Library Activities and Events

Special and one off events

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Upcoming family events in June including a book show, messy play and family film screenings

Bookstart Week event

Celebrate National Bookstart Week with stalls, activities and interactive stories for under 5’s. Free and no need to book.

  • Friday 7 June, 10 am to 2 pm at Wollaton Park

The Book Show

GJ and Mandy ‘Quite Remarkable Productions’ present their hilarious and entertaining ‘Book Show.’ Join children’s entertainers Geoffrey Jumper and Mandy for guaranteed fun and frolics in their book-themed theatre adventure. Free and no need to book.

Refugee Week: Film screening of “An American Tail”

A charming story about a little mouse Feivel and his family who flee Russia, ruled by evil cats, for America where they have been told there are no cats and the streets are made of cheese!  This is a free U screening and no tickets/booking required. Full details of these and other Refugee week events can be found here: https://nottinghamrefugeeweek.org/ 

Sensory play

Join us for an hour of sensory, messy play activities with a free gift for every child. Sensory play is a great way to help build language and fine motor skills while having fun! Free and no need to book.

Upcoming events for adults in June including creative writing workshops and a chance to step inside the Dr Who Tardis!

Step into the Tardis!

Come along to Nottingham Central Library and try out a brand new Doctor Who virtual reality experience, which lets you step inside a VR version of the TARDIS for the first time!

In Doctor Who: The Runaway, Jodie Whittaker voices an animated version of the 13th Doctor and is racing against time to return a strange and potentially dangerous creature called Volta to his home planet. Be there with the Doctor as she faces the forces of evil in this immersive VR story experienced in 360-degree video.

Produced by BBC VR Hub, BBC Digital Drama team and Passion Animation Studios. Due to headset manufacturer guidelines, BBC VR can only be viewed in a headset by those 13 and over. 13 to 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult or have written adult consent.


Library Talk: Inns and Beer Houses of Old Nottingham

Once famed for the quality of its ale from brewers such as Home Brewery at Daybrook and Shipstones in Basford, local historian  Brian Howes talks about the history of the old Inns and beer houses of Nottingham. 

Learn about some interesting old pubs that have been lost in time and the fascinating histories of some of those still open, and how the Beerhouse Act of 1830 created a fascinating network of bohemian drinking establishments all over the city and its suburbs.

£2 a ticket - pay on the day with no need to book in advance. Free transport to and from the library is available for this event to help people with restricted mobility attend.  Call Easylink direct on 0115 969 1801 to arrange your lift.


Library Talk: A History of Arnot Hill Park

Join local historian Bob Massey to hear about the origins and history of Arnot Hill Park in Arnold. Built in the early 19th century, the site was originally a worsted mill and employed over 1,200 people at its height.  It was turned into a public park in 1919 and celebrates its 100th anniversary as a public park this July.

£2 a ticket, payable on the day, no need to book in advance. Free transport to and from the library is available for this event to help people with restricted mobility attend.  Call Easylink direct on 0115 969 1801 to arrange your lift.


Refugee Week Exhibition: #I Imagine

Celebrating 21 years of Refugee Week in the UK, Nottingham will be celebrating with a festival of music, theatre, dance, film, literature, art and food celebrating the contribution of refugees to our city. https://nottinghamrefugeeweek.org/

Nottingham Amnesty Group will be presenting an exhibition curated by Amnesty International featuring images from Magnum photographers. It shows the scale of international displacement since World War II to today and puts a human face to the refugee statistics.  It's a glimpse into lives uprooted in past decades, and historical context to the current refugee crisis in Europe.


Creative Writing Workshop

National Writing Day is an annual celebration of creative writing designed to inspire people across the UK to discover the pleasure of writing from stories, poems, letters, songs, scripts and more. To celebrate, we are hosting an informal creative coffee morning where you can try your hand at some creative writing with us. There will be a range of inspiriting writing activities for you to take part in such as free writing, write away an opportunity to find out more about events and support for new and established writers. Free, no need to book and everyone welcome.


Regular activities and events

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Asian Language Reading Groups

Bengali, Gujarati and Urdu book groups

For dates of the next meeting and further information please contact Syed Anwar via email on syed.anwar@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or call on 0115 876 1938.



Book Groups in libraries

Nottingham Central Library

Book Group

First Thursday of the month, 5.45pm to 7 pm

Crime Readers' Group

Last Tuesday of the month, from 2 pm to 3.15pm

Readers' Group

First Tuesday of the month, from 5 pm to 6 pm

Reading For Mental Health Book Club

Contact Jane Brierley on 0115 876 1933 or jane.brierley@nottinghamcity.gov.uk for more information

Reading For Pleasure

Third Tuesday of the month, 11.30am


The Listening Chain an audiobook group for visually impaired persons

Second Wednesday of the month 2 pm to 3.30pm

Contact Sarah Akroyd 0115 876 1946 or sarah.akroyd@nottinghamcity.gov.uk


Bulwell Riverside library Library Club and Book Group

Second Friday of the month, 10.15am to 11.30am

0115 883 3500

Dales Centre Library Reading Group

First Friday of the month, 4.45pm to 5.45pm

0115 876 1990

Meadows Library Reading Group

First Wednesday of the month, from 6 pm to 7 pm

0115 915 9279

Sherwood Library Pageturners Reading Group

First Friday of the month, 6 pm to 7 pm NB: New opening times, the group will continue to meet as usual, please contact staff for further information.

0115 915 1155

St Ann's Valley Library Book Group

Third Wednesday in the month, from 12 pm to 1 pm

0115 883 9700

Strelley Road Library Book Group
Third Monday of the month, 11 am to 12 pm

0115 883 3500

Wollaton Library Daytime Group

First Wednesday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30pm

0115 915 2809

Wollaton Library Evening Reading Group

First Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

0115 915 2809

Conversation Groups and Language Cafe

Conversation Groups for learners of English

These groups are for anyone who wants to improve their confidence in speaking English. They are aimed at people who speak English as a second language and help you build confidence by discussion, debate, exchanging ideas and through activities and tasks.

The groups run in term time only at:

Nottingham Central Library   Thursday 2.30pm to 4.15pm

Hyson Green Library   Friday 10.30am to 12 pm

Meadows Library   Monday 10.30am to 12 pm

St Ann's Valley Centre  Wednesday 1 pm to 2.45pm


The Dales Centre  Monday 1 pm to 2.30pm


The Language Cafe

Saturday 1 pm to 3 pm at Nottingham Central Library.

This is an informal language exchange and fun way to learn new languages or practice your teaching skills, it runs in term time only.


For more information please get in touch:

Email: enquiryline@nottinghamcity.gov.uk  or contact the relevant library.



Children and young people

We have lots of regular activities after school, on Saturdays and in the holidays suitable for all ages of children and young people. Click on the relevant age group below for more details:

Under 5s    5-11 years    12-19 years  Nottingham Children's Book Award

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Family History

One2One Family History computer help sessions.

Support to explore some of the online sources available. The sessions are free and last for one hour. Contact the Local Studies Library

Family History drop-in sessions

On the first Wednesday of every month, 10 am to 12 pm, in the Local Studies Library, floor 1, Central Library. Anyone with family history questions is welcome, whether they are just starting or are already doing their research.

Join our family history group

Are you researching your family history? Would you welcome meeting others who are also researching family history to share progress and brick walls? Then come along to our regular family history group meetings.

The group meet on last Saturday of the month at Nottingham Central Library, Learning Suite, Floor 2, 10 am to 12 pm.

For more information contact Nottingham Local Studies Library:


or Tel: 0115 915 2873.

Games Cafes

Our new drop in games cafe is the perfect way to get out to meet new people in your local area while enjoying some new and old favourite games!

Games Café are free and run weekly at the following libraries;

Easylink public transport is providing free journeys for anyone with any mobility difficulties. Transport should be booked direct with Easylink and you need to state it is for the Games Café.

Knit and Stitch groups

Knit, stitch and crochet clubs are free and open to anyone who has an interest in needle and yarn crafts; whether you knit, crochet, cross-stitch, embroider or enjoy any other type of needle crafts.

The clubs welcome people at all levels of experience who are willing to share their time, ideas and skills with others or just want to work on their projects.

Groups meet at:

Aspley Library Knit and Natter, Tuesday 4 pm to 5.45pm

Basford Library Knit and Knatter Group, Alternate Tuesdays 9.30am to 12 pm

Bilborough Library Knitting and Crochet Group, Monday and Friday 10 am to 12 pm

Bulwell Library Knit and Natter, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 12 pm

Friends of Meadows Library Sewing Group, Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm

Nottingham Central Library Tangled Yarns Knitting and Crochet Group, alternate Tuesdays 1 pm to 3 pm

St Ann's Valley Library Knit and Stitch Group, Friday 10 am to 12 pm


Strelley Road Library Knit and Stitch Group, Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dales Centre Library Crochet Group, Saturday 11.30am to 12.30pm

Library Talks

Monthly, from September to June, libraries invite guest experts who present talks and discussions on a wide range of subjects. Recent topics include Japanese tea ceremonies, the history of photography, local history and poetry. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and its a great place to meet people in your community. There is no requirement to attend every talk and refreshments are available for a small contribution.

Library clubs are held at:

Basford Library Second Tuesday of the month 10.30am to 11.30am

Clifton Library First Thursday of the month 10:30 am to 12 pm 

Sherwood Library Third Thursday of the month, 10am to 11am 

Writing Groups

Are you interested in creative writing? Do you want to meet others with similar interests? Here are some writing groups in Nottingham where you might find inspiration!


DIY Poets

Third Tuesday of the month, 8 pm

The Peacock pub, Mansfield Road, Nottingham

07905 322813

Lowdham Writers' Group

Second Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm

Old Ship Inn, Main St, Lowdham

Nick Sparrow 0115 914 4057

Nottingham Poetry Society

Fourth Saturday of the month, 2:45 pm

The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham

01773 712282

Nottingham Shakespeare Society

First and Third Tuesday of the month, 7 pm

The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham

0115 925 6551

Nottingham Writers' Club

First and Third Wednesday of the month, 7 pm

The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham

Jeremy 0115 962 1453

Nottingham Writers' Studio

A work and resource centre for professional-level writers

Aly Stoneman 0115 959 7947 / admin@nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk

Notts Writing Group

Mondays 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm The Bell Inn, Angel Row, Nottingham nottswritinggroup@gmail.com

Work Clubs

Open to anyone unemployed and looking for work or training. Delivered in partnership with trained employment advisers from local organisations, drop in for help with your CV, interview skills, job searching, finding training and apprenticeships.

Universal Skills is an online resource aimed at anyone who is looking for work. It’s free to use in the library or from home, just log in with your library card number.

Topics include:

  • Basic IT Skills
  • How to use Find a Job 
  • Universal Credit
  • Employability Skills, including job search, interview skills, CV writing

Libraries with sessions are listed below:

Aspley Tuesday 1 pm to 3 pm
Basford  Thursday 1pm to 2.30pm
Bilborough  Tuesday 10 am to 12 pm
Bulwell Riverside Wednesday 1 pm to 4 pm
Clifton Tuesday 10 am to 2 pm
Dales Centre Wednesday 2 pm to 4 pm
Hyson Green Monday 1 pm to 3 pm
Meadows Thursday 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Radford-Lenton Monday 10 am to 12 pm
Sherwood Tuesday 10 am to 12 pm
St Ann's Valley Centre Tuesday 9.30am to 12:30pm
Strelley Road Wednesday  1 pm to 3 pm

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