If you love reading, DVDs and videos or surfing the Internet, your library is a great place to be – we have events, displays, author visits, and lots of exciting new titles for you to read!

Information on our current library events can be found on our Facebook events page.

Events are also held at Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle.

Download our Summer Events Flyer (PDF) for more details.

Dave Johnson

What if you could travel back in time to anywhere in the world! Where would you go?

Local Author Dave Johnson.

Meet Local Author Dave Johnson. Dave is the author of six historical time travel books: the Stuck series is for children aged 8+.

Listen to the author describing his writing process, followed by a workshop for children attending the event to create a storyline that Dave will develop into a book and publish as a free e-book on Amazon. Suitable for ages 8 to adult. FREE. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Oakham Library , Tues 16th Aug, 10.30am-11.30am. Booking required, call 01572 722918

Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge 2022

Summer Reading Challenge 2022. Gadgeteers. Presented by The Reading Agency. Delivered in partnership with libraries.

This summer, children aged 4-11 can visit Rutland Libraries to meet the Gadgeteers and to get involved in a science and innovation themed Summer Reading Challenge.

The Reading Agency is partnering with the Science Museum Group to inspire children across the country to feed their imagination over the summer holiday, with a reading challenge focused on science and innovation.

Through taking part in the Challenge, with free materials from Rutland Libraries and online via the Challenge website, children will be able to join six fictional Gadgeteers. The characters – brought to life by children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford – use their curiosity and wonder to understand the science behind a whole range of interests, from fashion and technology to cooking and music. 

Through an exciting book collection and accompanying activities, the Gadgeteers will help to spark children’s curiosity about the world around them, and encourage them to feed their imagination over the summer holiday. They will be boggled by brilliant facts, gaze at the stars, and be inspired by tales of creativity and invention. With plenty of great options across picture booksearly readers and middle grade books, there’s lots to keep children busy at Rutland Libraries! The characters and artwork have been created by children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford.

Children must be a member of the library to take part and joining is free and easy – just ask at one of our libraries. It’s free to join the Challenge. Every child who joins in a library will receive a free Gadgeteers poster to track their progress and rate the books they’ve read. Plus, there are stickers and rewards to collect along the way. Children who join the Challenge online can collect digital rewards as they progress and download a certificate at the end.

Alongside the challenge, Oakham, Uppingham, Ketton & Ryhall libraries will be hosting some fantastic events for children and families:

Gadgeteers Stories and crafts

Gadgeteers Character illustration.

Stories and crafts for ages 4-11 years. FREE. Duration 1 hour. All children must be accompanied by an adult

Oakham Library, Tues 26th July 10.30am – 11.30am. Booking required, call 01572 722918 ‘SOLD’ OUT!

Uppingham Library, Wed 3rd August 2pm – 3pm. Booking required, call 01572 823218

Ryhall Library, Thu 4th August 10.30am – 11.30am. Booking required, call 01780 751726

Ketton Library, Wed 17th August 10.30am – 11.30am. Booking required, call 01780 720580

Kinetic Science Mini Experiment Roadshow! – SOLD OUT!

Why not make a traffic light in a test tube, volcano in an egg cup and learn about  non-newtonian fluid?  Chromatography can be simple and fun and we make amazing  colours and see how this works in the world of science.

Two science workshops suitable for families with children aged 4-11yrs. FREE. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Oakham Library, Wed 10th August, 11am-12noon. Booking required, call 01572 722918 ‘SOLD’ OUT!

Oakham Library, Wed 10th August, 2pm – 3pm. Booking required, call 01572 722918 ‘SOLD’ OUT!

Recent Events:

Recycled Rubbish

Theatre Rites and the Spark Arts for Children present ‘Recycled Rubbish’.

Two excavators search for treasures hidden amongst a world of rubbish—a magical world where the contents of a bin bag can transform before your eyes.

It’s a beautiful, silly and inventive world.

Recycled Rubbish explores themes of recycling, the environment and the value of friendships. It was inspired by Theatre-Rites’ successful show Rubbish which toured the UK and was featured on Blue Peter. Run time: 50 minutes.

Suitable for children aged 5+ and their families.

Oakham Library, Fri 29th July. Shows were at 11am & 2pm.

Roti Moon

Live family theatre in your library - Roti Moon

Diya thinks her roti is yuck!
Her grandad always tells her that his mother’s, mother’s, mother flipped her roti so high it landed in the sky. That the moon is a roti!
Diya doesn’t believe him. She sets out on an adventure to find out the truth about the moon with the help of some charming new animal friends.
An interactive, funny and touching show for children aged 3+ and their grownups.

Oakham Library, Tuesday 31st May 11am & 2pm

Running time: 60 minutes

Tickets were are FREE as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

Curious Investigators

For children aged 3 to 7 years old and their families.

One Tenth Human presents… ‘Curious Investigators‘.

Scribble and Clipboard have a job to do: sort the recycling. But Scribble keeps finding new things to investigate.

When she discovers a mysterious egg hidden in the rubbish, the pair need the audience’s help to rescue an unborn chick.

Can we save a mysterious egg from a smashing? And what will we discover along the way?

A cracking new adventure for 3-8 year olds and their grown-ups.

Saturday 9th April 2022, 11am and 2pm

Duration: 40 minutes, plus 20mins play and share craft activities with the actors.