There’s a host of activities and fun available at your local libraries this Summer. Just visit your local branch from Saturday, 15 July onwards in order to take part.  It’s all free, you don’t even need identification to get a library card.


So what is the Animal Agents?

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at all children, but especially those in primary school, rewarding them for reading books.
  • A free foldout presentation pack upon joining.
  • Two collector’s cards and a fold-up game after reading two books (any two books: although we encourage them to be library books and not too easy or quick for your child to read: it is a challenge after all).
  • Two more collector’s cards and a doorhanger after reading two more books.
  • The two final collector’s cards and a keyring after reading the final six books.
  • Each “completer” will then be invited to a special award’s ceremony where they will receive their very own (gasp!) certificate and medal.
Everything is nicely presented and illustrated by Tony Ross, aimed at keeping  your child reading over the vital Summer months. Please note: Our library events are very popular and so many of those listed below are now booked up. However, there are cancellations and so do contact the individual library if you’re really keen on going to an event. And, of course, libraries are great places to go to over the Summer with your children no matter what.

Animals Takeover

Animals Take Over A lovely chance to meet exotic animals with a chance to touch them (if you’re brave enough!) Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds (Younger can attend with close parental supervision). Numbers are strictly limited so please book. The choice of animal varies so not suitable for anyone with animal phobias.
  • Thursday 27 July, 2.30pm - Malpas Library
  • Friday 28 July, 10.30am - Sandiway Library
  • Friday 28b July, 2.30pm - Barnton Library
  • Monday 31 July, 2.30pm and 3pm - Storyhouse, Chester (please book your place at online)
  • Monday 7 August, 11am - Winsford Library
  • Thursday 10 August, 10.30am - Blacon Library
  • Thursday 10 August, 2.30pm - Upton Library
  • Friday 11 August, 10.30am - Lache Library
  • Friday 11 August, 2.30pm - Hope Farm Library
  • Monday 14 August, 2.30pm - Hoole Library
  • Monday 14 August, 10am - Weaverham Library
  • Thursday 17 August, 2pm - Northwich Library
  • Wednesday 23 August, 10.30am - Helsby Library
  • Wednesday 23 August, 2.30pm - Frodsham Library
  • Thursday 24 August, 2.30pm - Tarporley Library

​​Chester Zoo Safari Rangers

Safari Rangers
Animal Agents are using their skills to solve crimes in libraries across the country this summer but all year round and across the world animals use their senses to detect and survive in their surroundings.  Using your senses are you brave enough to smell the worlds smelliest fruit, a favourite of orangutans, will you be able to beat the otter to find the fish using just your sense of touch or perhaps you’d like to find out the best way to see in the dark?

Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds (Younger can attend with close parental supervision). Numbers are limited so please book your place in advance.
  • Wednesday 2 August, 1.30pm - Chester Library at Storyhouse (please book your place online)
  • Monday 7 August, 10.30am and 11.30am - Sandiway Library
  • Monday 7 August, 2.30pm and 3.30pm - Tarporley Library 2.30pm and 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 8 August, 10.30am and 11.30am - Upton Library
  • Tuesday 8 August, 2.30pm and 3.30pm - Tattenhall Library
  • Monday 14 August, 10.30am and 11.30am - Frodsham Library
  • Monday 14 August, 2.30pm and 3.30pm - Helsby Library
  • Monday 21 August, 10.30am and 11.30am - Northwich Library
  • Thursday 24 August, 2.30pm and 3.30pm - Blacon Library
  • Tuesday 29 August, 10.30am and 11.30am - Hope Farm Library
  • Tuesday 29 August, 2.30pm and 3.30pm - Little Sutton Library

Fun Science

Wacky science fun with Molecular Marty. Simple and fun experiments. Limited numbers can attend so book as soon as you can. Best for ages 6 to 12.

  • Wednesday 16 August, 11am - Blacon Library
  • Monday 21 August, 10.30am - Ellesmere Port Library
  • Monday 21 August, 2.30pm - Little Sutton Library
  • Tuesday 22 August, 10.30am - Neston Library
  • Tuesday 22 August, 2.30pm - Northwich Library
  • Thursday 24 August, 10.30am - Barnton Library
  • Thursday 24 August, 2.30pm - Wharton Library
  • Friday 25 August. 10.30am - Winsford Library
  • Friday 25 August, 2.30pm - Weaverham Library
  • Tuesday 29 August, 10.30am - Great Boughton Library
  • Tuesday 29 August, 2.30pm - Tarvin Library
Physics in the field

Physics in the field

Fun hands-on experiments for young scientists. This is a drop-in session - no need to book.
  • Wednesday 26 July, 10am to 12pm - Frodsham Library
  • Monday 31 July, 10am to 12pm - Little Sutton Library
  • Tuesday 1 August, 10am to 12pm - Upton Library
  • Thursday 3 August, 10am to 12pm - Northwich Library (please book for this session with the library)
Professor Mace

Professor Mace's Strange and Mysterious Beasts

Meet Professor Mace, hear tales of adventures and encounters with strange and mysterious beasts. Throughout  the  nineteenth  century  brave  men  and  women  of  Britain  ventured  forth  into  the  wide  world, and  for  whatever  reason, be  it  adventure  and  wealth, missionary  zeal  or  scientific  curiosity  sought  out  its  hidden  secrets. Many  did  not  return  but  those  that  did  often  brought  with them  wondrous  exotic  items  that  filled  the  museums, galleries  and  drawing  rooms  of  Victorian  Britain. Some  toured  the  country  to  give  talks  on  their  journeys, whilst  others  joined  the  travelling  fayres  and  carnivals  to  exhibit  their  wonders. For  some  however,  it  was  enough  to sit  in  their  drawing  room, writing  of  their  adventures  or  gazing  at  their  own  mysterious  Cabinet  of  Curiosities. This is a free event from Cheshire West Museums. Drop-in, no need to book.​
  • Tuesday 1 August, 10am to 12pm - Ellesmere Port Library
  • Tuesday 1 August, 2.15pm to 4.15pm - Hope Farm Library
  • Friday 4 August, 10am to 12pm - Blacon Library
  • Friday 4 August, 2.15pm to 4.15pm - Great Boughton Library
  • Monday 7 August, 10am to 12pm - Neston Library
  • Monday 7 August, 2.15pm to 4.15pm - Helsby Library
  • Friday 11 August, 10am to 12pm - Winsford Library
  • Friday 11 August, 2.15pm to 4.15pm - Barnton Library

Tom Palmer at Storyhouse

Tom Palmer, the author three Puffin football series, Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad will be at Storyhouse in Chester from 1pm to 2pm on Saturday 29 July. Booking is essential.

Meet author Simon Adepetun

Find out about his exciting children’s book “The Bee Hive” and take part in a workshop on creative writing. For more information: Suitable for children 5 to 11 years.
  • Monday 21 August, 11am to 12pm - Weaverham Library

Cheshire West Libraries have organised a series of events to coincide with the forthcoming centenary of the end of the First World War.

Wednesday 7 November

Northwich Library, 10am-12pm: First World War Centenary coffee morning

Northwich Library will be hosting a coffee morning with representatives from the local Royal British Legion coming along to provide information and chat to customers about the Centenary.

Saturday 10 November

Barnton Library, 10am-1pm: Drop-in “Memory Morning”

Community event for residents to share their war-time memories of Barnton and learn more about the village’s history.

Tuesday 13 November

Helsby Library, 2.30pm: Researching Your Ancestors with Owen Powell.

Learn how to undertake genealogical research to trace your family story including where to start; which websites to use; searching the archives and dating photographs. Tickets are £3 - available from Helsby Library or via

Frodsham Library, 7pm: Home Service during the Great War

Millions of men and women were engaged in Home Service activities that were vital for the war effort. Join Owen Powell to find out more about this forgotten aspect of the Great War. Tickets are £3 - available from Frodsham Library or via

Thursday 8 November

Lache Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Lache Library or via

Friday 9 November

Neston Library, 5.30pm: The Home Front in Cheshire & Wirral towards the End of the First World War

Mike Royden will talk about the impact of the First World War on local communities in Wirral and Cheshire, not only on the men and women directly involved in the conflict but also on those at home and the effects of the War in the years after it ended. Tickets are £5 - available from Neston Library or via

There are also wonderful collections and displays in the following libraries:

Barnton Library - a collection of First World War memorabilia and related local history books is on display as well as an art display of poppies arranged and curated by Jackie Ormarod and the members of the library knitting group.

Helsby Library – a large display is available detailing how the war impacted on Helsby and details of the Helsby men who died in the First World War.

Neston Library - 'Great War - Neston Remembers' exhibition provided by Burton and Neston History Society is on display at Neston Library. The display illustrates how the war impacted on the everyday lives of Neston’s residents. As part of the exhibition there is a special collection about 170 individuals connected to Neston, who died in the First World War, diligently researched by Ian Norris. This is a unique and significant piece of work and will be of great interest to people from Neston and surrounding areas.

Northwich Library - A commemorative poppy display is in the entrance to the library, featuring a selection of books and a waterfall of poppies, all hand-made and created by the library craft group and other local community groups from Northwich town centre.

Sandiway Library - A commemorative book and photographic display relating to Sandiway community members involved in the First World War is available. The library is also decorated with poppy bunting designed and donated by the children and local craft groups who attend the library. A commemorative  Tommy figurine is also on display outside the library, by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council.

Winsford Library – A display commemorating the Great War is on loan to the library from Crosshatch Gallery and Winsford History Society. Included are excerpts from Private Frederick Shaw’s Gallipoli campaigns diary (not originals); Private Shaw was based with the Royal Marine Light Infantry during the First World War and his name is inscribed on Winsford’s War Memorial.

Wharton, Weaverham and Great Boughton Libraries also have book displays themed around the First World War Centenary.

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