What's on in Hackney Libraries

 

Libraries' Christmas opening hours

  • Saturday 24 December: all libraries open until 1pm
  • Sunday 25 - Tuesday 27 December: closed
  • Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 December: closed except Hackney Central and Dalston CLR James open 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 31 December: closed except Hackney Central and Dalston CLR James open 10am-1pm
  • Sunday 1 - Monday 2 January: closed                  
  • Tuesday 3 January - all libraries open as normal

Hackney Libraries consultative forum

Tuesday 13 December, 6.30pm-8pm

Join us for our regular meeting to review and feedback on developments across all our libraries. Our next meeting is at Homerton Library.

Clapton Library​

Regular events 

Science with University of the 3rd Age

First Tuesday of the month, 2pm-4pm

U3A is a continuously evolving self-help group for people who are no longer in full-time employment, but believe that 'learning is for life'.

The Wordlovers' Society

Second Tuesday and last Thursday of the month, 5.30pm-7.45pm

A group for anyone interested in poetry and creative writing. Bring your own work to read or perform to the group. All abilities welcome. Facilitated by writer KG Lester. For more information email tyaxx@hotmail.com.

Chatterbooks reading group (ages 8-12)

Third Tuesday of the month, 4pm-5pm

Are you aged 8-12? Do you like reading, talking about books, and meeting new kids? Join Chatterbooks. Come along and join the fun. Contact cordula.vonderassen@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 7480 for more information.

University of the 3rd Age (book reading group)

Fourth Tuesday of the month, 2pm-4pm

U3A is a continuously evolving self-help group for people who are no longer in full-time employment, but believe that 'learning is for life'.

Under 5s session

Thursdays, 11am-12 noon

Term time only. Stories, games and toys for children and a place for parents and carers to make new friends.

Reading group for adults

First Thursday of the month, 6.30pm-8pm

Find out what we're reading on Clapton Library reading group's blog. To join the group please email cordula.vonderassen@hackney.gov.uk, call 020 8356 7480 or come in to the library.

Philosophy with University of the 3rd Age

First and third Friday of the month, 2pm-4pm

U3A is a continuously evolving self-help group for people who are no longer in full-time employment, but believe that 'learning is for life'.

Regular class visits from local schools

If your school's interested in regular class visits, contact Clapton Library to speak to a member of library staff.

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Dalston CLR James Library

One off events

Film screening of Love You to Death: A Year of Domestic Violence

Homerton Library, Thursday 8 December, 6-8pm

With a discussion of the film.

Regular events

NHS stroke drop-in

Second Monday of the month, 11am-5pm

Drop-in support session.

Reading Hack

First Wednesday of the month, 5-6pm

Are you 11-19 years old? Then why not get involved with your local library with opportunities to volunteer, run events and contribute to Reading Hack websites. For further details contact monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk.

Hackney Community Law Centre

Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm

Free legal advice for consumer and debt issues. Call 020 7633 4531, and leave a message with your name and contact details to book a place.

Chatterbooks reading group

Fourth Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm-5.30pm

A reading group for 8-12 year olds with quizzes, competitions and prizes.

Creative writing with AMBA African and Caribbean Heritage Writers Group

Fourth Tuesday of the month, 5.45pm-7.45pm

This mutual support group welcomes novelists, short-story writers, playwrights, poets and other creative writers of all abilities and experience. Free. 18+. Facilitated by Ngoma Bishop. Contact: houseofamau@gmail.com.

Ping pong for over 50s

Wednesdays, 11am-12 noon

Fun and fitness in this weekly session.

Creative writing for children

First Wednesday of the month, 4.30pm-5.30pm

Are 7-14 years old? Join our fun writing group.

Story time for under 5s

Thursdays, 11am-12 noon

Storytelling with music and refreshments.

Hackney Film Club

First Thursday of the month, 5.30pm

Showing new and cult films from international film festivals. Free film screenings for all library members aged 16+. For more information and bookings see the Facebook page, ask library staff or contact maria.colucci@hackney.gov.uk.

Councillors' surgeries

First Thursday of the month, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Held on a rota basis. Drop-in.

Dalston Comic Club

Last Thursday of the month 6.45pm-7.45pm. Ages 18+

Do you make your own comics, or want to start? Get feedback from your peers, share ideas and find like-minded people to collaborate with. For more info email dalstoncomicgroup@hackney.gov.uk.

Toy library for under 5s

Fridays, 10am-12 noon

A wide range of toys to play with and borrow. Run by the Seabright Children's Centre.

Children's games club

Fridays, 4pm-5pm

Try out board games and have fun in this exciting club. For children 5+. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Councillors' surgeries

Third Friday of the month, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Held on a rota basis. Drop-in.

Adult reading group

Fourth Friday of the month, 6.45pm-7.45pm

Come along to discuss the month's book.

Baby Rhyme Time

Saturdays, 11am-12 noon

Storytelling and rhyme with toys and musical instruments.

Councillors' surgeries

Second Saturday of the month, 12 noon-1pm

Held on a rota basis. Drop-in.

Children's film club

Last Saturday of the month, 2.30pm-4pm

Classic and new children's films for all the family. With free popcorn.

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Hackney Central Library

One off events

Christmas extravaganza I

Saturday 10 December 1-4pm

Join the staff for festive fun on Saturdays in December. There will be face-painting, a craft table featuring card and calendar making and a Santa hunt will be taking place in the Children's library with prizes to give away. Santa may also be around giving away sweets to all the good children that join us. See staff for further details.

Christmas extravaganza II

Saturday 17 December 1-4pm

A badge making session, a colouring competition with prizes throughout the afternoon and animal encounters from Wild Fangs, featuring rodents and creepy crawlies. Santa may also be around giving away sweets to all the good children that join us. See staff for further details.

Multiculturalism and belonging exhibition

Saturday 17 December 6.30pm-9.30pm

The WordLovers Society will be holding their thought-provoking and powerful exhibition at Central library with a lively evening of readings, song and open discussions looking closely at multiculturalism, self-identity, race and today's changing society. 15+ only. Refreshments will be available. For more details contact KG at tyaxx@hotmail.com.

Regular events

Free debt advice with Toynbee Hall

Mondays, 1pm-3pm

Free, confidential, face-to-face advice to anyone concerned about debt and money problems. Toynbee Hall's expert advisors can help you in complete confidence with all types of financial problems. Call 020 7392 2953 or email: advice@toynbeehall.org.uk for more information.

Hackney Community Law Centre pop-up shop

Mondays, 3.30pm-5.30pm

Speak to qualified advisors about your housing issues such as rent arrears, landlord issues, eviction notices and more. The sessions are kindly sponsored by the Council and Matrix chambers. No appointment necessary. Free. Residents only.

Toy library

Tuesdays, 10am-12 noon. Term-time only. Ages 5 and under

A wide range of toys to play with and borrow. Just turn up. Run by the Ann Tayler Children's Centre.

Hackney Health Hub

Last Tuesday of the month, 10pm-5pm

Come and see us for advice on and support with stopping smoking, NHS health checks, maintaining a healthy weight, alcohol and sexual health. Also Healthy Start for All information and vouchers for free vitamins.

Reading Lane book group

Third Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Join us on Wednesday 21 December for our Christmas Special. We'll be discussing Smut by Alan Bennett and The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch. We'll have our usual yearly round up and mince pies. If you can't make this meeting, the next book, All Souls by Javier Marias, will be available for members from 22 December at Central library (for our meeting on Wednesday 18 January). All welcome. Meet Lydia in the reading group space.

The ESOL Carry On Reading group

First Thursday of the month, 2pm-3.30pm

A group for English learners who want to improve their reading and speaking and meet new people, run by an ESOL qualified teacher. An informal group where we read and discuss books rather than a class. For further information please contact Lisa on lisa.mcdermott@hackney.gov.uk or phone on 020 8356 3000.

Chatterbooks Reading Dragons

Third Thursday of the month, 4pm-5pm

Are you aged between 8-12 years old? Do you enjoy books and reading? Do you like quizzes, competitions and games? Do you want to have fun with people your own age and talk about the books you like? A reading group for boys only. Our next meeting is on Thursday 15 December and December's book is Beast Quest: The Golden Armour by Adam Blade.

Coffee, cake and book group

Fourth Thursday of the month, 10.30am-11.30am

Join us on Thursday 29 December for our end of year roundup Christmas special with mince pies and plenty of discussion. If you can't make this meeting, the next book, All Souls by Javier Marias, will be available for members from 22 December at Central library (for the meeting on Wednesday 26 January). All welcome. Meet Lydia in the reading group space.

Health checks with TLC Care Services and the Stroke Project

Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 11am-4pm

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented - even if you have a history of them in your family. Get your free NHS health check at these special drop-in sessions at Central Library.

Story time for under 5s

Fridays, 11am-12 noon

A fun storytelling and toys session for under 5s in the children's library. Come and listen to stories, music, play, participate in simple activities and meet other parents and children. Just turn up.

Kids' chess club

First and third Saturdays of the month, 2pm-4pm

If you are aged between 7 and 14 years old and you like chess or would like to learn how to play, come along to Central library. All abilities welcome.

Exhibitions at Central Library

Did you know the Central Library has exhibition space available for the use of local people, community groups and organisations? If you are interested in putting on an exhibition or for further details please contact adrian.morris@hackney.gov.uk.

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Homerton Library

Christmas events

Family film club - free screening of The BFG

Saturday 10 December, 2-4pm

No unaccompanied adults, children or snoozzcumbers.

Santa's Grotto

Saturday 17 December, 2-4pm

Meet Santa and take part in cake decorating, pin the tail on the donkey, pass the parcel, musical statues and tombola. Drinks and snacks provided.

Regular events

Hackney Libraries consultative forum

Tuesday 13 December, 6.30pm-8pm

The forum meets regularly to review and feedback on developments in the library service. Our next meeting is at Homerton Library, and we'll be discussing the stock available in libraries. If you're interested in how we chose stock, or have ideas about what we should have on the shelves, do please come along and share your views. For more information, please email calum.docherty@hackney.gov.uk.

Adult reading group

Third Monday of the month​, 6.30pm, 1st floor

We'll be discussing The Catastrophist by Bennett Ronan at our next meeting on 12 December. New members welcome. For more information please contact teresa.szechter@hackney.gov.uk.

ESOL assessment

Tuesdays, 10am-12 noon. Term times only

English assessments for speakers of other languages.

Story time for under 5s

Tuesdays, 11am-12 noon

A fun storytelling and toys session for under 5s in the children's library. Come and listen to stories, music, play, participate in simple activities and meet other parents and children. Just turn up. Term time only. Contact: Homerton Library on 020 8356 3000.

Chatterbooks reading group

First Thursday of the month, 4pm-5pm. Ages 8-12

If you're 8-12 years old and enjoy reading, why not come and join our Chatterbooks reading group? For more information contact Homerton Library on 02083563000 or email myrna.glaze@hackney.gov.uk.

NHS stop smoking drop-ins

Fridays, 10am-1.30pm

Help for people who want to stop smoking.

Fab family film club

First Saturday of the month, 2-4pm

Free film screenings. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Shoreditch Library​

Regular events

Therapeutic reading group

Mondays, 1pm-3pm

Read short stories and poems aloud and talk about them in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. You're particularly welcome if you've been suffering from depression or mental ill-health. For more information please ask library staff or call Leon Oliver on 020 8316 8736 or email heatherhayes@gmail.com.

Chatterbooks reading group

Second Monday of the month, 4pm-5pm

Are you aged between 8-12 years old? Do you enjoy books and reading? Do you like quizzes, competitions and games? Then why not join Chatterbooks? Contact the library for more information.

Under 5's story time 'n' play

Wednesdays, 2pm-3pm

Join us for a storytelling and baby rhyme sessions with toys and musical instruments. Refreshment provided. These sessions will not run during the summer holidays.

Mini-Builders

Thursdays, 10.30am-11.30am

New pre-school play session at Shoreditch Library for under 5s and their parents, guardians and carers. Make friends while you build towns, farms and animals or robots from Duplo. Free event during term-time.

Computer sessions for people with learning disabilities

Thursdays, 2pm-4pm

Just drop in.

Adult reading group

Second Thursday of the month, 6.30pm-7.45pm

For more information please contact Siobhan Downes on siobhan.downes@hackney.gov.uk

Hoxton East and Shoreditch ward councillors' surgery

First Saturday of the month, 10.30am-11.30am

Monthly craft club 

Saturday, once a month, 2pm-4pm

Next sessions 10 December and 7 January. Come join us for a variety of creative activities at our drop in craft club. Ages 4-12.

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Stamford Hill Library

Regular events

Dance, drama and creative writing

Mondays, 10.30am-2pm

From the University of the 3rd Age, a self help group that believes that learning is for life.

Pilates and Tai Chi

Mondays, 2pm-4.30pm

From the University of the 3rd Age.

Chatterbooks reading group

Second Monday of the month, 4pm-5pm 

A fun reading group for children aged 8-12. For more information see the Chatterbooks website or contact michelle.gardner@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 1964.

Springfield and New River wards councillors' surgeries

Second Monday of the month, 4pm-5pm

Stay and play

Tuesdays, 10am-3pm. First floor

With toy library.

Hackney Health Hub

Last Tuesday of the month, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Advice on and support with stopping smoking, NHS health checks, maintaining a healthy weight, alcohol and sexual health. Also Healthy Start for All information and vouchers for free vitamins.

Under 5s session

Wednesdays, 2pm-3pm

Join the staff at Stamford Hill Library throughout the year for storytelling and baby rhyme sessions, craft activities, musical instruments and toys. We provide refreshments and give away stickers when you attend any of the sessions and every time you collect five stickers you will get one of the ten beautiful Book Crawl certificates.

Folk dancing

First Wednesday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm

From U3A.

Adult reading group

First Thursday of the month, 6.30pm-7.30pm

For more information please contact michelle.gardner@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 1964.

Meditation for the over 50s with Amarjit

Fridays, 1.30pm-2.30pm

Learn how to relax and reduce stress with free meditation sessions. For further information or to become an AgeWell member contact 020 7241 5909.

Springfield ward-only councillors' surgeries

Last Sunday of the month 1pm-2pm

Meet your local councillors to discuss issues affecting your area.

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Stoke Newington Library

Christmas events

Thursday 8 December, 4-5.30pm

Come and join us for a chance to make some gorgeous, sparkly Christmas decorations. Help us decorate the library tree and take some home for your own. A free event for children aged 5-11.

Special Festive Under 5s Sessions

Saturday 10 December, 11am, and Wednesday 14 December, 2pm

Join the fun with Christmas songs, stories and rhymes at our under 5s sessions. We're also expecting a visit from a very special guest.

Regular events

Poetry appreciation group

Once a month, 6-7.30pm

An informal and friendly group that meets once a month to read and discuss a range of poetry. Our next meeting is Monday 12 December, 6pm-7.30pm, and we'll be looking at selected poems by writers shortlisted for this year T.S. Eliot prize. Copies are available to borrow from the library. For more information please ask library staff or email calum.docherty@hackney.gov.uk.

Classical music group

Once a month, 6.30-7.30pm

The next meeting of the classical music appreciation group will be on Monday 30 January - all welcome. For more information, please ask in the library.

Richard's reading group

Second Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm. Adults

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact richard.boon@hackney.gov.uk.

Jamie's reading group

Last Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm. Adults

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact jamie.mearns@hackney.gov.uk.

Story time for under 5s

Wednesdays, 2pm-3pm, children's library, term time only

Stories, games, toys and musical instruments for little ones and a place for parents and carers to have a chat and make new friends. Refreshments are provided. Collect four Bookcrawl stickers for a certificate.

Getting started with computers for people aged 50+

Thursdays, 11am-12 noon

Are you new to computers? Do you need practice searching the internet or finding information online? Do you need help to set up an email account? Staff will be on hand to offer guidance, support and advice specifically for people 50+. Places are limited, so booking a PC in advance is advised. For more information please ask in the library, or call 020 8356 3000 and ask for Stoke Newington Library.

Chatterbooks reading group

Third Thursday of the month, 4pm-5pm

Are you aged 8-12? Do you enjoy reading and meeting new people? Borrow this month's book from the library and join in the discussion. Refreshments provided. For more information, please call the library on 020 8356 5235.

Rhyme time for under 5s

Saturdays, 11am-12 noon, children's library

Stories, toys and musical instruments for little ones and a place for parents and carers to make new friends. Come, learn new rhymes and songs and sing along. Refreshments are provided. Collect four Bookcrawl stickers for a certificate.

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Woodberry Down Library

There are no events scheduled at the moment.

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