Library events for all the family!

Westmorland and Furness Council Library Service is hosting a variety of fantastic events over the coming weeks.

The Summer Reading Challenge continues to play an important part in the event schedule. It’s not too late to sign up to the challenge, though you don’t need to have entered to join in on the fun! There are a range of activities taking place throughout our libraries, aimed at different age groups. All these events are totally free! Event details are available at

Below is a taster of the other library events that are taking place over the coming weeks:

  • Beginners’ chess tournament – Barrow Library, Friday 18 August from 1pm. No booking is required, just show up on the day for a fun and friendly game!
  • Free Yoga and Storytime – Penrith Library, Monday 21 August at 10.30am and 11.30am. Come rain or shine we will be having a good time! Instructor Ilona will lead the sessions which combine easy Yoga poses and a children’s picture book. Book through Eventbrite or call Penrith Library on 01768 812100.
  • Meet Sarah Neill Marine Biologist – Grange Library, 30 August from 6pm to 7.30pm. Sarah is a Marine Biologist and Marine Mammal Medic. Hear about Sarah’s work around the world with ‘British Divers Marine Life Rescue’ and the animal care and teaching centre at Kendal College. This event is suitable for adults and families with children aged 8+. Tickets are free for under 18s and £2 for adults. Book through Eventbrite.
  • Children’s author talk – ‘A cat’s guide to the night sky’ with Stuart Atkinson – Kendal Library, 9 September from 2pm – 3pm. Chat to author and amateur astronomer Stuart about the night sky, the universe and how a starry-eyed rescue cat inspired his globally selling book. Children can bring their own cuddly toy cats along to join in the fun! Tickets are free (donation option available). Aimed at Primary age children. Book through Eventbrite.
  • Wordsworth Grasmere Free Family Workshops – Children and their parents/carers are invited to join one of the Wordsworth Grasmere Free Family Workshops. Workshops include different sessions aimed at different age ranges. Come along to discover how tourism and travel has changed over the past 200 years, explore the difference William Wordsworth made, and learn about the underwater life in our lakes through craft and poetry. All dates, times and locations are available on Eventbrite.
  • Murder Mystery nights – Get involved in the fun and work together to solve the mystery! Hosted by Highly Suspect, one of the UK’s leading Murder Mystery Event Companies. Events start at 7pm. Tickets are £9 per adult and £5 per child. Suitable for children aged 8+ as part of a team accompanied by adults. Series of events to be hosted at Barrow, Penrith, and Kendal Libraries. Taking place in October, book your space now on Eventbrite!

Check out the full summer schedule of events on Eventbrite at

Westmorland and Furness Council Library Service also host a wide range of regular events, such as Baby Bounce and Rhyme, Lego Club, Craft Club, English Conversation Group, Music Group, IT Sessions, Storytime, Knit and Natter, Chess Club, Reading Group, Crochet Club and much more. To find out what’s on in your local library visit

Councillor Virginia Taylor, Westmorland and Furness Council Cabinet Member for Sustainable Communities and Localities, said:

“Spend your summer holiday travelling in time and space – to the stars, under the sea, back in history, meeting people throughout the world – all within the carbon footprint of the journey to your library!

“Westmorland and Furness Council Library Service has organised some brilliant events for all ages, for young solo thinkers, questing families, and teams of collaborators of all sorts.

“Join us in exploring new horizons, igniting curiosity, and forging lasting connections. Explore our events through Eventbrite or drop into your local library and ask the friendly and knowledgeable people there. They can point you in the direction you want to travel, and within your budget too.”

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