We are running a range of events, both online and face to face.
Black History Month 2021 Proud to be
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and contributions made by people with African, Caribbean heritage and people from the African Diaspora and their descendants. We have lined up an exciting programme of events to mark this special month.
Barnet Libraries presents The Ragged Blade Band a live online musical show
A live online performance based on music from the ragtime period of the late1800s through to the early 1930s and the early Jazz and the Blues era.
Friday 15 October, from 6pm to 7pm
They will look at composers such as Shelton Brooks and Scott Joplin, also trailblazers such as W.C. Handy, “father of the blues,” Ernest Hogan, “father of ragtime,” and James Bland, who spent two decades in London and once performed for Queen Victoria.
A History of Black British Civil Rights talk with acclaimed historian Tony Warner
Tuesday 19 October form 6.30pm to 8.15pm
Tony will give a presentation on:
- Baron Baker and Black self defence groups
- Notting Hill 'riots' of 1958
- Black economic self empowerment
- Black British Civil rights
- Claudia Jones and the Black media
- The Mangrove 9
- Housing racism and West Indian community solutions
- The White Australia policy
- Caribbean food, blues/shebeens and music
- Police brutality before Black Lives Matter
- African/Caribbean World War 2 connections
African Savannah Sunset is a craft for the whole family. Learn to create textures in your art using different materials. Have fun and share your creations with us via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
You can watch our virtual story time featuring The Mega Magic hair swap by Rochelle Humes.
Events for under fives
Check out our full list of the events and activities for under fives
Events for children
Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021
Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021, finished on Saturday 11 September.
Congratulations to everyone who completed the Summer Reading Challenge this year. If you have completed the challenge but did not manage to collect your medal and certificate, you can do so until Saturday 25 September 2021.
Check our Wild World Heroes webpage for activity ideas for children to do at home or outdoors.
Butterfly feeder lantern craft activity
Create a beautiful lantern, which acts as a butterfly feeder by day and a glowing garden light by night.
Barnet in the age of trees
Did you know that the oldest living tree in London is in Barnet?
For this year's nature themed Summer Reading Challenge, we have put together a video about the history of trees around the borough of Barnet and beyond!
As we can’t run our usual LEGO clubs in our libraries currently, we’ve decided to move it online instead!
Every fortnight, we will be setting you a challenge to make something out of your LEGO or Duplo.
Our LEGO challenge is set once a fortnight on Saturday at 9am.
Check out our previous LEGO club challenges
Scientific Slime is a slimy craft activity with a scientific twist!
Get your hands gooey and learn all about the science of Slime making with Barnet Libraries STEM club!
Micro:bit Music Jukebox
Learn how to code music for the micro:bit and make your own micro:bit music jukebox with Barnet libraries STEM club!
Children aged 8 years and over can borrow a micro:bit for free from Barnet libraries through our Select and Collect service, or just follow along with the coding!
Events for Adults
An Online Evening with Helen Fry in Conversation with Amy Williams discussing her book Spymaster
Wednesday 13 October, from 7pm to 8pm
Join us for this online discussion with Helen Fry about her upcoming book 'Spymaster: the Man Who Saved MI6'. In conversation with Amy Williams, the event will include a 15 minute question and answer session with a prize for the best question.
Helen's book centres on 'spymaster' Thomas Kendrick's life, his role as an intelligence officer in the British Secret Service, and the development of MI6 itself.
An Online Evening with Rebecca Clifford in Conversation with Amy Williams discussing her book Survivors: Children's Lives After the Holocaust
Wednesday 20 October, from 7pm to 8pm
Join us for this online discussion about Rebecca Clifford's book Survivors: Children's Lives After the Holocaust.
Learn about the lives of children Holocaust survivors, from conflict to adulthood and into later life. Told for the first time from their perspective.
An Online Evening with Danish Crime and Thriller Authors Heidi Amsinck and Katrine Engberg in Conversation with Lone Theils
Wednesday 27 October, from 7pm to 8pm
Barnet libraries present 'An Online Evening with Danish Crime and Thiller Authors Heidi Amsinck and Katrine Engberg in Conversation with Lone Theils'.
Chaired by Lone Theils, we welcome Heidi and Katrine who will be discussing their books 'My Name is Jensen' and 'The Butterfly House'. The event includes a 15 minute question and answer session with a prize for the best question.
Reading Friends Group
Our weekly Reading Friends group meets to talk about books and reading.
Sessions are informal and you don't need to read before the session.
Join our friendly get together online on Thursdays at 11am.
If you’d like to join, contact us at:
Telephone: 020 8359 2626 (Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm)
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