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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: 25 September 2019)

Adopt and foster for Coventry 

  • Central - On the first Friday of the month from 9.30am - 2pm. Dates for 2019: 4 October, 1 November, 6 December.

Art group

  • Stoke - Every fortnight on a Tuesday from 1pm - 3pm. Dates for 2019: 8 October, 22 October.

Autism family support 

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

Tile Hill Library operates autism friendly hours every Friday 4pm - 5pm during 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. You can also visit their website for more information https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/.

  • Central - Every fortnight on a Friday from 9.15am - 4pm. Dates for 2019: 11 October, 25 October.
  • Foleshill - Every fortnight on a Thursday from 10am - 3.30pm. Dates for 2019: 10 October, 24 October.
  • Willenhall - Tuesday 3pm - 5pm (exc. 1 October)

Careers advice (delivered by Integer Training Ltd)

  • Bell Green - Every fortnight on a Thursday from 10am - 12noon. Dates for 2019: 3 October, 17 October, 31 October.

Chess club 

Coffee morning 

Colour yourself calm 

  • Aldermoor - Monday 1.30pm - 3pm 
  • Bell Green - Saturday 12.30pm - 2pm
  • Central - Every fortnight on a Wednesday from 10.30am - 12noon. Dates for 2019: 2 October, 16 October, 30 October.
  • Foleshill - Friday 1.30pm - 2.30pm 
  • Hillfields - Monday 11am - 12noon 
  • 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 

Conversation café 

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

  • Bell Green - Friday 10.30am - 11.30am Term time only. 
  • 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. 

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. Dates for 2019 (exc. July., August and December): 28 September, 26 October, 23 November. Councillor Jayne Innes (Whoberley) usually in attendance.
  • Central - On the second Saturday of the month from 12noon. Dates for 2019: 12 October, 9 November, 14 December. Councillor Jim O'Boyle (St Michael's) usually in attendance.
  • Holbrooks - Wednesday 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Councillor Joe Clifford (Holbrook) usually in attendance.

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, 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 2019: 19 October, 16 November, 14 December.
  • Central - Every four weeks on a Saturday from 10.30am - 12noon. Dates for 2019: 19 October, 16 November, 14 December.
  • Willenhall - Monday 11am - 12noon Booking required.

Film appreciation group 

  • Central - On the first Sunday of the month from 12noon - 1pm. Dates for 2019: 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.

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

  • Aldermoor - On the first Friday of the month from 10.30am - 11.30am. Dates for 2019: 4 October, 1 November, 6 December.
  • Allesley Park - Tuesday 11am - 12.45pm
  • Bell Green - On the second Saturday of the month from 11am - 12.30pm. Dates from 2019: 12 October, 9 November, 14 December.
  • Stoke - Monday 10am - 11.30am

Friendship group (delivered by Sahyadri Friends Group)

  • Central - Every month on a Sunday from 12noon - 3pm. Dates for 2019: 13 October.
  • Willenhall - On the second Tuesday of the month from 10.30am - 12noon. Dates for 2019: 8 October, 12 November, 10 December.

Games group

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 - 11.30am
  • Bell Green - This is the knitting group. Thursday 10am - 12noon
  • Central - Every fortnight on a Friday from 10am - 11.30am. Dates for 2019: 11 October, 25 October, 8 November, 22 November, 6 December, 20 December.
  • Coundon - Thursday 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Foleshill - Tuesday 2pm - 3pm
  • Jubilee Crescent - Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Stoke - Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm
  • Stoke - Thursday 10.30am - 12noon
  • Tile Hill - Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm

Healthwatch

  • Central - Wednesday 10am - 12noon

Heritage Open Days

  • Central - Behind the scenes tour of the library. Contact the library to book a place. Friday 13 September 2pm

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 2019: 24 October, 28 November, December date to be confirmed.

iPad cafe

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 2019: 1 October, 15 October, 29 October.

Local history group 

  • Stoke - On the first Friday of the month from 10.30am - 11.30am. Dates for 2019: 4 October, 1 November, 6 December.

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

  • Central - Tuesday 1.15pm - 1.45pm

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

Call 0800 122 3780 to book your place.

Places of welcome 

Free refreshments.

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 2019: 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.
  • Jubilee Crescent Community Centre - Wednesday 10.30am - 11.30am. For more information please contact Gill Yardley by phone 07591 635498 or email gyardley16@ntlworld.com

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 2019: 27 October, 24 November, December date to be confirmed.

Readers group 

  • Allesley Park - On the second Saturday of the month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2019: 12 October, 9 November, 14 December.
  • Bell Green - On the second Monday of the month from 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Dates from 2019: 14 October, 11 November, 9 December.
  • Canley - On the first Thursday of the month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2019: 3 October, 7 November, 5 December.
  • Central - This group is suitable for those who read or speak Chinese. On the first Wednesday of the month from 1.30pm - 2.30pm. Dates for 2019: 2 October, 6 November, 4 December.
  • Central - On the third Wednesday of the month from 12.30pm - 2pm. Dates for 2019: 16 October, 20 November, 18 December.
  • Coundon - On the second Tuesday of the month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2019: 8 October, 12 November, 10 December.
  • Foleshill - On the second Thursday of the month from 10.30am - 11.30am. Dates for 2019: 10 October, 14 November, 12 December.
  • Jubilee Crescent - On the first Tuesday of the month from 2.30pm - 3pm. Dates for 2019: 1 October, 5 November, 3 December.
  • Stoke - On the second Wednesday of the month from 1pm - 2pm. Dates for 2019: 9 October, 13 November, 11 December.
  • Tile Hill - On the second Thursday of the month from 11am - 12.30pm. Dates for 2019: 10 October, 14 November, 12 December.
  • Willenhall - On the first Thursday of the month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2019: 3 October, 7 November, 5 December.

Rethink mental illness 

  • Central - On the third Wednesday of the month from 1pm - 4pm. Dates for 2019: 16 October, 20 November, 18 December.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

  • Central - Monday 28 October - Saturday 9 November.

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

  • Central - Thursday 11.30am - 1.30pm

Sharing memories 

  • Bell Green - This group is suitable for those with dementia and their carers. On the third Friday of the month from 11am - 12noon. Dates for 2019: 18 October, 15 November, 20 December.
  • Central - This group is suitable for those with dementia and their carers. On the first Wednesday of the month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2019: 2 October, 6 November, 4 December.

World's Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support

  • Foleshill - Friday 4 October 10am - 12noon
  • Holbrooks - Thursday 26 September 9.30am - 12noon
  • Tile Hill - Thursday 26 September 10am - 4pm
  • Willenhall - Thursday 26 September 10am - 12noon

Writers group 

  • Central - This is a women’s only group. On the second Thursday of the month from 10.30am - 12noon. Dates for 2019: 10 October, 14 November, 12 December.
  • Stoke - On the second Wednesday of the month from 2pm - 3pm. Dates for 2019: 9 October, 13 November, 11 December.

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

Central Library

Email: Central.library@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

Central Library
Smithford Way
Coventry
CV1 1FY

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