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In the heart of Retford, on Churchgate, facing the church of St.Swithun’s, Retford’s Denman Library is housed in a fascinating old building.

For more details of the events listed here, or to book your place, see contact details at the bottom of the page.

As well as all of the facilities you would expect from one of Nottinghamshire’s Libraries, the ever-helpful staff have a wide range of activity sessions to tempt you:

Local/Family History drop-in sessions with Helen Fox (Nottinghamshire Team Librarian, Local Studies) each month on Thursday mornings from 09:30-12:30. Bring your questions or just drop-in to find out more:
11th September & 16th October
You will usually find Greg Herdman in attendance too - he’s the chap who ‘fronts’ the library’s Family & Local History Group twice monthly. Find out more about that group here...

Retford Library will be hosting another workshop led by
artist Rupali Mutalik on Saturday 30th August

Rupali was at the library in June, showing a group of enthusiastic adults and children how to create designs used in the celebration of Diwali. At her next workshop she will be teaching the basics of Rangoli, an ancient Indian art-form in which beautiful and colourful designs are created.

The workshop will start at 10:00 and last for about 2 hours. It is suitable for adults and children over 7 years of age. Previous knowledge or skill in art or drawing is not necessary. There will be a charge of £3 per person to cover the cost of materials. Participants will be  able to take their creation home afterwards.

If you would like to learn how to create traditional and contemporary Rangoli, please contact us to book your place. Booking is essential as places are limited.

Rupali’s art was recently exhibited at Retford Library. It can be viewed at

Retford Library has launched a Creative Writers’ Group
As a result of a very enjoyable and stimulating  workshop in March, Retford Library started a new
Creative Writers’ Group
which meets every two weeks on Thursdays from 14:00-16:00
Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 28th August
and is self-supporting, with the library arranging an occasional workshops.
The group meets in the Local Studies room and will be led by Kevin Murphy. If you are interested in joining this enthusiastic new group of writers, just come along. There is no need to book. Whether you have been writing
for a while or are in the early days of putting pen to paper, come along.
Kevin Murphy, the leader and the other members will make you very welcome.
For more information, contact the library (see below) or email Kevin on

The Pilgrim Fathers - Scrooby and Beyond...
Talk by Sue Allan at Retford Library on Thursday 25th September 2014 from 19:00 to 20:30

Following on from her recent sell-out talk, exploring why the Pilgrim Fathers had to flee England,
Sue Allan tells the next part of their story.
Don’t miss out on  this fascinating talk. Book your place by visiting Retford Library or by
by phone 01777 708 724 or emailing
The last talk was hugely popular and tickets ran out very quickly.
Ticket are £1.00 to include refreshments and we ask that tickets
are paid for within 7 days of the booking to secure your place.

Check with the library for the next Crime Café

Pass on a Poem session
Make a note for your diary of Friday 5th September at 14;00.
This time we have chosen the theme of September.
There will be a 50p charge to cover refreshments and places can be booked
by phone or email or by dropping into the Library in person.

If you would like to come along and read your  chosen poem, or have it read for you, please let us know of your choice so that it can be included in our poetry booklet. You can, of course,  just come along and listen and enjoy a chat with a cuppa and a biscuit.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Coffee-n-Crafts Club on Wednesdays at 13:30
Bring along your project, swap ideas, patterns and materials, to meet like-minded
people over a cuppa!  50p for refreshments. If you would like to know more please get in touch
It's just 50p for refreshments, give us a call to book your place

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00
Click here for more...
Library contact details:
Tel.: (01777) 708 724
E-mail:      Website:  Retford (Denman) Library