Cowes Library

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Dementia Action Week event Tea and Coffee morning Friday 24 May 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm

As part of Dementia Action Week, Cowes Library will be holding a Tea, Coffee and Cake morning in conjunction with the Cowes Alzheimer Café. People are invited to come along to chat, relax or even participate in playing cards, board games or colouring for adults, activities which the Library run regularly with the help of our Supporters. All materials are provided. In addition you can find out information on what other social activities there are in Cowes, Gurnard and Northfield and the Library also keeps a Dementia Friendly collection of books. The friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Southern Water Drop-in Tuesday 21 May 2019 10:00am - 12:30pm

Southern Water will be to assist residents on ways to pay less for their water, focusing on affordability and offering tariff schemes and discounts. Free water saving devices will also be available to help reduce usage and bills and F.O.G. (fat, oil and grease) products to reduce sewage blockage.

Marble Nail Varnish Glass Coasters for Beginners Wednesday 29 May 2019 1:30pm - 4:00pm or 6:00pm - 8:30pm

A unique way to make your own set of 4 coasters in your favourite colours. All materials provided. Making use of any left over varnish you may wish to go further and colour card to use as a patterned personal gift. Mugs will be available at an additional cost. Future courses in hand made paper and ink marbling to follow.

Cost is £15 per person with £5 deposit. Advance booking essential via Cowes Library, sign up sheet in Library or using the 'contact' tab above.

Two evenings of Maritime Archaeology at Cowes Library 30 May 7:00pm - 8:30pm and 20 June 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum at Arreton Barns will be at Cowes Library with two fascinating illustrated talks exploring the world of Maritime Archaeology. On Thursday 30th May the talk will concentrate on Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War (a look at the war at sea). A further session on 20th June will look at the work of the Archaeology Trust. All will be explored through the amazing collection of artefacts and stories from the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum at Arreton Barns.

Each session is £2 per person. There is no need to book and refreshments will be available.

Philo Cafe at Cowes Library

Dates and topics:

Thursday 6 June 2019: The limits of free speech.

Thursday 4 July 2019: What is education?

This is a monthly event, and provides thoughtful and lively discussion and an opportunity to talk about the way we and our communities, as well as society, national and international, deal with the challenges of modern life. Using the form of Socratic Method of careful listening and considered responses, the group follows the tradition of a critical philosophy as used by the Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy. No knowledge of academic philosophy is needed as critical philosophy begins with the experience and wisdom of ordinary people.

View more information on the  Society for the Furtherance of Critical Philosophy website.

Refreshments are available courtesy of the Supporters of Cowes Library Group, so just come along for an interesting and friendly evening, or for more information contact Cowes Library by using our online form. Alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above.

Family History One-2-One Mondays 10:00am - 12:00pm

Cowes Library has a friendly and experienced family historian offering one to one sessions to assist with growing your family tree. Whether just starting out or needing help with a family history mystery,

Sessions are held in Cowes Library on Monday mornings at an hourly rate of £6 per hour. If this is not convenient, then speak to a member of staff to arrange an alternative time. Research can also be done for you. If you want a short consultation before booking a session, again speak to a member of staff, our contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above. Booking is essential.

Calling all ipad owners - do more with your ipad!

iPad lessons at Cowes Library

Cowes Library has an experienced volunteer who is running a series of 3 - 2 weekly hour lessons to help you get the most out of your iPad. This course is for anyone owning an iPad. You will need to bring your iPad along with you. Lessons are being held on Tuesday afternoons 2 - 4pm. If this is not a convenient time, then speak to a member of staff. This will be an ongoing course depending on demand. 

Cost is £15 for the 3 sessions.(All monies being donated to the Cowes Patients Group). You must book in advance or to register your interest, contact Cowes Library by using our online form, alternatively our other contact details can be found in the 'Contact' tab above. You will booked onto the next available course          

Parchment Craft Workshops with Lesley Shore

Would you like to learn a new craft or are already a lover of Parchment craft? Cowes Library host fortnightly Workshops in the Library with Lesley Shore Tutor of the Academy of Independent Parchment Craft Tutors. All levels are welcome as this is an easy to learn, creative craft. Sessions take place on Wednesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm on 24 April, 8 May, 22 May, 5 June, 19 June, 3 July. 17 July 2019. Cost is £10 per session. Booking is essential with £5 deposit. For more information, or to book a place contact Cowes Library using the 'Contact' tab above.

Drawing Group for beginners and improvers with local artist Bethany Moore

If you like drawing or would love to learn, this is a fun and friendly group. Each week, there are interesting things to draw, materials to try and guidance and tips through the sessions. You can try out different  drawing mediums and be inspired by new and classic ideas. Weekly sessions are based in Cowes Library with refreshments provided.

The classes are on-going i.e. Spring, Summer and Autumn sessions and can be joined at any time. 

Costs are:

  • £15 per session. 
  • £60 for 5 sessions. 
  • £100 for 10 sessions.

To book or for more information email Bethany at or contact Cowes Library using the 'Contact' tab above.                                                                                                                                                     

Cowes Heritage Ongoing Exhibition 2018 - 19: 'Charlie's Lifetime Collection'

The ongoing Cowes Heritage display in Cowes Library is currently showing the exhibition 'Charlie's Lifetime Collection', a fascinating collection of photographs, documents and memorabilia left by long-time Cowes resident and historian Charles Taylor

The exhibition can be seen during normal opening hours and is changed on a monthly basis.

View more on the Cowes Heritage website.

Friends of Northwood Cemetery Exhibition

The Friends of the Cemetery have a small exhibition in the Library showing the Cemetery area and the developments that are on-going in this fascinating space.