and 3pm, and Storytime for Toddlers every Thursday from 2.30pm to 3pm.

Activities for adults at Whalley Library include a Scrabble Club for all ages and abilities. This event is held every Friday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Mindfulness sessions are held on Tuesdays at Whalley Library from 10am to 12 noon. Visitors can relax using this simple form of meditation which can also help to improve your mood, happiness and wellbeing.

Whalley Library also holds a Sketchbookery session on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This is to develop new techniques and approaches to sketching. The activity is free to all adults over 19 years-old, but booking is required as places are limited.

There are lots of Reading Groups which also meet regularly in our libraries. These groups are a great way to share a love of reading, and inspire others to read something different.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We've got so many fun activities to do in our libraries. Whatever weather the holiday brings, families and adults can come along and enjoy themselves.

"Our aim is to make it easy for people to take part in an activity that they enjoy on their doorstep whilst also getting the chance to socialise with others who enjoy doing the same activities.

"There's also many opportunities for adults to gain support to learn new skills to help to apply for jobs, or to help them to use digital skills more in their life."

Most activities are free to make them as easy to access as possible. Some could have a small charge to cover the costs of the materials to be used.

There's no need to book many of the activities, you can just visit the library to join in.

Booking a place will be essential for some of the activities though, as ticket numbers are limited. For more information, to find out if costs apply and if booking is required for the activities that you are interested in, phone 0300 123 6703, email or call in to a library in the Ribble Valley.

All of the activities are offered in addition to the thousands of books that are available to borrow from each library. The titles are changed regularly, with new ones being added frequently. Books can also be ordered. A variety of audio books and CDs are also available.

Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.

For more information about the activities taking place in libraries, visit or call 0300 123 6703.


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