Libraries' Year of Learning


A packed 12-month schedule of events in Barnet's libraries continues throughout February as part of the borough’s first ‘Year of Learning’.

Libraries Year of Learning

Libraries Year of Learning

The exciting, themed calendar of activities caters for all ages and offers residents the chance to get involved in a whole host of events ranging from juggling lessons, foreign language skills, Origami and calligraphy; to Bollywood dance and a programme of talks from top name authors.

January’s theme of ‘Learn Something New’ has seen a fascinating talk from acclaimed authors Kate Thompson and Melanie McGrath on all things East End, a celebration of poet Robert Burns, employability skills sessions and social media workshops.

This month the programme continues with a series of ‘Get Creative’ themed events.

So far Ben Aaronovich and Andrew Cartmel, authors of ‘Rivers of London’ and the ‘Vinyl Detective’ series have been at Chipping Barnet Library for a Q&A and book signing.

Fans of Danish crime fiction were also treated to an evening with renowned authors Heidi Amsinck, Lone Theils and Lotte Patri.

Michael Martin, the winner of the Irish Post Listowel Writers’ Festival short story competition, was at Finchley Church End library to host a short story writing workshop for aspiring authors.

There will be a chance for children to learn the Japanese art of Origami, to enjoy an exhibition of portraits by students from Queen Elizabeth's Girls’ School and the opportunity to join an ‘Improv Class’ – be prepared for spontaneity, silliness and laughter!

On 19/20 February young writers can join author Savita Kalhan for a fun-filled writing session exploring all sorts of stories –  from action, adventure and fantasy, to horror and sci-fi.

Younger residents can try their hand at Calligraphy and crafts, while adults can try out creative knitting and the art of relaxing with colours.

March will focus on ‘Science: Fact and Fiction’ – from fun experiments, to coding with micro:bits, model solar systems and a talk offering an insight into the paranormal world of Tom Lethbridge – there is something for everyone.

Full details of all the events and activities planned throughout the year, as well as booking information, can be found 
online, or by calling in at your nearest library to pick up a programme.

Councillor Reuben Thompstone, Chairman of the Community Leadership and Libraries Committee, said: “There really is a fantastic programme of events and activities on offer in our libraries throughout 2019 as part of our Year of Learning.

“From learning practical new skills, to getting an insight into a previously unknown field by attending a talk or workshop – there is something for everyone.

“I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take a look at what’s on and to get involved.”

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