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Jan - April events
Book Club for 7-11 year olds

Halton Libraries Chatterbooks meetings will be filled with activities, games and plenty of time to share your love of reading with other children.

Our group will be meeting on the last Thursday of each month at Halton Lea Library 4-5 pm.

For more information contact Nikki Lamb 0151 511 8323 or

Code Club
  • Every Tuesday at Halton Lea Library and Widnes Library 3.45-4.45pm. Drop in session, booking not required. Suitable for ages 7 – 12 years. Beginner coding using Scratch.
Homework Club
  • Every Wednesday at Halton Lea Library and Widnes Library 3.30-4.30pm.
IT Clinic
  • Tuesday at Runcorn Library and Ditton Library 2.00-3.00pm.
  • Wednesday at Widnes Library 10.30am – 12.00pm
  • Friday at Halton Lea Library 10.30am – 12.00pm
  • Drop in for help with using the Internet, emails, your digital device and more
K’Nex Club
  • Tuesday at Ditton Libray 3.30-5.00pm
  • Thursday at Runcorn Library 3.30-5.00pm
  • Drop-in, no need to book. Suitable for ages 5-12
Lego Club
  • Monday at Halton Lea Library 3.30 – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday at Halton Lea Library and Widnes Library 5.00 – 7.00pm
  • Thursday at Widnes Library 3.30-5.00pm
  • Children get creative with Lego!

Keep up to date with all the news and events from Halton Libraries with our monthly newsletter


Read and Relax

Thursdays 12.00-1.00pm at Halton Lea Library
Tuesdays 10.30-11.30am at Widnes Library

In partnership with The Reader, we are holding free, weekly Read and Relax groups at Halton Lea and Widnes libraries for adults.  Come along to one of our friendly, welcoming sessions to read aloud a book, short story or poem.  Group members can choose to read aloud, share personal reflections or simply listen – in this way people can form real connections with the stories and with each other.

Reading Groups

A reading group is a group of people who meet together to talk about a book they have read. They read one book a month and discuss it at the following meeting. Each meeting lasts for an hour.

Halton Lea Library

  • Thursday Group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 5.45pm
  • Saturday meets on the last Saturday of every month at 10.30am
  • Adventures in Reading meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5.45 pm

Widnes Library

  • Tuesday 1 meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5.45pm
  • Tuesday 2 meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 5.45pm
  • The Classics group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5.45pm

Runcorn Library

  • Runcorn’s reading group meets on the last Monday of the month 10.30am – 11.30am

We also provide collections of books for reading groups to borrow. These include fiction, classic fiction and non- fiction books. A list of the books available is in the recommended reads section of the booklist.

Reading Group Schedule 2018

Reading Group Schedule 2017

If you would like to join one of our groups or borrow a collection, please contact Trudy Jones or Caroline Unsworth at Halton Lea Library

Reading Hack

Are you aged between 13-19? Do you enjoy reading, discussing books and sharing ideas?

Then why not come along to one of our groups

  • Widnes Library every Wednesday 5-6pm
  • Halton Lea Library every Thursday 5-6pm

Our groups are suitable for the volunteering element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

We also have a monthly Teenage Reading Group.  Check out the Hackers Reading Group Calendar

For more information contact Nikki Lamb 0151 511 8323 or

Rhyme Time
  • Tuesday at Runcorn Library and Ditton Library 11.00-11.45am
  • Thursday at Halton Lea Library 11.00-11.45am
  • Friday at Widnes Library 11.00-11.45am
  • Songs and stories for preschool children.
Saturday Stories
  • Saturdays at Halton Lea and Widnes Libraries, 11-11.45am
  • Bring your little ones along to our new Saturday Stories sessions, every Saturday at Halton Lea and Widnes Libraries.
Wellbeing Wednesdays
  • Wednesday at Widnes Library and Halton Lea Library 2.00-4.00pm
  • Relax at Halton Libraries Wellbeing Wednesdays. Unwind with some colouring in, have a game of Scrabble and use the library resources to improve your wellbeing.
Work Club
  • Every Monday at Halton Lea Library 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Every Monday at Widnes Library 1.00-3.00pm
  • Every Tuesday at Runcorn Library 1.00-3.00pm
  • Drop in sessions to help you improve your CV, job search and apply for employment
Time to Read events

Looking for other book related events in north west libraries?  Check out Time to Read

Latest News

British Science Week: Rubbish Science

Monday 12th March 3.30-4.30pm at Widnes Library Thursday 15th March 3.30-4.30pm at Halton Lea Library We are holding Rubbish Science events but science isn't rubbish!  Our events will show you what fun and creative things can be done with rubbish and recycling using...

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BBC Get Creative: Paint Your Own Canvas

Saturday 17th March 10.30-12.30pm  Widnes Library free drop in. Come and have a go at painting a mini-oil canvas at Widnes Library.  Show off your artistic skills and create a colourful masterpiece to take home.  Please note canvases will be given out on a first come...

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BBC Get Creative: Adult colouring and paper crafts

Wednesday 21st March 2-4pm Halton Lea and Widnes Libraries - free, drop in. Our regular Wellbeing Wednesday groups will be getting creative for our special BBC Get Creative session.  Have a go at intricate colouring, origami and paper based crafts all within a...

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BBC Get Creative: Embroidery

Saturday 24th March 10.30-12.30pm at Halton Lea Library - free, drop in.  Halton Lea Library's embroidery group will be demonstrating the basics of needlework and children can design their own cross-stitch pattern.

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Widnes Library Fully Reopen

Widnes Library Fully Reopen

   Widnes library is now fully re-open and accessible from both St Paul’s Road and the front entrance on Victoria Road. All of our stock is now available on shelves – if you can’t find a certain area of stock you are looking for then please ask a member of staff.   ...

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Phase 2

Phase 2

   We are now into Phase 2 of the refurbishment project and everything is going well. Library staff worked hard to move all the book stock around into the new shelving area. The main library entrance at the front of the building is closed whilst work continues in this...

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Phase 1 nearing completion

Phase 1 nearing completion

  Phase 1 is now nearing completion! All of the shelving is now installed and walls are fully painted. Next will be a transition week, with the relocation of the PCs into their new locations beginning on Tuesday. Unfortunately this means that there will be disruption...

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Mid October update

Mid October update

Last week, worktops have been installed in the old café area, ready for the PCs to be relocated. This area is now being painted this week. The full area from the old teenage area down to the café bar has been repainted and looks so much fresher in a pale grey. The...

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Going into week 2

Going into week 2

The wall has now been brought down between where the children’s area used to be and the meeting room next door to it. This open space will be the new children’s area. Work begins this week on installing cabling and data points for the new locations of PCs which will...

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Week 1 of the refurb project

Week 1 of the refurb project

      Work began on Monday 18th September on the Widnes library refurbishment project. The ground floor area from the old café bar to the teen area is currently closed off to the public whilst builders are on site. The first week has been a productive week, with all...

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