Library events

Events programme

We are currently running events online.

Reading Friends

Reading Friends

Barnet libraries are excited to have been chosen by The Reading Agency to run Reading Friends groups. We are running weekly groups for adults, teenagers and children to address the social isolation and loneliness many people are currently experiencing.

We’ll be talking about books and reading. Sessions are informal and no reading is required in advance.

  • adult group meets on Thursdays at 11am
  • children's group meets on Mondays at 5pm
  • teenage group meets on Fridays at 4pm

If you’d like to join, contact us at:

Events for Adults

An evening with Ruth Pavey

Wednesday 26 May from 7pm to 8pm

An evening with Ruth Pavey

Barnet Libraries in association with Duckworth Books, present: An evening with Ruth Pavey, who will be discussing her book 'Deeper Into The Wood' with Ruth Badley.

From the author of the bestselling: A Wood Of One's Own comes a captivating sequel.

Praise for A Wood of One’s Own, a Sunday Times Book of the Year.

There will be a 15 minute questions and answers, with a prize for the best question.

Book tickets for an evening with Ruth Pavey

An evening with Vivienne Cato

Wednesday 30 June from 7pm to 8pm

An evening with Vivienne Cato

Barnet libraries in association with Generation2Generation present: An evening with Vivienne Cato talking about her Holocaust survivor mother Eva Cato.

This presentation by Eva's daughter, Vivienne, will discuss the key points of Eva's story using footage of Eva recorded in 1992, by the British Library with Yale University as part of their Holocaust testimony project.

Book tickets for An evening with Vivienne Cato

Five Pioneer Airwomen at Hendon

Five Pioneer Airwomen at Hendon

The latest film from Local Studies and Archives Five Pioneer Airwomen at Hendon, featuring 5 key pilots flying in Hendon from 1890 to 1914.

Events for children

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 Saturdays at 9am.

We'd love to see your creations so please send pictures to our Facebook or Twitter pages or email to 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 Early Years

We are now running free regular live online events for babies and toddlers. 

Early years events

Minibeast Stories and Rhymes

minibeast stories and rhymes picture

Thursday 20 May 11am

An event for under fives funded by the British Science Association.

Book your place here.

Baby Bounce Online

A virtual rhyme and story session for non-walkers designed to encourage parent and baby engagement with tickling, clapping and peek-a-boo rhymes.

Sessions are free to book on:

Toddler Rhyme Online

A virtual singing, rhyme and story session for active toddlers. It is designed to be safe, fun, engaging and as interactive as possible without being in the same room.

Sessions take place on Mondays at 10.15am.

More information about Toddler Rhyme Online and booking

Stories and Rhymes Online

With slightly more emphasis on books and stories, this session caters for slightly older toddlers aged 2 and above or those who enjoy sitting and listening to a longer story.

Sessions are running on Wednesdays at 10.15am from 21 April.

More information and booking Stories and Rhymes Online

Booking information for these events is also advertised in our newsletter and on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Reading Well

We have useful and helpful reading lists which supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing.

The books are all recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered and their relatives and carers.

Previous events

Barnet libraries events for children

Join us for rhyme times, storytimes and take part in our craft activities at home.

Art and Craft events for adults and young people or supervised children

Local studies videos

Find out about the history of Barnet in these films: 

  • No Man's Land
  • The golden age of The Welsh Harp
  • Before Windrush: Barnet's Black history from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries
  • Balloon Tour of Barnet 1863, highlights of the mid-Victorian town
  • Finchley Common
  • VE Day in Barnet 
  • Finsbury Park to Edgware by Steam


Barnet libraries book quiz

You can watch previous rounds of our Book Quiz at any time or combine them for a full quiz night! 

Or catch up with our lockdown book quizzes

Picture of 'You know the name' quiz

Barnet Libraries Recommend

During December we released short daily book recommendation films made by different members of staff.

Watch them on our YouTube playlist and get some great reading suggestions.

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