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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.

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This coming year, Barclay's will be on site . Utilise their Digital Wings Programme to boost your digital skills and confidence, for free. Find out how to stay safe online, use social media, make your business digital and more. Click HERE to find out more.

Newton Abbot Library events

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Story and Book Making Workshop - Newton Abbot
<p> </p> The perfect event for young budding writers! Get started with a story and creative writing workshop, then design your own scrapbook to take home. <p> </p> This is a free session, suitable for children aged 6+. Book your free place at bit.ly/NAeventbrite <p> </p><p> </p>
Date: 18 August 2022
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Description:

The perfect event for young budding writers! Get started with a story and creative writing workshop, then design your own scrapbook to take home.

This is a free session, suitable for children aged 6+. Book your free place at bit.ly/NAeventbrite

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Book Making
Summer Reading Challenge Finisher's Party - Newton Abbot
<p> </p> Finished the Summer Reading Challenge? Come and celebrate with us!
Date: 02 September 2022
Time: 15:30 - 16:30
Description:

Finished the Summer Reading Challenge? Come and celebrate with us!
Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Summer Reading Challenge
Art and Crafts - Newton Abbot
<p> </p>This week, the focus is on exploring the electromagnetic spectrum! <p> </p> A free Arts and crafts drop-in session with free lunch provided for families and the chance to record a book review for radio broadcast! Sessions are suitable for families with children aged 3+. <p> </p>This is hosted by Sound Art Radio, as part of Devon County Council's Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF). <p> </p> Suitable for children ages 3+ <p> </p> <p> </p>
Date: 30 August 2022
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
Description:

This week, the focus is on exploring the electromagnetic spectrum!

A free Arts and crafts drop-in session with free lunch provided for families and the chance to record a book review for radio broadcast! Sessions are suitable for families with children aged 3+.

This is hosted by Sound Art Radio, as part of Devon County Council's Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF).

Suitable for children ages 3+

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Summer Reading Challenge
Art and Crafts - Newton Abbot
<p> </p>This week, the focus is on BOTANY: create a beautiful plant! <p> </p> A free Arts and crafts drop-in session with free lunch provided for families and the chance to record a book review for radio broadcast! Sessions are suitable for families with children aged 3+. <p> </p>This is hosted by Sound Art Radio, as part of Devon County Council's Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF). <p> </p> Suitable for children ages 3+ <p> </p> <p> </p>
Date: 26 August 2022
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
Description:

This week, the focus is on BOTANY: create a beautiful plant!

A free Arts and crafts drop-in session with free lunch provided for families and the chance to record a book review for radio broadcast! Sessions are suitable for families with children aged 3+.

This is hosted by Sound Art Radio, as part of Devon County Council's Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF).

Suitable for children ages 3+

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Summer Reading Challenge
Art and Crafts - Newton Abbot
<p> </p>This week, the focus is on FLIGHT: create and fly a parachute! <p> </p> A free Arts and crafts drop-in session with free lunch provided for families and the chance to record a book review for radio broadcast! Sessions are suitable for families with children aged 3+. <p> </p>This is hosted by Sound Art Radio, as part of Devon County Council's Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF). <p> </p> Suitable for children ages 3+ <p> </p> <p> </p>
Date: 19 August 2022
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
Description:

This week, the focus is on FLIGHT: create and fly a parachute!

A free Arts and crafts drop-in session with free lunch provided for families and the chance to record a book review for radio broadcast! Sessions are suitable for families with children aged 3+.

This is hosted by Sound Art Radio, as part of Devon County Council's Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF).

Suitable for children ages 3+

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Summer Reading Challenge
Art and Crafts - Newton Abbot
<p> </p>This week, the focus is on PROPULSION: build and launch a straw rocket. <p> </p> A free Arts and crafts drop-in session with free lunch provided for families and the chance to record a book review for radio broadcast! Sessions are suitable for families with children aged 3+. <p> </p>This is hosted by Sound Art Radio, as part of Devon County Council's Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF). <p> </p> Suitable for children ages 3+ <p> </p> <p> </p>
Date: 16 August 2022
Time: 11:00 - 15:00
Description:

This week, the focus is on PROPULSION: build and launch a straw rocket.

A free Arts and crafts drop-in session with free lunch provided for families and the chance to record a book review for radio broadcast! Sessions are suitable for families with children aged 3+.

This is hosted by Sound Art Radio, as part of Devon County Council's Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF).

Suitable for children ages 3+

Audience: All
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Summer Reading Challenge
Bounce & Rhyme - Newton Abbot
<p> </p> Bring in your little ones for music, nursery rhymes and to make friends! Suitable for children under 5.<p> </p> Booking is essential and is now online through Eventbrite. Slots become available at 12pm, 7 days before each session here: bit.ly/NAeventbrite <p> </p> <p> </p>
Date: 17 August 2022
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Description:

Bring in your little ones for music, nursery rhymes and to make friends! Suitable for children under 5.

Booking is essential and is now online through Eventbrite. Slots become available at 12pm, 7 days before each session here: bit.ly/NAeventbrite

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme: Music
Baby Self-weigh Station - Newton Abbot
<p> </p> We are one of 16 Devon Libraries now providing free drop-in self-weigh facilities! The scales are self service and really easy to use. <p> </p>Please note: Bounce and Rhyme runs from 10:00-10:30am, you are welcome to use the facilities at this time but it may be a bit busy in the library! <p> </p><p> </p>
Date: 17 August 2022
Time: 9:30 - 11:30
Description:

We are one of 16 Devon Libraries now providing free drop-in self-weigh facilities! The scales are self service and really easy to use.

Please note: Bounce and Rhyme runs from 10:00-10:30am, you are welcome to use the facilities at this time but it may be a bit busy in the library!

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme: Health and wellbeing
Work Club - Newton Abbot
<p> </p>Are you currently looking for employment? Our Work Club team can help you with writing a CV, applying for jobs, finding local courses and much more. <p> </p>For more information and to book your free 1:1 session, contact the library directly. <p> </p><p> </p>
Date: 17 August 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description:

Are you currently looking for employment? Our Work Club team can help you with writing a CV, applying for jobs, finding local courses and much more.

For more information and to book your free 1:1 session, contact the library directly.

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Job Support
Knit and Natter - Newton Abbot
<p> </p>Come along with your knitting projects or get started on a new one. Have a good natter with other knitters! <p> </p>Booking is required to attend, please do contact us in advance to secure your free place. <p> </p><p> </p>
Date: 16 August 2022
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description:

Come along with your knitting projects or get started on a new one. Have a good natter with other knitters!

Booking is required to attend, please do contact us in advance to secure your free place.

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Arts & Crafts/Socialising
Digital Champions - Social Media
<p> </p>Digital Devon is a project that provides community learning to Devon residents, upskilling participants in basic online digital skills. <p> </p>Bring in your laptops, tablets and smartphones for a free digital session on how to use social media. This is a drop-in, 1:1 session. <p> </p><p> </p>
Date: 25 August 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Description:

Digital Devon is a project that provides community learning to Devon residents, upskilling participants in basic online digital skills.

Bring in your laptops, tablets and smartphones for a free digital session on how to use social media. This is a drop-in, 1:1 session.

Audience: All
Cost: Free
Theme: Digital Skills
Bounce & Rhyme - Newton Abbot
<p> </p> Bring in your little ones for music, nursery rhymes and to make friends! Suitable for children under 5. <p> </p> Booking is essential and is now online through Eventbrite. Slots become available at 12pm, 7 days before each session from here: bit.ly/NAeventbrite <p> </p> <p> </p>
Date: 19 August 2022
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Description:

Bring in your little ones for music, nursery rhymes and to make friends! Suitable for children under 5.

Booking is essential and is now online through Eventbrite. Slots become available at 12pm, 7 days before each session from here: bit.ly/NAeventbrite

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme: Music
Baby Self-weigh Station - Newton Abbot
<p> </p> We are one of 16 Devon Libraries now providing free drop-in self-weigh facilities! The scales are self service and really easy to use. <p> </p> Please note: Bounce and Rhyme runs from 10:00-10:30am, you are welcome to use the facilities at this time but it may be a bit busy in the library! <p> </p> <p> </p>
Date: 19 August 2022
Time: 9:30 - 11:30
Description:

We are one of 16 Devon Libraries now providing free drop-in self-weigh facilities! The scales are self service and really easy to use.

Please note: Bounce and Rhyme runs from 10:00-10:30am, you are welcome to use the facilities at this time but it may be a bit busy in the library!

Audience: Under 5
Cost: Free
Theme: Health and wellbeing
Brio Play Session - Newton Abbot
<p> </p> Looking for an indoor summer activity for your little one? Come and build an epic BRIO track in our new free play sessions for children. <p> </p> Running every Friday in August, 11am-1pm, meet other parents in our spacious Railway Studies Library, and enjoy building the biggest BRIO railway track you can! <p> </p> The sessions are free to attend, just drop in to the Railway Studies Library on the day. Lift to the first floor available and delicious café onsite. <p> </p> Please note: parental supervision is required during the play sessions. Recommended age 18+ months. <p> </p> <p> </p>
Date: 19 August 2022
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Description:

Looking for an indoor summer activity for your little one? Come and build an epic BRIO track in our new free play sessions for children.

Running every Friday in August, 11am-1pm, meet other parents in our spacious Railway Studies Library, and enjoy building the biggest BRIO railway track you can!

The sessions are free to attend, just drop in to the Railway Studies Library on the day. Lift to the first floor available and delicious café onsite.

Please note: parental supervision is required during the play sessions. Recommended age 18+ months.

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Railways
Knit and Natter - Newton Abbot
<p> </p> Come along with your knitting projects or get started on a new one. Have a good natter with other knitters! <p> </p> Booking is required to attend, please do contact us in advance to secure your free place.<p> </p> <p> </p>
Date: 19 August 2022
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Description:

Come along with your knitting projects or get started on a new one. Have a good natter with other knitters!

Booking is required to attend, please do contact us in advance to secure your free place.

Audience: Adult
Cost: Free
Theme: Arts & Crafts/Socialising
Lego Club - Newton Abbot
<p> </p> A creative drop-in session for children to make and build with LEGO at the library, with over 1000 bricks to play with! Play official LEGO games, take on some of our fun design challenges, and socialise with other budding builders! <p> </p> <p> </p> No booking necessary, just pop along on the day.</p> <p>Suitable for children aged 5+ and their parents/guardians. </p> <p> </p>
Date: 20 August 2022
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Description:

A creative drop-in session for children to make and build with LEGO at the library, with over 1000 bricks to play with! Play official LEGO games, take on some of our fun design challenges, and socialise with other budding builders!

No booking necessary, just pop along on the day.

Suitable for children aged 5+ and their parents/guardians.

Audience: Child
Cost: Free, donations welcome
Theme: Lego
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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

 

  

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Email us:

info@librariesunlimited.org.uk

Call us:

0345 155 1001

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