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.
Help with Homework at your library. Young people can use PCs and the Internet for free along with some free printing for homework purposes. There are many online resources available including free access to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, as well as helpful staff!
Pastels Workshop with Mick Thomas
Two sessions Wednesday 13th and 27th September 14:00-16:00.
Booking advised. 50p for refreshments. Suitable for ages 16+
Crime Café - watch this space for next meeting.
Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 28th September 2017
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 email@example.com.
Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: tba
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
National Poetry Day
Thursday 28th September 14:00.
The Poetry of Philip Larkin – A talk by Rob White. Rob will take us through a selection of Larkin’s poems giving a personal interpretation and an insight into the great poet.
The talk will be followed by Pass-on-a-Poem - theme “Freedom”
Please submit a favourite poem by 10th September for inclusion in a booklet or simply come along to listen to others.
Tickets £1 to include refreshments
Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Next meetings: 25th September, 2017
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00
Click here for more...
On-line resources: Inspire subscribe to many fascinating and useful online resources, all accessible for free from Library PCs and some from home. These include Ancestry and the British Newspaper Archive.
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 : Thursday 12th October, 2017
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.inspireculture.org.uk/