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Oswestry Library events for November
What's on in Oswestry Library in November?
Shropshire Libraries

Oswestry Library Events

What's on in your local library?

There are some great things going on in libraries; here are some of the forthcoming events in Oswestry Library. If you would like to find out about the events that are running in all Shropshire Libraries please visit the events page on our website.

Remember you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get real-time updates, and to see photos from our events and daily life at the library!

people singing

Singing for Health with Chloe Murray!
Every Friday morning throughout November, 10:30-11:45am

Back by popular demand, these singing workshops with Chloe from Kindred Voices can help you relax and discover how singing for health can support your health and wellbeing. No previous experience is required.

Chloe is a professional community choir leader in Shropshire and Mid-Wales- visit to find out more.

£25 for whole block of 5 sessions (2,9,16,23 & 30 November) or £6.50 per session. Please pre-book with library staff.

Books Aloud

Books Aloud - We read, you relax.
Tuesday 6 & 20 November, 2-3pm

Looking for a daytime group with a difference? Drop in, pull up a chair and listen to great stories and poems for adults read aloud by library staff and volunteers.

Free, no booking required. Just come along!

bullied child

Anti-Bullying: A workshop for adults with Lise McNamara
Saturday 17 November 1-3 pm

1-in-5 of all young people in U.K. have witnessed bullying within the past 12 months, with 50% of them witnessing it at least once a month.

Join Lise McNamara, Well-being and Working Environment Facilitator, for an exploration into bullying, what it is, how it works, why people bully, and how we can break the cycle permanently.

Lise will present the newest research from Denmark, where the numbers are now decreasing, with a social-psychological focus. This talk will share a different approach to tackling bullying.

In association with Anti-Bullying Week 2018


Lise McNamara has a 30 year background as an Occupational Therapist, 20 of those as a Consultant in psychosocial, well-being, ergonomics and working environment. 3 years ago she became an accredited Kinesiologist practitioner and teacher of Kinesiology.

jon fynes

Learning at Lunchtime: Anecdotes of an RAF pilot, with Group Captain Jon Fynes RAF (ret'd)
Wednesday 21 November 2018 - 12:30-1:30pm

In a career lasting 35 years, Jon flew over 40 different aircraft and amongst many roles was responsible for the Red Arrows, chosen to be the RAF Pallbearer at the Queen Mother's funeral, jousted with 1600 media reps as the RAF spokesman for Gulf War 2 and even had a complete episode of Blue Peter tackling an unusual challenge with his son.

Most events, no matter how serious or important, tend to have amusing elements, many of which are never discussed in public. Jon intends sharing some of his, including what almost went wrong at the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen Mother. He will also try to answer any questions you may have about the RAF….how low do they really fly or what is a laser guided bomb?

£3 per head. Please book with library staff.

rhyme time

Rhyme Time at the Library!
Monday 5, 12, 19, 26 November

Half an hour of nursery rhymes and singing, suitable for under 5s.

No booking required! Just come along

sneak peek

A sneak peek at some of our December talks and events...

Dungeons & Dragons - 1 December £5/£8

Books Aloud - 4 & 18 December - Free

Make a Christmas pompom! - 8 December 10-1. Free drop in, adults & children welcome

Learning at Lunchtime: Introduction to Astronomy - 12 December 12.30-1.30

Last day open before Christmas: Saturday 22 December (open again on Wed 3 Jan 2019)

Watch out for our next newsletter for full details of these events, and more!

words & music

Words & Music: A special celebration of the restorative power of words!

Thursday 29 November 7pm

Our Reader & Writer in Residence Dave Andrews
reflects on his year and comperes an evening of readings and music – and a quiz!

Devil's Chair provide the music

Trixie Roberts reads from her new book Bananas

Helen Sharman reads a selection of her
favourite works, and we will hear from the winners of this year's Poetry Competition!

Dave will close the event with a short reading from Dylan Thomas's 'A Child's Christmas in Wales'.

£7.50 per ticket, in support of the Reader/Writer in Residence project. Please book with library staff. 

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To book for any of these events, or for further information, please contact Oswestry Library on 01743 250351 or

If you or anybody you know is interested in running an event at the library, or if you have any ideas for new events we could run, please get in contact! 

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dave andrews

Learning at Lunchtime: Wilfred Owen, Poet of Oswestry with Dave Andrews
Friday 2 November 12.30-1.30pm

Dave Andrews, Reader/Writer in Residence at Oswestry Library, talks about his tenth book, 'Wilfred Owen: Poet of Oswestry'. The book provides a summary of the life of Wilfred Owen and a general introduction to his work.

£3 per person - please book your place

wilfred owen book

Dave's book can be purchased in Oswestry at Booka, Rowanthorn, Oswestry Library, Kinokulture and the Heritage Centre and also online at

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Saturday 3 Nov, 1 Dec

After overwhelming demand for our trial sessions over the summer, we are delighted to be bringing back the Shropshire Dungeon Master for more Saturdays at the library filled with magic and adventure! New players welcome, no experience required. Under 16s game in the morning, over 16s in the afternoon.

To book for these games, or for more information, contact the Dungeon Master direct, either on his Facebook Page (@shropshireDM) or by telephoning 07454797995

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The Unveiling of the Wilfred Owen memorial bench!
Sunday 4 November, 2-3pm

As part of the Wilfred Owen 100 celebrations, Shrewsbury Heritage, Shropshire Archives and Shropshire Arts Service have come together with Oswestry Library and Designs in Mind to install a commemorative bench at the library. The bench has been custom designed, off the back of creative workshops with poet Jonny Fluffypunk, and inspired by the life and works of Wilfred Owen.
Come along to hear more about this fascinating project, the creative process behind it, and the collaborations that made it happen. Plus, of course, see the finished bench unveiled!

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With special thanks to Wilfred Owen 100, and Poetry on Loan who supported and funded this project.


Gladys Mary Coles and Helen McPhail: The Wilfred Owen Lecture
Friday 9 November 7.30pm

An evening with two of the most acclaimed experts on and enthusiasts of Wilfred Owen's work.

Helen McPhail will be talking about her new short illustrated book on Wilfred Owen's years of growing up in Shrewsbury.

Gladys Mary Coles will speak about the influence of Wilfred Owen on her novel Clay, and drawing on his letters as well as his poetry.

Tickets £7.50. Available from Oswestry Library, Rowanthorn, Oswestry and online at

kind children

The Kind Corner!
Monday 12 November 2-2.30pm

Come and sing songs and hear stories about the importance of being kind, accepting and respectful of others. For pre-school children, parents and carers

Session is free but please pre-book as places are limited.

In association with Anti-Bullying Week 2018

board games

Board Game Café!
Saturday 24 November 10-1pm

Ever wanted to...

Save the world from a deadly disease? Build a great city & rule a mighty kingdom? Search for treasure in the depths of the jungle? Or travel the roads of ancient Japan?

All of this is possible and more in a board game! Come along and give it a try, and treat yourself to a piece of cake from the Oswestry Guide Dogs Fundraising Group.

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In association with the Oswestry Guide Dogs Fundraising Group - come and meet the dogs!

Free! No booking required. Refreshments sold in support of the Guide Dogs

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We are now selling Shropshire Libraries logo canvas bags at the library for £2.75 each. Perfect for a library book bag!

library lion

Library Lion at Oswestry!

We welcomed the Library Lion this half term at Oswestry Library on 1st November. Much fun and laughter was had by all, and it was lovely to hear the library buzzing with mischief, music and mayhem! Thank you so much to all who came for helping support the event - without you, we wouldn't be able to make these things happen. Watch out on our social media channels for more photos of the event.

Wilfred Owen


The Wilfred Owen festival is running from 15 Sept - 17 Nov in Oswestry in honour of the centenary of Wilfred Owen's death, and Armistice Day.

There is a packed itinerary of events to enjoy, visit

 to view them all.

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