Clarborough & Welham Community
near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom

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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.

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:

The staff at Retford library invite you for an afternoon of flighted fun with their Flying Falcons: Looking at the Life of a Peregrine talk.
From 14:00 - 15:30 on the 12th August this event is fun for all the family.
Activities include identifying the bird game, the viewing of a replica falcon and a talk on how the Peregrine lives.
This event is free, but booking is essential so please drop into Retford library or ring on 01777 708724 to book your place now.

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursdays 21st July and 4th & 18th August
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

Work Club
Friday 12th and 26th August 10:00-12:00
Help and support with CVs, job applications and interviews.
Informal, drop-in club

Next Crime Café
Tuesday 23rd August (provisional date). - 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 meeting: No meetings in August; next is 7th September 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 - Thursdays 13:30-15:00 t.b.a. 2016
You are also invited to join Library staff for an evening of Summer Poetry on Wednesday 20th July from 18:30.  You can bring along a poem to share or simply come to listen to others.  Tickets are £2 and will include a summer cocktail and nibbles. Places are limited so you are advised to book your place in advance.

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Next meeting on 25th July and then 12th September 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 :
28th July and 25th August 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...

Reading Group

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.

Summer Reading Challenge

Keep your children reading over the holidays. The Roald Dahl themed challenge launches on 16th July and continues until 6th September.  Bring your children along to join and find out about the exciting events taking place at the Library over the summer. Children can join and take part at any time over the summer. The challenge is to read at least six books over the summer holiday with rewards along the way.

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.

Library contact details:
Tel.: (01777) 708 724
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