Libraries news and information

July 2019

There are only a few weeks of the school term left now, and that means it's time for the libraries to launch another Summer Reading Challenge for children age 4 - 12 years.  Your children or grandchildren might even have come home from school with a letter about it already.  This year's challenge is called Space Chase, and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first landing by humans on the moon.  To complete the challenge, children just have to read 6 library books between 1st July and 30th September, and tell us a bit about the books that they read to collect prizes and sticker rewards.  They don't even need to be books about space!  Any library book will do.  Stories on CD, eBooks and eAudio may also be used.  Enrolment is free of charge.

Come and take part in a 'Sugar Savvy' quiz

Dione, from the council's Health & Wellbeing team will be available to speak to at a drop-in event in our new Digital Health Hub at Blackburn Library between 10 am and 2 pm on Thursday 4th July.  Come along and find out how much sugar is in different types of breakfast cereal in a 'Sugar Savvy' quiz, and find out how to use a new food scanner app to help you make healthier choices on your next visit to the supermarket.

Zoolab: Come and meet the animals on a Space Chase adventure

Zoolab will make a welcome return to Blackburn and Darwen Libraries, with a Space Chase themed version of their popular animal handling sessions on Monday 29th July starting in Blackburn Library at 11 am, and Darwen Library at 1.30 pm.  Each session will last for approximately one hour and tickets for children costing £1 each will be available up to 3 weeks before the event from the relevant library.  There is no charge for accompanying adults.  Please note that these sessions are always very popular, so entry cannot be guaranteed on the day without a ticket.

Other activities and events for children during the holidays

Following on from Zoolab, a number of other events will be on offer for children during July and August.  Tickets for each event (including free events*) will be available from the relevant library up to 3 weeks in advance.  We strongly recommend getting tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on the day. 

*Tickets are not required for the drop-in Mad Science events on Monday 12th August.

The full programme by library is as follows:

Blackburn Library

Zoolab: animal handling session, Monday 29th July, 11 am, tickets £1 children

  • Magic show with Marc Dominic, Wednesday 7th August, 11 am, tickets £1 children, £3 accompanying adults
  • Mad Science fun station, Monday 12th August, drop-in between 10.30 am & 12.30 pm, free, tickets not required
  • Illustration workshop with Sarah Horne, Wednesday 21st August, 11 am, tickets £1 children

Darwen Library

  • Zoolab: animal handling session, Monday 29th July, 1.30 pm, tickets £1 children
  • Magic show with Marc Dominic, Wednesday 7th August, 2 pm, tickets £1 children
  • Mad Science fun station, Monday 12th August, drop-in between 2 & 4 pm, tickets not required
  • Illustration workshop with Sarah Horne, Wednesday 21st August, 2 pm, tickets £1 children

Cherry Tree Library

Free story and craft sessions on:

  • Wednesday 31st July, 2 pm
  • Monday 5th August, 2 pm
  • Wednesday 14th August, 2 pm
  • Monday 19th August 2 pm

Mill Hill Community Centre

Free story and craft sessions on:

  • Thursday 1st August, 2 pm
  • Thursday 8th August, 2 pm
  • Thursday 15th August, 2 pm
  • Thursday 22nd August, 2 pm

Roman Road Library

Free story and craft sessions on:

  • Tuesday 30th July, 2 pm
  • Tuesday 6th August, 2 pm
  • Tuesday 13th August, 2 pm
  • Tuesday 20th August, 2 pm

Calendar of events

Key: A = Adults' events, C = Children's and families' events, EY = Early Years' events, P = Partners' events 

Calendar of events
Key Event Title Day of the Week Date Start & finish times Location Ticket Price Booking required Y/N
A Darwen Library Crafters Mon 01.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library    Y
A Local/Family Researchers Mon 01.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT drop in session Mon 01.07.19 2 - 4 pm  Darwen Library  N/A N
C Family arts & crafts Mon 01.07.19 5 - 6.30 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Mon 01.07.19 6 - 7 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
A IT drop in session Tue 02.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Sew & Sow Tue 02.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Cherry Tree Library £2 N
A Tuesday Reading Group Tue 02.07.19 10.15 - 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Larks Tue 02.07.19 1.30 - 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4 N
EY Story time Tue 02.07.19 2 - 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Coffee/tea/biscuit drop in Tue 02.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
EY Story time Wed 03.07.19 10.30 - 11 am Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Tai Chi Wed 03.07.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Cherry Tree Library £2 Y
EY Story & rhyme time Wed 03.07.19 2 - 2.30 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT drop in session Wed 03.07.19 2 - 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Books @ the Pub Wed 03.07.19 6 - 7.30 pm The Postal Order N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Thu 04.07.19 9.30 - 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
A Drop-in Sugar Savvy event Thu 04.07.19 10 am - 2 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
EY Story time Thu 04.07.19 11 - 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Women's group Thu 04.07.19 1 - 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
A Knit & Natter Fri 05.07.19 2.30 - 3.30 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
C Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 06.07.19 10 am - 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
               
A Darwen Library Crafters Mon 08.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library    Y
A Local/Family Researchers Mon 08.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT drop in session Mon 08.07.19 2 - 4 pm  Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT course: Mouse & Keyboard Mon 08.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A Y
C Family arts & crafts Mon 08.07.19 5 - 6.30 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Reading Group Mon 08.07.19 5.45 - 6.45 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT drop in session Tue 09.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Sew & Sow Tue 09.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Mill Hill Community Centre £2 N
A Tuesday Reading Group Tue 09.07.19 10.15 - 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Larks Tue 09.07.19 1.30 - 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4 N
EY Story time Tue 09.07.19 2 - 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Coffee/tea/biscuit drop in Tue 09.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
EY Story time Wed 10.07.19 10.30 - 11 am Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Tai Chi Wed 10.07.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Cherry Tree Library £2 Y
EY Story & rhyme time Wed 10.07.19 2 - 2.30 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT drop in session Wed 10.07.19 2 - 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
C Chatterbooks Wed 10.07.19 3.45 - 4.45 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Thu 11.07.19 9.30 - 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
EY Story time Thu 11.07.19 11 - 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Women's group Thu 11.07.19 1 - 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
A Knit & Natter Fri 12.07.19 2.30 - 3.30 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
C Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 13.07.19 10 am - 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
               
A Darwen Library Crafters Mon 15.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library    Y
A Local/Family Researchers Mon 15.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT drop in session Mon 15.07.19 2 - 4 pm  Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT course: Introduction Internet Mon 15.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A Y
C Family arts & crafts Mon 15.07.19 5 - 6.30 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
A Livesey Reading Group Mon 15.07.19 7 - 8 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A IT drop in session Tue 16.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Sew & Sow Tue 16.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Cherry Tree Library £2 N
A Tuesday Reading Group Tue 16.07.19 10.15 - 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Larks Tue 16.07.19 1.30 - 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4 N
EY Story time Tue 16.07.19 2 - 2.30 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Coffee/tea/biscuit drop in Tue 16.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
EY Story time Wed 17.07.19 10.30 - 11 am Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Tai Chi Wed 17.07.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Cherry Tree Library £2 Y
EY Story & rhyme time Wed 17.07.19 2 - 2.30 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT drop in session Wed 17.07.19 2 - 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Thu 18.07.19 9.30 - 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
EY Story time Thu 18.07.19 11 - 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Women's group Thu 18.07.19 1 - 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
A Knit & Natter Fri 19.07.19 2.30 - 3.30 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
C Colouring, puzzles and games Sat 20.07.19 10 am - 1.45 pm Darwen Library N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Sat 20.07.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Darwen Library N/A N
               
A Darwen Library Crafters Mon 22.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library    Y
A Local/Family Researchers Mon 22.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT drop in session Mon 22.07.19 2 - 4 pm  Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT course: Gmail Basics  Mon 22.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
C Family arts & crafts Mon 22.07.19 5 - 6.30 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
A IT drop in session Tue 23.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Sew & Sow Tue 23.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Mill Hill Community Centre £2 N
A Tuesday Reading Group Tue 23.07.19 10.15 - 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Larks Tue 23.07.19 1.30 - 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4 N
A Coffee/tea/biscuit drop in Tue 23.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A IT drop in Tue 23.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Tai Chi Wed 24.07.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Cherry Tree Library £2 Y
EY Story & rhyme time Wed 24.07.19 2 - 2.30 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT drop in session Wed 24.07.19 2 - 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Thu 25.07.19 9.30 - 10.30 am Roman Road Library N/A N
EY Story time Thu 25.07.19 11 - 11.30 am Mill Hill Library N/A N
A Women's group Thu 25.07.19 1 - 3 pm Roman Road Library £1 N
A Knit & Natter Fri 26.07.19 2.30 - 3.30 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Councillor's surgery Sat 27.07.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Darwen Library N/A N
               
A Darwen Library Crafters Mon 29.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library    Y
A Local/Family Researchers Mon 29.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Darwen Library  N/A N
C Zoolab: Meet the Animals Mon 29.07.19 11 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library £1 children Y
C Zoolab: Meet the Animals Mon 29.07.19 1.30 - 2.30 pm Darwen Library £1 children Y
A IT drop in session Mon 29.07.19 2 - 4 pm  Darwen Library  N/A N
A IT course: Using The Internet Mon 29.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A Y
C Wordsworth here today Mon 29.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
C Family arts & crafts Mon 29.07.19 5 - 6.30 pm Roman Road Library N/A N
A IT drop in session Tue 30.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
A Sew & Sow Tue 30.07.19 10 am - 12 pm Cherry Tree Library £2 N
A Tuesday Reading Group Tue 30.07.19 10.15 - 11.45 am Blackburn Library N/A N
A Darwen Library Larks Tue 30.07.19 1.30 - 3 pm Darwen Library Theatre £4 N
C Story & craft session Tue 30.07.19 2 - 3 pm Roman Road Library N/A Y
A Coffee/tea/biscuit drop in Tue 30.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
A IT drop in session Tue 30.07.19 2 - 4 pm Mill Hill Library N/A N
EY Story time Wed 31.07.19 10.30 - 11 am Cherry Tree Library N/A N
A Tai Chi Wed 31.07.19 10.30 - 11.30 am Cherry Tree Library £2 Y
C Story & craft session Wed 31.07.19 2 - 3 pm Cherry Tree Library N/A Y
A IT drop in session Wed 31.07.19 2 - 4 pm Blackburn Library N/A N
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