What's on

Activities and events

Activities and events in libraries are slowly being reintroduced and are listed on this page. Don't forget to look at individual libraries web pages for details of regular activities like Rhymetime, Storytime, Readers' Groups and craft activities. You can also view all upcoming events that need to be pre booked on Trafford Libraries' Eventbrite page

Short story competition

Trafford Libraries would like to invite all young people aged between 4 and 16 years old to create and submit their own stories throughout October.

All submitted entries will be uploaded to BorrowBox, the libraries' eBook provider, where you will be able to download your own book! The most downloaded book then will be printed and made a permanent part of the library’s collection.

The word limit is 500 words and all entries must be in PDF format. Submissions must be sent via email to libraries@trafford.gov.uk and be received by Sunday 31 October 2021.

The competition is part of #TraffordDigitalFestival. Find out more about the festival.

LEGO® Brick Building Clubs are back

Be creative, learn new skills and have fun at our LEGO® Brick-Building Clubs. There will be Duplo® available for our younger builders to join in the building fun too. Everyone welcome.

Please book one place per child attending using the Everbright link next to your chosen sessionb. Accompanying adults do not need to book a place. #LibrariesWeek

  • Sale Library, Saturday, 9 October, 11:00 – 12:00 book a place via Eventbrite
  • Stretford Library, Saturday, 9 October, 14:00 – 15:00 book a place via Eventbrite

Code an aeroplane wing using a BBC Micro:bit

Ever wondered how aeroplanes fly? Ever thought about how they magically take off, turn, and land? Or how electronics are used to control the things around us? How about we learn about how aeroplanes fly, look at some of the components on an aircraft which allow us to control an aeroplane and how we can use electronics for control. Join STEM ambassador, Hussain Basharat, and help him develop code using a BBC Micro:bit to control some components on the wing of a model airplane. This event is suitable for children of age 8+.

  • Altrincham Library, Saturday 16th October, 11:00am, book a place via Eventbrite

Susie the Rainbow Spider Storytime with the auther Sarah Eckersley

Join Children's Author Sarah Eckersley as she reads her new picture book 'Susie the Rainbow Spider'. There will be themed craft activities afterward the reading and an opportunity to buy a copy of the book. The event is suitable for pre-school children. Please book a ticket for each adult attending via Eventbrite using the following links:

  • Urmston Library, Saturday 23rd October 11:00 am - please book a place via Eventbrite
  • Partington, Saturday 8th November 10:30am - please book a place via Eventbrite

Regular events

Rhymetime and Storytime

These are being reintroduced - please see our Rhymetime and Storytime page for details.

Readers' groups

There are monthly readers' groups at your local library - please see our Readers' groups page for details.

Chair Yoga

Join us for 30 minutes of gentle stretches and breathing exercises. Suitable for all levels and abilities and no previous experience of yoga needed. No booking just turn up on the day (but spaces are limited).

  • Urmston Library, Mondays at 1:30pm £2 (card payment preferable)
  • Altrincham Library, Tuesdays at 11.30am £2 (card payment preferable)
  • Zoom, Fridays at 11:00am free class (email libraryevents@trafford.gov.uk for Zoom link)

Gentle Mat Yoga

 Please bring your own mat. No booking just turn up on the day (but spaces are limited).

  •  Urmston Library, Wednesdays at 10:30am, £2 (card payment preferable).

Little Reads

Little Reads with Manchester Literature Festival is back.

Join Miriam once a month at Old Trafford and Stretford Libraries for a fun, interactive workshop using drama, dance, songs, play and craft to explore children’s picture books.

The sessions are most suitable for children aged 2 to 6 but all the family is welcome. Don’t forget your favourite cuddly toy. No need to book, just turn up.

  • Old Trafford Library at 11am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month starting September 2021
  • Stretford Library at 11am on the 2nd Thursday of the month starting September 2021

Story Hunts with John Kirk on Zoom

Story Hunts are back. Join us Saturday mornings once a month on Zoom as we go on an exciting new adventure. Each month there will be a new story with sessions at 10am or 11am (both sessions will feature the same story). Please use the links below to book your session on Eventbrite. Links will be live seven days before the event. Booking will close at 5pm the day before the event.

  • Saturday 13 November - Pirates
  • Saturday 11 December (T.B.C., but will tie into Reading Agency Winter Mini Challenge theme)
  • Saturday 8 January - Space
  • Saturday 12 February - Music
  • Saturday 5 March - World Book Day

Online activities

Trafford Libraries' social media

Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds to keep up with all the activities going on at Trafford Libraries

Books and reading - useful websites

Fun ideas for keeping your kids occupied