Library events

We run a full programme of exciting events for all ages. Our regular events run in term time and include:

  • Rhyme Times
  • Baby Bounce and Play
  • Board Games
  • Lego Clubs
  • Teen Book Club
  • Conversation Cafés
  • IT support and classes
  • Reading Groups

Special events for children take place in school holidays. Our popular programme of author events and talks run throughout the year.

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Black History Month 2022

Time for Change: Action Not Words

Celebrating Black History

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and contributions made by Africans, Caribbeans and people from the African Diaspora and their descendants. Libraries have lined up an exciting programme of events to mark this special month.

An online evening with Steve Martin, Heritage Consultant, discussing A Past and A Future for London's Statues

London's Statues

Tuesday 4 October 2022 from 6.30pm to 8pm

Steve will present an illustrated discussion and question and answer session on the function and background of statues, plaques, and monuments in a multi-ethnic society.

Find out more about an online evening with Steve Martin and book free tickets

The African Cultural Association present A Celebration of Traditional African Culture

A Celebration of Traditional African Culture

Saturday 22 October 2022

Colindale library

From 12pm to 2pm

  • exhibition of artefacts, books, and arts and crafts by African authors, artists, and other well-known people
  • learn how to braid and weave African natural hair
  • learn how to tie a traditional African head wrap. For example, "Gele"

From 2pm to 4pm

  • African drumming, music, and dancing
  • learn African drumming and dance moves

From 4pm to 5pm

  • fashion show of African traditional clothing being worn by models

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

An online evening with author Phil Vasili discussing the contribution that black players have made to football in Britain and his stunning book on Edward Tull-Warnock, one of Britain's first Black professional dentists, qualifying in 1912

An Online evening with Phil Vasili

Tuesday 25 October 2022 from 7pm to 8pm, including a question and answer session

Black Swans of the beautiful game unearths the rich contribution footballers of colour have made to the professional game in Britain. Often forgotten, always in struggle, these pioneers are only now being acknowledged for their ground-breaking role in opening the door for future generations of Black players to pursue a career in the game.

Through the prism of Edward Tull-Warnock's biography we discover the Black Atlantic histories of an African-Caribbean family, from plantation slavery in 18th century Barbados to urban professionalism in twentieth century Glasgow.

Find out more about an evening with Phil Vasili and book tickets

An Online evening with Dr Keshia N Abraham and Dr John Woolf in conversation with writer Louise Hare talking about their stunning book, Black Victorians: Hidden in History

Black Victorians: Hidden in History

Wednesday 26 October 2022 from 7pm to 8pm, including a question and answer session with a prize for the best question

This book reflects the dialogue and collaboration between Black and Jewish authors, Dr Keshia Abraham and Dr John Woolf, whose familial histories are rooted in a past filled with terror and dislocation, most notably slavery and the holocaust.

In this deeply researched, dynamic and revelatory history, Woolf and Abraham reach back into the archives to recentre our attention on marginalised Black Victorians, from pre-Raphaelite muse Fanny Eaton to composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor.

Find out more about and evening with Dr Keshia N Abraham and book free tickets

Creative Communities

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Creative Communities is a Barnet Council initiative. It is led by the library service to deliver a programme of free events, activities, and experiences specifically for the residents of Colindale. A wide range of exciting events are being planned and delivered for children, teens and adults.

Find out more about the Creative Communities events programme

Digital inclusion

We offer an IT support service, IT help sessions, courses and provide access to online digital skills training. 

Find out about our IT courses

Events on Video

Events for children

Art and Craft events

Local Studies videos

Barnet libraries book quiz


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