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.
The Great Nottinghamshire Local History Fair Goes Digital throughout May 2021
It’s now live throughout the month of May, details here including our live headline event, Lucy Worsley’s interview. Details here:
A number of local groups participating in the virtual fair including Bassetlaw Museum & Pilgrim Gallery and Chesterfield Canal Trust.
The Places In Between: LCN > SHF
Calling Retford and Worksop residents! Are you passionate about your hometown - its history, heritage & culture?
The Places In Between: LCN > SHF is a series of audio plays beingdeveloped about the towns and villages on the Lincoln to Sheffield railway line. Project director and Worksop resident, Callum Berridge, and writers Ben Norris and Sarah Kolawole want to meet and speak to local residents about their experiences of life in Worksop and Retford, how it’s changed, and their hopes and concerns for the future.
Click over the train for much more
Join one of their drop-in online discussion forums:
Retford residents: 8th May 10:30-12:30 or 12th May 18:30-20:30
Worksop residents: 1st May 10:30-12:30 or 5th May 18:30-20:30
Booking required (to get the Zoom link) book here - bit.ly/placesbetween
Retford Library opened on Monday, 24th August, 2020 after major refurbishment. Almost all libraries are opening again from 12th April, 2021.
Libraries will continue to offer a Click & Collect service online and via Ask Inspire at selected libraries, including mobiles.
Your library is now a wonderfully spacious and welcoming facility.
However, Covid-19 regulations make visiting the library rather unusual with modified opening hours plus the usual Covid requirements of face masks and social distancing.
For details, click here...
We also note here that Worksop Library is back now flooding repairs are complete - they will open again when all libraries reopen - take a peak here...
If you have any queries about the library service or your library account you can:
Contact Ask Inspire
Phone: 01623 677 200
Retford Library’s Monthly Saturday Tabletop Gaming Days has relocated to Retford Fire Station while the library is closed.
Dates: 8th February, 7th March & 11th April, 2020
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
Thursday t.b.a. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: t.b.a.
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
Tuesday t.b.a. – 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
No booking required - just drop in. £1 for refreshments although booking advised.
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: t.b.a.
(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 : t.b.a.
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.
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
E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.inspireculture.org.uk/