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near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
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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.

Latest news! Retford Library will be closed from 8th to 12th February, 2016 for essential maintenance and redecoration, re-opening on Saturday 13th when there will be a Tasty Tales Workshop for children.

Half-term activities at Retford Library:

Byron, Frankenstein and 'friends'

What really happened 200 years ago on the shores of Lake Geneva? Many different versions of events will be heard in this bicentenary year, but this is your chance to learn the real facts  from this fascinating and beautifully illustrated talk by local Librarian and Byron expert Ralph Lloyd-Jones.

"That Night at the Villa Diodati:
The truth about Byron, Frankenstein, Mrs Shelley and the Vampyre Polidori"
Talk at Retford Library
Thursday 18th February 2016
7.00 - 8.30pm
Ł1.00 (includes refreshments)

The cost of the talk is Ł1.00 (including refreshments) and booking is essential – please call the library on 01777 708 724
or email

Come along to our Pop-Up Flashback Poetry Making Workshop!
Saturday 13th February, 14:30 at Retford Library.
Ł2 per child (accompanying adult free)

Join poet and performer Peter Rumney for a fun filled library hour.

For children aged 5-9 years of all confidence levels.

A Word Pepper Production for ages 5+ 15:00 on Friday 19th February

Pop-Up Flashback – A Magical World of Giant Pop-Up Books and Poetry!
An extraordinary quest through childhood. Ł2 per child (accompanying adult free)

For more information about this latter event, or to book tickets for the performance please go to:

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

Clarborough (and North/South Wheatley and Clayworth) residents may also be interested in Nottinghamshire’s mobile library service timetable - known officially as ‘North, Route 4’.
See a copy here...

For a wider selection of communities covered, search Notts. County Council’s dedicated website here...

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:

New Year, New Reading Group

If you fancy doing something  different in the New Year why not join a Reading  Group at Retford  Library?

A new Reading Group will be launched at the end of January starting on Tuesday January 26th at 11 am.  The initial meeting will discuss which books you would like  to read, what you would like to see achieved by the reading group and there will be examples of the type of books available. So why not pop along and meet the leader Judy Bradford, and see what the group has to offer you?

The group will then meet the last Tuesday in every month at 11 am in the library.  Reading Groups are very informal and open to everyone, and a wide range of books  are selected  for members to read and discuss each month.  Everybody has a say and the idea behind a Reading Group is to get members to read something different to what they would normally choose .

Nottinghamshire Libraries support a thriving network of around 170 groups throughout the county, including 8 groups at Retford. Please come along to support the new group in Retford and see what it has to offer.  Please phone Retford Library on 708724 to put your name down or just pop along on the morning  for a chat.

Rattle, Rhymn & Roll (for little ones!)
Every Wednesday from 10:00 - 10:20
Songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers.

Story Hullabaloo
very Friday from 10:00 to 10:20
Enjoy stories and songs together. For older, pre-school children.

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursdays (watch this space) 2016
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.

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

Next Crime Café
Tuesdays - watch this space!
50 pence including refreshments. Booking not necessary. Everyone welcome.

Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 27th January, 2016 13:30-15:00

Bring along your project, swap ideas, patterns and materials, to meet like-minded
people over a cuppa! 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

Next Poetry Café - Monday, 25th January

The theme is Music€ť so bring along a poem about music to read to the rest of the group if you wish.
There is a small charge of 50 pence for the event to cover the cost of refreshments

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Next meetings on 25th January, 2016
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00
Click here for more...

Local/Family History drop-in sessions with Helen Fox (Nottinghamshire Team Librarian, Local Studies) each month on Thursday mornings from 09:30-13:00. Bring your questions or just drop-in to find out more:
Next date : 18
st February, 2016
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...

Library contact details:
Tel.: (01777) 708 724
E-mail:      Website:  Retford (Denman) Library