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Regular activities and events

Nottingham Central Library

Book Group

First Thursday of the month, 5.45pm to 7pm

Crime Readers' Group

Last Tuesday of the month, 2pm to 3.15pm

Readers' Group

First Tuesday of the month, 5pm to 6pm

Reading For Mental Health Book Club

Contact Jane Brierley on 0115 876 1933 or jane.brierley@nottinghamcity.gov.uk for more information

Reading For Pleasure

Third Tuesday of the month, 11.30am


Bulwell Riverside library Library Club and Book Group

Second Friday of the month, 10.15am to 11.30am

0115 883 3500

Dales Centre Library Reading Group

First Friday of the month, 4.45pm to 5.45pm

0115 876 1990

Meadows Library Reading Group

First Wednesday of the month, 6pm to 7pm

0115 915 9279

Sherwood Library Pageturners Reading Group

First Friday of the month, 6pm to 7pm NB: New opening times, the group will continue to meet as usual, please contact staff for further information.

0115 915 1155

St Ann's Valley Library Book Group

Third Wednesday in the month, 12pm to 1pm

0115 883 9700

Strelley Road Library Book Group
Third Monday of the month, 11am to 12pm

0115 883 3500

The Listening Chain an audio book group Nottingham Central Library

Second Wednesday of the month 2pm to 3pm

Nicola Holmes 0115 876 1948 or nicola.holmes@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Wollaton Library Daytime Group

First Wednesday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30pm

0115 915 2809

Wollaton Library Evening Reading Group

First Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm to 8.30pm

0115 915 2809

Bengali, Gujarati and Urdu book groups

For dates of the next meeting and further information please contact Syed Anwar via email on syed.anwar@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or call on 0115 876 1938.



We have lots of regular activities suitable for all ages of children and young people. Click on the relevant age group below for details:

Under 5s    5-11 years    12-19 years

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Conversation Groups for learners of English

These groups are for anyone who wants to improve their confidence in speaking English. They are aimed at people who speak English as a second language and help you build confidence by discussion, debate, exchanging ideas and through activities and tasks.

The groups run in term time only at:

Nottingham Central Library   Thursday 2.30pm to 4.15pm

Hyson Green Library   Friday 10.30am to 12pm

Meadows Library   Monday 10.30am to 12pm

St Ann's Valley Centre  Wednesday 1 pm to 2.45pm


The Dales Centre  Monday 1 pm to 2.30pm


The Language Cafe

Saturday 1pm to 3pm at Nottingham Central Library.

This is an informal language exchange and fun way to learn new languages or practice your teaching skills, it runs in term time only.


For more information please get in touch:

Email: enquiryline@nottinghamcity.gov.uk  or contact the relevant library.



Monthly from September to June library clubs invite guest experts who present talks and discussions on a wide range of subjects. Recent topics include Japanese tea ceremonies, the history of photography, local history and poetry. 

Everyone is welcome to attend and its a great place to meet people in your community. There is no requirement to attend every talk and refreshments are available for a small contribution.

Library clubs are held at:

Basford Library Second Tuesday of the month 10.30am to 11.30am

Clifton Library First Thursday of the month 10:30am to 12pm 

Sherwood Library Third Thursday of the month, 10am to 11am 

Knit, stitch and crochet clubs are free and open to anyone who has an interest in needle and yarn crafts; whether you knit, crotchet, cross-stitch, embroider or enjoy any other type of needle crafts.

The clubs welcome people at all levels of experience who are willing to share their time, ideas and skills with others or just want to work on their own projects.

Groups meet at:

Aspley Library Knit and Natter, Tuesday 4pm to 5.45pm

Basford Library Knit and Knatter Group, Alternate Tuesdays 9.30am to 12pm

Bilborough Library Knitting and Crochet Group, Monday and Friday 10am to 12pm

Bulwell Library Knit and Natter, Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 12pm

Friends of Meadows Library Sewing Group, Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm

Nottingham Central Library Tangled Yarns Knitting and Crochet Group, alternate Tuesdays 1pm to 3pm

St Ann's Valley Library Knit and Stitch Group, Friday 10am to 12pm

Dales Centre Library Crochet Group, Saturday 11.30am to 12.30pm

One2One Family History computer help sessions.

Support to explore some of the online sources available. The sessions are free and last for one hour. Contact the Local Studies Library

Family History drop-in sessions

On the first Wednesday of every month, 10am to 12pm, in the Local Studies Library, floor 1, Central Library. Anyone with family history questions is welcome, whether they are just starting or are already doing their research.

Join our family history group

Are you researching your family history? Would you welcome meeting others who are also researching family history to share progress and brick walls? Then come along to our regular family history group meetings.

The group meet on  last Saturday of the month at Nottingham Central Library, Learning Suite, Floor 2, 10am to 12pm.

For more information contact Nottingham Local Studies Library:


or Tel: 0115 915 2873.

Open to anyone who is unemployed and looking for work or training. Delivered in partnership with trained employment advisers from local organisations, drop in for help with your CV, interview skills, job searching, finding training and apprenticeships.

Universal Skills is an online resource aimed at anyone who is looking for work. It’s free to use in the library or from home, just log in with your library card number.

Topics include:

  • Basic IT Skills
  • How to use Find a Job 
  • Universal Credit
  • Employability Skills, including job search, interview skills, CV writing

Details of sessions are listed below:

Aspley Tuesday 1pm to 3pm
Basford  Thursday 1pm to 2.30pm
Bilborough  Tuesday 10am to 12pm
Bulwell Riverside Wednesday 1pm to 4pm
Clifton Tuesday 11.30am to 3.30pm
Dales Centre Wednesday 2pm to 4pm
Hyson Green Monday 1pm to 3pm
Meadows Thursday 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Radford-Lenton Monday 10am to 12pm
Sherwood Tuesday 10am to 12pm
St Ann's Valley Centre Tuesday 9.30am to 12:30pm

Are you interested in creative writing? Do you want to meet others with similar interests? Here are some writing groups in Nottingham where you might find inspiration!


DIY Poets

Third Tuesday of the month, 8pm

The Peacock pub, Mansfield Road, Nottingham

07905 322813

Lowdham Writers' Group

Second Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm

Old Ship Inn, Main St, Lowdham

Nick Sparrow 0115 914 4057

Nottingham Poetry Society

Fourth Saturday of the month, 2:45pm

The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham

01773 712282

Nottingham Shakespeare Society

First and Third Tuesday of the month, 7pm

The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham

0115 925 6551

Nottingham Writers' Club

First and Third Wednesday of the month, 7pm

The Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham

Jeremy 0115 962 1453

Nottingham Writers' Studio

A work and resource centre for professional-level writers

Aly Stoneman 0115 959 7947 / admin@nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk

Notts Writing Group

Mondays 6:30pm to 8:30pm The Bell Inn, Angel Row, Nottingham nottswritinggroup@gmail.com