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near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
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th January 2015
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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. All are free unless otherwise stated:

Harry Potter Book Night
Thursday 5th February

Come and discover the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Puzzles and games with a wizarding theme.
For ages 8+
Dress in your wizard finery - a prize for the most wonderful wizard.
50p including refreshments. Booking essential.

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursdays - next meetings: 5th & 19th February

For inspiring writers hoping to improve, it  provides a great opportunity for sharing ideas and materials. There are regular Trigger inputs to stimulate the imagination and creative writing skills and whilst members discuss each other’s work they offer only constructive criticism.

If you would like to join this self-supporting group, please give us a ring.

Next Poetry Café is on Thursday 12th February at 13:30

Our theme for this first meeting of 2015 is Poems from my Childhood so if you remember a particular poem from your  younger days or had to learn one at school as we did, then please bring it along to share with the rest of the group. As usual, if you prefer a member of staff to read the poem for you, we shall be happy to oblige.

If you are struggling to find a particular poem, please ask us for help. We can’t promise to find it but we can look on the Internet for ideas and of course, we have an excellent poetry section in the library.

As usual, the event will cost just 50 pence for refreshments and if you can let us know that you will be coming in advance, that will help us with our planning.

Sensational Science
Wednesday 18th February 10:30-12:00
Fun-based science crafts with added Alien Goo!
Drop-in event for children 7+
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Chinese Paper Cutting with artist Betty Ching
Saturday 21st February 10:00-12:00
Celebrate Chinese New Year by making beautiful paper shapes.
Free drop-in for families - ages 4+ children must accompanied by an adult

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:
Next dates are:
26th February, 2015.
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...

Work Club
Every Monday 10:00-12:00
Help and support with CVs, job applications and interviews.
Informal, drop-in club

Next Crime Café
Thursday 24th February from 13:30-15:00

This month we will be seeing and hearing interviews with some of our best loved crime writers
like Mark Billingham, Lee  Child, Nicci French and others.
50p including refreshments.

Coffee-n-Crafts Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 4th and 18th February 13:30-15:00

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
(26th January & 9th February)
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00
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Library contact details:
Tel.: (01777) 708 724
E-mail:      Website:  Retford (Denman) Library