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A copy of our printed What's On guide is available below.

Booking may be necessary to attend some of our events. Full details are available on individual event pages.

July 2014

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Embroidery workshop

11:00am-4:00pm Thursday, 24 July 2014

Join us for a day of embroidery inspired by the library's wonderful collection of embroidered book bindings. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 25 July 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Learn together: Make a Fancy Book

11:00am-3:00pm Friday, 25 July 2014

Learn how to make a book, in the same way hardback books have been made for years, including marbled endpapers. You’ll be amazed at the notebook you’ll take away with you! Suitable for children...

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 26 July 2014

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

3:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Take the opportunity to photograph the Library building from spectacular viewpoints not normally open to the public!

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Whimsical Wednesday: Design and make your own jewellery

11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hama Bead and Braiding workshop for all ages. Spend some time handcrafting your own necklace or bracelet – a gift or for yourself.

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Whimsical Wednesday: Design and make your own jewellery

2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hama Bead and Braiding workshop for all ages. Spend some time handcrafting your own necklace or bracelet – a gift or for yourself.

August 2014

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Explorer tour

11:00am-12:00pm Friday, 1 August 2014

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 1 August 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

3:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Take the opportunity to photograph the Library building from spectacular viewpoints not normally open to the public!

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Learn together: The Great Dragon Egg Drop Challenge

11:00am-12:30pm Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Library is full of dragons, snuggling on the ceilings. However, they’re very bad at looking after their eggs! Work together with all sorts of materials to create the most fantastic and amazing ...

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Learn Together: The Great Dragon Egg Drop Challenge

2:00pm-3:30pm Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Library is full of dragons, snuggling on the ceilings. However, they’re very bad at looking after their eggs! Work together with all sorts of materials to create the most fantastic and amazing ...

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Family Fun Afternoon: Pirates!

1:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 7 August 2014

Join us for pirate-themed craft activities.

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Toddler Tales

10:30am-11:30am Thursday, 7 August 2014

Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 8 August 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 9 August 2014

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

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Tour en Français - French language only tour

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 9 August 2014

La Bibliothèque John Rylands Deansgate ouvre ses portes pour vous emmèner à l'intérieur, et vous faire découvrir le site, dédié aux livres et à son architecture Victorienne. Cette visite se...

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Family fun afternoon

1:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 14 August 2014

Join us for an afternoon of exploring some of the images in our print collection – with a load of fun activities!

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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 14 August 2014

Take the opportunity to photograph the Library building from spectacular viewpoints not normally open to the public!

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 15 August 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Learn together: Illumination

11:00am-1:00pm Friday, 15 August 2014

Start with a chance to see delightful examples of illumination from our collection, then have a go at some yourself! Suitable for children aged 6 to 12, with an accompanying adult.

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Learn Together: Illumination

2:00pm-4:00pm Friday, 15 August 2014

Start with a chance to see delightful examples of illumination from our collection, then have a go at some yourself! Suitable for children aged 6 to 12, with an accompanying adult.

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Enchanting tales

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 16 August 2014

Join the Library’s storyteller in one of our beautiful book-lined rooms, for tales of magic, mystery, mayhem and more!

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Here be Dragons! A tour of the Library for children

12:00pm-1:00pm Saturday, 16 August 2014

The walls and the ceilings of the Library are full of strange and mysterious creatures – join our tour to seek them out. Most suitable for families with children aged 5-10.

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Whimsical Wednesday: Bookmaking

11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Learn how to make a variety of simple books to take away and use for notes, sketching or a secret diary!

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Whimsical Wednesday: Bookmaking

2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Learn how to make a variety of simple books to take away and use for notes, sketching or a secret diary!

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Family Fun Afternoon: Sock puppets

1:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 21 August 2014

Learn how to make a dragon sock puppet!

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Third Thursday Late

5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 21 August 2014

A great opportunity to pop in after work, or a day’s shopping, and see the Library in a different light. 5 - 6.45pm

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Tour and Treasures

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 21 August 2014

Take a closer look at some items from the Library’s magnificent collections and find out more about this historic building.

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Family Fun Afternoon: Monsters

1:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 28 August 2014

An afternoon of monster themed fun. Come in beastly fancy dress for creative activities and a thrilling story trail. Grumbold our library dragon is looking forward to meeting you!

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Friday, 29 August 2014

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 29 August 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

September 2014

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

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Embroidery workshop

11:00am-4:00pm Thursday, 4 September 2014

Join us for a day of embroidery inspired by the Library's wonderful collection of embroidered book bindings. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

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Toddler Tales

10:30am-11:30am Thursday, 4 September 2014

Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own. Just drop in! Suitable for ages 0 - 5

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 5 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Enchanting tales

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 6 September 2014

Join the Library’s storyteller in one of our beautiful book-lined rooms, for tales of magic, mystery, mayhem and more!

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Here be Dragons! A tour of the Library for children

12:00pm-1:00pm Saturday, 6 September 2014

The walls and the ceilings of the Library are full of strange and mysterious creatures – join our tour to seek them out. Most suitable for families with children aged 5-10.

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Unusual Views: Library tours for photographers

3:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 6 September 2014

Take the opportunity to photograph the Library building from spectacular viewpoints not normally open to the public!

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Whimsical Wednesday: Printing

11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A simple introduction to intaglio printing.

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Whimsical Wednesday: Printing

2:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A simple introduction to intaglio printing.

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 12 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Printing Press Demonstration

12:00pm-4:00pm Sunday, 14 September 2014

Join us to see one of our printing presses in action!

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Conservation Studio Tour

11:30am-12:30pm Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A special opportunity to see our conservation team at work and find out how they care for our collection. Places are very limited.

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Third Thursday Late

5:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 18 September 2014

A great opportunity to pop in after work, or a day’s shopping, and see the Library in a different light. 5 - 6.45pm

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Tour and Treasures

3:00pm-4:00pm Thursday, 18 September 2014

Take a closer look at some items from the Library’s magnificent collections and find out more about this historic building.

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Introductory Tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 19 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!

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Tour en Français - French language only tour

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 20 September 2014

La Bibliothèque John Rylands Deansgate ouvre ses portes pour vous emmèner à l'intérieur, et vous faire découvrir le site, dédié aux livres et à son architecture Victorienne. Cette visite se...

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Explorer tour

11:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

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Learn together: Journey through time - Mapping Manchester

4:30pm-6:00pm Thursday, 25 September 2014

Investigate the past through historical maps. Discover what Manchester was like when it was little more than a village and take jumps through time as it grew right up to discovering which areas the...

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Introductory tour

3:00pm-3:30pm Friday, 26 September 2014

Your chance to learn about this fascinating building and some of its history. Just turn up!