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This page lists special events in Cornwall Libraries and One Stop Shops. Events listed on this page are free, unless otherwise stated. Please see your local library pages for regular events and activities in a library near you. 

Elmer the Elephant


27 May

A free workshop aimed at Pre-school and Primary Children based around the stories of Elmer the Elephant at Lostwithiel Library

Come along and take part in Elmer the Elephant inspired crafts, games and stories on Friday 27th May 2016 at 3:45pm – 4:45pm.

Book your place with library staff today – places are limited!  

28 May

Dress in your brightest colours and join us for a celebration of everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant.

Come along to Torpoint library from 10:30am and get involved in crafts and stories. Refreshments will be provided.

1 June 2016

Free Clay craft drop in session with Padstow Lobster Hatchery. Come along from 2pm until 3.30pm to Padstow Library. All ages welcome – under 8 must be accompanied at all times

10 June

  • Please join us in St Austell Library for a coffee monring in honour of HM The Queens 90th Birthday on Friday 10 June 10am-1pm.

21 June

  • A Moving Panorama Storytelling Performance in St Austell Library on Tues 21 June at 2pm. Free entry but pre-booking required

6-12 June

Cornwall will be celebrating National Bookstart Week with ocean-themed Bookstart Rhymetimes in many libraries across the county and exciting giveaways for children 0-4 in libraries and Children’s Centres to encourage families to dive into a good book this summer. Check with your local branch to see what’s happening near you.

Mon 6 June

  • Bookstart Bear Rhymetime at Padstow Library 10.30am–11.30am 
  • The National Lobster Hatchery 1.30pm–2 pm

Tues 7 June

Wed 8 June

Fri 10 June

  • National Bookstart Week party with Bookstart Bear at Newquay Library from 10.30 am
  • Join Launceston Library for a special ‘Under the Sea’ themed baby group session at 10-11am .

Sat 11 June

Fri 17 June

Drop-in Session in Liskeard Library 10am-2pm.  Free - All Welcome

6-12 June

The theme this year is ‘Under the Sea’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book - A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea by Jessica Law and illustrated by Jill McDonald. The reading charity BookTrust, supported by Barefoot Books, has more than 450,000 copies to give away.

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which gives every child in England and Wales a free reading pack in the first year of their life and again when they are 3-4 years old. The ethos of the charity is to remind families of the importance of reading for fun – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.

Families should visit your local library or children’s centre to find out more about their local National Bookstart Week events.

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of undersea-themed arts and crafts and games, all on the Bookstart website or for more information contact: daverill@cornwall.gov.uk

17 May-7 June

17 May- 1 June

  • On display in Launceston Library :Flowerpatch Quilters have produced a series of crafted textiles in response to Causley’s poem ‘I am the Song’

4 June

  • Lego event held in Launceston Library: 10-12pm - Join us for a free session for children to build Lego models and create their own local scenes accompanied by Charles Causley’s work as an inspiration.

4 June

  • Art event in Launceston Town Hall: 11am-2.30pm- drop in print workshop with Swanskin in the Town Hall to create your own ‘Portrait of Causley’. Photographs and prints to be displayed in Launceston Library after the event.

5 June

  • Launceston Steam Railway : 10.30am-3.30pm . Drop in event to ‘Read and ride with the Railway Rabbits’. Launceston Library will be supporting author Georgie Adams in a series of readings, signings and ‘make and take’ art activities throughout the day down at the railway.  Free entrance to museum, bookshop, gift shop and platform where these events take place. Regular train fares apply should you want to travel on the train.
  • Further information about events, artists and performers is available at the Festival Website www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk
  • Aimed at children aged 4 - 11 years, the Summer Reading Challenge is run by libraries in conjunction with The Reading Agency.
  • This years theme is 'The Big Friendly Read'.  Its easy to take part, just visit your local library to sign up for free. 
  • Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. For every book they read and tell us about, they receive a small prize; these range from stickers and rewards.
  • There is a lots of stickers and rewards to give away and there's a certificate for everyone who completes the challenge.

Sat 16 July


  • Come and make some new friends this summer and take part in the Roald Dahl 100 – Big Friendly Read.  Join us in Launceston Library on Saturday 16 July 10am-1pm. Children can come in and register for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Wed 24 Aug 

  • Let’s make it Roald Dahl ! Come and help create a giant collage to display in Launceston Library and make your own fabulous Roald Dahl inspired puppet to take home! Family Drop-In Workshop Wednesday 24th August - 2-4pm - Most suitable for 5's and over.  Please bring an adult who would like to join in

Mon 20 June

  • St Austell Library and SALSA present: What the Dickens! Victorian afternoon tea party followed by 'Dickens Out Loud' - a talk by Mark Crees in St Austell Library 4.30pm-7pm.  Tickets £10 all inclusive (pre-booking essential, spaces limited).  
  • Loop the Loop is a series of creative adventures inspired by books, research and local heritage.  On 23rd April a Trains Heritage Day was held at Liskeard Railway Station and included a pop up library. 

If you’re aged 7-25 and you’re already doing an Arts Award at school or an Arts Award centre, then St Ives Library and St Just Library can help. We offer:

  • Support with your arts research (forget Google and try books! We have a great collection of books about art, theatre and dance)
  • A chance to exhibit your work in our exhibition space
  • Children’s book group for 8-11s – share your favourite writers
  • Volunteering opportunities for 14+ with Summer Reading Challenge
  • St Ives Library has launched a Lego club. If you have any unwanted Lego at home, all donations of unwanted Lego would be gratefully received. The lego club is free to all primary school aged children, but places are very limited, so please contact the St Ives library to sign up in advance to ensure a place.
  • Lostwithiel Library Lego club is held fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons from 3.45-4.45. Free to attend. Please contact the library for more information.. 
  • Launceston Library Lego Club runs the first Saturday of each month in Launceston Library 10- 12am 
    • Saturday 4 June- Theme: Local Launceston Scenes - Castles, Towers and Bridges.
    • Saturday 2 July – All about the Sea- Build boats, A lighthouse, or try a sea monster!
    • Saturday 6 August and 3 September- Summer Reading Challenge Roald Dahl theme
  • The series of Loop the Loop events held in Cornwall Libraries is complete - take a look at the Loop the Loop animation on You Tube https://youtu.be/Mcw2-nINl80 by Lizzie Black with participants from Redruth School, Bodmin College, visitors to Redruth and Bodmin libraries as well as the Knit and Natter Group in Bodmin!  More Loop the Loop activities.


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