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Meditation and Relaxation

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Urmston Library Saturday 3 March at 10.30am

Happiness is a peaceful mind! Come and try half an hour of mindful meditation and relaxation. Suitable for all and no previous experience of meditation needed.

This is a free event. Book online at Eventbrite or put your name down at the library counter. For more information please email urmston.library@trafford.gov.uk or phone 0161 912 3189.

Gentle Yoga

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Urmston Library Monday 5 March, 1.30-2.00pm

Join us for a gentle exercise class aimed at older people looking to be more active. Suitable for all abilities. yoga is a low impact exercise that helps develop strength, flexibility and breathing. People can start yoga at any age and it is an extremely popular way to relax and introduce gentle exercise into your routine.

This is a free event. Book online at Eventbrite or put your name down at the library counter. For more information please email urmston.library@trafford.gov.uk or phone 0161 912 3189.

Talk on The Peterloo Massacre

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Stretford Library , Wednesday 7 March, 7pm.

Come along to hear Dr Robert Poole talk about The Peterloo Massacre. This is a free BBC Civilisations Festival event. Book online at Eventbrite, phone 0161 912 3189 or email libraries@trafford.gov.uk.

This event is supported by Manchester Histories, HLF, National Lottery Players and Manchester City Council.

Crime author Joseph Knox

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Altrincham Library, Tuesday 13 March, 7pm

Join us for an evening with crime author, Joseph Knox as he talks about his new novel The Smiling Man, the follow up to his bestselling debut, Sirens. As Waterstones' Crime Buyer Joseph Knox is possibly the best-connected and the best-read author out there! He featured on the prestigious Harrogate New Blood panel in 2017 and won the Sky Arts Writer of the Year.

This is a free event. Book online at Eventbrite email libraries@trafford.gov.uk or phone 0161 912 3189

Lancashire Hawks and Owls

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Old Trafford Library Thursday 5 April, drop in between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Come and meet Lancashire Hawks and Owls and learn how Michael and Margaret protect and rehabilitate birds at their sanctuary. Plus bird themed crafts. This is a free, drop in event.

Readers' Groups for adults

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A number of Readers Groups have been set up in Trafford with a view to promoting an interest in literature. They are informal gatherings of people from all backgrounds who meet on a regular basis to talk about books and to share their enthusiasm for reading.

Each group has a slightly different approach to the content of the meeting and may discuss themes, fiction genres, favourite titles or perhaps a "Book of the Month". In all cases the common thread is the sharing and enjoyment of books.

Further details are on our Readers' Group page

Readers' Group timetable

 Library Meeting time

Altrincham Library

First Tuesday of the month 11am
First Wednesday of the month at 7pm

Coppice Library

Group 1 - first Monday of the month 11am-midday
Group 2 - second Thursday of the month 2-3pm
Group 3 - last Wednesday of the month 2pm

Old Trafford Library

Last Thursday of each month 10am

Sale Library

Second Monday of the month 6pm

Stretford Library

Fourth Thursday of the month 5.30pm

Graphic Novels Readers' Group - one Wednesday a month 7pm

Timperley Library

First Monday of the month 2.15-3.30pm

Urmston Library

Group 1 - first Thursday of the month 2-3pm
Group 2 - last Friday of the month 6-7pm
Group 3 - Crime - last Friday of the month 2-3pm
Group 4 - Page Turners - fourth Tuesday of the month 6-7pm

Woodsend Library

Third Monday of the month 2-3.30pm 

Readers' groups for children

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Chatterbooks are reading clubs for children aged 7-12 years; we read and talk about everything to do with books - stories, authors, illustrators, dramas. There are games, activities, gifts and prizes during the sessions and children will have the opportunity to meet and talk to any visiting authors or storytellers.

There are Chatterbooks groups at Hale and Urmston and libraries. If you would like to join a Chatterbooks group please contact the library first as there may be a waiting list.

Reading groups for children

 LibraryMeeting time

Hale Library

Group 1 - 3rd Tuesday of the month 4-5pm for 10-12 year olds

Group 2 - last Tuesday of the month 4-5pm for 8-10 year olds

Urmston Library

Group 1 - first Tuesday of the month  4-4.45pm, for 7-10 year olds

Group 2 - first Tuesday of the month 4.30-5.15pm for 10-12 year olds

Group 3 - first Thursday of the month 4-4.45pm for 7-10 year olds

Rhymetime and Storytime

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Rhymetimes and storytimes for under 5s are available in most libraries. Visit our Rhymetime and Storytime page for details.

Knitting Groups

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Several libraries run knitting groups, these are free to attend and are popular social activities. The groups discuss a wide variety of topics including sewing, crochet, knitting and cross stitch. The groups are suitable for beginners through to knitting experts. Please contact the library for further information.

Knitting Groups

 Coppice Library

Every Saturday, 10.30am-12noon

 Partington Library

Every Monday, 1.00-3.00pm

 Sale Library

Every Saturday, 11.00am-12noon

 Stretford Library

Every Saturday, 10.30am-12noon 

Urmston Library 

Every Monday, 1.30-3.30pm

Woodsend Library 

Every Friday, 1.30-3.00pm