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Library events

We are running a range of events, both online and face to face.

Black History Month 2021 Proud to be

Black History Month 2021

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

Ragged Bear Band

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.

Book tickets for The Ragged Blade Band

A History of Black British Civil Rights talk with acclaimed historian Tony Warner

Civil Rights

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

Book for tickets for Tony Warner's talk

We are running two virtual quizzes; one on Pioneering Black Britons and the other on Black Scientists and Inventors. Why not give it a go.

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.

Coming soon

You can watch our  virtual story time featuring  The Mega Magic hair swap by Rochelle Humes.

Mega magic hair swap

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

Butterfly Feeder Lantern

Create a beautiful lantern, which acts as a butterfly feeder by day and a glowing garden light by night. 

Watch the how to make a lantern video

Barnet in the age of trees

Alston Road Oak

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! 

Barnet in the age of the trees video

Lego Club

Barnet Libraries Lego Club

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.

We'd love to see your creations so please send pictures to our Facebook or Twitter pages or email to chippingbarnet.library@barnet.gov.uk and they could be featured in the next video!

Check out our previous LEGO club challenges 

STEM club

Scientific Slime

Scientific Slime Craft Activity

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

An online evening with Helen Fry in conversation with Amy Williams discussing her upcoming book ‘Spymaster’

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.

Book tickets for Helen Fry in Conversation

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

An online evening with Rebecca Clifford in conversation with Amy Williams discussing her upcoming book ‘Survivors'

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.

Book tickets for Rebecca Clifford in Conversation

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

An online evening with Heidi Amsinck and Katrine Engberg in Conversation with Lone Theils

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.

Book tickets for Heidi Amsinck and Katrine Engberg in Conversation

Reading Friends Group

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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:

Email: libraryevents@barnet.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8359 2626 (Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm)

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Events for children

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