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.
Nottinghamshire library service became a Community Benefit Society with exempt charitable status in April 2016. This means they are a not-for-profit organisation so all funds must be spent on culture, learning and library activities for the communities we serve. Therefore, Nottinghamshire Libraries are now delivered by Inspire, a Community Benefit Society. For more about Inspire, click here...
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 :
Home Library Service
Retford Library has a team of RVS Volunteers who deliver a selection of Library books to those who are housebound and cannot access the Library. If you know someone who would benefit from this service, please let a member of the Library staff know. Also, if you would like to volunteer to be part of this scheme, we would be happy to hear from you.
Special events for December
Saturday 17th December (14:00-15:00) Retford Library's special Christmas story-time and craft session. "The Grinch" followed by a Christmas gift craft - Reindeer Nose Lollipops. Free event.
Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 8th December
Now entering its fifth year, members share their own original thoughts and also work prompted by “ triggers”, usually set by Kevin Murphy their coordinator. Samples of their poetry and prose, factual, fictional and fantastic are also shared on their website "Retwords", which has had a thousand visitors this year alone. Simply Google “Retwords” to find it.
There is no charge and no pressure. Come along, listen and share when you feel like doing.
Kevin can be contacted on 07903 654 499 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Crime Café
Tuesday (t.b.a.) - 14:00-15:30.
What was the last good crime book you read? Or the film you watched? Come along on May 24th and
tell us what you would recommend as a good summer read. Plus - give our fun crime quiz a try!
Everyone welcome - no need to book, just come along.
50 pence including refreshments. Booking not necessary. Everyone welcome.
Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 14th December
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 23rd January 14:00-15:30
The Senses. Bring along a poem to share on the theme of The Senses or
simply enjoy listening to others. Tickets are 50p and booking is advised.
Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Next meetings on 9th January 2017
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 16:30-18:00
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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 : 15th December 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...
The group meets on the last Tuesday in every month at 11:00 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.
Rattle, Rhymn & Roll (for little ones!)
Every Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 - 10:20
Songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers.
A special half term session takes place on Friday 28th October from 10:00
Every Friday from 10:00 to 10:20
Enjoy stories and songs together. For older, pre-school children.
Library contact details:
Tel.: (01777) 708 724
E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.inspireculture.org.uk/