What's on in Hackney Libraries

Clapton Library​

Regular events

Under 5s session

Mondays, 11am-12 noon

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

Science with University of the 3rd Age

First Monday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm

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'.

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'.

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'.7

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

What's in our food? HENRY event

Friday 1 February

Understanding food labels for parents of under 5s. To book, visit the library or email monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk.

Let's get active! HENRY event

Friday 15 March, 10.30am to 12 noon

For parents of under 5s. Fun ways to get your little ones up and moving. To book, visit the library or email monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk.

Regular events

Dalston Comic Club

Last Monday of every month (Excluding bank holidays), 6.30-7.45pm, 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-12.30pm

Fun and fitness in this weekly session.

Creative writing for children

First Wednesday of the month, 4.30pm-5.30pm

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

Four Aces reading group

Last Wednesday of the month, 6.45-7.45pm, education room

A reading group for adults. Come along to discuss this month's book. Refreshments provided.

Code Club

Wednesdays, 5.30-6.30pm, ages 6-12

Code Club is coming back to Hackney Libraries after the summer break. Learn to create your own website and basic coding skills.

The club will run every Tuesday at Stoke Newington Library, every Wednesday at Dalston CLR James Library and every Thursday at Stamford Hill Library from 5.30-6.30pm.

For more information and to join contact monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk.

Story time for under 5s

Thursdays, 11am-12 noon

Storytelling with music and refreshments.

Councillors' surgeries

First Friday of the month, 6pm-7pm

Monthly roving surgeries or meetings booked in advance.

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, 2pm

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, 3pm-7.30pm

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. Booking essential, please call 020 8356 8932 or drop in to the library.

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Hackney Central Library

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.

National Careers Service

Tuesdays, 11.30am-3.30pm

The National Careers Service's advisors provide free, up to date, impartial information, advice and guidance on careers, job search, CV writing, training, skills and the labour market and much more.

Knitting club

Every other Wednesday, 10.30am-12 noon

Meets every other Wednesday starting 25 July. Come along to learn and share your skills with others. All levels of abilities welcome.

Positive East, HIV and STI tests

First Wednesday of the month, 11am-2pm

Easy, free, fast and totally confidential. No appointment necessary.

Reading Lane Book Group

Third Wednesday of the month, 6.15pm-7.30pm

A lively book group discussing exciting fiction in a friendly and informal library space. Everyone welcome.

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.

Victoria Ward advice surgeries with Cllr Clare Joseph

First Saturday of the month, 10-11am

Meet your local councillor to discuss issues affecting your area.

Chess and games club

Monthly 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: Saturdays 9 February, 9 March.

Arts and crafts club

Monthly on a Saturday 2-4pm 

Are you aged between 6 and 13 years old? Do you like drawing? Creating arts and crafts? Want to learn? If so, come along. Future dates: 26 January, 23 February, 23rd 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 Session is on 21 January 2019 and we will discuss The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude. 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. Contact: Homerton Library on 020 8356 3000.

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 020 8356 3000 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.

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

Meet your local councillors to discuss issues affecting your area.

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

What's in our food? HENRY event

Friday 5 April, 10.30am to 2pm

Understanding food labels for parents of under 5s. To book, visit the library or email monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk.

Let's get active! HENRY event

Friday 8 March at Stamford Hill Library, 10.30am to 12 noon

For parents of under 5s. Fun ways to get your little ones up and moving. To book, visit the library or email monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk.

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

Meet your local councillors to discuss issues affecting your area.

Stay and play

Tuesdays, 10am-3pm. First floor

With toy library.

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.

Code Club

Thursdays, 5.30-6.30pm, ages 6-12

Code Club is coming back to Hackney Libraries after the summer break. Learn to create your own website and basic coding skills.

The club will run every Tuesday at Stoke Newington Library, every Wednesday at Dalston CLR James Library and every Thursday at Stamford Hill Library from 5.30-6.30pm.

For more information and to join contact monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk.

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

TEDx talks

Inspiring talks about things that matter. Each TEDx Hackney event features a curated selection of recorded, inspirational TED talks on a theme followed by a group discussion, facilitated by Lucia Scazzocchio. The talks were originally given at TED conferences held all over the world and there are now well over 1,000 talks available.

Who Am I? Identity redefined

Thursday 14 February, 6pm-8pm

What happens when you become a different person either through fate or through choice? Never before has personal identity been so up for discussion. 

A Silver Lining: Aging in the 21st Century

Thursday 28 February, 6pm-8pm

Are attitudes to ageing keeping up with growing life expectancy? We take a look at what it means to grow older today and how we can make aging more fulfilling.

Rick Crust joins us to explain how Hello Hackney has been introducing seniors to technology. Sarah Douglas and Hector Dyer from Liminal Space introduce their research-based project, Unclaimed, about aging.

Attention Please! Dealing With Distraction

Thursday 7 March, 6pm-8pm

In an age of constant information and infinite distractions what can we do to pay more attention and engage online and in real life?

When Was Your Last Mental Health Check?

Thursday 14 March, 6pm-8pm

The alarming rise in depression, anxiety and stress have resulted in more general awareness about mental illness and health, yet there is still stigma and misunderstanding about many conditions. How can we make sure we are having the right kind of conversations?

Plus Wanda Canton of Mind, and advocate of Core Arts, Gary Molloy from Spoken Minds explain how they support mental health and wellbeing through creative learning.

The Ways We Work

Thursday 21 March, 6pm-8pm

Most of us have to work for a living and whether you love it or hate it, the way we work is changing. How can we make work, work better for us?

Learning From Loss

Thursday 28 March, 6pm-8pm

Losing a loved one or being made aware of the end of life is undoubtedly one of the most difficult experiences to go through, but what can be learned from experiences of loss and grief?

Geoff Nursey and grief councillor Sophie Barrowman from The Drop In Bereavement Centre provide a local perspective to this difficult yet vital conversation.

What's in our food? HENRY event

Monday 18 March, 10.30am to 2pm

Understanding food labels for parents of under 5s. To book, visit the library or email monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk.

Regular events

Poetry appreciation group

Once a month, 6-7.30pm

An informal and friendly group meets once a month to read and discuss a range of poetry. Our next meeting is Monday 21 January 2019 and we'll be looking at poems suggested by the group. 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, ask in the library.

Code Club

Tuesdays, 5.30-6.30pm, ages 6-12

Code Club is coming back to Hackney Libraries after the summer break. Learn to create your own website and basic coding skills.

The club will run every Tuesday at Stoke Newington Library, every Wednesday at Dalston CLR James Library and every Thursday at Stamford Hill Library from 5.30-6.30pm.

For more information and to join contact monica.sever@hackney.gov.uk.

Adult reading group

Second Tuesday of the month, 7-9pm

If you're interested in joining the group, contact vincenzo.gatto@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.

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 patricia.hepburn@hackney.gov.uk.

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Woodberry Down Library

There are no events scheduled at the moment.

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