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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This is affecting us all at work and at home. We’re working hard to keep services running and focusing on the most critical. This means some services may be affected. For help, call 08085 834333.

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What's on in libraries

Events suitable for over 16s

  • All events are free to attend (unless otherwise stated)
  • All events are suitable for over-16s (with recommended ages in brackets and in the details)
  • Term time only events do not run during half term or end of term holidays
  • Contact the library for details including booking places (last updated: 27 February 2020)

Please note: you will need to contact community led libraries (Cheylesmore, Earlsdon and Finham) directly for a list of events for adults.

Adopt and Foster for Coventry 

  • Central - On the first Friday of the month from 9.30am - 2pm. Dates for 2020: 6 March, 3 April, 1 May, 5 June, 3 July, 7 August, 4 September, 2 October, 6 November, 4 December.

Antakshari and fancy dress for International Women's Day

Art group

  • Stoke - Every fortnight on a Tuesday from 1pm - 3pm. Dates for 2020: 3 March, 17 March, 31 March, 14 April, 28 April, 12 May, 26 May, 9June, 23 June, 7 July, 21 July, 4 August, 18 August, tbc.

Asylum and refugee advice (delivered by Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre)

Autism family support group 

  • Tile Hill - Friday 4pm - 5pm Term time only. 

Autism friendly hours

  • Tile Hill - Friday 4pm - 5pm Term time only. 

Benefits, debt and housing advice (delivered by Coventry Independent Advice Service) 

Careers advice (delivered by National Careers Service) 

If you're struggling to put a CV together, or don't know how or where to look for jobs, then the National Careers Service can help.

  • Central - Every fortnight on a Friday from 9.15am - 4pm. Dates for 2020: 14 March, 28 March, 11 April, 25 April, 9 May, 23 May, 6 June, 20 June, 4 July, 18 July, 4 August, 18 August, 1 September, 15 September, 29 September, 13 October, 27 October, 10 November, 24 November, 8 December, 22 December.
  • Foleshill - Every fortnight on a Thursday from 10am - 3.30pm. Dates for 2020: 5 March, 19 March, tbc. Booking required.
  • Willenhall - Tuesday 3pm - 5pm

Chai and chat

  • Foleshill - On the first Tuesday of the month from 11am - 1pm. Dates for 2020: 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June, 7 July, 4 August, 8 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.

Chess club 

Coffee morning 

Colour yourself calm 

  • Aldermoor - Monday 1.30pm - 3pm 
  • Bell Green - Saturday 12.30pm - 2pm
  • Caludon - Tuesday 4pm - 5pm
  • Central - Every fortnight on a Wednesday from 10.30am - 12noon. Dates for 2020: 4 March, 18 March, 1 April, 15 April, 29 April, 13 May, 27 May, 10 June, 24 June, 8 July, 22 July, 5 August, 19 August, 2 September, 16 September, 30 September, 14 October, 28 October, 11 November, 25 November, 9 December.
  • Foleshill - Friday 1.30pm - 2.30pm 
  • Jubilee Crescent - Monday 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Stoke - Friday 1.30pm - 3pm 

Community savings and loans outreach service (delivered by Coventry & District Credit Union) 

Computer help 

  • Aldermoor - Help with library e-resources. Friday 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Coundon - Saturday 1.30pm - 3.30pm Booking required.
  • Hillfields - Wednesday 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Jubilee Crescent - Monday 10.30am - 12noon Booking required.

Conversation café 

Practice your spoken English skills (suitable for ESOL learners).

  • Central - Friday 1.30pm - 2.30pm 
  • Foleshill - Thursday 1.30pm - 2.30pm Term time only. 
  • Hillfields - Friday 11.30am - 12.30am
  • Stoke - Tuesday 1.30pm - 2.30pm
  • Tile Hill - Monday 11.30am - 12.30pm 
  • Willenhall - Monday 11am - 12noon Term time only. 
  • Willenhall - Tuesday 11am - 12noon Term time only.

Conversation group 

  • Tile Hill - Practice your spoken French skills. Thursday 5pm - 6pm

Councillors surgery 

  • Allesley Park - On the fourth Saturday of the month from 12noon. Councillor Jayne Innes (Whoberley) usually in attendance. Dates for 2020 (excluding July., August and December): 27 March, 24 April, 22 May, 26 June, 28 September, 26 October, 23 November. 
  • Central - On the second Saturday of the month from 12noon- 12.30pm. Councillor Jim O'Boyle (St Michael's) usually in attendance. Dates for 2020: 14 March, 11 April, 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 8 August, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November, 12 December. 
  • Holbrooks - Councillor Joe Clifford (Holbrook) usually in attendance. Wednesday 6.30pm - 7.30pm. 

Creative Kindness

  • Central - Thursday 10am - 12noon
  • Coundon - Tuesday 10.30am - 12.30pm Term time only.

Employment support (delivered by Shaw Trust) 

Shaw Trust helps those with disabilities, into work.

Family history help 

If you don't know how to use e-resource Ancestry (Library Edition) or Find My Past (British Edition) our staff and/or volunteers can show you how to get started discovering your family history.

  • Allesley Park - Thursday 4pm - 6pm
  • Bell Green - Every four weeks on a Saturday from 10.30am - 12noon. Dates for 2020: 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 30 May, 27 June, 25 July, 22 August, 19 September, 17 October, 14 November, 12 December.
  • Central - Every four weeks on a Saturday from 10.30am - 12noon. Dates for 2020: 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 30 May, 27 June, 25 July, 22 August, 19 September, 17 October, 14 November, 12 December.
  • Willenhall - Monday 11am - 12noon Booking required.

Film appreciation group 

Share your love of movies!

  • Central - On the first Sunday of the month from 12noon - 1pm. Dates for 2020: 1 March, 5 April, 3 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August, 6 September, 4 October, 1 November, 6 December.

Friendship group (50+) (delivered by Age UK Coventry) 

  • Aldermoor - On the first Friday of the month from 10.30am - 11.30am. Dates for 2020: 6 March, 3 April, 1 May, 5 June, 3 July, 7 August, 4 September, 2 October, 6 November, 4 December.
  • Allesley Park - Tuesday 11am - 12.45pm
  • Bell Green - On the second Saturday of the month from 11am - 12.30pm. Dates from 2020: 14 March, 11 April, 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 8 August, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November, 12 December.
  • Stoke - Monday 10am - 11.30am

Friendship group (I Am)

  • Central - On the last Wednesday of the month from 12noon - 2pm. Dates for 2020: 25 March, tbc.

Friendship group (delivered by Sahyadri Friends Group)

  • Central - Every month on a Sunday from 12noon - 3pm. Dates for 2020: 8 March, tbc.

Games group

George Eliot Bicentenary

22 November 2019 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Mary Anne Evans, famous under the pseudonym of George Eliot, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

To celebrate the bicentenary, display boards and books will be touring some Coventry libraries from December 2019 to March 2021.

Handicrafts group 

Our handicrafts groups are where you can share your crochet, knitting, sewing and other projects, as well as pick up ideas of new things to create, and share your skills and knowledge with each other with a good old chat!

  • Bell Green - This is the crochet group. Monday 10am - 12noon
  • Bell Green - This is the knitting group. Thursday 10am - 12noon
  • Central - Every fortnight on a Friday from 10am - 11.30am. Dates for 2019: 20 December. Dates for 2020: 14 March, 28 March, 11 April, 25 April, 9 May, 23 May, 6 June, 20 June, 4 July, 18 July, 4 August, 18 August, 1 September, 15 September, 29 September, 13 October, 27 October, 10 November, 24 November, 8 December, 22 December.
  • Coundon - This is a knitting group. Thursday 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Jubilee Crescent - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Stoke - Thursday 10.30am - 12noon
  • Tile Hill - Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm

Hank Marvin's Cookery School (18-24) (delivered by Urban Community Cafe)

  • Holbrooks - Wednesday 6pm - 8pm. Free 6 week cookery course for 18-24 year olds. Starts 22 January. Ends 12 August. Booking required. Contact Holbrooks Community Care Association (email: [email protected] for more information and an application form).

Healthwatch

We are your champion for health and social care in Coventry. We listen to what people say about services and influence the way services are planned and delivered. For more information please visit Healthwatch Coventry.

  • Central - Every fortnight on a Tuesday from 10am - 12noon. Dates for 2020: 10 March, 24 March, 7 April, tbc.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) (delivered by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust) 

  • Central - On the fourth Thursday of the month from 2pm - 4pm. Dates for 2020: 26 March, 23 April, 28 May, 25 June, 23 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October, 26 November, December tbc.

International Women's Day Celebration (delivered by Godiva Trust in partnership with Foleshill Library)

iPad cafe

  • Willenhall - Help with apps on your devices. Tuesday 2pm - 3pm

IT Help (Discovery with Libraries)

Job club (delivered by Holbrooks Community Care Association)

Library apps help

The library apps help session is an opportunity to be provided with 1:1 support, or support in a small group (depending on how many people attend each session), to access the library services' apps. This includes Borrow Box (for e-audiobooks and e-books), Iguana Library (the online catalogue), Press Reader (e-newspapers), and RBdigital (for e-comics and e-newspapers).

  • Central - Every fortnight on a Tuesday from 2pm - 2.45pm. Dates for 2020: 3 March, 17 March, 31 March, 14 April, 28 April, 12 May, 26 May, 9 June, 23 June, 7 July, 21 July, 4 August, 18 August, 1 September, 15 September, 29 September, 13 October, 27 October, 10 November, 24 November, 8 December.
  • Jubilee Crescent - Monday 4pm - 5pm

Local history group 

  • Stoke - On the first Friday of the month from 10.30am - 11.30am. Dates for 2020: 6 March, 3 April, 1 May, 5 June, 3 July, 7 August, 4 September, 2 October, 6 November, 4 December.

Mindfulness (delivered by The Flame Mindfulness, Holistic and Wellness Centre) 

  • Central - Tuesday 1.15pm - 1.45pm

Mindfulness (delivered by FootFall Mindfulness)

  • Allesley Park - Friday 10am - 11am. Cost £5.00. Contact Fran Flint on 07896 327315 for details.

NHS Health Check for 40-74 year olds (delivered by Healthy Lifestyles Coventry) 

Call 0800 122 3780 to book your place.

NHS Health Check for 40-74 year olds (delivered by tbc in partnership with Sahyadri Friends Group)

  • Foleshill  - On the first Tuesday of the month from 11am - 1pm. Dates for 2020: 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, tbc.

Poetry group 

  • Central - This group is suitable for those who want to share poetry in languages other than English. On the first Sunday of the month from 1.30pm - 2.30pm. Dates for 2020: 1 March, 5 April, 3 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August, 6 September, 4 October, 1 November, 6 December.
  • Jubilee Crescent Community Centre - Wednesday 10.30am - 11.30am. For more information please contact Gill Yardley by phone 07591 635498 or email [email protected]

Poetry workshop with Emilie Lauren Jones for the Positive Images Festival

  • Central - On the last Sunday of the month from 1pm - 3.30pm. Dates for 2020: 29 March, 26 April, 31 May, 28 June, 26 July, 30 August, 27 September, 25 October, 29 November, 27 December.

Readers group 

  • Allesley Park - On the second Saturday of the month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2020 (exc. August): 14 March, 11 April, 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November, 12 December.
  • Bell Green - On the second Monday of the month from 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Dates for 2020: 9 March, April tbc, 11 May, 8 June, 13 July, 10 May, 14 September, 12 October, 9 November, 14 December.
  • Canley - Every month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2020: 31 March, tbc.
  • Central - On the third Wednesday of the month from 12.30pm - 2pm. Dates for 2020: 18 March, 15 April, 20 May, 17 June, 15 July, 19 August, 16 September, 21 October, 18 November, 16 December.
  • Coundon - On the second Tuesday of the month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2020: 10 March, April tbc, 12 May, 9 June, 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November, 8 December.
  • Foleshill - On the second Thursday of the month from 10.30am - 11.30am. Dates for 2020: 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December.
  • Jubilee Crescent - On the first Tuesday of the month from 2.30pm - 3pm. Dates for 2020: 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June, 7 July, 4 August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.
  • Stoke - On the second Wednesday of the month from 1pm - 2pm. Dates for 2020: 11 March, 8 April, 13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 12 August, 9 September, 14 October, 11 November, 9 December.
  • Tile Hill - On the second Thursday of the month from 11am - 12.30pm. Dates for 2020: 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December.
  • Willenhall - On the first Thursday of the month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2020: 5 March (with a visit from local children's author Rita Hopkins), 2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December.

Sexual health checks (delivered by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust) 

  • Central - Thursday 11.30am - 1.30pm

Writers group 

  • Central - This is a women’s only group. On the second Thursday of the month from 10.30am - 12noon. Dates for 2020: 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December.
  • Stoke - On the second Wednesday of the month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2020: 11 March, 8 April, 13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 12 August, 9 September, 14 October, 11 November, 9 December.

Central Library

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

Central Library
Smithford Way
Coventry
CV1 1FY

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