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A Good Yarn

Every Monday from 2-3.30pm at Runcorn Library

Every Thursday from 10.30-12pm at Widnes Library

Bring along your latest yarn project to work on in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
Free drop in session.

Brilliant Builds

Every Thursday from 3-5pm at Halton Lea Library, Widnes Library and Ditton Library.

Design. Construct. Create at our new Brilliant Builds weekly sessions.  Magnetic Tiles  K’Nex and other building materials will be available for children to create their own designs and inventions.

Business Advice

Business & Intellectual Property Centre

The service is for anyone thinking of starting a new business or growing an existing one. As well as specialist advice, there is access to a range of databases which contain up-to-the-minute local, national, and international market and industry information, completely free of charge.

Call and Chat Group

Halton Libraries has a group run over the phone for people over 60 who would like a chat about books and meet new people. The group is hosted by a member of library staff.

The group has a chat every other Wednesday at 2.30 pm.  The next meeting is on Wednesday 23rd August.

Please contact Halton lea Library 0151 511 7744 for more information

Code Club with Mako

A free monthly coding club for young people in Halton.  See Mako Coding Club – Widnes & Runcorn | Eventbrite for details.

Dungeons and Dragons

Every Tuesday at Halton Lea Library, 4-5.30pm (starting 2nd October)
Suitable for ages 13+.  All abilities and experience welcome.

Join us for a D & D club celebrating the shared world of table top roleplaying, fantasy characters, and embark upon new adventures during our friendly free club.

Family History Helpdesk

1st Tuesday of the month, 1-4pm, Halton Lea Library

1st Friday of the month, 11am-3pm, Widnes Library

Free drop in session, free access to Ancestry and help provided by library staff and local enthusiasts.

Home Ed Monthly Meet Up
Last Wednesday of the month, 1-3pm, Halton Lea Library.

Meet other local home ed families.  Fun activities such as Lego, board games, painting and space to play provided at each session.

IT Assistance
Drop in for help with using the Internet, emails, your digital device and more.  Available in all libraries throughout each day.  No appointment necessary.
IT Help Club - You Can Do I.T.

Every Wednesday, 10.30-12pm at Halton Lea Library.

Free drop in session aimed to help you become more confident taking your first steps in I.T.

Lego Club
  • Every Tuesday at Halton Lea Library 3.30 – 5.00pm 
  • Every Tuesday at Widnes Library 3.30-5pm
  • Every Monday at Ditton Library 3.30-5pm 
  • Every Thursday at Runcorn Library 3.30-5pm 
  • Children get creative with Lego!
  • Free, drop in sessions
Keep up to date with all the news and events from Halton Libraries with our monthly newsletter
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

  • Saturday meets on the first Saturday of every month at 10.30am

Widnes Library

  • Tuesday 1 meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5.45pm (Full – waiting list)
  • 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 Timetable 2023

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

Rhyme Time
  • Monday at Halton Lea Library 11.00-11.45 (starting 5th June 2023)
  • 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.
  • Free, drop in sessions
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.
Science Club
  • 3rd Saturday of the month at Widnes Library, 12.00-12.45pm
  • Drop in sessions suitable for children aged 5 – 12 years.
Scrabble Club
Every Thursday 10.30-12pm at Runcorn Library.

Free, drop in session.

Shared Reading

Every Friday 10.30-11.30am at Widnes Library.

Friendly group run by The Reader.  Come along and listen or join in with the group. The session is run by a trained Reader Leader,  who reads a great novel, short story or poem aloud. They then stop and talk about what has been read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen.

Stay Warm, Stay Well

Stay Warm, Stay Well coming in November

Latest News

Dyslexia Awareness Session

Tuesday 3rd October, 10-11.30am, Widnes Library As part of Dyslexia Awareness Week in October, Halton Libraries are hosting a special session, open to all members of the public, to discuss and learn about all aspects of dyslexia. We will very kindly be joined by a...

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Menopause Meet-up

Saturday 14th October, 12-2pm, Halton Lea Library To recognise World Menopause Day, Halton Libraries invite you to join us for a free event to talk about all aspects of the menopause.  We will offer a friendly informal space to get together to chat and share...

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Get Online Week – You Can Do I.T. Help Session

To celebrate Get Online Week, join us for an exciting in-person event where we will help you conquer your tech fears and boost your digital skills! Whether you're a beginner or just need a little guidance, our friendly staff will be on hand to provide support and...

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Dungeons and Dragons

Every Tuesday at Halton Lea Library, 4-5.30pm (starting 3rd October) Suitable for ages 13+.  All abilities and experience welcome. Join us for a D&D club celebrating the shared world of table top roleplaying, fantasy characters and embark upon new adventures...

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Halton Bereavement Cafe

Halton Libraries, Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group, and Halton & St Helens CVA are launching a new bereavement cafe in Halton.  This informal, peer led group is an opportunity for Halton's bereaved adults to get together to chat and support each other. ...

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BFI Replay

60 years of screen stories, digitised and preserved for you Relive, research and lose yourself in the past with thousands of digitised videos and television programmes - from the 1960s to the 2010s. From the British Film Institute (BFI) National Archive and partner UK...

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GILIL Rap and Lyrics Workshop

Saturday 1st July 12-1.30pm Widnes Library Free Rap and Lyrics workshop for young people aged 11+ who are interested in the music industry. Places are limited so book quickly at Eventbrite

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May School Holidays

Board Games and colouring activities available Tuesday 30th May - Saturday 3rd June Tuesday 30th May Fairy Door Painting and Decorating, 11-12pm, Halton Lea Library Helps us create some magical fairy doors to be a part of our fairy hunt later in the year, by designing...

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Family History Helpdesk

Starting on Friday 3rd February, 11am-3pm, Widnes Library Interested in researching your family history but don’t know where to start?  Join us on the first Friday of every month for the Family History Helpdesk.  There will be free access to Ancestry and help provided...

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Halton Healthwatch

Healthwatch Halton will be coming to Widnes library every month from 10.30-12.30 on the following dates: 24th March 24th April Do you have an idea that could help improve health and social care? Healthwatch are here to help make care better. They listen to your...

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