What's On at Thornton Library

What's On at Thornton Library

A huge thank you to everyone to making Thornton Library the busy and buzzing place it has been since reopening in February 2018.  If you have not yet called in, look at all the events that are coming up and you can be sure of a warm welcome when you do.

The Friends of Thornton Library is now up and running. If you would like to become a ‘friend’ or have any suggestions for future events you would like to see take place at the library call in to see them.

Thornton Library Events for October 2019

Thursday 3rd October 10am – 11am: Dean Fraser ‘The Quantum Poet’ Come along on national Poetry Day for a poetry performance by Lancashire poet Dean Fraser, who will be performing from his celebrated collection and then answering any questions you may have for him. Note: This performance is suitable for adults only. This event is free, no ticket required.

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Friday 4th October 10.30am – 11.30am: Gordon Higginbottom: Come along for a free talk by Gordon Higginbottom a performer who has dedicated his life to all things Brass, Gordon has performed all over the world with prestigious bands as well as providing music for companies such as the BBC and ITV. Gordon has also conducted; trained and mentored other musicians, working from multiple locations around the world including America; Mexico and New Zealand. Refreshments will be available.

Tuesday 8th October 3pm – 4pm: ‘From me to you’ – come and join us in the library and over a drink write a letter; card or postcard (which will be provided) to a cancer patient. ‘From me to you’ aims to provide a little bit of comfort and support to cancer patients during a very difficult time – receiving correspondence can lift a mood, and provide comfort. You can write about anything: your life, observations of your local area, poems – the choice is up to you.

Tuesday 15th October Day trip to Liverpool.  Friends of Thornton Library have organised a day trip to Liverpool.  Coach leaves Thornton Library at 9:00am and returns around 6:00pm.  £15 per person, non-refundable. Tickets available from the library.

Tuesday 15th October 1.30pm – 2.30pm: Do you find it hard to relax? In this workshop we will be exploring our understanding of our response to stress, which also explains why relaxation is important. We will then go through a number of different relaxation approaches, including some real-time practices. This free mental health and wellbeing session delivered by NHS Mindsmatter. Booking is essential.

Friday 18th October 10.30am – 11.30am: Come along for a free talk by Tony Ward, about the Welsh legend Ivor Novello. This talk tells the story of Ivor’s life and career as a movie star, composer and performer. Ivor’s colourful private life is described, including imprisonment at the height of his career. Tony’s talk is generously filled with musical extracts from Ivor’s shows, to help bring the man and his career to life. This talk is being run by The Friends of Thornton Library. Refreshments will be available.

Friday 18th October 3pm – 4.50pm: O2 Guru on internet safety. Billy from O2 will be in the library to give advice to children and their parents on internet safety.  So if you have any questions or need help, pop-along with your mobile device.

Monday 21st October 7:00 pm Neil Hendrie presents the case of ‘The Whitechapel Murders of 1888’. Come and join us for a talk about the Whitechapel Murders (also known as the ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders). There are many theories about what actually happened and we will put to you different attempts to solve the case and ask you at the end which theory you found to be most persuasive. An event for 16+, run in conjunction with the Friends of Thornton Library. Refreshments will be available. Tickets £2.50, available from Thornton Library.

Tuesday 22nd October 2:30 Healthy Eye Talk. Talk by Lancashire Community Engagement Team, this will be an informative talk on how to keep you’re your eyes healthy.

Friday 25th October 10.30am – 11.30am Award winning children’s author Sarah Robert.  Bring your child along for a free talk by Sarah Roberts, the author of the award-winning book “Somebody Swallowed Stanley”. As well as writing, Sarah is a YouTube creator and also set up and runs an environmental education project. Sarah will be reading from her book, as well as talking about the reality behind the story. For ages 3+

Monday 28th October 2.30pm – 3.30pm Peter Dockray, the Free Thinking Poet.  Enjoy an hour of Peter’s poetry who will be reading extracts from his books, Free Thinking Verse and The Crystal Stone.

Tuesday 29th October 2.30 – 3.30: Alan Banes from Remembered Times presents ‘Too young to remember the coronation’ – a musical video scrapbook of events and everyday life in post-war Britain and the early 1950’s: childhood, growing up, music, film, and the start of television and living conditions from that time. A chance to remember the first of the great Hollywood musicals, the end of rationing and the crowing of a Queen.

Regular Events

1st Saturday monthly 5th October 11am – 12:30pm: Junior scrabble club.  Our volunteer, Gladys will be on hand to teach you the rules of scrabble and enjoy a game or 2. Suitable for age 10+.

Every Monday 10am – 11:30am: Making the most of your tablet. Learn more about what your IPad or android tablet can do. How to choose, install and use a wide variety of apps, look up information online or just take photo or video. Booking essential. Three 1/2 hour sessions available10:00-10:30, 10.30 – 11am, or 11 – 11.30am.

Every Monday 5pm – 6:45pm: IT help – If you have any IT queries our volunteer, Claire, is here to help. Please contact the library to book a half-hour or hour slot or if you are interested in learning how to use a computer? Learn My Way is a FREE basic computer course designed just for you

Every Monday 5pm-7pm – Card and Games club. An informal and friendly group where you can play traditional, well-loved card and board games, or learn something new. There is always time for a chat, a cup of tea and a biscuit. For adults and older children

Last Monday Monthly 28th October 1:30pm – 3:30pm: Poetry People, a friendly and informal poetry group.  New members always welcome.

Every Tuesday 10am – 10:30am – Baby, Toddler Rhyme Time. Come and join us for a fun and interactive event suitable for all pre-school children.

2nd Tuesday Monthly 10th September 2pm – 4pm: Thornton Reading Group. Enjoy book discussions over a brew and biscuit.  New members always welcome.

Every Wednesday 10am – 12pm: Friends of Thornton Library weekly coffee morning with a variety of speakers and activities.

Every Wednesday 10am – 11am: Interested in learning how to use a computer? Learn My Way is a FREE basic computer course designed just for you.  Contact the library for more information.

Every Wednesday 2pm – 4pm: IT help – If you have any IT queries our volunteer, David, is here to help. Please contact the library to book a half-hour or hour slot.

Every Wednesday 2:00-4:00pm: Scrabble Club Come along for a friendly game of scrabble, all abilities welcome.

Every Wednesday 2pm-2:30pm: Baby, Toddler Rhyme Time. Come and join us for a fun and interactive event suitable for all pre-school children.

Every Thursday 10am – 12pm: Adult Craft Group Whether you are new or more experienced in knitting, crochet or anything ‘crafty’, join this friendly group for a brew, natter and swap of ideas.

Every Friday 2pm-2:30pm: Story Time. Enjoy a half-hour of stories and rhymes.  Suitable for all pre-school children

Every Saturday 10am – 12:30pm: Warhammer 40K. Enjoy a morning of tactical battles with friends. Suitable for ages 8-17. See a member of staff for more detail.

If you struggle to get to the library because of health or mobility problems then our home library service is available for you.  Please contact the library if you would like any further information.

To book a place at any of our event contact the library on 0300 123 6703 or Email: thornton.library@lancashire.gov.uk

Thornton library is looking for a variety of speakers & entertainment for the local people. If you have something that you think our local community would like see, please contact a member of staff at Thornton Library.

Tel: 0300 123 6703 or Email: thornton.library@lancashire.gov.uk

Thornton Library is Open Again!

Following the spending review in the autumn of 2016, as of 30 September 2016 Lancashire County Council were no longer delivering a service from Thornton Library and it closed.

We called in to Thornton Library the week before it closed, to say thank you and good luck to the staff and to take some photos.

Thornton Library the week before it closed in September 2016

Thornton Library the week before it closed in September 2016

A campaign was launched to try and keep Thornton library open. Visit Cleveleys are pleased to report that, after various twists and turns, the doors are now open once again.

Thornton library was opened in 1938 by Sir Percy Meadon, Director of Education for Lancashire. It replaced a library in premises on Fleetwood Road North, which are now used by the social services.

Contact Details for Thornton Library

Thornton Library, Victoria Road East, Thornton, FY5 3SZ.
Tel: 0300 123 6703 Email: thornton.library@lancashire.gov.uk

Opening Times: 

Monday 9am – 7pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Thursday 9am – 1pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm
Sunday Closed

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