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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 1620 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

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, 9.30am-11.30am.

A wide range of toys to play with and borrow. Run by the Sebright 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

Regular events

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

First Thursday and last Tuesday of the month, 11-3pm.

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.

Young Adult Carers' Lunch Club

Wednesdays, 12 noon-2pm.

Are you aged between 14-25? Do you help look after someone with a disability, illness, mental health issue or addiction? Do you need help with finding a job, career advice or writing a CV? Join us at this free drop-in session. Travel money and snacks provided. For more information please contact kaye.medcalf@hackneycarers.org.uk or phone 020 8533 0951.

R.E.A.D

First Wednesday of the month, 6-7pm.

Aged 12-16? Interested in meeting people and making friends? Then why not join us and read, eat and discuss your way through a host of activities including books and comics of all shapes and sizes. For further information please contact miguel.saitz@hackney.gov.uk or santokie.nagulendran@hackney.gov.uk or speak to library staff.

Reading Lane Book Group

Third Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm-7.30pm.

At our next meeting we will be discussing, The Martian by Andy Weir. Please reserve this from the library catalogue in time for our meeting. All welcome, see 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.

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.

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. February's book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School by Jeff Kinney.

Coffee, cake and book group

Fourth Thursday of the month, 10.15am-11.15am.

A lively book group focusing on classics and global fiction. For lovers of Austen to Tolstoy via Dostoevsky and cake. At our next meeting we will discussing, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Please reserve this from the library catalogue in time for our meeting. All welcome, see 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

Second and fourth 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. Next date 28 November. 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

Adult reading group

Monday 15 February, 6.30pm.

We will discuss My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. New members welcome.

Vital EET Supplementary School

Mondays and Tuesdays, 4pm-6pm and Saturdays, 10.30am-12.30pm.

Vital EET Supplementary School offers primary, secondary and sixth form academic tuition for age group 5-18 years during both term and holiday time as well as various adult courses and the Mayor of London Brighter Futures Mentoring Programme for boys aged 10-16 in Hackney. To find out more or register, call: 07970 327 743/07541 909 634 or email: enquiries@vitaleet.org.

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.

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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 e-mail fheatherhayes@gmail.com.

Chatterbooks reading group

First 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.

At our next meeting we'll be discussing The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. You can pick up a copy of the book in the library. For more information please contact Siobhan Downes at siobhan.downes@hackney.gov.uk.

Hoxton East and Shoreditch Ward Councillors' surgery

First Saturday of the month, 10.30am-11.30am.

Craft club

Second Saturday of the month, 2pm-4pm.

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

One-off events

Hackney Fairtrade stall

Sunday 6 March, 2pm-4pm and Wednesday 9 march, 12.30pm-2.30pm.

Come along to meet a steering group member, learn about the work they do and pick up some free samples.

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.

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.

Chatterbooks reading group

Last Tuesday of the month, 4.30pm-5.30pm.

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

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 kwadjo.baah@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

Regular events

Poetry appreciation group

Once a month, Monday 22 February, 6pm-7.30pm.

An informal and friendly group meets to read and discuss a range of poetry. At our next meeting we will be looking at the second half of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Copies are available in the library. For more information please ask library staff or email calum.docherty@hackney.gov.uk.

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.

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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Page updated: 9 Feb 2016 


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