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Central Library: activities and events

Central Library: activities and events

Find details of the Central Library activities and events you can take part in.

Bristol Shares Reading

Tuesdays, 2pm to 3.30pm, Public Meeting Room on the first floor.

A trained facilitator will read aloud great stories and poems. You can relax, listen and join in the conversation about what we have read.  

All reading material is provided, as are tea and biscuits. 

Drop-in, free

For more information contact Central Library 0117 903 7200  libraries.volunteering@bristol.gov.uk

Children's story times and activities

Our activities for children aged from 0 to 17 years old include:

  • baby bounce and rhyme sessions every Monday and Friday from 2pm to 2.30pm, every Tuesday from 10am to 10.30am, and every Saturday from 11.30am to 12.00pm
  • pre-school children's story time, every Tuesday between 11.30am and 12.00pm
  • regular events and activities during school summer holidays, from simple craft activities to author and illustrator visits. You'll need to book your child's place in advance

For more information, contact the Children's Library by emailing childrens.library@bristol.gov.uk or ringing 0117 903 7215.

Events

We host a range of one off events including author talks and theatre performances.

For upcoming events at Bristol Central Library check our Eventbrite page or Facebook events page.

Lunchtime lectures

Thursdays at 12.30pm.

Talks to engage, inform and enlighten. Different speakers on different subjects each week. 

Drop in, free. 

For more information on upcoming talks, visit our Eventbrite page

Senior moments group

Last Tuesday of the month, 10.15am, café area.

This is a very informal social group for the over 60s. 

The group starts with coffee and then a guest speaker comes to talk or demonstrate something.

It costs £1.50 per person for each session, and this includes refreshments.

For more details, including to find out who the next guest speaker is, call 0117 903 7250 or email lending.library@bristol.gov.uk.

Visually impaired reading group

Last Thursday of the month, 10.30am to 12pm. 

Anyone who finds it difficult to read printed material is welcome to join. We provide CDs and MP3s using the Calibre Audio Library and encourage members to suggest titles from the Calibre web site.

For more details, call 0117 903 6198 or email lending.library@bristol.gov.uk.

Adult reading group

Second Thursday of the month, 5.45pm to 7pm, Children's Library activity area.

For more details, call 01179036198 or email lending.library@bristol.gov.uk.

Holden play readers group

Second Tuesday of the month, 5.45pm to 7pm, Children's Library activity area.

The Holden Play Readers group reads works from the Central Library's drama collection. If you’re new to the group and prefer not to read, you can join just to watch.