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We are delighted to have secured Arts Council England National Lottery Funding. Working with our partners The Arts Development Company the funding will enable an exciting programme of arts development in the Gillingham and Weymouth Libraries. The "Libraries as Cultural Hubs" programme will take place across 2 years.

This inclusive and community driven programme will reflect diversity in the wider communities. It will span age and gender profiles and will enable:

  • the development of a partnership arts programme with community-led activities such as Fun Palaces and Artist Exchanges

  • paid artist residencies programmes, delivering events for all age groups

  • 16 artist events showcasing programmes for specific community groups

  • arts promoters to have the opportunity to stage shows and exhibitions at the libraries

Discover more about:

2018 summer artists’ residencies

Cultural events

Author event with Libby Page

Gillingham Library is excited to announce that the local, bestselling author Libby Page is coming to talk about her book “The Lido” which has just been published in paperback. Libby will be in conversation about her book and her writing with Fanny Charles, herself a well-known local writer.

Libby says:

“For me, one of the key themes in the book is the value of community and its importance within our society. This was the driving force behind the book: the idea that hubs like lidos, libraries and other community spaces are worth fighting for. The book also covers the topic of loneliness from two perspectives: that of a bereaved 86-year-old, and perhaps the lesser-told story of the loneliness that many people experience in their twenties when finding their feet in the world and dealing with the pressures that come with that.”

About Libby:

The Lido is Libby Page’s first novel. It was bought in six-figure pre-emptive deals within 24 hours of submission in the UK and the US, and has been sold in over twenty other territories around the world.

Libby was educated at Gillingham School (where she was head girl) and went on to graduate from The London College of Fashion with a BA in Fashion Journalism before working at The Guardian and in marketing. She is now a full-time writer, as well as a passionate outdoor swimmer. She and her sister run a blog and Instagram account @theswimmingsisters, documenting their swims and the benefits of outdoor exercise for mental health.

Libby has been a leading campaigner for fairer internships and has spoken on radio, TV and in parliament in support of fair pay for interns. Libby began writing at an early age and, when she was sixteen, wrote an illustrated book, Love Pink, to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

Libby now lives in London, where she enjoys finding new swimming spots and pockets of community within the city.

On the night: Your ticket includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Libby's book "The Lido" will be on sale too.

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Gillingham Library

Libraries as Cultural Hubs events, Gillingham Library

DateTime EventFor

Tuesday 9 and Tuesday 16 April

10am to 12noon

Easter Fun with Duplo and Lego

Families

Thursday 11 April

10.30am to 11.30am

Road safety with Dorset & Wiltshire fire and rescue

Children 

Saturday 13 April

10am to 3pm

Family clay rabbit workshop

Families

Monday 15 April

10.15am to 10.45am

Rhyme Time Easter special

Birth to 4 years

Thursday 18 April

10am to 12noon

Gillingham library bunny hunt

Families

Thursday 25 April

7pm to 8.30pm

Author event with Libby Page

Adults

Thursday 25 April

10.15am to 10.45am

We're going on a bear hunt

Families

Tuesday 28 May 

10am to 12noon

Fun with Duplo and Lego

Families

Thursday 30 May

10am to 12noon

Half term story and craft

Families

Every Tuesday

 n/a

Coffee Companions

Adults

Every Tuesday 

 n/a

Creative Writing Group

Ages 15 and over

Every Tuesday 

4pm to 5pm

Code Club (term time only from 30 April 2019)

Ages 9 - 13

Every Friday

 n/a

Craft and Chat

Adults

Every Thursday

 n/a

Adult Colouring

Adults

Every Thursday 

 n/a

Bridge Club

Adults

Friday mornings every 6 weeks. (Contact library for dates)

 n/a

Visually Impaired Reading Group

Adults

Every Saturday

10am to 12noon

Dedicated Dad's Group

Dad's and children 

Saturdays monthly

 n/a

Book Group

Adults

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Weymouth Library

Libraries as Cultural Hubs events, Weymouth Library

 DateTime EventFor

Saturday 27 April

10.30am to 12noon

FoWL present Paul Atterbury on his Life in Canals and Railways

Adults

Every Monday

 n/a

Creative Writing

Ages 15 and over

First Tuesday of the month

2pm to 4pm

Harbour Poets

Adults

First and third Tuesdays of the month

 n/a

Knit and Natter

Adults

Second Thursday of the month

 n/a

Adult Colouring

Adults

Fourth Thursday of the month

 n/a

Books and More

Adults

Discover more events happening at Weymouth Library.

 

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