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Newton Abbot Library sits within The Passmore Edwards Centre, a focal point for the local community. As well as the wide range of books, music, films, magazines and other resources, visitors to the area can enjoy the Owl and the Pussycat café and courtyard, while community organisations and commercial companies can hire the Centre’s meeting rooms for events and meetings. To find out more about the range of meeting rooms and event spaces available for hire, click here

The friendly library staff are on hand to help and support you with any queries, and regularly host a range of events and activities from storytimes for children, author events, book groups and IT support. 

Newton Abbot Library is also home to the UK’s second largest collection of railway studies books and reference materials after York's National Railway Museum and is an access point for adult learning.

Services

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Open Mic Night

Come along with your poems, stories, music, spoken word, or simply chill out and enjoy some local artists. The theme is 'Alternative Love Stories' - interpret that however you like, or just come and show off what you do. It doesn't have to be perfectly polished, try out your new stuff in front of a lovely audience. If you'd like to book a slot please email us at newtonabbot.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk with how long you'd like (5 or 10 minutes), a brief overview of yourself and what you do, and any requirements you have. £3 suggested donation for our charity, Libraries Unlimited.
Date: 13 February 2020
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Description: Come along with your poems, stories, music, spoken word, or simply chill out and enjoy some local artists. The theme is 'Alternative Love Stories' - interpret that however you like, or just come and show off what you do. It doesn't have to be perfectly polished, try out your new stuff in front of a lovely audience. If you'd like to book a slot please email us at newtonabbot.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk with how long you'd like (5 or 10 minutes), a brief overview of yourself and what you do, and any requirements you have. £3 suggested donation for our charity, Libraries Unlimited.
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
Theme:

Lego Club

Pop along to Lego Club, a creative space for children to construct their own Lego designs, and socialise with other budding builders. Take part in one of our Lego challenges, or just enjoy free building! No booking required, just come along on the day. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Date: 22 February 2020
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Description: Pop along to Lego Club, a creative space for children to construct their own Lego designs, and socialise with other budding builders. Take part in one of our Lego challenges, or just enjoy free building! No booking required, just come along on the day. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme:

Knit and Natter

Bring along your own art project, knit and natter with other like-minded people.
Date: 26 February 2020
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Bring along your own art project, knit and natter with other like-minded people.
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme:

Writer Wednesday

The Open Space group is available for writers every Wednesday between 10.30am - 12.30pm. It is a relaxed couple of hours to write, meet and chat with other writers. At Bright Lights we recognise the value of being able to share your work with a trusted and supportive writing community. For more details please contact Jane George at janegeorgearj@hotmail.com
Date: 26 February 2020
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Description: The Open Space group is available for writers every Wednesday between 10.30am - 12.30pm. It is a relaxed couple of hours to write, meet and chat with other writers. At Bright Lights we recognise the value of being able to share your work with a trusted and supportive writing community. For more details please contact Jane George at janegeorgearj@hotmail.com
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Creative Writing

Bounce and Rhyme

Bring your baby or toddler to our popular Bounce and Rhyme session. We sing songs and nursery rhymes, bounce and shout and generally have a great time!
Date: 27 February 2020
Time: 9:45 - 10:15
Description: Bring your baby or toddler to our popular Bounce and Rhyme session. We sing songs and nursery rhymes, bounce and shout and generally have a great time!
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme:

Bounce and Rhyme

Bring your baby or toddler to our popular Bounce and Rhyme session. We sing songs and nursery rhymes, bounce and shout and generally have a great time!
Date: 27 February 2020
Time: 11:00 - 11:30
Description: Bring your baby or toddler to our popular Bounce and Rhyme session. We sing songs and nursery rhymes, bounce and shout and generally have a great time!
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme:

Bounce and Rhyme

Bring your baby or toddler to our popular Bounce and Rhyme session. We sing songs and nursery rhymes, bounce and shout and generally have a great time!
Date: 28 February 2020
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Description: Bring your baby or toddler to our popular Bounce and Rhyme session. We sing songs and nursery rhymes, bounce and shout and generally have a great time!
Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme:

Bright Lights Writing Group

This All-genre writing group takes place on the first and third Thursday of the month, 6-8pm. All writers of all levels are welcome to come along, listen, share and discuss. We use gentle guidelines on how to constructively critique your colleagues’ work. This kind of group is perfect for writers with a work-in-progress that they are either drafting or editing. For more details please contact Jane George at janegeorgearj@hotmail.com
Date: 05 March 2020
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Description: This All-genre writing group takes place on the first and third Thursday of the month, 6-8pm. All writers of all levels are welcome to come along, listen, share and discuss. We use gentle guidelines on how to constructively critique your colleagues’ work. This kind of group is perfect for writers with a work-in-progress that they are either drafting or editing. For more details please contact Jane George at janegeorgearj@hotmail.com
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Creative Writing

Bright Lights Writing Group

The All-genre writing group takes place on the first and third Thursday of the month, 6-8pm. All writers of all levels are welcome to come along, listen, share and discuss. We use gentle guidelines on how to constructively critique your colleagues’ work. This kind of group is perfect for writers with a work-in-progress that they are either drafting or editing. At Bright Lights we recognise the value of being able to share your work with a trusted and supportive writing community. For more details please contact Jane George at janegeorgearj@hotmail.com
Date: 05 March 2020
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Description: The All-genre writing group takes place on the first and third Thursday of the month, 6-8pm. All writers of all levels are welcome to come along, listen, share and discuss. We use gentle guidelines on how to constructively critique your colleagues’ work. This kind of group is perfect for writers with a work-in-progress that they are either drafting or editing. At Bright Lights we recognise the value of being able to share your work with a trusted and supportive writing community. For more details please contact Jane George at janegeorgearj@hotmail.com
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Creative Writing

The Big Friendly Book Sale

Find your next read at our charity book sale! Browse the tables of books, DVDs and railway magazines, and pick up a bargain or two. Please bring your own bags if possible. All proceeds go to Libraries Unlimited, the reading charity that runs Devon’s public library service.
Date: 07 March 2020
Time: 10:00 - 14:00
Description: Find your next read at our charity book sale! Browse the tables of books, DVDs and railway magazines, and pick up a bargain or two. Please bring your own bags if possible. All proceeds go to Libraries Unlimited, the reading charity that runs Devon’s public library service.
Audience: All
Cost: Please see event description
Theme: Book Sale

Gothic Writing Group

The Gothic group meets once a month on the second Thursday of the month, 6-8pm. This is a group for devotees of the darker undercurrents and mysteries of life. At Bright Lights we recognise the value of being able to share your work with a trusted and supportive writing community. For more details please contact Jane George at janegeorgearj@hotmail.com
Date: 12 March 2020
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Description: The Gothic group meets once a month on the second Thursday of the month, 6-8pm. This is a group for devotees of the darker undercurrents and mysteries of life. At Bright Lights we recognise the value of being able to share your work with a trusted and supportive writing community. For more details please contact Jane George at janegeorgearj@hotmail.com
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Creative Writing

Gothic Writing Group

The Gothic group meets once a month on the second Thursday of the month, 6-8pm. This is a group for devotees of the darker undercurrents and mysteries of life. At Bright Lights we recognise the value of being able to share your work with a trusted and supportive writing community. For more details please contact Jane George at janegeorgearj@hotmail.com
Date: 12 March 2020
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Description: The Gothic group meets once a month on the second Thursday of the month, 6-8pm. This is a group for devotees of the darker undercurrents and mysteries of life. At Bright Lights we recognise the value of being able to share your work with a trusted and supportive writing community. For more details please contact Jane George at janegeorgearj@hotmail.com
Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Creative Writing

The Book Dragons Book Group *Spaces Available*

Do you love books? Want to meet other bookish young people? Our book group is perfect for confident readers aged 8-12 years who enjoy chatting about books. Led by a member of the library team, The Book Dragons meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month for book discussions and themed activities. Places are limited, so please contact the library to sign up.
Date: 18 March 2020
Time: 15:45 - 16:30
Description: Do you love books? Want to meet other bookish young people? Our book group is perfect for confident readers aged 8-12 years who enjoy chatting about books. Led by a member of the library team, The Book Dragons meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month for book discussions and themed activities. Places are limited, so please contact the library to sign up.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme:

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Opening hours:

Mon 09:00 - 18:00
Tue 09:00 - 18:00
Wed 09:00 - 18:00
Thu 09:00 - 18:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00

 

Contact us:

Email: Newton Abbot Library
Tel: 01626 886223

Find us:

Passmore Edwards Centre
Market Street
Newton Abbot
Devon
TQ12 2RJ