Activities in Rossendale libraries over the summer

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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

Activities that visitors to Rawtenstall Library can enjoy include a regular Let's Play Real Games session. This group meets every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm to play traditional board games. All ages and abilities are welcome.

A Homework Club is held at Rawtenstall Library from 10am to 11.30am on every Saturday during school term-time. Free help with homework is given to children aged between eight to 16 years-old.

Whitworth Library runs a Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time each Friday from 10.15 am to 11.30am. This involves sing-along songs and rhymes with gentle movement and offers a chance for very young children, and their parents and carers to socialise with others.

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

A Knit and Natter group is also held at Whitworth Library on Monday afternoons at 2pm. All ages and abilities are welcome to take part, and have a chat with others.

A Storytime with Crafts for Little Ones is held at Whitworth Library on Monday afternoons at 2pm. Children aged two to five – years –old can listen to a story being told and make something associated with the story.

An informal Art and Craft club is held at Bacup Library every Friday from 12 noon until 3pm. Anyone interested in joining this group is welcome to pop along with their own paints, pens, pencils or craft items or drop in to get advice on how to get started with other like-minded people.

A Lego Club also runs at Bacup Library on a Saturday morning from 10am to 12 noon. All children attending this session must be accompanied by an adult.

Haslingden Library holds weekly sessions to help people to learn digital skills for work, home or a hobby. This group meets every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm.

A Scrabble Club meets at Haslingden Library every second Tuesday of the month. This group is open to all ages and abilities, and is a great way to socialise and to meet new friends.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We've got so many really enjoyable and interesting things 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 improving your skills at Scrabble, and indulging a love of sewing or knitting.

"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 Rossendale.

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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