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! We also loan jigsaw puzzles.

The latest information on our current & regular library events can be found on our Facebook events page, these include dates for Rhymetimes.

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

Meet the Author – E.C. Bateman

E.C. Bateman event poster including cover images for 'Death at the Auction' and 'Murder Most Antique'

Meet local novelist E.C. Bateman, author of popular locally-set cozy mystery series ‘The Stamford Mysteries’.

The series includes popular whodunnit ‘Death at Auction’ and the latest installment, ‘Murder Most Antique’, both set in the historic town of Stamford and featuring the local antiques trade.

There will be Q&A, and the author will be signing copies of her book.

Oakham Library, Thursday 23rd May, 5.30pm start (duration approx. 1 hour)

EARLY BOOKING ADVISED. Tickets £2.50 each (includes refreshments), available from Oakham Library, Tel: 01572 722918

Lego Play – Self-service

Come and play with our Lego! We will continue to put out our Lego for free play on Saturday mornings. What can you make today? Please note that the Lego table is NOT supervised by staff.

Every Saturday, Oakham Library 9am-12noon. Drop-in. FREE.

Recent Events:

Easter Half-Terms events

Free Easter and seasonal stories and crafts. Lion Learners animal handling workshops.

John Clare

Portrait of John Clare
Professor John Goodridge

An Introduction to John Clare, the Northamptonshire peasant poet. John Clare had many local connections, including to Rutland. Prof. John Goodridge, Vice-President of the John Clare Society will be giving a talk on this fascinating man at Oakham Library in November.

Wednesday 22nd November, Oakham Library 5.30pm. Duration approx. 1 hour.


Ready, Set, Read! Summer Reading Challenge 2023 Stories and Crafts

Join us for Ready, Set, Read! themed stories and craft activities at our libraries. FREE. This storytelling session is suitable for families with children aged 4+.

Tuesday 25th July, Oakham Library 10.30am – 11.30am

Thursday 3rd August, Ryhall Library 10.30am – 11.30am

Tuesday 8th August, Uppingham Library 10.30am – 11.30am

Wednesday 16th August, Ketton Library 10.30am – 11.30am

Lion Learners

The ever popular Lion Learners will be with us this summer. We have two animal handling workshops at Oakham Library, all featuring live animals such as: rabbit, tortoise, snake, lizard, giant snail, and mice. The animals may vary on the day!

Weds 9th August, Oakham Library 10.30am – 11.30am

Weds 9th August, Oakham Library 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

Tom the Tale Teller

Tom the Tale Teller Phillips brings tales of long ago, far away, from down the road and just the other day. With his trusty story stick holding some of his favourite stories, and the rest in his head, he will bring a bit of magic and fun to young and old through the power of storytelling. He may even bring out one of his furry friends to help him from his story suitcase. A storyteller of over 15 years and an author of folk tale books for children, Tom will enthrall and delight whoever cares to listen.

Friday 11th August, Oakham Library 10.30am – 11.30am.

Crime and Carry Ons

David Whittle

Rutland Library Service & The Crime Writers Association presents… a talk at Oakham Library on the life & work of Edmund Crispin (Golden Age crime writer and film composer) by his biographer David Whittle.

Edmund Crispin

Bruce Montgomery (1921-1978), aka Edmund Crispin, was a composer and author of detective fiction. Moving in the same circles as the likes of Kingsley Amis, Malcolm Arnold and Philip Larkin, he contributed greatly to British artistic life in the mid-1900s. As a composer he wrote concert music but made his mark more through the scores for many films, including the early Carry Ons and the series started by Doctor in the House. As an author he wrote nine entertaining novels in the Golden Age style featuring his eccentric sleuth Professor Gervase Fen. His biographer, David Whittle, talks about Montgomery’s life and work and will include examples of his music.

Oakham Library, Monday 26th June, 5.30pm.

Coronation Concert at Oakham Library

The harp and flower display.
Harriet playing to our audience of around 60 members of the public.

An exquisite performance by Harriet Flather, Rutland Harpist, on Tuesday 9th May with coffees, cakes, and a toast to the King. The event was free of charge and attended by around 60 members of the public.

Coronation Crafts

Free children’s stories and crafts for under 5’s to celebrate the Coronation.