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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:

Sue Allan’s talk about The Pilgrim Fathers earlier this month quickly sold out and many people wanting to come were unable to get seats. Rather than disappoint so many, Sue has kindly offered to repeat the talk, The Pilgrim Fathers-Local Heroes or Villains? on Thursday 7th August.

If you would like to learn more about the Pilgrim  Fathers and why they had to flee England, please book as soon as  possible as this talk is bound to be popular too.
Booking is essential; just £1 including refreshments. You may reserve your place by telephone, email or by calling in at the library. There will also be a bar at the event.
Sue’s talk will begin at 19:00 and end around 20:30

Next Poetry Café is on Thursday, 24th July
Our theme is Poetry for a Summer’s Evening and it will be enjoyed with a glass of Pimms.
If you would like to bring along a poem to share or listen to others read their choices at this special poetry café, it begins at 18:30. Please book in advance if you can. Tickets are £2.

A Taste of Legendary China is a special event for children over the age of 5
Thursday 31st July at 10:30

 Led by musician and storyteller, Ling Peng,
Ling will be telling tales of the Chinese dragon, playing Chinese music and getting the children to make a 3D puppet.
The event is free but booking is essential due to limited places.
All children must be 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:
August 14th drop-in with a military emphasis!
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...

Bees and Bee-keeping - Wednesday 20th August

Fun activities and information about bees and honey for children
aged 7 and over.  Learn  how to make your garden bee-friendly.
Children should be accompanied by an adult. 
The event takes place at Retford Library from 14:00-16:00
Booking is essential as places are limited.

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 31st July
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

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