What's on in Hackney Libraries

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

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 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'.

Saturday storytelling session

First Saturday of the month, 2-3pm, free, all ages welcome

Come and share stories at our friendly session. Light refreshments.

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

Special events

Family Learning Festival 2017 - family orientated fitness classes

Wednesday 25 October

Join us in the Basement at Dalston CLR James Library:

  • 11am-12 noon: Pilates with Zoraima - this session is for parents with children under 5
  • 1-2pm: Zumba with Tais - this session is for women and children only
  • 3-4pm: Box-Fit circuit with Des - this session is for parents and children of all ages

Pop along to your local library and book your place now.

TEDx talks - Let's Talk About Death

Thursday 26 October, 6pm-8pm

In our culture death remains inevitable but taboo, so how can we be more open and prepared? Philosopher Stephen Cave asks why we resist the inevitability of death through The 4 Stories We Tell Ourselves About Death; palliative care physician BJ Miller asks What Really Matters at the End of Life? and architect Alison Killing suggests There's a Better Way to Die, and Architecture Can Help. Talking about death can be challenging. Joy Kahumbu from the Compassionate Neighbours project at St Joseph's Hospice (who have been helping people through life and death since 1905) will join the conversation.

Family Learning Festival 2017 - bookplate workshop with Eva

Friday 27 October, all day event 11-1 pm and 2-4pm in the Education Room

Make your own personalized bookplate also known as ex libris. Traditionally, it is pasted inside the cover of a book to express ownership. You can use symbols, or allegory which are uniquely relevant to your work, hobby or name. In the morning, you'll create your design, choose the font, symbols or drawing relevant to you. In the afternoon you'll transfer the drawing with a dry point needle onto a small Perspex sheet and print the end design. All materials will be provided but please bring along some drawings, photographs or anything what you would like to include into your design.

Family Learning Festival 2017 - make a wild wire bird sculpture with Billie

Sunday 29 October, 2-4pm in the Education Room

Join us and learn how to make a small wild bird sculpture out of wire. Let your creative juices fly away with you and take home a beautiful feathered friend in this fun and welcoming workshop. Please arrive on time to register and get materials. All materials are supplied. Children must be aged 8 upwards and be with parent /guardian. Booking required. Maximum 16 places

TEDx talks - Time to Slow Down

Thursday 2 November, 2pm-4pm

In this fast paced world where being busy is a badge of honour, what can we learn from taking stock and slowing down? Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life on his talk In Praise of Slowness; Tim Urban gets Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator; Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of Headspace, urges us to take some time out to do absolutely nothing and suggests All It Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes to Refresh the Mind and Paolo Cardini says Forget Multitasking, Try Monotasking.

TEDx talks - Re-Imagining School

Thursday 9 November, 6pm-8pm

Is the current education system bringing the best out of children? We take a look at some alternatives. Education expert Ken Robinson suggests learning should be more personalised in Bring on the Learning Revolution!. We hear how music can change lives with Jose Antonio Abreu and his The El Sistema Music Revolution and Dave Eggers explains how the 826 Tutoring Centre has changed lives in My Wish: Once Upon a School. In Hackney, initiatives inspired by Dave Eggers' vision have been going strong for many years. What are they providing that the regular classroom isn't? Joining the discussion are Lily East, director of learning at Hackney Pirates and Jessica Randal, writing programme leader at Ministry of Stories.

Regular events

Dalston Comic Club

Last Monday of every month (Excluding bank holidays), 6.30pm-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.

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 and third Saturday of the month, 2pm-3pm

Are you aged between 7-14 years old? Why not join our fun writing group? See staff for further details.

Adult reading group

Second Wednesday of the month, 6.45pm-7.45pm

Come along to discuss this month's book.

Story time for under 5s

Thursdays, 11am-12 noon

Storytelling with music and refreshments.

Councillors' surgeries

First Thursday of the month, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Held on a rota basis. Drop-in.

Toy library for under 5s

Fridays, 10.30am-12 noon

A wide range of toys to play with and borrow.

Children's games club

Fridays, 4pm-6pm

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.

Baby Rhyme Time

Saturdays, 11am-12 noon

Storytelling and rhyme with toys and musical instruments.

Creative Kids' Lego Club

Saturdays, 2-4pm

Fancy yourself as a mini master builder? Join us weekly, have fun, make friends and use your imagination to disappear into a world beyond the children's library. All ages welcome. Please see staff for further details.

Hackney Film Club

First Saturday of the month, 2.30pm

Showing new and cult films from international film festivals. Free film screenings for all library members aged 16+. For more information and bookings please ask in the library. 

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

Special events

Family Learning Festival 2017 - Comic Capers

Monday 23 October, all day event, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm

Comic Capers with Richy K. Chandler with Richy K Chandler. A drop in session for parent and children - make your own comic or storyboard.

Family Learning Festival 2017 - Fela and Friends with Femi

Saturday 28 October, all day event 11-1pm and 2-4pm

Help bookworm Faith create a story in the morning... then stay and help Foodie Morello decorate cakes in the afternoon - she might even pass on her secret recipe. For parents and children.

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 with all types of financial problems, in complete confidence. 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.

Shoreditch Trust health coaches

First Tuesday of the month, 1.30-3.30pm

Health coaches are available to help you identify and work towards achieving your own personal health and wellbeing goals, which could include losing weight, building exercise into your weekly routine, learning new life skills, or meeting new people. Your local coach can support you by providing information on local services, and meeting you regularly to work on an action plan together to make small but significant changes to improve your health and wellbeing.

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.

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. 

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.

Real nappy demo and pop up shop with Hackney Real Nappy Network

Once a month on a Friday, 10.30am-12pm

Are you a new parent or parent-to-be and interested in finding out about real nappies, saving money and reducing your impact on the environment? Come along to our real nappy info talk (10.45am-11.15am), The Washable Nappy Company Pop Up Shop and to claim your free £54 Real Nappies for London voucher. Vouchers are available on the day to Hackney residents with proof of ID, address and pregnancy or birth. For more info and to apply Real Nappies for London. Free and all welcome.

Chess and Games Club

Fortnightly on a Saturday 2-4pm 

Are you aged between 7 and 14 years old? Do you like playing fun board and card games? Want to learn? If so, come along to Hackney Central Library. Future dates: 21 October, 4 November, 18 November, 2 December, 13 January, 27 January, 10 February, 24 February, 10 March, 24 March.

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 anthony.kane@hackney.gov.uk.

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Homerton Library

Regular events

Adult reading group

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

Our next meeting is on 20 November and we'll be discussing The Holy Thief by William Ryan. All new members welcome. Refreshments provided. For more information please contact teresa.szechter@hackney.gov.uk.

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.

Weekly ESOL assessment

Thursdays, 10am, term time only

English assessments for speakers of other languages.

Chatterbooks reading group

First Thursday of the month, 4-5pm, 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​

Special events

Hoxton Hall's Christmas wishes for Puss

Friday 27 October, 2pm-4pm

As Hoxton Hall prepare for their purr-fect traditional Christmas pantomime, Puss In Boots, they're inviting you to Shoreditch Library to write out your Christmas wishes for the magical Puss to grant. Join us for a fun colouring adventure.

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.

Evening ESOL assessments

Wednesdays, 6pm, term time only

English assessments for speakers of other languages.

Monthly ESOL assessments

First Wednesday of the month, 1pm, term time only

English assessments for speakers of other languages.

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 or to pick up a copy of this month's book please ask at the library. 

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, ages 4-12

Come join us for a variety of creative activities at our drop in craft club.

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Stamford Hill Library

Special events

Black History Month Oil Pastel Workshop

Monday 23 October, 2-3.30pm, all welcome

Celebrate Black History Month by learning about famous Black people and use oil pastels to color in images.

Still I Rise... Praise Songs of Survival

Thursday 26 October, 2-4pm, no booking required, suitable for all ages

This session led by Sandra Agard will look at the stories of 'Black folks' around the world that have shaped and moulded Black life then and now.

Come and discover what life was like for Phillis Wheatley, Ignatius Sancho, Nanny of the Maroons, Harriet Tubman and Dr Maya Angelou to name but a few. Discover their powerful stories and create your own praise songs, poems and stories in their honour.

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, 2-4.30pm

From the University of the 3rd Age.

Chatterbooks reading group

Third 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 michelle.gardner@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 1964.

Springfield and New River wards councillors' surgeries

Second Monday of the month, 4-5pm

Stay and play

Tuesdays, 10am-3pm. First floor

With toy library.

Shoreditch Trust health coaches

First Tuesday of the month 1.30-3.30pm

Health coaches are available to help you identify and work towards achieving your own personal health and wellbeing goals, which could include losing weight, building exercise into your weekly routine, learning new life skills, or meeting new people. Your local coach can support you by providing information on local services, and meeting you regularly to work on an action plan together to make small but significant changes to improve your health and wellbeing.

Under 5s session

Wednesdays, 2pm-3pm

Join us for a storytelling and baby rhyme sessions with toys and musical instruments. Participate in simple activities and meet other parents and children. Just turn up.

Folk dancing

First Wednesday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm

From U3A.

Adult reading group

First Thursday of the month, 6.30-7.30pm

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

Meditation for 18+ with Amarjit

Fridays, 1.30-2.30pm

Learn how to relax and reduce stress with free meditation and yoga sessions.

Springfield ward-only councillors' surgeries

Last Sunday of the month 1-2pm

Meet your local councillors to discuss issues affecting your area.

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Stoke Newington Library

Special events

Super spooky Halloween crafts session

Thursday 26 October, 4-5pm, ages 4-12

Come along to make monstrous masks and take part in Halloween fun. Free. No booking required.

Our Rainbow in the Clouds... the life and times of Dr Maya Angelou

Monday 30 October, 6-9pm

Come and discover the phenomenal life and times of Dr Maya Angelou with Sandra Agard. No booking required. For ages 16+.

Creepy Halloween stories

Tuesday 31 October 4-5pm, ages 4-12

Join us for a scary story session with professional storyteller Emily Hanna-Grazebrook. Free. No booking required.

City of Stories

Tuesday 7 November, 6.30-8pm

To celebrate the launch of the new 'City of Stories' book, Stoke Newington will be hosting a free writing workshop, led by Tom Mallender. You can also read your work if you wish, and hear local writers read theirs. Please book your place in the library, or email jamie.mearns@hackney.gov.uk.

Regular events

Poetry appreciation group

Once a month, 6-7.30pm

For more information please ask library staff or email calum.docherty@hackney.gov.uk.

Classical music group

Once a month, 6.30-7.30pm

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, 2-3pm, 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 setting 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, 4-5pm

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.

Manga club

Saturdays, once a month, 2-3pm

Aged 13-17 and love manga? Join us for our regular reading group sessions to share your love of all things manga. For more information, ask in the library or email nicola.vassili@hackney.gov.uk.

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Woodberry Down Library

There are no events scheduled at the moment.

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