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rd March 2015
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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. All are free unless otherwise stated:

Easter holiday children’s activity
Step into Spring with a special craft activity on Wednesday, 8th April.
Young children must be accompanied to this free drop-in event.
10:30 to 13:00

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursdays - next meetings: 2nd, 16th & 30th April
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.

Mastermind Semi-Finalist talks about Hardy Novel

Former Mastermind semi-finalist, Rob White will be talking about the
Thomas Hardy novel, “Far From the Madding Crowd” at Retford Library on Thursday, 23rd April.

Always an enthusiast of Hardy’s poetry and novels, it came as no surprise when Rob chose the West Country author as his specialist subject for the first round of the famous quiz back in 2012 – a round which he won and which subsequently took him through to the semi-finals.

For his talk at the library, Rob will be looking at “Far From the Madding Crowd” as The Novel Which Made Hardy’s Name. He will give an insight into how it came into being and some aspects of the writing, plot and characterisation, in fact the ingredients which made it a huge success at the time and which continues to make it widely read and admired 140 years later.

Rob’s talk which is part of the Retford Library’s celebration of World Book Night begins at 19:00.
It will be followed by a World Book Quiz.

Tickets are £2 which will include a glass of wine or non-alcoholic drink and nibbles. Booking is essential (ages 16+)

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:
Next dates are:
23rd April, 2015.
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...

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

Next Crime Café
Thursday 28th April from 13:30-15:00
to discuss female crime fighters and historical crime. There will also be a fun quiz.
50 pence for refreshments. (For ages 18+)

Coffee-n-Crafts Club on Wednesdays
Next meeting: 25th March plus 8th & 22nd April 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 is on Monday 30th March at 13:30
Pass on a Poem event. Bring along a poem about dreams to read out
or simply enjoy listening to those chosen by others.
As usual, the event will cost just 50 pence for refreshments and
if you can let us know that you will be coming in advance, that will help us with our planning.

The Chesterfield Canal
Thursday, 26th March at 19:00

An inspiring talk by enthusiast, David Dawson using slides and
his own unscripted narrative.

£1 to cover refreshments

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
(next meetings on 23rd March and 13th April)
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00
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Library contact details:
Tel.: (01777) 708 724
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