Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information Services

Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information Services
Blackburn Central Library
Town Hall Street
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB2 1AG
England

Website

www.blackburn.gov.uk/server.php?show=nav.001009006

E-mail

library@blackburn.gov.uk

Telephone

01254 661221

Fax

01254 678898

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.

Blackburn with Darwen's Library and information services supports well-being, encourages reading, spreads knowledge, contributes to learning and skills and helps to foster identity, community and a sense of place for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.

Venue Type:

Library

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday - various hours

Admission charges

Admission free

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

My beautiful England

  • 27 August 2014 2-3pm *on now

Michelle Flatley has written two novels about the experiences of people who have come from overseas and settled in East Lancashire. These absorbing stories challenge some of the stereotypes peddled in the popular press and give a real insight into the relationships between individuals and between communities.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments. Tickets available from Blackburn library. Call 01254 661221 or email library@blackburn.gov.uk

The nine day queen

  • 2 September 2014 2-3pm

Norman Pearson describes the tragically short life of Lady Jane Grey, the 'nine day queen', who fell victim to the religious upheaval, political intrigue and ruthless power games of Tudor England in this fascinating talk.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Where

Livesey library
Cherry Tree Lane
Blackburn
Lancs
BB2 5NX

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments. Tickets available from Livesey library. Call 01254 209442 or email livesey.library@blackburn.gov.uk

From Pakistan to Preston

  • 10 September 2014 2-3:30pm

Author Alison Boyle talks about her novel, 'From Pakistan to Preston', a tale of love and misunderstandings among factory workers during the preparations for the 1972 Preston Guild. To supplement the talk, she will run a short workshop with participants creating tassels and parandas similar to those featured in the book.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments. Tickets available from Blackburn library. Call 01254 661221 or email.library@blackburn.gov.uk

There's more to Jane Austen than Mr Darcy

  • 23 September 2014 2-3pm

Mr Darcy is probably Jane Austen's most beloved hero. Portrayed in numerous film and TV adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, he has almost eclipsed the leading men of her other novels, but whilst Mr Darcy may be the first man to spring to mind when Jane Austen is mentioned, her other heroes, and indeed heroines, are also worthy of attention. Mairead Mahon will address the balance and uncover some little known facts about Austen's life, her characters and the influences on her writing in this revealing talk.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments

Storytelling that rhymes (sometimes!)

  • 2 October 2014 7-8pm

Dean Fraser will take you on a journey. Expect to hear tales told of our ancestors and life in the 21st century. Master storyteller Dean is proud to say that his stories do rhyme (sometimes!). His performance comes complete with his irreverent sense of humour and natural warmth.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments

The one who blows the bloody doors off!

  • 9 October 2014 2-3pm

Evan worked in film and TV special effects for over 30 years, blowing up buildings, shooting people, making it rain and engaging in total warfare. He has worked with numerous stars, including James Mason, Richard Harris, Norman Wisdom, David Jason and Robson Green. He reveals some of the tricks of his trade in this entertaining talk as well as the unforeseen consequences when things don't go according to plan!

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments. Tickets are available from Blackburn library. Call 01254 661221 or email library@blackburn.gov.uk

Strong tea and biscuits

  • 15 October 2014 2-3pm

Life coach and inspirational speaker Vera Waters presents true stories of everyday life that demonstrate how to achieve mental and physical wellbeing, to inspire and encourage everyone

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments

The Sedona Method

  • 3 November 2014 7-8pm

The Sedona Method is a valuable technique that can help people to improve their health and wellbeing. It is a simple process of letting go that helps to identify and remove unconscious blocks that hinder personal development. Simon will introduce the method and equip people to use the technique for themselves.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

Darwen libary
Knott Street
Darwen
Lancs
BB3 3BU
England

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments

Fell Creatures

  • 6 November 2014 2-3pm

Author Barry Durham talks about his series of supernatural thrillers based in Lancashire. They draw on the legacy of the Lancashire Witches but with a modern twist.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments

The Sedona Method

  • 13 November 2014 2-3pm

The Sedona Method is a valuable technique that can help people to improve their health and wellbeing. It is a simple process of letting go that helps to identify and remove unconscious blocks that hinder personal development. Practitioner Simon Kenyon will introduce the method and equip people to use the technique for themselves.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments

photograph of snowy landscape

How to Survive a Wild Winter

  • 20 November 2014 2-3pm

British winters are always changing and becoming ever more unpredictable.

Russ Hedley discusses how local wildlife adapts to the changing conditions in order to survive the extreme weather, whether is a total white-out or a torrential downpour!

Followed by question and answer opportunity.

Tickets available from Blackburn library. Call 01254 661221 or email library@blackburn.gov.uk.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1.00, includes light refreshments.

The dragon kingdom

  • 25 November 2014 2-3pm

Bhutan is a tiny kingdom nestling high in the Himalayas. It was largely cut off from the rest of the world for many years and many of the trappings of modern civilisation are only just arriving there. Ken Winterburn took a trip to this remote country and reveals what he discovered about a community that has been described as 'the happiest place on earth'.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

Livesey library
Cherry tree Lane
Blackburn
Lancs
BB2 5NX

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments. Tickets available from Livesey library. Call 01254 209442 or email livesey.library@blackburn.gov.uk

All over by Christmas?

  • 3 December 2014 2-3pm

At the outbreak of war in August 1914 they said it would be 'all over by Christmas'. Sadly the hostilities ran for another 4 years and Steve Williams describes life in the trenches on the Western Front and Gallipoli at Christmas time, including the famous football match during the Christmas truce on 1914.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments. Tickets available from Blackburn library. Call 01254 661221 or email library@blackburn.gov.uk

Medicine and magic - a talk by Peter Watson

  • 10 December 2014 2-3pm

Peter Watson reveals some of the techniques in traditional and historic medical practice, including the treatment of illness by weird and wonderful methods such as holding children over hot tar barrels to cure whooping cough and rubbing raw meat into warts.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Admission £1 - includes light refreshments

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