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!
Monthly Tabletop Gaming Day
Saturday 24th November & 15th December
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.
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 cost is £2.00 per person, £3.00 for 2 people and a group of 4+ is £4.00. Sessions run from 10:00-15:00.
It would be great to see you all there.
World War I Exhibition
1st to 30th November in the Library Gallery
Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 22nd November, 6th December and
3rd, 17th & 31st January, 2019
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.
Retford Library’s Author Group
Future events are planned - watch this space!
They are free but booking is required.
Refreshments will be available after the author’s talks for £1 payable on the day.
Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 28th November and 12th December,
plus 9th & 23rd January, 2019
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
Retford Library’s Poetry Café
Next meeting: t.b.a.
Crime Café - watch this space!
Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Free access to computers and Ancestry.com
Next meetings: 26th November,
10th December and 14th & 28th January, 2019
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00
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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 : 13th December and 17th January, 2019
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.
Booking Essential. For ages 5yrs+ and their families. Book online at www.inspireculture.org.uk
Rattle, Rhymn & Roll (for little ones!)
Every Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 - 10:20
Songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers.
We will be having a visit from a Very Important Person at
Rattle Rhyme and Roll on Wednesday 12th December
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/