What's on

Trafford Winter Fest 27 November 2021 - 31 January 2022

Join us throughout December and January for a host of free in-person and online events and activities to brighten up the darker days. Keep checking back as we add more events to the schedule many of which are on our Eventbrite page. You can also follow these events on Facebook using the #TraffordWinterFest tag.

You can also look at our individual libraries pages for details of regular activities like Rhymetime, Storytime and craft, or our Readers' groups page.

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 10:00am or 11:00am (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 12 February - Music
  • Saturday 5 March - World Book Day

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. There is more information on the Little Reads website.

  • Old Trafford Library at 11:00am 2nd Wednesday of the month
  • Stretford Library at 11:00am 2nd Thursday of the month

Meditation for Beginners

You are only ever one meditation away from a good mood. Join our regular yoga teacher, Avril, for 30 minutes of mindful meditation. Suitable for all.

  • Urmston Library - Friday 28 January, 11am booking via Eventbrite

Understanding Anxiety

This is an online workshop for young people 13+ to help you understand anxiety, what it looks and feels like, how to help yourself and get further help if needed. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session. The workshop lasts for an hour and is run by Child and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

  • Online via Teams 4pm on Monday 17 January book a place via Eventbrite.

Five Minutes to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

Life coach and author, Joanne Mallon, shares tried and tested, easy techniques that will help improve your mental health and take no more than 5 minutes to do. Joanne is one of the UK's most experienced life and career coaches. She has been working with clients all around the world for over 20 years and is the author of seven self-help books.

  • Free online event via Zoom, Wednesday 19 January, 1.30pm book via Eventbrite.

Storytelling and Creative Writing Workshop for Children

Come and have fun listening to stories, telling stories, writing and illustrating at our free workshop aimed at children aged 7-11 years.

  • Stretford Library Saturday 22 January 2:00pm – 3.30pm. Places are limited. Book via Eventbrite or ring 0161 912 3189.

The Classic Coronation Street Tour a talk by Ed Glinert

More reliable than Steve’s cab, sharper than a withering glance from Eva, Ed's online Coronation Street tour takes you to the very Weatherfield streets that inspired the programme, to Richard Hillman’s watery grave, the church of St Mary’s and Weatherfield Registry Office where so many weddings have been messed up, the Red Rec and the ITV studios, old and new.

  • Free online event via Zoom, Tuesday 8 February, 2:00pm book via Eventbrite

Little Wonders of Manchester a talk by Ed Glinert

You've heard about the big seven wonders of Manchester – the Town Hall, Chetham’s, the Cathedral and so on, now we visit seven more wonders – little wonders – taken from a huge pool of wonders. Our virtual tour will take in: The Roman Wall, James Brindley’s ingenious clover-leaf weir, Dalton Entry, Manchester Coat of Arms in the Radisson, The Portico Library dome, Emmeline Pankhurst Collage and the Peterloo Memorial.

  • Free online event via Zoom, Tuesday 8 March, 2:00pm book via Eventbrite

Build A Business: Power Up Your Business

Setting up your own business? Recently started? Got a brilliant idea? Get the skills and confidence you need to succeed. Join Wendy Breakell, entrepreneur and named one of the top 50 business advisors in the North West, for this two part workshop covering the practicalities of starting and growing your business.

  • Altrincham Library Monday, 7 March 09:30am – 16:00pm book via Eventbrite

Build A Business: Know Your Market, Get Competitive

Discover why market research and other resources can boost your start up or small business to success. Giving valuable insights into unlocking the Business & IP Centre Manchester’s £5 million collection of UK and global business databases (including market research and company and financial information) to assess market potential and develop a viable business plan, upskilling you to ‘know your market’.

  • Altrincham Library Tuesday, 8 March 13:00pm – 16:00pm book via Eventbrite

Build A Business: Intellectual Property- Protect Your Assets

Find out the basics of Intellectual Property (IP) and how it can be important to a new business. Intellectual Property can be worth cash to your business. Make sure your product, service, website and brand are protected from would be copycats or do not infringe others’ rights.

  • Altrincham Library Wednesday, 9 March 10:00am – 13:00pm book via Eventbrite

Regular events

Art Club

Come meet other art-lovers in our informal group run by staff. We show you different projects and techniques, with some materials provided. You can also bring your own materials, and just use the space to get creative and meet others.

  • Urmston Library, every Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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 11am free class (email libraryevents@trafford.gov.uk for Zoom link)

Coffee Morning

Come join us in a welcoming and friendly environment to have a hot drink and chat. Learn more about what’s going on in your community with our BlueSci Social Prescriber, Evie. There will be some activities or themes each week, or you can bring your own things to do in company.

  • Urmston Library, 2nd and 4th Friday of the month 10:30am – 12:00noon
  • Lostock Library, 2nd Friday of every month 10.30 am – 12:00noon

Gentle Mat Yoga

This Hatha Flow Yoga class is ideal for beginners or those who want to practise yoga mindfully and slowly. Incorporating traditional yoga poses alongside functional movements; the class provides the opportunity to safely stretch, strengthen and mobilise the whole body, whilst allowing the breath to slowly relax muscles. 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)

LEGO® Brick Building Clubs monthly meetups

Be creative, learn new skills and have fun at our monthly 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 Everbrite link next to your chosen session. Accompanying adults do not need to book a place. Upcoming clubs will meet at:

  • Altrincham Library, Saturday 18 December, 11:00 – 12:00 book a place via Eventbrite (second to last Saturday of the Month)
  • Sale Library, Saturday 8 January, 11:00 – 12:00 book a place via Eventbrite (first Saturday of the Month)

Readers' groups

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

Rhymetime and Storytime

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

Online activities

Short story competition

The competition is now closed. You can view the short stories that young people submit throughout October. You can now read the stories on Borrowbox the libraries' eBook provider, where you will be able to download as eBooks. The most downloaded book then will be printed and made a permanent part of the library’s collection.

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

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