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Activities in libraries in West Lancashire over the summer

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Libraries in West Lancashire are offering a wide variety of free activities over the summer that are suitable for families and adults alike.

Visitors to Skelmersdale Library can enjoy a fortnightly Reading Cafe. Book lovers can drop in for a friendly chat about their favourite books and authors.

A weekly Crafts and Chat session is also held at Skelmersdale Library. Craft lovers can pop along with their own unfinished craft items to complete them whilst sharing ideas and having a chat with others.

A regular Family and Local History advice group is held at Ormskirk Library. Anyone needing advice with either family or local history can visit the library where members of the local Ormskirk and District Family History Society will help.

Miles of Smiles is also held at Ormskirk Library for children up to the age of five years old. This is a stay and play session, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ormskirk Library hosts a Creative Writing group on every third Wednesday of the month. Budding writers can join members of the Ormskirk Writers’ Literary Society, to develop their writing skills.

Burscough Library holds a Knit and Natter group every Friday. Your level of skill doesn’t matter, anyone interested can just come along to share tips and continue with their knitting.

Lovers of board games could enjoy the weekly Saturday morning session at Burscough Library. Bring the family along and enjoy the board games available, or bring your own for others to enjoy as well.

Libraries in the area also hold regular Toddler Rhyme Time and Storytime sessions.

There are lots of Reading Groups which also meet regularly in our libraries. These groups are a great way to share a love of reading, and inspire others to read something different.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “We’ve got so many fun things to do during the holidays and beyond. There’s much for families and adults to do, have fun or to learn something new.

“Hopefully it is easy for people to take part in an activity that they enjoy on their doorstep whilst also getting the chance to socialise with others who enjoy doing the same activities. From crafts, knitting and creative writing to board games, there’s so much to enjoy.

“There’s also many opportunities for adults to gain support to learn new skills to help to apply for jobs, or to help them to use digital skills more in their life.”

Taking part in many of the activities will be free, to make them as easy and accessible as possible. Some could have a small charge to cover the costs of the materials to be used.

There’s no need to book many of the activities, you can just visit the library to join in.

Booking a place will be essential for some of the activities, as ticket numbers are limited. For more information, to find out if costs apply and if booking is required phone 0300 123 6703, email library@lancashire.gov.uk or call in to a library in West Lancashire.

All of the activities are offered in addition to the thousands of books that are available to borrow from each library. The titles are changed regularly, with new ones being added frequently. Books can also be ordered. A variety of audio books and CDs are also available.

Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.

For more information, go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries or call 0300 123 6703.

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