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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.

April 2014

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Shakespeare 450

2:00pm-3:00pm Wednesday, 23 April 2014

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Shakespeare is 450 today (and not looking bad for it!). Join us to get close to examples of the work of this genius playwright

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Rylands Gallery: Bitesize talk

12:30pm-1:00pm Thursday, 24 April 2014

Drop in for this 15 minute chance to find out more about one of the new displays in the Rylands Gallery.

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Friday, 25 April 2014

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. We plan to run additional events like this in the near future. Please email or ring us so we can get in touch when these events are arranged. Ever wonder...

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Here be Dragons!

12:00pm-1:00pm Saturday, 26 April 2014

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

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Rylands Gallery: Bitesize talk

12:30pm-1:00pm Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Drop in for this 15 minute chance to find out more about one of the new displays in the Rylands Gallery.

May 2014

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 3 May 2014

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Sunday, 4 May 2014

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Ever wondered where some of the Library doors and staircases lead to? Then this is the tour for you!

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Aftermath: Katherine Tynan - diary of a woman during war-time

2:00pm-3:00pm Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Through her collected press cuttings, notes and letters; experience the fascinating record of one woman’s experience during the war.

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Toddler Tales

10:30am-11:30am Thursday, 8 May 2014

Find a cosy corner, pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. Join in playtime, creating a storyworld of your own. Suitable for children 5 years old and younger, no need to book.

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Curator Talk: Bus Stop Stories

11:00am-11:30am Saturday, 10 May 2014

Join photographer John Shinnick as he talks about the connections he made with people he met and photographed at his local bus stop.

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Enchanting Tales

11:00am-12:00pm Saturday, 10 May 2014

Join the Library’s storyteller in one of our beautiful book-lined rooms, for tales of magic, mystery, mayhem and more. All welcome, no need to book.

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Here be Dragons!

12:00pm-1:00pm Saturday, 10 May 2014

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

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Tour and Treasures

2:00pm-3:00pm Thursday, 15 May 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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Ahoy, there! Piratical Pandemonium...

5:00pm-9:00am Friday, 16 May 2014

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Ahoy me hearties! It's the annual Museums at Night sleepover! The Library will be transformed into a piratical paradise. Look shipshape in seafaring fan...

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 17 May 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 Monday, 19 May 2014

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Take the opportunity to photograph the Library building from spectacular viewpoints not normally open to the public!

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Aftermath: Curator Tour

11:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Find out more about the stories and secrets behind this powerful and moving exhibition.

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Whimsical Weekday Workshop - Marbling

11:00am-4:00pm Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Many of the library’s books include beautifully marbled endpapers – drop in to try your hand at this interesting process.

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Thursday late: Stefan Boness

6:00pm-7:00pm Thursday, 22 May 2014

Pop in after a day’s work or shopping and see the Library in a different light. At 6pm join photojournalist Stefan Boness for an exploration of his Flanders Fields project. View stunning contemp...

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Photography workshop: Bus Stop Stories

2:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 24 May 2014

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Join photographer John Shinnick and explore how to approach people and take their photos, much as he did for his brilliant exhibition Bus Stop Stories. Pl...

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Aftermath: Wartime Tea Dance

1:00pm-4:00pm Sunday, 25 May 2014

Get your frocks on and don your pearls, enjoy an afternoon of dancing and wartime-inspired crafts all washed down with a cup of tea and a slice of cake!

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Conservation studio tour

11:30am-12:30pm Wednesday, 28 May 2014

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. We hope to run additional events like this in the near future. Please email or ring us so we can get in touch when these events are arranged. Get behind ...

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Build a castle

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

Find a space in the Library to make your own and then use a selection of materials to build a castle. You might be inspired by an idea from our collection!

June 2014

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday, 3 June 2014

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

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Curator Talk: Bus Stop Stories

11:00am-11:30am Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Join photographer John Shinnick as he talks about the connections he made with people he met and photographed at his local bus stop.

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Explorer tour

11:00am-12:00pm Thursday, 12 June 2014

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

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Photography workshop: Bus Stop Stories

2:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 14 June 2014

Join photographer John Shinnick and explore how to approach people and take their photos, much as he did for his brilliant exhibition Bus Stop Stories. Places strictly limited, so book early!

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Friday, 20 June 2014

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

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Explorer tour

3:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, 28 June 2014

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