From Monday 9 to Saturday 14 of October libraries all across the country will showcase an array of free creative activities showing what UK libraries have to offer.

National libraries week is a chance to discover what your local library has to offer, from providing children with an area to play and learn, to access to wifi for anything from playing games to finding a job.

Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) said: “Libraries Week is an opportunity to celebrate the very best that libraries have to offer across the UK. We want ensure that as many people as possible are inspired to visit a library, discover what’s on offer & encourage their friends and family to get involved.

I am delighted that we have been able to respond to feedback from the library community by expanding from a single day to a week-long celebration of libraries, enabling us to include more partners and develop a really exciting programme for the public.

CILIP and our national partners are committed to ensuring that Libraries Week receives widespread visibility and support. Whatever type of library you work in, we need you to join us and help ensure the success of Libraries Week.”

Many libraries in Manchester are taking part with free daily events, some require booking via the links below or by contacting 0161 912 3189 or

Author Charles Heathcote

Where: Altrincham Library

When: Wednesday 11 October, 2pm.

Event: Chesire author, Charles Heathcote will be reading extracts from his hilarious new book, Indisputably Doris. The second in a series of monologues, the book features Mrs Doris Copeland of Partridge Mews battling for her position as chairwomen of the WI.

How to Promote your Book – with Diane Hinds

Where: Urmston Library

When: Thursday 12 October, 2pm.

Event: Are you an aspiring, small or self-published writer? Public relations specialist Diane Hinds is on hand to guide you through the basics of putting together a campaign to promote your book, blog or short story.

With over 20 years’ experience as a freelance PR specialist, Diane Hinds began her career with Arista Records, launching the career of opera singer Lesley Garrett, CBE, before moving on to become freelance. Diane has promoted the likes of Nigel Kennedy, Anne Perry, Jermaine Jackson, the English National Opera and many more.

Diane is a director of The Entertainment Bureau and has taught Campaigning & Persuasive Skills at the University of Westminster. She is currently a Guest Visitor to UCLA Extension, teaching PR Techniques.

Coffee Morning & Crafts

Where: Stretford Library

When: Friday 13 October, 10am-1pm

Event: The coffee morning will run from 10am to 1pm with the craft session, following on from Rhymetime, starting from 12 noon to 1pm. Rhymetime is designed to help you engage with your child through stories and songs. Everyone is welcome to this event, children under 8 years old will need adult help and supervision.

Crime Writer Sarah Ward

Where: Altrincham Library

When: Friday 13 October, 2-3pm.

Event: Join us for an afternoon with crime writer, Sarah Ward. Having written the critically acclaimed In Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw, Sarah will talk about her new novel, A Patient Fury, and the deadly Peak District fire which was the inspiration behind it. Sarah will also discuss the rising popularity of crime novels and our fascination with the dark genre.

Bunting Making

Where: Old Trafford Library

When: Saturday 14 October, drop in any time between 10.30am and 3.30 pm.

Event: Be creative and join in the fun with artist Fi Smith- help design and make colourful bunting for our brand new library, everyone is welcome!

This activity is suitable for ages 8+. Younger children are very welcome but will need adult supervision.

Extraordinary Beasts

Where: Urmston Library

When: Saturday 14 October, 11am

Event: Far back in the mists of time, explorers returned from their travels with tales of strange creatures. Find out about griffins, unicorns, mermaids and centaurs with illustrator Katy Jones and create your own extraordinary beast. This event is suitable for 4 to 11 year olds.

Manchester School of Samba Workshops

Where: Sale Library

When: Saturday 14 October. Session one 11am, session two 2pm.

Event: Join the Manchester School of Samba for a noisy, fun-filled celebration of the joys of being alive using dance and percussion at our two fantastic Samba workshops! Learn some of the drum rhythms or dance steps used by Brazilians at carnival time and transport yourself to Rio de Janeiro!

Open to all ages. No experience needed!

An Austentatious Murder

Where: Old Trafford Library

When: Saturday 14 October, 7.30-10.30pm.

Event: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Acknowledging Jane Austen as one of mankind’s most gifted writers on the subject of love and the human condition, tech developers have created the ‘Austen Algorithm’ – the key to finding the perfect partner! The new app Dating Mr Darcy is due to be launched at an Austen themed gala celebration… But moments before the app goes live, its creator is found dead with, quite literally, a broken heart!
But which of the Austen aficionados is a potential killer? What clues to the crime can be found within the works of the author, and just who will end up dating Mr Darcy?
Interrogate the suspects, crack codes and discover the wit and wisdom of one of the finest writers to put pen to paper in an Austen related murder mystery that will require all your sense and sensibilities to solve!
Fun, frivolity and fatalities guaranteed!



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