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After-school activities in libraries!

Looking for something to occupy the children after school?  Homework help, science, theatre….Check out what’s currently on offer at our libraries below.

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Homework Help

Our libraries are the ideal place to do homework, with lots of resources and always staff to help. For additional assistance come along to one of our special volunteer led sessions at the following libraries:

Dales Centre Library
Every Monday, 3.30 to 5.30pm (term-time only)

Hyson Green Library
Every Friday, 3:30 to 5:30pm (term-time only)

Radford/Lenton Library
Every Wednesday, 3:30 to 5:30pm (term-time only)

St Ann’s Valley Library
Every Friday, 4.00pm to 5:30pm (term-time only)

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Lit Young Company

Bilborough library is looking for new members for their Lit Young Company group, helping young people with training as an actor, guiding them in the making of performances in Theatre and finally offering performance opportunities in a safe space. Designed to give members the opportunity to experience the excitement, creativity and enjoyment of making theatre happen!

It’s entirely free to take part, with the age group set between 14-16.

The sessions will be ongoing throughout the year.
To take part please email your request over to

Bilborough Library – Thursday 4:30pm – 6:00pm

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Saffron Science Club

Free fun, interactive microscope workshop!  These events are suitable for 5 to 11 years old.

The Meadows library – Every Third Saturday 11am – 12pm

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Creative Sparks

After school sessions for children to express their creativity and curiosity! With a wide range of creative activities, including games, experiments, crafts and performances, children will be supported to develop their confidence, self-belief and communication skills. Suitable for all 5-10 year olds

For more details and to book go to Creative Sparks After School Club (

The Meadows Library–   Every Thursday,  3.30pm to 5pm

St Ann’s Library– every Monday 3:30pm – 5:30pm (term time only)

Strelley Library – every Wednesday 3.30pm-5.00pm

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Chess Clubs

We are running chess clubs in two of our libraries. No need to sign up or call in, it is simply a drop in session for those to attend and play against other likeminded players whether they be children or adults!

Are you a veteran of the game who has played for many years? Then feel free to come down and test your mettle against likeminded opponents in the library!

Or perhaps you are a brand-new player who is looking to pick up the basics? We have staff and volunteers on hand to help you with those initial first steps on your road to learning the game and experiencing one of the most beloved games in history.

Libraries with clubs will also have access available to the boards for use during any day they are open! Simply ask staff for more info.

Hyson Green Library  – Saturday 11am to 12:30pm
Phone – 0115 883 8332
Email –

Wollaton Library  – Thursday 4.30pm to 6pm
Phone – 0115 915 2809
Email –

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Children’s wellbeing

Reading Well for Children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Books for parents and carers

Being a parent or carer can be hard and the challenges change as your child grows.  Our Parenting collections include a range of titles to encourage, inspire and inform you, and remind you that you’re not alone, as well as to help you to talk about new or difficult experiences with your children.