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 :

Summer Events for Children - click on poster for larger view.

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!

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 19th July and 2nd, 16th & 30th August

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

Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 5th September

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 26th July

Poetry for a Summer’s Evening– Thursday 26th July 7pm.

Share a poem on the theme of The Seaside or simply enjoy listening to others at our Summer Seaside Special!  If you wish to have your chosen poem included in a booklet, please provide the title by 12th July.
Booking advised.
Tickets £2 to include nibbles and a summer cocktail.

Crime Café Tuesday 24th July 14:00-15:30
Retford Library’s Crime Café presents Summer Cinema
A showing of The Woman in Question starring Dirk Bogarde.
Tickets £1 to include popcorn. Booking advised.

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Free access to computers and
Next meetings: 23rd July and 10th September
(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 dates : 19th July and 16th August 2018

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 “Mischief Makers”
launches on Saturday 14th July

Keep your children reading over the summer holidays with rewards and fun along the way

 Children can join the Reading Challenge at any time over the summer holidays and will receive rewards for reading at least six books. Just come along and sign up.
Holiday craft sessions every Tuesday in August from 10:00 to 12:00.

Mischief Makers Fun Day – with Horrid Henry
Tuesday 31st July 10:30 – 15:00
Celebrate some of the most mischievous characters from children’s books at our Mischief Makers Fun Day. Join in with craft activities and take part in the library joke hunt throughout the day, plus, say hello to Horrid Henry at our special mischief-making story sessions at 11:00, 12:30 and 14:00. Ages 4+. Free event.

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.

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