Library events

Events programme

We are currently running events online.

Events for Adults

Lockdown Challenge

From Saturday 6 February at 8am

Our new series of Lockdown quizzes are now available. A new round launches each Saturday at 8am. Catch up on previous rounds at any time.

Picture of 'You know the name' quiz

You know the name…but do you know the face?

Can you identify the authors from their photographs? Try this quiz

Food in Fiction

This quiz round is all about references to food in fiction. How many do you know? Try this quiz 

A rose by any other name

Can you correctly identify the alternative pen names of well-known authors? Join in with our quiz to see how well you do. Try this quiz.

Book awards Costa/Whitbread

How well do you know the winners of some of the biggest book awards? This round, the first of two on book awards, will test your knowledge of which books by prize winning authors won the Costa/Whitbread Book Awards. Try this quiz from Saturday 27 February.

The Booker

This is the second part of our quiz rounds on book awards and tests your knowledge of Booker Prize winners. There are 15 prize winning titles which have one word removed. All you need to do is answer the missing word correctly!

Try this quiz from Saturday 6 March.

No Man's Land

From Monday 22 February at 6pm

No Man's Land - Barnet Local Studies and Archives

Our latest Local Studies film 'No Man’s Land' is the transgender story of Albert/Alberta from Mill Hill Barracks during the Great War.

African Savannah Sunset craft


From Tuesday 16 February at 10am

African Savannah Sunset is a craft for the whole family. Bring some sunshine to these winter days. Learn to create textures in your art using different materials. Have fun and share your creations with us via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

The You Tube link is

Naomi Blake event

Wednesday 24 February from 7 to 8pm

Noami Blake

We welcome Anita Peleg talking about the story of her mother Naomi Blake, sculptor & Holocaust survivor. Naomi has several sculptures in synagogues and churches in Barnet.

Book tickets to the Naomi Blake event

Guest Author: An evening with Sophie Poldermans

Monday 8 March from 7 to 8pm 

Photo of Dutch author Sophie Poldermans

To celebrate International Women's Day, we are thrilled to welcome Dutch author Sophie Poldermans, discussing her book, Seducing and Killing Nazis. The story portrays lives of 3 Dutch girls, Hannie, Truus & Freddie, who took up arms against high-ranking Nazi officers & provided Jewish children with safe houses.

There will be a 15 minute question and answer session at the end of the talk.

Book your ticket to An evening with Sophie Poldermans 

Guest Author: An evening with Cari Rosen

Wednesday 17 March from 7 to 8pm

Cari Rosen

An evening with Cari Rosen discussing her book, The Secret Diary of a New Mum aged 43 1⁄4. There will be a 15 minutes question and answer session, plus a prize for the best question.

Book tickets to An evening with Cari Rosen

Events for children

Create Your Own Dragon Puppet to Celebrate Chinese New Year

From Friday 5 February at 10am

Dragon Puppet Craft Activity

Join our online craft activity to make your own dragon puppet to celebrate Chinese New Year!

National Storytelling Week

Justina's Storytime for National Storytelling Week

We're celebrating National Storytelling Week with a lovely storytime. Join Justina for 'While We Can't Hug' by Eoin McLaughlin, illustrated by Polly Dunbar. 

Children's Writing Competition with Michael Rosen

Picture of Michael Rosen and his book, The Missing

Enter our writing competition for 5 to 16 year olds, inspired and judged by fabulous children's author, Michael Rosen.

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.

Check out the latest LEGO challenge on YouTube now!

STEM Club: Coding an emotions badge 

STEM Club: Coding an emotions badge 

Join us for our first STEM Club event 

Find out how to code a micro:bit to create an emotions badge. You can borrow a micro:bit via our Select and Collect service or create an emotions badge on a computer or device at home.

Events for Early Years

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

Early years events

New for 2021: Baby Nurture Group for new parents

Designed for new parents of babies aged under 4 months this is a 4 week programme which will enable you to meet our specialist team and other new parents. We’ll sing some songs and talk about how libraries can support you and your baby from the very start.

New Group starts on Tuesday 2 March.

Find out more about New Parent and Baby Nurture Group and how to book

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 from Monday 22 February. 

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 currently running at 2pm on Wednesday afternoons on:

  • 24 February 
  • 3 March
  • 10 March
  • 17 March.

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: 

  • The golden age of The Welsh Harp
  • 'Before Windrush: Barnet's Black history from the 17th to the early 20th 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! 

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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