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Events for under fives

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Events for children

World Building Creative Writing Workshop 

Creative Writing Workshop

Thursday 17 February from 11am to 12pm

Colindale Library

Join award-winning writer and creator of the BENLUNAR podcast, Simon Maeder, for a creative writing workshop where you can learn how to BUILD WORLDS. 

In this hour you will touch on the basics of how to design a world from scratch and start telling stories that take place there. You will:

  • Construct your own small village and create characters who live there
  • Understand how their stories intertwine and connect to a wider world
  • Create rules as to how your world functions

This is a free event for children aged 7 and above

Tickets are limited please book a place

Lego Club

Barnet Libraries Lego Club

Lego Club is designed for children of all ages and we find it is very popular with children over 3. 

Lego Club will be running at Chipping Barnet Library from 11am to 12pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday 22 January

To keep everyone as safe as possible we will be limiting numbers and places will be available on a first come first served basis. You will need to book your place at the desk on arrival.

Watch our online Lego Club challenges

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

Stumble Trip Theatre present Is This It?

Brought to you by Barnet Libraries and INN CROWD

Is this it picture

Tuesday 25 January from 7 to 8pm

Colindale Library

Scintillating, satirical, playful stories come together with enchanting music for an evening of madcap humour.

Three tales about the world we live in and the lives we are speeding towards. A woman escapes domestic drudgery into the wild magic of the woods. A talented singer is swamped by social media obsession. And two sisters escape a zero-waste, wellbeing obsessed culture into a community of misfits and outcasts.

Told with energy and verve, these stories are sure to entertain. All the while asking whether there might not be a little more to life than this.

Tickets are limited, you must book.

Book Is This It?

Barnet Libraries and Generation 2 Generation present:

An online evening with Francis Morton discussing the story of his Holocaust survivor parents, George and Renée

Francis Morton event

Wednesday 26 January 2022 from 7pm to 8pm

Francis's parents lived in Czechoslovakia before World War II but came to England as Jewish refugees. 

His mother came to England in 1938 on a domestic service visa to care for the children of a family in Cambridge.

While his father escaped from Czechoslovakia in 1940. He entered Palestine and was then interned on Mauritius by the British. He then came to the UK in 1942 as an RAF volunteer.

Francis uncovered their stories after finding some 500 letters written by family and friends during this period, and his talk also covers the fate of those family members unable to escape from occupied Europe. The talk includes a 20 minutes Q & A session.

Book a free ticket for An evening with Francis Morton

An Online evening with author Rachel Kolsky discussing Women of Worth

Women of Worth

Wednesday 9 March 2022 from 7pm to 8pm

Author and prize winning London Blue Badge tourist guide Rachel Kolsky talks about Jewish and non Jewish women who have made an impact on the Jewish community of London, followed by a Q and A session. 

This engaging and entertaining talk will feature details about several women of note; including Alice Model and her maternity hospital, the youth work of Miriam Moses and Lily Montagu, the philanthropy of the Rothschild ladies and activists such as Minnie Lansbury and Lady Battersea who campaigned against the White Slave Trade and for Votes for Women not forgetting Henrietta Barnett who established Toynbee Hall in the heart of the Jewish East End and Hampstead Garden Suburb further north.

Book a free ticket

Reading Connections Group 

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:

Telephone: 020 8359 2626 (Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm)

Online Conversation Café sessions

Learn to practise speaking English with confidence, improve your Vocabulary and much more.

Join our friendly group every Friday 10:30-12pm.

For More information please send an email to


Drop in IT help sessions for adults

Do you need help using PC, laptop, smart phone or a tablet?

Come to our weekly drop in sessions on Tuesdays 11am - 12.30pm. 

No booking required, sessions are run on a first come first serve basis.

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