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January - April 2019 Events Programme
Chatterbooks 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.

Chatterbooks is now running Weekly – Every Monday in Widnes library 4-5pm and Every Thursday in Halton Lea library 4-5pm.

For more information contact Nikki Lamb 0151 511 8323 or

Code Club
  • Every Tuesday at Halton Lea Library and Widnes Library and every Monday at Ditton and Runcorn Library.  All sessions are 3.45-5pm. Drop in session, booking not required. Suitable for ages 7 – 12 years. Beginner coding using Scratch, Micro:bits, Code Bugs and more.
Homework Club
  • Every Wednesday at Halton Lea Library and Widnes Library 3.30-4.30pm.
IT Clinic
  • Thursday 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!
Midweek Meet up
  • Wednesday at Widnes Library and Halton Lea Library 2.00-4.00pm
  • Unwind with some colouring in, have a go at a board game and meet new people in a relaxed and friendly environment.  The perfect antidote to a busy lifestyle.

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 2019

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 Tuesday 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 Meetup
  • Saturdays at Halton Lea and Widnes Libraries, 12-2pm
  • Board games, colouring, doodling and lots of fun, every Saturday at Halton Lea and Widnes Libraries.
  • Recommended age 8+.  Suitable for children and families.
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 activities

We’ve teamed up with Sci-Tech Daresbury to host one of their fascinating, family-friendly Talking Science events in January 2019.

Talking Science at Daresbury Laboratory – On You, Inside You: The Amazing and Horrible World of Parasites

A talk by Professor Cruikshank, University of Manchester

Wednesday 30th January – 7pm, Halton Stadium

Free of charge, booking opens on the 26th December here

Suitable for audience 6+

Halton Libraries are proud to host, in partnersip with Daresbury Laboratory, a Talking Science event at Halton Stadium.  This is guaranteed to be a fascinating talk by a leading scientist on the subject of parasites.

Parasites are the most common form of cellular life on our planet and can be defined as organisms that live in or on us, taking from us without giving anything back. Everything from mammals, insects to plants can be infected by parasites- so parasites are incredibly successful. They can hide from our body’s defences and may even change the behaviour of some of the animals they infect. They are also important as not only can they cause terrible diseases but they can be critical elements of food webs and contribute to biodiversity. Find out how parasites are so successful and how new scientific methods, that help us visualise

parasites, are helping us unlock even more of their secrets.

There’s full programme of talks delivered by international scientists suitable for all the family, running from October 2018 until June 2019.  Topics include astronomy, the science of the circus, deep ocean lab and materials through the eyes of electrons.

 Take a look at the full programme here for dates and times:

Time to Read events

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

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

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Spring School Holidays

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