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What's on in Hackney Libraries

National Bookstart Week, 8-14 June 2015

National Bookstart Week is a celebration of the Book Trust's reading programme that helps families get kids into the habit of reading every day - even if it's just for ten minutes. Find your nearest National Bookstart Week event. Hackney Libraries will be celebrating with a series of events during the week, listed below. For more information contact: monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk

Reading Activists

Reading Activists is a creative reading and writing project across England, led by young people.

We are looking for people aged 12-17 to get involved and help set up reading and writing hubs in their local libraries, giving them opportunities to volunteer, run events and activities and contribute to our website. If you're interested in creative writing or reading activities, or have a project we can run in any of our libraries, we'd love to hear from you.

There are three reading activists groups: Clapton Library, Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Central Library. To get involved come to an event, pop into your local library or email readingactivists@hackney.gov.uk.

Clapton Library

Let's head into the jungle for roaring fun (part of National Bookstart Week)

Thursday 11 June, 11am-12 noon

Head into the jungle on a musical story adventure with storyteller and musician Paul Rubinstein. Puppets, live music and lots of interactivity bring the stories to life. Get ready to meet slithering snakes, a hungry toucan and dozens of wild monkeys.

University of the 3rd Age (U3A)

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'.

  • First Tuesday of the month, 2pm-4pm, science.
  • Fourth Tuesday of the month, 2pm-4pm, book reading group.
  • First and third Friday of the month, 2pm-4pm, philosophy.

The Wordlovers Society

Second Tuesday and last Thursday of each 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)

Every 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.

Under 5s session

Every Thursday, 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.

Afterschool arts awards club

Every Friday, 4.30pm-6.30pm

Come along and join the fun. Get creative with crafts, discover the arts all around you and meet other children.

Regular class visits from local schools

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

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Dalston CLR James Library

Film screening - Bana Masal Anlatma (Don't Tell Me Tales)

Saturday 23 May, 8pm

After joining forces with Film London, Hackney Film Club will be screening Turkish, Kurdish and East Asian films hand-picked from some of the best film festivals from around the world.

We'll be launching with an outdoor screening of the 2015 film Bana Masal Anlatma - (Don't Tell Me Tales) by the 29 year old Turkish director Burak Aksak. Special guests of the evening the London Turkish Film Festival and the London Kurdish Film Festival.

Roar, Jump, Slither and Climb - craft and stories for under 5s (part of National Bookstart Week)

Thursday 11 June 11am-12 noon

Come and join us for a rumble in the jungle and make masks of your favourite jungle animals.

NHS Stroke drop-ins

Second and fourth Mondays of the month, 11am-5pm

Reading activists

Third Monday of the month, 5.30pm-6.30pm

Are you 11-19 years old? Then get involved with your local library with opportunities to volunteer, run events and contribute to reading activists websites.

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.

Dalston Comic Club

Last Tuesday of the month 7pm-7.45pm

Share your thoughts on the graphic novels you've read or find inspiration for your next choice. We've got classics and brand new graphic novels. For more info email: dalstoncomicgroup@hackney.gov.uk.

Ping pong for over 50s

Wednesdays, 11am-12 noon

Fun and fitness in this weekly session.

Afterschool arts awards club

Wednesdays, 4pm-6pm

Come along and join in the fun. Get creative with crafts, discover the arts all around you and meet other children.

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

Held on a rota basis. Drop-in.

  • First Thursday of the month, 6.30pm-7.30pm.
  • Second Saturday of the month, 12 noon-1pm.
  • Third Friday of the month, 6.30pm-7.30pm.

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.

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-12noon

Storytelling and rhyme with toys and musical instruments.

Children's film club

Last Saturday of every month, 2.30pm to 4pm

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

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Hackney Central Library

Hackney Health Hub

Tuesday 26 May (Every fourth Tuesday of the month in the Health Spot), 10am-5pm

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.

Coffee, Cake and Book Group

Thursday 28 May (Every fourth Thursday of the month), 10.30am-11.30am

A lively book group focusing on classics and international texts. For lovers of Austen to Tolstoy via Dostoevsky and cake. At this meeting we'll be discussing Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Borrow a copies at the main counter or reserve one from your local library. To join the mailing list please email: adrian.morris@hackney.gov.uk.

National Bookstart Week celebration with illustrator Tanja Wilmot

Tuesday 8 June, 2pm-3.30pm

Join us in a leafy jungle adventure as we make animal masks and monkey around with animal rhymes for National Bookstart Week.

Chatterbooks Reading Dragons - boys only reading group

Thursday 18 June, 4pm-5pm

Are you aged between 8-12 years old? Do you enjoy books, reading, quizzes, competitions and games? Do you want to have fun with people your own age and talk about the books you like? June's book is Barry Loser and The Case of the Crumpled Carton by Jim Smith.

Gentle yoga and meditation with Amarjit

Mondays, 12.30pm-1.30pm

A 6-week class in gentle yoga and meditation. Amarjit will take you through basic practices and exercises. Learn how to relax and reduce stress with these free sessions. All levels and abilities are welcomed, no booking necessary. For further information please speak to Amarjit before or after class.

Hackney Community Law Centre pop-up shop

Mondays, 2pm-5pm

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.

Afterschool arts awards club

Mondays, 4pm-6pm

Come along and join the fun. Get creative with crafts, discover the arts all around you and meet other children.

Toy library

Tuesdays, 10am-12noon, 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 (Term-time only).

Allergy self-help group with Fredericka

Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm

Local author Fredericka Charles hosts a self-help group for parents and carers of children who suffer with eczema and other allergies, offering parents help, support and a way to share experiences and useful tips in an informal setting. Join us at our next meeting and let Fredericka know what you would like from the group.

Teenage reading group

First Wednesday of the month, 6pm-7.30pm

A reading group for young people aged 13+. Choose the book, have a great time talking about it and meet new people. Speak to a member of staff at the library for further details.

Reading Activists

First Thursday 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 activists websites. For further details contact monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk.

The ESOL Carry On Reading group

First Thursday of the month, 6pm-7.30pm

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.

Punchy Brunch

Third Thursday of the month, 1pm-2.30pm, women only

Are you busy trying to get your cash flow going, networking, planning your next venture or multi-tasking to the hilt? Is the big question 'when do you find time for you'?

Share your ideas and tips for how we can live our lives at optimum health and make sure we balance body and mind. We'll discuss a different topic each month and occasionally we'll have a guest speaker. Relaxed yet informative. Bring along your brunch and let's get on the road to being healthy and wealthy.

Kids' chess club

Fortnightly on a Saturday, 2pm-4pm, ages 7-14

All abilties welcome.

Health checks with TLC Care Services and the Stroke Project

Fortnightly on a Wednesday, 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.

Stories for under 5s

Fridays, 11am-12noon

Not running during the summer holidays. Please contact the library for dates.

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

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Homerton Library

Half term family secret film screening

Friday 29 May, 2pm-4pm

No unaccompainied adults, children or slow-poke snails.

Story and craft time - Rumble in the Jungle (part of National Bookstart Week)

Tuesday 9 June, 11am-12 noon

Join us to celebrate National Bookstart Week and create a colourful giant snake with colouring and collage. The finished snake will be displayed at the library.

Vital EET Supplementary School

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

Vital EET Supplementary School offers Primary, Secondary and 6th 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.

Reading group for adults

Every third Monday of the month, 6.30pm-7.45pm, first floor

Pick up a copy of this month's book from the display in the library. New members welcome; refreshments provided. For further information email teresa.szechter@hackney.gov.uk.

ESOL assessment

Every Tuesday 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.

Homerton Family Film Club

First Saturday of the month, 2pm-4pm

Fun family films. No unaccompanied children or adults.

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Shoreditch Library

Let's head into the jungle for roaring fun (part of National Bookstart Week)

Thursday 11 June, 2pm-3pm

Head into the jungle on a musical story adventure with musician and storyteller Paul Rubinstein. Puppets, live music, and lots of interactivity bring the stories to life. Get ready to meet slithering snakes, a hungry toucan and dozens of wild monkeys.

Therapeutic reading group

Every Monday, 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 every 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.

Baby Rhyme and Book Crawl

Every Wednesday, 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

Every Thursday 11am to 12 noon

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

Every Thursday, 2-4pm

Just drop in.

Hoxton East and Shoreditch Ward Councillors' surgery

First Saturday of every month, 10.30am to 11.30am

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Stamford Hill Library

Rumble in the Jungle - badge making special (part of National Bookstart Week)

Wednesday 10 June, 2pm-3pm, ages 5 or under

Come and join us for an exciting event during National Bookstart Week. We'll be making animal themed badges for you to take home.

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.

Councillors' surgeries

Springfield ward and New River ward - second Monday of the month, 4pm-5pm. Springfield only - and last Sunday of the month 1pm-2pm.

Meet your local councillors to discuss issues affecting your area.

Stay and play

Every Tuesday, 10am-3pm (first floor)

With toy library.

Toy library

Every Tuesday, 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm

A wide range of toys to play with and borrow. Age 5 and under - just turn up. Contact Diane or Jess on 020 8806 4130 ext 22 for further information.

Chatterbooks

Last Tuesday of the month, 4.30-5.30pm

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.

Folk dancing

First Wednesday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm

From U3A.

Hackney Health Hub

Last Wednesday 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

Every Wednesday, 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.

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

Every Friday, 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.

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Stoke Newington Library

Story time with guest story teller (part of National Bookstart Week)

Wednesday 10 June, 2pm-3pm

Join us for a roaring fun story time and craft session at the library with story teller Caroline Ada.

Games Club for children and teenagers

First Tuesday of the month, 6pm-7.30pm

Are you aged 7+? Do you love a challenge? Join Games Club and learn to play a variety of exciting boardgames and fantasy/strategy games: Formula One, Warhammer, Monopoly, dominoes, chess, draughts, cards and more. All abilities welcome, from beginners to advanced players. Bring your favourite board game with you. Free refreshments.

Richard's reading group

Every second Tuesday, 7-9pm (adults)

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

Jamie's reading group

Every last Tuesday, 7-9pm (adults)

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

Story time for under 5s

Every Wednesday, 2pm-3pm, in the 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+

Every Thursday, 11am-12 noon

Are you new to computers? Would you like to practise 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 every 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.

Stokey Teenage Reading Worms

Last Thursday of the month, 4.30pm-5.30pm

Are you 13-17 years old and love reading? Choose books to read, discuss them with your peers and meet writers. For more information please ask library staff or email calum.docherty@hackney.gov.uk.

Rhyme time for under 5s

Every Saturday, 11am-12 noon, in the 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: 22 May 2015 


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