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near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
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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.

Retford Library’s Monthly Saturday Tabletop Gaming Days on 21st September & 26th October.
Free drop-in.

Calling all gamers! Retford Library is inviting you to attend a new style of board gaming. These games come from all over the world and have a  different style and playability than the more traditional board has. Don’t worry if you have never played a Tabletop game before, staff are on hand to show you how to start. We also have games suitable for families and for adult gamers of all different ages and experience.

Tabletop gaming is fast becoming one of the more popular styles of gaming all  over the country, so if you want to play a game that’s a little  different from your normal board gaming experience then please come and join us.

The sessions run from 10:00-15:00 and are free to attend. It would be great to see you all there.

Creative Writers’ Group
26th September and 10th & 24th October 14:00-16:00

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

Halloween Book Night
Wednesday 30th October – 18:30
Local writer and horror literature enthusiast Martin Jones will share his favourite ghost and horror stories and asks that you bring along yours to share too especially for Halloween.  Further details available from the Library. Tickets £2 to include refreshments. Booking advised.

Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 2nd, 16th & 30th October

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

Poetry Café
Thursday 3rd October – 14:00 – 16:30

National Poetry Day at Retford Library.  A talk on Philip Larkin by Rob White – Rob has delighted us previously with his talks on Philip Larkin and this time he will choose a final selection of Larkin poems to give us further insight into his life and works.
This will be followed by a Poetry Café on the NPD theme of Truth. Bring along a poem to share or simply enjoy listening. Tickets £1 to include refreshments.  Booking advised.

Crime Café
Tuesday 8th October – 14:00 – 15.30

Do you enjoy crime books?
Come along to our Crime Café for a friendly afternoon of chat and quizzes over biscuits
and a cuppa.
Tell us about your favourite foreign crime books or borrow one of ours if you want to try
something new.
No booking required - just drop in. £1 for refreshments although booking advised.

Keeping it Local
Thursday 10th October – 18:00-19:30

Local authors Barry Upton and Graeme Cumming will talk about how local settings become prominent features in their works, as well as sharing their experiences of getting published. Graeme’s first novel Ravens Gathering is set in the haunting woodlands of Sherwood Forest and Barry uses Retford as the setting for his novel The Academy published in 2016.
Tickets £2 to include refreshments.  Booking advised.

Half-term Story Theatre – The Grimm tales

Three story theatre sessions taking place in the Children’s Library for primary school
age children to participate in. Sessions last 50 minutes, all starting at 14:00.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Free sessions but booking is advised.

Monday 28th October Piper - A dramatic telling of the tale of The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Tuesday 29th October Chorus - A dramatic telling of the tale of The Musicians of Bremen

Wednesday 30th October Spin - A dramatic telling of the tale of Rumpelstiltskin

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Free access to computers and
Next meetings:
23rd September and 14th & 28th October
(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 10:00-13:00. Bring your questions or just drop-in to find out more:
Next dates : 17th October.

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.

Rattle, Rhymn & Roll (for little ones!)
Every Wednesday and Friday 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.

If you are unable to visit your local library we can arrange for books to be brought to you. A friendly RVS volunteer can bring a selection of books and talking books to you, in your own home.

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’.
Click on this poster for a bigger version or go online here...

For a wider selection of communities covered by mobile libraries, 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!

Many other services are available at the Library. Free access to Research, Ancestry,  British Newspaper Archive and Which? - available on Library PCs. Free printing for homework. Please ask for details.

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