Events for children, young people and families | Events for children, young people and families | Oldham Council

Visiting our libraries

All our libraries have a wide selection of books for children of all ages from toddlers to teens. We have experienced staff who can help with any book recommendations.

There are dedicated Children's computers for fun, research, or homework. Every library has a selection of toys, games, and activities for families to enjoy.

We offer a year round programme of events and activities including; Harry Potter Night, World Book Day, author visits and creative sessions.

There’s always lots happening during school holidays and most sessions are free.

Early Years Offer

Unless stated otherwise, all sessions are free and there's no need to book, just drop in and play. 

Bounce and Rhyme

Perfect for 0 - 4's explore songs, rhymes, stories, and sensory play in our weekly Bounce and Rhyme sessions.

Each class runs for 20 minutes every week with a member of staff followed by free play time to find new favourite books! 

Oldham Central library - Friday 10am 
Lees - Monday 10am
Crompton -  Tuesday 2pm and Thursday 10am
Chadderton - Tuesday 1.30pm 
Delph - Friday 10.30am 
Royton - Tuesday 10am* (Please note change of venue)
Uppermill - Tuesday 10am 
Greenfield - Friday 10am 
Failsworth - Wednesday 1.30pm 
Fitton Hill - Friday 10am 

* Due to the refurbishment of Royton library, the event is on Tuesday (as opposed to Monday), and will now take place temporarily at:

Trinity Methodist Church, Radcliffe Street, Royton, Oldham OL2 5QR.

Baby Days 

Oldham Central library, 10.30am – 12noon, third Wednesday of each month.
Join our monthly special baby days for 0 -18 months, free themed, relaxed, sensory sessions for babies up to 18 months old.

GO Baby!

Gallery Oldham, 10.30am – 12noon, second and fourth Thursday of each month, term time only.

Inspired by the gallery's extensive art, natural history and social history collections, GO Baby supports families to develop strong bonds, essential in the first stages of development.

GO Explorers!

Gallery Oldham, 10.30 – 12noon, Fridays 
11 Nov, 23 Dec, 6 Jan, 24 Feb, 24 Mar, 24 Apr, 26 May, 30 June
Our toddler sessions for 2 - 4-year-olds are perfect for families to explore messy and sensory play and creativity in a fun and safe environment.

£4 per toddler, paid on the door but booking via Eventbrite required. Please dress for mess. 

Bookstart Bear’s Reading Adventure 

Collect a sticker every time your child borrows books from the library and add them to their Bookstart Bear’s Reading Adventure sticker storybook.

There are 10 stickers in all to collect. These sticker books and stickers are completely free for children under 5 years old, just ask a member of staff.

Our family's health and wellbeing are our top priority and we ask that, where possible, all adults attending wear a face mask when entering and leaving the session. 

In addition, we host a range of fun interactive sessions throughout the year that includes:

Baby Photo Booth

Join award-winning photographer Tim Simpson in our amazing Baby Photobooth sessions.

Bring your little ones to these relaxed, fun, and friendly photography sessions to have an array of photographs taken. 

You will receive one printed image, which is included in the price, and the opportunity to purchase more pictures directly from Tim. 

Oldham Library 18 November –  £9 per baby. 

Booking is required via: 

Adult and Baby Cinema

Relax in our baby-friendly screenings, and enjoy PG+ plus films with your little one. Bottle and breastfeeding are welcome and changing spaces are available.

10am – 12.30pm, £3 per adult ticket, children under 18 months are free.

Thursday 16 February 2023 – Priscilla Queen of the Desert (15)

Booking is required via: 

Extra Small Cinema 

Baby Cinema at its finest, bring your under 5’s to our Extra Small Cinema sessions.

A mixture of sensory toys and fun whilst watching a specially chosen film.

The volume is low and the lights are dimmed, perfect for their first cinema experience. 
10am – 12.30pm, £3 per child, adults over 10 are free.

Tuesday 17 January 2023 – Minions (U)

Booking is required via:

Sensory Room

Oldham Library’s Sensory Room is equipped with digital sensory technology to provide a relaxing or exciting environment for babies and young children.
For more information, admission charges, and how to book a visit:



Check our social media platforms for updates, timetables, and sessions

@oldhamlibraries  @galleryoldham  @Oldhamlibraryservice