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May - August events


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 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!
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 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 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.
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

Latest News

Fun Palaces

Saturday 6th October 10.30-2pm at Widnes Library and Halton Lea Library Halton Libraries will join 300+ Fun Palaces across the UK and globally and is set to erupt with free and fun activities, celebrating culture in our community .  Join us for our third annual Fun...

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North West Learn Fest

10th - 22nd September 2018 Libraries throughout the North West are celebrating learning and Halton Libraries invite you to attend our amazing activities where you can learn something new and have fun. Take a look at our North West Learn Fest brochure for more...

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Great North West Read

Throughout November  We will be joining with libraries across the North-West in celebrating The Craftsman by Lancashire born writer Sharon Bolton throughout this month.  Borrow the book from our libraries, join in with online discussions and enter the Facebook...

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World War 1 Exhibition

Monday 5th - Friday 16th November at Halton Lea Library and Widnes Library To mark the centenary of the end of World War 1, we will be displaying articles from our newspaper archives along with photographs from our Picture Halton website, chronicling Halton's...

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Death at the Dig: Murder Mystery with author Kate Ellis

Wednesday 14th November 6-7.30pm at Halton Lea Library Tickets £3 including refreshments, book online or in person at any Halton Library Crime writer Kate Ellis presents DEATH AT THE DIG, a 1920s murder mystery in which the audience must play detective to discover who...

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Horrible Reading Riot

Wednesday 24th October 10.30-12 at Halton Lea Library Thursday 25th October 10.30-12 at Widnes Library There will be gruesome games, creepy crafts and atrocious activities at our Horrible Reading Riot which will delve into the murky world of all things horrible.  Join...

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Family Learning Festival: Make and Create Circuit Bugs

Monday 22nd October 10.30-12pm at Halton Lea Library Wednesday 24th October 10.30-12pm at Widnes Library Celebrate the Family Learning Festival with Halton Libraries.  Make your own circuit bug using LEDs and copper tape, a fun way to introduce electricity and...

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Oh No! It’s Nearly Over

  It's our final Summer Reading Challenge event for 2018 and we are finishing off with our fantastic Reading Riot. Join us on Wednesday 22nd August at Halton Lea and Thursday 23rd August at Widnes Library 10.30-12pm. There will be a party atmosphere with some great...

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Leap for Joy this Summer

We hope you are enjoying the summer as much as we are.  It's been great seeing so many of you at the events and there is more fun to be had.  On Monday 13th August we have a journey to adventure with Chester Zoo Leap for Lemur workshops from 11-12 at Halton Lea...

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