FRRL enjoy helping Library Services create a lively and interesting social, educational and cultural hub at the Library for the community. An Annual Programme of events is organised to entertain and inform covering an eclectic mix of topics for gatherings of up to 60 folk.

See our Facebook page, Twitter, Library noticeboards for more event information.

2023 Diary:

Thursday 9th February: 7.00 – 8.30 p.m. (talk starts at 7.15) – talk by Simon Howarth about the challenges of recovering from disasters and building resilience to climate change in Nepal, and how this is relevant in the UK as well. Simon is a Water Engineer who has worked for almost 20 of the last 50 years in Nepal, including five years leading a UK-Government funded project to help with recovery after two devastating earthquakes in 2015.  Free admission, refreshments. Nepal_Talk_Feb2023

Friday 24th February: 3.30 – 4.30 p.m. – After-school Reception Lego Group: for children aged 5 and under led by local parents (parents/guardians must be present in the library building throughout the session). There will be lots of Lego to play with and some fun challenges! Duplo will be available for younger siblings in the children’s room. £1.00 per child (payable on the door), juice and biscuits provided or bring your own favourite snack. To book (space is limited), email with the name and age of your Lego enthusiast. lego_poster Download

Friday 24th February: 7.00 – 8.30 p.m. (talk starts at 7.15) – John Meed, local author, researcher and musician, will talk about his new book A haven for farmland birds. The book describes his ten-year study of the wildlife in the fields adjoining Queen Edith’s around Nine Wells and White Hill. John will discuss the fascinating birds and animals that live there, and the factors that help to give the fields their unusually rich biodiversity. There will be time for questions and discussion, and John will be signing copies of the book. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided. For more information see Readers have described the book as ‘an excellent achievement’ and ‘fascinating’, while a wildlife lover who used to farm in Stapleford commented that he ‘could not put it down’. Reviewer Duncan Grey wrote that ‘Meed is a wise companion in a walk around the fields’ while Mark Avery adds that ‘part of the charm of the book is his growing knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for the location and its wildlife’.

Saturday 25th February: ‘All aboard’ for a train-themed Rhyme & Story Time

10.30 – 11.00 a.m. –      Rhyme-time suitable for babies & toddlers, parents & carers

11.00 – 11.30 a.m. –       Story-time suitable under fives, although children of any age are welcome

No need to pre-book, simply show up on the day, Refreshments will be served, Parents & carers, please stay with your child.

Friday 3rd March: 3.30 – 4.30 p.m. -After-school Scrabble Group (in addition to the regular Monday sessions). Boards (and dictionary) provided; all ages and levels of player from beginners to wizards welcome – children under 11 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Free admission, refreshmentsScrabble_Group_2023

Friday 10th March: 3.30 – 4.30 p.m. – After-school Reception Lego Group

Friday 24th March: 3.30 – 4.30 p.m. – After-school Reception Lego Group

Friday 31st March: 3.30 – 4.30 p.m. -After-school Scrabble Group

Saturday 7th October: Apple Day

Regular/On-going Events:

Warm Space: Whenever the Library is open, everyone – Library cardholder or not – is welcome to enjoy the comfort of the sitting areas and may enjoy access to newspapers and free wi-fi. On the second Tuesday of each month, tea and coffee will be served in the Community Room from 10.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

FRRL Textile Group lead by Veronica Thornton, Wednesdays new project & session dates t.b.c: 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon – new members are welcome, please E-mail FRRL if you would like to join the workshops.

Library Gardening: Sessions are on Mondays during the growing season – 9.00 – 11.00 a.m.  Come and go as you please within those times – tools provided.  Other sessions are organised as required. E-mail FRRL for further details.

‘Know Your Place’ Community Trails  –  short, local walks with some interesting history to enjoy at anytime, at your own pace, for children and adults of all ages!

Monday Scrabble Group:

  • Informal, friendly, long-established group
  • Every Monday morning (except Bank Holidays) 10 a.m. – 12 noon
    • Boards provided
    • £1.00 per session which supports the Library
    • New players very welcome – just turn up on the day

Friday Scrabble Group:

  • New from October 2022
  • First Friday afternoon of each month 3.30 – 4.30 p.m.
  • All ages and levels of player from beginners to wizards welcome
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by a supervising adult
  • Boards (and dictionary) provided
  • Free admission, no need to book
  • Refreshments

Rhyme and Story-times, final Saturday morning of each month, 10.30 & 11.00 a.m. 

Lego Group

Film Group


Our Newsletter has details, photos and reports of  Previous FRRL events.

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