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Memory Lane Dementia Café

Middlesbrough Central Library

The Memory Lane Dementia Café is held on a monthly basis on the third Wednesday of each month, in Central Library, from 1-3pm.

Journey to where magic and myth began with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at Middlesbrough Central Library.

Have you ever wanted to delve into Divination, ponder the peculiarities of Potions and discover magical creatures? Now you can. In partnership with the British Library, Middlesbrough Library will be capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Delving deep into the collections of Middlesbrough Libraries, Dorman Museum and Teesside Archives to bring you a display of magical treasures and tales from your local area, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with Middlesbrough Library.

The exhibition is open during library opening hours and a host of events have been planned to celebrate the launch. Reserve your place on events by calling 01642 729002.

Middlesbrough Central Library are also able to exclusively screen the Hogwarts Curriculum Lectures live from the British Library in London.

All lectures are screened at Middlesbrough Central Library. Tickets £3. Reserve your place by calling 01642 729002.

Defence Against The Dark Arts with Christopher Frayling

Monday 22 January, 7 - 8.15pm

Cultural historian Christopher Frayling explores the history and myths surrounding vampires over the centuries and gives a lesson on the various methods of protecting ourselves.

Harry Potter Book Night

Thursday 1st February, 4 - 6.30pm

Join us for our annual celebration of all things Potter for children aged 4-14. There’ll be magic shows, fantastic beasts with Kirkleatham Owl Centre, crafts and lego, cake stall, sweet stall, PLUS Galaxy shop will be joining us selling fantastic Harry Potter products!

Tickets £1 per child.

Divination with Marc Salem

Thursday 15 February, 7 - 8.15pm

Are mind-readers real? A look at how we deduce, or divine, meaning from non-verbal signs with Marc Salem, performer, mind reader and expert in non-verbal communication.

Harry Potter Quiz Night (one for the grown-ups!)

Friday 23rd February 7.30 - 9.30pm

Could you pick Hermione’s wand out of a line-up? Join us, armed with questions from the experts at Pottermore, at our quiz night. Suitable for age 14+. Tickets £3

British Library Screenings

We’re delighted to be able to show a series of both live and pre-recorded screenings from the British Library to audiences in Middlesbrough.

From Apprentice to President: Donald Trump, One Year On

Friday 26th January 7 - 8.15pm (LIVE)

This event will explore Trump’s impact on domestic and foreign politics as our panellists discuss what his presidency can tell us about both the man and the country. Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets £3.

David Attenborough and Chris Watson

Tuesday 30th January 5.30 - 7pm (PRE-RECORDED)

The 2017 Longplayer Conversation brings together long time collaborators sound recordist Chris Watson and naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. This is the first in a series of recorded screenings that will be shown on the last Tuesday of each month. Tickets £1.

Inspiring Entrepreneurs - Internet Icons

Tuesday 6th February 7 - 8.30pm (LIVE)

If you're a small business owner with big ambitions to make a digital impact don't miss this chance to see this broadcast live from the British Library, London with a panel of online experts. Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets £3.

Peter Rabbit, Pooh, and Potter: A Tale of Children's Literature

Tuesday 27th February 5.30 - 7pm (PRE-RECORDED)

Go down the rabbit hole with writer and broadcaster Julia Eccleshare in this British Library pre-recorded screening. Re-live the last 100 years of children's literature through its milestone books, learning how their words and pictures shaped the authors that came after them. Tickets £1.

International Women's Day Lectures

Thursday 8th March 5 - 8.30pm (PRE-RECORDED)

5pm - Harriet Harman MP, former deputy leader of the Labour party and author of A Woman’s Work, discusses 100 years of the vote for women. What has been achieved, and how much is still to be done? In conversation with Joan Bakewell.

7pm - Leading women's rights campaigner Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, Jill Liddington and Robert Wainwright discuss the struggle for the vote and ask how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far they still have to go and how they will get there. Chaired by Julia Wheeler.

Tickets £1.

Migrant Songs: Music and Migration in South Asia

Tuesday 27th March 5.30 - 7pm (PRE-RECORDED)

Migration has been one of the biggest stories of recent centuries. People have left, if not fled, their homes. What emotions did they experience during that journey? What were their moments of fear and hope, and how did they express it? This pre-recorded talk will use rare and ephemeral texts in Bengali and Assamese from the British Library South Asia collection to explore the creative life-world of migrants. Tickets £1.

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