For Retford Heritage Day on Saturday 10th September, Retford Library will be hosting a Heritage Café with the theme of local industries. Drop into the library’s new local heritage area between 9.00am and 3.00pm and discover what’s available for local and family history. View hidden treasures from the Local Studies collection including historical maps, local newspapers and photographs to find out more about Retford’s industrial past. This is a free event and no booking is required – just drop by.
Also in the library’s gallery, visitors will be able to see ‘Lost Words of Nottinghamshire’ – an exhibition of Nottinghamshire dialect words illustrated by artist Hannah Sawtell and featuring poetry produced by Nottinghamshire school children from workshops led by acclaimed writer and poet Andrew Graves. The exhibition is free to visit at Retford Library from 3rd September to 8th October.

Don’t miss the chance to get creative with your own Nottinghamshire words on Saturday 17th September, 10.00am to 12.00pm, at a special Dialect Poetry Writing Workshop with Andrew Graves. Join him for a weird and wonderful journey through the Nottinghamshire dialect and have a go at constructing poetry and stories using old, familiar and lost terms and expressions!

This will be a fun, creative workshop for participants aged 16+ at all levels of experience. Tickets cost £5.00 and can be purchased in advance at, in person at the library or by phone on 01623 677200.

Regular events

Crime Café – Thursday 1st September, 10.00am to 11.30am
An informal reading café for fans of thrillers and crime novels. Ask at the library for details of this month’s theme. £1.00 including refreshments.

Poetry Café – Monday 12th September, 2.00pm to 3.30pm
The library will be celebrating the centenary of the birth of the great poet Philip Larkin. Bring along your favourite Larkin poem and another of your choice to share or just enjoy listening to others. Tickets £1.00 to include refreshments.
Keep Calm and Carry Yarn – Thursday 8th and 22nd September, 1.30pm to 3.00pm.
Bring along your own craft project to work on and have a chat with others over coffee and biscuits. £1.00 including refreshments.

Retford Library Writers’ Group – alternate Thursdays, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Come along, listen and share. An informal friendly group with members at different stages of the writing process, including beginners.

Rattle Rhyme and Roll – Wednesdays and Fridays, 10.00am to 10.20am
Stories and rhymes for the under fives in the lovely Children’s library. Just turn up and join in the fun.

For further information and to book tickets, please phone 01777 708724, email, visit or visit the library’s Facebook page.