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Libraries Week

Libraries Week will take place between Monday 3 to Sunday 9 October 2022, and celebrates the central role that libraries play in supporting life-long learning. Each year there is a theme chosen by CILIP which explores the innovative and surprising things that libraries do to support their communities.

As well as learning, Libraries Week includes a host of exciting events and activities taking place across our libraries: from author talks, writing workshops and storytelling to poetry, dance and manga.

All events are free, though some have limited places, so need to be booked in advance. Please contact the relevant library for more information and to book a place.

Monday 3 October

Quilting conversations workshop, New Parks Library, 1-3pm

The Quilting Conversations project aims to reduce social isolation and invites people to come along to a relaxed, friendly stitching activity. To book a place, email: linda.harding@leicester.gov.uk, ring 07999840140 or contact New Parks Library.


Tuesday 4 October

Dancercise, Pork Pie Library, 12.30pm-1.30pm

Join in with a fun, Bhangra and Bollywood-style dance session led by a qualified teacher. Please contact Pork Pie Library to book a place.

An afternoon with Rosemary Conley, Beaumont Leys Library, 2pm

Talk and book signing with one of the world’s most successful diet and fitness experts and multimillion-selling author. ‘Through Thick and Thin’ is a surprising and enthralling read; full of candid revelations from Rosemary’s life both in the public eye and behind closed doors. Please contact Beaumont Leys Library to book a place.

Bookmark making, New Parks Library, 3-5pm

Free craft activity for children of all ages (and their parents). Please contact New Parks Library to book a place.

The Story Tree, Central Library, 6.45pm

Storytelling is as old as time and at the heart of every culture. The Story Tree is an adult storytelling circle for Leicester and Leicestershire.  Everyone 16+ is welcome to tell stories or just to listen. No booking required, just turn up.


Wednesday 5 October

Quilting Conversations workshop, Beaumont Leys Library, 1-3pm

The Quilting Conversations project aims to reduce social isolation and invites people to come along to a relaxed, friendly stitching activity. To book a place, email: linda.harding@leicester.gov.uk, ring 07999840140 or contact Beaumont Leys Library.

Rock painting, Highfields Library, 12.30 - 2.30pm

Tap into your creative side and learn the meditative art of rock painting. No experience necessary and all materials provided to create your piece of art. Please contact Highfields Library to book a place.

Create your own silk scarf, Highfields Library, 12.30-2.30pm

This relaxing workshop gives adults the opportunity to create a hand painted scarf to take home. All materials provided. Please contact Highfields Library to book a place.

Basic computer skills, St Matthews Library, 1-3pm

Topics covered in this informal session include: using a keyboard and mouse, how to do an internet search and setting up a web-based email account. Limited space, please contact St Matthews Library to book a place.

The Curse of the Turtle, Knighton Library, 6.30pm

A talk about the true story of Thailand's “Backpacker Murders” with author, Suzanne Buchanan. Please contact Knighton Library to book a place.

In Conversation with… M.P. Wright, Central Library, 6.30pm

Join John Martin, former CWA 'Dagger In The Library' judge and crime fiction historian, as he talks to M.P Wright about his forthcoming novel, ‘Coal Black Soul’, and discusses just why it is readers love the crime genre so much. Please contact Central Library to book a place.


Thursday 6 October

Quilting Conversations workshop, Pork Pie Library, 10.30am–12.30pm 

The Quilting Conversations project aims to reduce social isolation and invites people to come along to a relaxed, friendly stitching activity. To book a place, email: linda.harding@leicester.gov.uk, ring 07999840140 or contact Pork Pie Library.

Carers Poetry Workshop, Central Library, 11am-12.30pm

Get together with other unpaid carers to learn more about 'The Carers Centre Poetry Pharmacy'. Use creative writing and poetry to reflect on your experience of caring for a family member, loved one or friend. To book a place, contact The Carers Centre (0116) 251 0999, email: enquiries@thecarerscentre.org.uk or contact Central Library.

African bead bracelets, Evington Library, 1-4pm

Learn the beautiful art of African bead bracelets and make a bracelet or keyring to take home. No experience required and all materials supplied. Please contact Evington Library to book a place.

Dancercise, Westcotes Library, 1.30-2.30pm

Join in with a fun, Bhangra and Bollywood-style dance session led by a qualified teacher. Please contact Westcotes Library to book a place.

In Conversation With… Nige Tassell, Central Library, 6.30pm

Nige’s latest book, Whatever Happened To The C86 Kids? finds him going off in search of members of all the bands that were featured on the NME's legendary C86 cassette to discover how their lives panned out. Nige writes about both popular culture and sport. His most recent sport book – The Hard Yards: Triumph, Despair and Championship Football – has just been published in paperback. Please contact Central Library to book a place.


Friday 7 October

Writing Space: exploring menopause, Central Library, 1-2.30pm

This free workshop offers a space to explore your menopause, sit with your thoughts, do some reflective and expressive writing, and get stuff out of your head and onto the page. No writing experience necessary, and you only share your writing if you want to. Book a place through Eventbrite.

Quilting Conversations workshop, Highfields Library, 1-3pm

The Quilting Conversations project aims to reduce social isolation and invites people to come along to a relaxed, friendly stitching activity. To book a place, email: linda.harding@leicester.gov.uk, ring 07999840140 or contact Highfields Library.

An evening with Stanley J Browne, Highfields Library, 6.30pm

Join the actor as he talks about his career so far and his forthcoming memoir, ‘Little Big Man’ - the powerful true story of his journey to rise from the ashes of his mother's mental illness, discover himself and heal from a harrowing and troubled past. Please contact Highfields Library to book a place.

The Life and Times of Nell Gwynne, Central Library, 6pm

A talk by Graham Hopkins, the author of ‘Nell Gwynne – A Passionate Life’ and ‘Constant Delights – Rakes, Rogues and Scandal in Restoration England’. His play ‘Nelly – A Folk Musical’ comes to the Little Theatre on 2 November. Please contact Central Library to book a place.


Saturday 8 October

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, 13¾ - 40 Years On, Pork Pie Library, 11am-12.30pm

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sue Townsend’s best-loved character with a talk by local author Bali Rai and Dr Emma Parker from the University of Leicester. Free event, refreshments provided. Please contact Pork Pie Library to book a place.

Dancercise, Belgrave Library, 12-1pm

Join in with a fun, Bhangra and Bollywood-style dance session led by a qualified teacher. Please contact Belgrave Library to book a place.

Bold Strokes Books writing workshop, Central Library, 1-3pm

Leicester based authors share their experiences as writers, provide practical advice and read from their work. Please contact Central Library to book a place.

Writing the Journey: Travel writing workshop with Tim Hannigan, Central Library, 2pm

How can you capture the experience of a journey in writing? This workshop with award-winning writer Tim Hannigan explores the tricks and techniques of travel writing. Whether you want to tell the story of globetrotting adventures or local explorations, the session will help you to forge a compelling narrative and create a sense of place. There will also be advice on ways to avoid the ethical pitfalls of writing about other people and places, and insights into how travel publishing works. The session is suitable for both complete beginners and seasoned writers. Please contact Central Library to book a place.


Sunday 9 October

Manga Fun Day, Central Library, 11am-4pm 

Manga fans aged 11+ are invited to come along for a day of fun with the University of Leicester Anime & Manga Society.

The day will include:

  • Manga panel drawing
  • Book swap
  • Cosplay
No booking required, just drop in during the day.

 

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Free Adult Education taster sessions
During Libraries Week, Leicester Adult Education will be offering a programme of free taster sessions such as art, textiles, pottery, digital skills, using your smart devices, English, maths and much more.

 

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