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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 enjoy the Centre’s Café and courtyard, while community organisations and commercial companies can hire the Centre’s meeting rooms for events and meetings.

The Centre houses 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

  • Cafe and courtyard
  • Meeting rooms for hire
  • Children’s events
  • Book groups and events
  • Free public computers and WiFi
  • Printing, copying and scanning facilities
  • Exhibition and display space
  • Self-service machines
  • Learning Disability Service Day Centre
  • Railway Studies Library
  • Home library service
Newton Abbot Library events Newton Abbot Library events

Knit and Natter

Bring your own knitting project to work on and have a natter! No booking necessary and it's completely free, just pop in between 2pm and 4pm.
Date: 16 January 2019
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description: Bring your own knitting project to work on and have a natter! No booking necessary and it's completely free, just pop in between 2pm and 4pm.
Audience: All
Cost: Free
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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: 17 January 2019
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: All
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: 17 January 2019
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: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Tessfit Body Reboot Taster Session

Tessfit believe that finding something new that you can enjoy is the key to being consistently active, and one of the easiest ways to energise your mind is to energise your body. Come and join qualified fitness instructor Tess for a Tessfit taster session, and find an activity that inspires you to stay active - no booking necessary, just pop along! This taster session is a part of Active Life Active Mind month.
Date: 17 January 2019
Time: 11:30 - 12:30
Description: Tessfit believe that finding something new that you can enjoy is the key to being consistently active, and one of the easiest ways to energise your mind is to energise your body. Come and join qualified fitness instructor Tess for a Tessfit taster session, and find an activity that inspires you to stay active - no booking necessary, just pop along! This taster session is a part of Active Life Active Mind month.
Audience: All
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: 18 January 2019
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: All
Cost: Free
Theme:

Author Storytime: Finding Ray's Key

Pop along for a children's storytime session run by local author Sam Goddard and illustrator Owen Williams. This special event will include storytelling, book-signing and a chance to draw with the illustrator himself. 'Finding Ray’s Key’ is an illustrated rhyming story with a universal message that can be appreciated by all, young or old. The story’s young protagonist Ray (who often feels quite blue) wonders, ‘What is the key to being happy?’. He one day decides to go on a journey to find this key. The story is underpinned by Reiki and Mindfulness teaching - but you don't need to be familiar with this at all to enjoy the book. This event is part of Active Life Active Mind month.
Date: 26 January 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Pop along for a children's storytime session run by local author Sam Goddard and illustrator Owen Williams. This special event will include storytelling, book-signing and a chance to draw with the illustrator himself. 'Finding Ray’s Key’ is an illustrated rhyming story with a universal message that can be appreciated by all, young or old. The story’s young protagonist Ray (who often feels quite blue) wonders, ‘What is the key to being happy?’. He one day decides to go on a journey to find this key. The story is underpinned by Reiki and Mindfulness teaching - but you don't need to be familiar with this at all to enjoy the book. This event is part of Active Life Active Mind month.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
Theme:

*CANCELLED* David Pike Author Talk: I Was a London Firefighter

Join local author David Pike for this inspiring talk about his thirty-year career with the London Fire Brigade. In the talk, David will draw from his own experiences as a firefighter, and offer anecdotes from his books. David is the writer of four books about firefighting, which cover his career, the history of firefighting and real life events. His latest book, 'I Was a London Firefighter', is an anthology of stories about members of the London Fire Brigade, recollecting such tragedies as the King's Cross Fire of 1981 and Grenfall Tower's fire of 2017. David has spoken to a range of ages and audiences, and looks to inspire the next generation of firefighters. Tickets available to purchase from the Library desk.
Date: 02 February 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Description: Join local author David Pike for this inspiring talk about his thirty-year career with the London Fire Brigade. In the talk, David will draw from his own experiences as a firefighter, and offer anecdotes from his books. David is the writer of four books about firefighting, which cover his career, the history of firefighting and real life events. His latest book, 'I Was a London Firefighter', is an anthology of stories about members of the London Fire Brigade, recollecting such tragedies as the King's Cross Fire of 1981 and Grenfall Tower's fire of 2017. David has spoken to a range of ages and audiences, and looks to inspire the next generation of firefighters. Tickets available to purchase from the Library desk.
Audience: Adult
Cost: £4.00
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Storytelling, Crafts and Sandwich Tasting with Clare Helen Welsh

Come and teach Dot and Duck some manners with children's author Clare Helen Welsh, in celebration of her most recent book, How Rude! Enjoy interactive storytelling, followed by crafts, and sandwich tasting - yum! Tickets are just £2 per child, with accompanying adults and under 3s going free. Pick up tickets for this really rude event at the library desk.
Date: 09 February 2019
Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Description: Come and teach Dot and Duck some manners with children's author Clare Helen Welsh, in celebration of her most recent book, How Rude! Enjoy interactive storytelling, followed by crafts, and sandwich tasting - yum! Tickets are just £2 per child, with accompanying adults and under 3s going free. Pick up tickets for this really rude event at the library desk.
Audience: Child
Cost: £2.00
Theme:

Gothic Creative Fiction Writing Workshop with Myfanwy Cook

Myfanwy is a teacher, mentor, and a prize winning short fiction writer. Her written work includes historical, romantic and crime fiction, time slip, science fiction and fantasy, amongst other genres. Join the eclectic Myfanwy for a fascinating gothic creative writing workshop, in association with the Bright Lights Writing Group. Tickets are just £3 each, available from the front desk, booking is essential. Find out a little more about Myfanwy via her website, http://www.myfanwycook.com/
Date: 14 February 2019
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Description: Myfanwy is a teacher, mentor, and a prize winning short fiction writer. Her written work includes historical, romantic and crime fiction, time slip, science fiction and fantasy, amongst other genres. Join the eclectic Myfanwy for a fascinating gothic creative writing workshop, in association with the Bright Lights Writing Group. Tickets are just £3 each, available from the front desk, booking is essential. Find out a little more about Myfanwy via her website, http://www.myfanwycook.com/
Audience: Adult
Cost: £3.00
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Lego Club

Pop along for our new Lego Club, a creative space for children to construct their own Lego designs, and socialise with other budding builders. No booking required. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Date: 16 February 2019
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Description: Pop along for our new Lego Club, a creative space for children to construct their own Lego designs, and socialise with other budding builders. No booking required. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Audience: Child
Cost: Free
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Lego Robot Wars

In this two-hour workshop, teams of 4 will work together to build a robot and enter them into an epic robot battle! The first hour of the workshop will be spent building, the second hour spent battling and repairing. You can enter as a full team, or sign up as individuals/smaller groups to make friends. Suitable for children age 8+ and must be accompanied by a paying adult. For more information and to book tickets, please see a member of staff at the front desk. Let the battle commence!
Date: 22 February 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description: In this two-hour workshop, teams of 4 will work together to build a robot and enter them into an epic robot battle! The first hour of the workshop will be spent building, the second hour spent battling and repairing. You can enter as a full team, or sign up as individuals/smaller groups to make friends. Suitable for children age 8+ and must be accompanied by a paying adult. For more information and to book tickets, please see a member of staff at the front desk. Let the battle commence!
Audience: All
Cost: £5.00
Theme:

Lego Robot Wars

In this two-hour workshop, teams of 4 will work together to build a robot and enter them into an epic robot battle! The first hour of the workshop will be spent building, the second hour spent battling and repairing. You can enter as a full team, or sign up as individuals/smaller groups to make friends. Suitable for children age 8+ and must be accompanied by a paying adult. For more information and to book tickets, please see a member of staff at the front desk. Let the battle commence!
Date: 22 February 2019
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Description: In this two-hour workshop, teams of 4 will work together to build a robot and enter them into an epic robot battle! The first hour of the workshop will be spent building, the second hour spent battling and repairing. You can enter as a full team, or sign up as individuals/smaller groups to make friends. Suitable for children age 8+ and must be accompanied by a paying adult. For more information and to book tickets, please see a member of staff at the front desk. Let the battle commence!
Audience: All
Cost: £5.00
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