Activities in libraries in South Ribble over the summer

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Libraries in South Ribble are offering a wide variety of free activities over the summer that are suitable for families and adults alike.

Activities that younger visitors to Leyland Library can enjoy include a regular Stay and Play Time. This involves soft toys, books and a chance for young children, and their parents and carers, to socialise with others.

Other libraries also hold regular Toddler Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions for slightly older children.

Leyland Library is also holding regular work clubs for people looking for a job. Help and advice to prepare a covering letter and an application form is given, as well as information about training opportunities and available courses. A three-hour session is held for up to six weeks and is free for all adults over 19-years-old, but booking is required.

Kingsfold Library holds a Family History Help session every Tuesday morning. This is useful for anyone searching for their ancestors and in need of a little help or advice. A volunteer is available to answer questions, and to help with your research into your family history. Sessions can be booked either for 30 minutes or one hour, but must be booked in advance.

Get Online with Learn My Way sessions are held at Kingsfold and Lostock Hall Libraries each week. This free course teaches basic skills to get people online. Places must be booked in advance to take part.

Story Time for pre-school children is held on Tuesday mornings at Longton Library. Popular stories will be read to children, sometimes the stories will be accompanied by music.

Longton Library also holds a Games Afternoon every Tuesday, from 2pm to 4pm. Anyone can take part and play a range of board and card games.

There are weekly activities for children and families at Lostock Hall Library. A Baby Bounce and Rhyme session is held every Thursday during school term-time from 10.30am to 11am. Sing-along songs and rhymes with movement takes place at Toddler Rhyme Time on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 11am. A Sensory Play session to encourage babies and toddlers to explore is held on the last Tuesday of each month from 10am to 11am. Older children can enjoy a Lego Club every Saturday morning from 9am to 12.30pm.

Activities for adults are also held at Lostock Hall Library. The Lostock Litwits Reading Group meets on the last Thursday of each month from 2pm to 3pm. A Knit and Natter group is held every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm.

Every Friday from 2pm to 4pm an informal and friendly group is held that anyone can join and play traditional, well-loved card and board games.
Reading Groups regularly meet in libraries to chat about books and share thoughts about them.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We've got so many fun things to do in our libraries, whether you want to have fun or learn something new.

"These range from groups who encourage a shared love of reading, to improving your skills at playing cards and board games, and researching your family ancestry.

"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."

Taking part in many of the activities will be free, to make them as easy and accessible 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 phone 0300 123 6703, email or call in to a library in South Ribble.

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, go to or call 0300 123 6703.


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