Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Libraries in Preston are offering a wide variety of free activities over the summer that are suitable for children and adults alike.
Activities that younger visitors to Savick Library can enjoy include a regular Toddler Rhyme and Storytime Rhyme Time. This involves singalong songs and rhymes with gentle movement and offers a chance for very young children, and their parents and carers to socialise.
A Cuppa, Conversation and Craft group is also held at Savick Library on Friday mornings from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Bring your own craft project, doodle with an adult colouring book or enjoy a wordsearch as you are having a brew.
Other libraries also hold regular Toddler Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions for children.
An informal Craft and Chat group is held at Fulwood Library every Friday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon. Anyone interested in joining this group is welcome to pop along and socialise with other like-minded people.
Fulwood Library also holds a Twice as Nice Twins group fortnightly on Friday mornings from 10.30am to 11.30am. Go along to this group to meet other local families with twins, and have a chat with them at the same time.
A Lego Club is held at Ribbleton Library every Saturday morning from 10.30am to 12 noon. All children attending this session must be accompanied by an adult.
Ingol Library holds a Toddler Rhyme Time on Monday mornings from 10.30am to 11am. This involves singalong songs and rhymes with gentle movement and is intended for children from 18 months to five years old.
Preston Harris Library holds a Family History Group on Wednesdays at 2pm. This group offers the chance to share stories, knowledge and tips with like-minded people who enjoy tracing their family history.
Preston Harris 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 available, as well as information about training opportunities and 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.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We've got so many enjoyable and interesting activities to do, and groups to join, 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 opportunities to improve your Scrabble skills, or indulge a love of sewing or knitting.
"There's also many opportunities for adults to gain support to learn new skills to help them apply for jobs, or 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. However, for others booking is essential as places are limited. For more information, to find out if costs apply and if booking is required phone 0300 123 6703, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call in to a library in Preston.
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 http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/librarieswww.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.