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Dani Atkins Q&A, Guy Bass storytime and Sanskruti Dance show at Bishop’s Stortford Library in February

Manager Ben Holden looks ahead to an array of events coming up at Bishop’s Stortford Library

Come one, come all! Bishop’s Stortford Library has a packed programme of events and activities to see you into spring.

You don’t have to be a library member to enjoy these events and activities, or to enjoy our warm, comfortable library space - although there are real benefits to having a free Hertfordshire Libraries membership card jostling for attention in your wallet!

On Thursday February 15 (7pm) we are delighted to be hosting the queen of 21st-century romance, Dani Atkins, for the launch of her new novel, The Memory of Us.

Dani is a delightful speaker and is celebrated worldwide for her imaginative, emotive romance novels. She will be interviewed by LGBT romance novelist Stuart Wakefield, AKA The Book Coach.

This is a celebratory night not to be missed, including an audience Q&A and book signing. Refreshments provided. Tickets, priced £5, can be bought in the library or on our website.

Dani Atkins
Dani Atkins

Award-winning author of funny and sometimes-sort-of-scary books for children Guy Bass brings his inimitable crowd-pleasing vibes to the Children’s Library on Saturday February 17 (11am).

The writer of the Stitch Head and Skeleton Keys series will read from his latest novel Scrap and other gems.

Guy tells us he spent his childhood writing stories and secretly hoping to become a superhero. He spends his adulthood in more or less the same way.

Tickets, priced £5, can be bought in the library or on our website.

Guy Bass will be reading from his latest novel, Scrap, and other gems at Bishop's Stortford Library
Guy Bass will be reading from his latest novel, Scrap, and other gems at Bishop's Stortford Library

Magical Honey, presented by Sanskruti Dance, is a family show not to be missed on Tuesday February 20 (4.30pm).

It blends Bharatanatyam dance, storytelling and enchanting illusions, all accompanied by an original music score.

The story revolves around book-loving Maya and her meeting with the celestial being Saraswati, who helps her to discover her own magic to overcome a rather frightening foe.

Sanskruti Dance presents Magical Honey
Sanskruti Dance presents Magical Honey

Sanskruti Dance’s mission is to inspire, educate and engage families and children in South Asian artforms.

Tickets, priced £7, are available in the library and can also be bought on our website. Under-threes get in free.

We also have lots of fun activities for people of different ages to enjoy.

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Are you aged 8+? Come and join us to complete fun activities, chat about books and make new friends in a themed activity group for junior bookworms.

Wednesdays 4pm-5pm until February 7, £2.50, please book in the library.

Can you Code the Ozobot to Safety?

Have fun drawing and creating colour codes. Guide our Ozobot to complete the Internet Safety Challenge.

Sunday February 25, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Drop-in event, £2 per child.

BookTrust Storytime

Join us for seven sessions of stories and rhymes as we enjoy the BookTrust Storytime shortlist of the best books of the year for under-fives.

Thursdays and Sundays 2pm-2.30pm starting on Thursday February 1. FREE.

The BookTrust Storytime shortlist
The BookTrust Storytime shortlist

Baby Rhyme Time

The cutest weekly singalong in central Stortford, every Tuesday at the library.

Join one of two sessions, 10.15am or 11.15am. Places limited to 30 grown-up/child pairs. Yes, the hokey cokey is what it’s all about! FREE.

LEGO Club for Children

Each week will be a different theme for a group of six children to explore through Lego building and socialising. The creations will then be put on display in the library.

Suitable for children aged six to 12 (under-eights must be accompanied by an adult). £3 per session and places are limited so please book at the library.

This ‘n’ That

Join us for a cuppa, a cake, and a bit of a chat on the first Wednesday of every month, 10.30pm-11.30pm. FREE.

February 7: An insight into your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau. March 6: A crafty card-making morning.

Craft Club

Do we still use stitch ‘n’ bitch? Nah, this is waaay more chill! Bring along a craft or project and have a chat on the second Monday of every month. FREE.

There are free refreshments and some materials provided. Next meeting is February 12, 10.30am-12pm.

Morning Storytime

The first Friday of the month. Stories. Singing. Joy. 10.30am-11am. FREE.

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