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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:
16th October 2014
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 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 25th September
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 Ł1.00 to include refreshments and we ask that tickets
are paid for within 7 days of the booking to secure your place.

National Poetry Event on Thursday 2nd October
The big draw at Retford Library will be the well-known crime writer, John Harvey. Winner of major prizes in Britain, France and America, John has now ‘retired’€ť Resnick, his famous Nottingham police officer and is writing poetry.
He will have plenty to interest his audience as well as reading from his collection of poetry Out of Silence€ť.

Join us for the following programme:

9:45-11:30- Poetry Workshop: Style and Substance.  Kevin Murphy and local poets Pam Mann and Pete Brammer will  be exploring different subjects and styles. Bring along a few ideas you would like to write about and leave with some finished poems.
12:00-13:00 - John Harvey
13:30-14:30 - Alan Bates Reads Thomas Hardy with Rob White
15:00-16:00 - Pass on a Poem: Bring along a war poem from any era which you would like to share or just listen to others  read their choices. Just let us have your chosen poem before the day as we shall be making a booklet of poems for everyone to take home.

Please book in advance. The poetry workshop is free of charge.
Tickets for John Harvey - Ł3  Tickets for the afternoon - Ł3 (including refreshments)
For more details or to book your ticket, see contact details below.

Check with the library for the next Crime Café

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