Libraries Week Special: Inspire

John Baird
Tue 10 Oct, 2017

In our second Libraries Week celebration of our region's palaces of prose and poetry, we take a look at the good work being done in the wider county by the appropriately named Inspire:

Inspire yersen at Nottinghamshire Libraries!

Our county libraries are now run by Inspire, a new cultural organisation launched by Nottinghamshire County Council. Inspire is a Community Benefit Society, dedicated to inspiring people to grow, learn and achieve.

There are sixty libraries run by Inspire, all free to join and use. If there’s not a local library near you, try the Mobile libraries which cover many of Nottinghamshire’s villages.

Aiming to inspire a lifelong passion for reading within their members, Inspire plays host to a variety of cultural and community activities. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer at Inspire libraries over the coming week:

Get ready for Autumn at Gedling Library by making your own treasure bag which you can also decorate ready to take with you on scavenger hunts and nature walks, collecting items you may find along the way. There’s also a chance to make simple bird feeders that you can put up in your garden.

You can visit the STEAM Powered Big Draw Exhibition and check out the much-improved Beeston Library at the same time. There are lots of light up illustrations to explore and interact with so pop along and illuminate some of the artworks yourself.

Moving Marks at Carlton Library is also making its mark for this year’s Big Draw, with the theme of ‘Living Lines’. Drop in any time during October for this free event and decorate a paper plate for the display wall, seeing how the pattern changes when you give it a spin.

The EMERGE Festival has just kicked off at Mansfield Library. This is a programme of work to support young artists aged 18 - 30 in creating their own festivals across the Midlands. Young people from Mansfield will have the opportunity to be part of a creators’ group to produce pieces of work for the festival in various genres. It’s free.

At Kimberley Library there’s an art exhibition by The Nuthall Methodist Art Group. It’s free and suitable for all ages.

Beyond the Leaf is happening this month 10-30, when you can see art inspired by natural forms. Local artist Colleen McCants is behind this gallery exhibition at West Bridgford Library.

There’s Songs and Scones to be had at Worksop Library. Booking is advised for this one, with tickets at £2, for an afternoon of live music, conversation and cake. Professional musicians will be performing traditional songs, popular tunes and even some light classical music. This informal concert will be followed by a cup of tea, cake and a chance to chat in the lovely surroundings of Barista Coffee Shop at Worksop Library.

There’s a Mindfulness Presentation & Demonstration at Arnold Library. Join local Mindfulness Practitioner, Richard, and learn ways to reduce stress in your life by using his mindfulness techniques. It’s suitable for all ages and there’s no need to book. Other events can be viewed here:

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