Why We Love Oldham Library and What’s On For Families

We love a trip to the local library.

Oldham have lots of libraries including the main library in Central Oldham.

There is always something going on across the libraries and most of the activities and events are free!

Bumps and Babies.

Each week you and your little ones can enjoy songs, stories, rhymes and sensory play. These free sessions are recommended for bumps and babies up to 18 months. There’s no need to book into these sessions, just turn up!

More information about the Bounce and Rhyme sessions including days and times, can be found here.

Toddler Rhyme Time.

We love toddler rhyme time at Oldham Library. I’ve been going for years, my eldest loved to go before he started school and now I go with my twins. Again there’s no need to book to these sessions and they’re recommended for 18 months plus. Share songs, stories and rhymes, props, pop-ups and musical instruments. My two love the parachute and sometimes there’s even bubbles!

More information about the Toddler Rhyme Time sessions including days and times, can be found here.

Half Term Events.

During the Easter Half term, Oldham Library introduced the first Storywalks. They held a few different ones, including ‘Bunny Walk’ through Alexandra Park.

Me and my three children went and we had lots of fun. The event consisted of free arts and crafts to start, then a fun guided walk around the park with stops along to listen to a story. Plenty of dancing and singing involved too. We hope this is an event they repeat in future half terms!

Baby Days Events.

We’ve been to Many of the free bet days events. These wonderful, relaxed sensory sessions are free and a great way to introduce little ones to the library. There is always themed storytelling, crafts and activities. Our favourite baby Days events would have to have been the seaside event and messy play!

Monthly Twin and Multiple Births Support Group.

This is an extra special group to me as I’m a twin mum. The support group for parents of multiples was created when my twins were about 4 months old and I haven’t missed one group. I love getting together with other twin mums and dad’s and sharing our experiences. It’s been lovely to watch the group grow and grow. A lady called Angela runs the group, she is lovely and we have lovely time each month. So if you’re a twin mum or dad, pop along next time! The next twin group will be Wednesday 11th July at 10am. The twin group runs every 2nd Wednesday excluding half term.

Special Events.

There’s always something going on at Oldham Library. They have even hosted a couple of Harry Potter events and Comic Con! We went to Comic Con recently and had a great time!

New Sensory Room.

Oldham Library have opened a brand new sensory room. The sensory room’s facilities and programmed activities support the learning and cultural needs of children and adults with autism, sensory impairments, dementia, as well supporting people who are suffering from stress and anxiety.
The room is bookable for private groups and available to use during Oldham Library opening hours and the maximum capacity for the room is six people.
Private bookings are available to the public on the following days: Wednesdays 2–4pm Thursdays 10am–12 noon (Dates and times are subject to change) For booking enquiries, please email: oldham.library@oldham.gov.uk

Live At The Library.

We’ve seen lots of shows at Oldham Library. From Handa’s Hen to The Ugly Duckling. Oldham Library has an excellent performance space and there’s always fantastic shows and events on for children and families. Check out what’s coming up here.