Libraries Week: Inspire Libraries Events

Ruby Tyler
Fri 11 Oct, 2019

It may be the end of Libraries Week, but there's still plenty of local events happening throughout the county from our friends at Inspire Libraries.

Libraries Week takes place between the 7th and 12th of October this year. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our fantastic local libraries and the work they do. The county libraries are run by Inspire, a cultural organisation launched by Nottinghamshire County Council, who is dedicated to inspiring people to read, learn and enjoy culture.

Inspire deliver library services at over 60 libraries throughout Nottinghamshire, as well as offering mobile libraries and online loans for eBooks, audiobooks and eNewspapers/eMagazines.

All Inspire libraries are free to join and use, and many offer regular activities and events for the public. Here’s a taste of what events the libraries have to offer in the coming weeks:

Become immersed in a gastronomic history of Nottingham with the Home Cooked Heritage exhibition, now in Beeston Library – later touring to the Nottingham Archives until the 14th of December

Also in Beeston Library on the first and third Tuesday of the month you have the opportunity to take part in the Paper Crane Poets: Poetry Collective. Local poets Chris McLoughlin and Leanne Moden invite writers of all abilities looking to develop their skills to come along to their friendly and supportive poetry workshops!

Currently at West Bridgford Library is the exhibition Gaps Between Stories. The Kith Artist Collective is an East Midlands-based group of artists, and this exhibition is inspired by the idea of stories – both real and imagined – and how they shape our lives.

Visit Kimberley Library to take part in their Writing for Pleasure session. This workshop is led by a tutor and is for those who have always wanted to write but have never found the time. The event runs monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month and the next session will be the 23rd of October. It’s also free!

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Beeston Library

The Victorian Fair: Freak Shows and Fisticuffs is a talk by Dr Ann Featherstone at Mansfield Central Library on the 15th of this month. This will be an insight to the strange world of the Victorian fair including the fascinating shows and showmen of the 19th century. Booking is advised as places are limited.

If you’re a fan of terrifying tales, or fancy getting in the Halloween spirit with a good book, then why not attend Retford Library’s Little Book of Horrors Event? Local writer Martin Jones invites all to share their favourite scary stories from any genre on the 30th of October – great for finding Halloween reading recommendations.

You can catch the Voices Exhibition in Worksop Library from the 18th of this month until the 21st of November. The collection is the result of a community project hoping to give a voice to those whose voices are often left unheard using the medium of poetry. The exhibition has been touring Inspire libraries throughout the year and will continue to do so in 2020.

Mapperley Library hosts a Creative Writing Group session on the 4th of November. All are welcome to attend this friendly group, whether beginner or experienced writer. Simply turn up and take part!

The Big Draw Festival invites everyone to explore drawing using interactive kinetic drawing machines. An exhibition of the work created using the machine with young artists in Nottinghamshire special schools is open from the 19th of October at Mansfield Central Library. Or, drop in and try the machines for yourself!

Find the full calendar of events here:

Find your nearest Inspire library here:

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