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Blogtober Day 8 – What does your local library offer?

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It’s day 8 of Blogtober. It is #LibrariesWeek, therefore today’s prompt is “hearing them read...” Rather than talking about reading,  specifically; I’m taking today as an opportunity to discuss the other things our local library offers. We live in Salford, and our local library is in Swinton. As well as the books you’d expect to find, Swinton library offers a huge amount of other things. These include:


Our local library offers loads of FREE computer based services. These include: IT Courses, computer use, internet access, access to ancestry.com, access to Britannica online (a massive encyclopaedia program – I remember spending hours flicking through the hardback equivalent of these many years ago). 

As a Family tree enthusiast, the free access to Ancestry has certainly been useful for me. You can also benefit from printing and photocopying at a reduced rate, which makes it more cost effective than subscribing myself at home. 

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As well as being able to borrow a huge range of books, there is also a good range of audio books and large print books available from Swinton library. 

Once you’re a member, you can download free magazines from the library website, and even borrow ebooks as well – another great reason to become a member! 

Our library has a monthly book club, which gives members a chance to read books they wouldn’t ordinarily read. It’s also a great way to meet fellow book lovers. The book club is free, and ran by a member of the library’s team. 


I kid you not! I was shocked to discover that GP’s in our area can prescribe you self help books to help you learn manage certain conditions! This seems a little dismissive to me – how would you feel if your GP prescribed you a book on depression, for example? Read more about it here.

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Finally, our local library hosts semi regular author events and productions too. I’m really excited about, “The Great Gatsby Investigation: A Parody Tribute Murder Mystery”. This is what their website has to say about the event: 

“A little party never killed anybody. Or did it? It’s the swinging twenties and The Gatsby Manor is the perfect place for some for a night of jubilations and celebrations.

Things take a turn for the worse when a guest ends up dead on their birthday. Who were they blackmailing and which cocktail spelt the end for this party goer?

Question the suspects, examine the evidence and uncover the truth in this classy criminal caper. 

Why not get in the party mood with friends for a Christmas comedy night out and dress up in fabulous 1920’s style!

Doors open/Bar open from 6.30pm.”



There are baby and toddler groups at Swinton library, as well as a dedicated children’s area, complete with comfy chairs and plenty of books for kids of all ages.

There’s regular craft activities and clubs on offer for children during the school holidays as well.

Check out your local library!

I’d definitely recommend checking out your local library’s website to see what events they offer. While they may not be the same, chances are your local library probably offers some similar services. Above all else: remember; if we don’t use them, we’ll lose them! 

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Comments (4):

  1. ClearlyBex

    08/10/2018 at 2:03 pm

    Fab post, we too enjoy our local library for events and clubs. The kids especially liked having the zoo visit, dogs trust and their weekly Lego Club.

  2. Shell Louise

    08/10/2018 at 6:38 pm

    Our library very nearly closed but thankfully it was taken over and kept open. I don’t use it very often but I see adverts online for all kinds of help groups and things they now offer 🙂

  3. Kim Carberry

    08/10/2018 at 7:06 pm

    Libraries offer so much now. More than just books.
    Ours is in our local leisure centre so there’s that, soft play and a cafe too. lol

  4. Rachel Simons

    10/10/2018 at 11:45 am

    I didn’t know you could get self-help books on prescription #blogtober18


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