Library events

Events programme

We are currently running events online and are piloting some early events face to face.

    Events for Adults

    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 to An evening with Vivienne Cato

    Reading Friends Group

    Reading Agency Logo

    Our weekly Reading Friends group meets to talk about books and reading. Sessions are informal and no reading is required in advance. 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)

    Events for children

    Empathy Day

    On 10 June, EmpathyLab hosted an Empathy Day of exciting and creative online events and home-based celebrations to help children read, connect and act using empathy.

    Authors, illustrators, schools, libraries and families across the country took part in this fun packed programme of activities.

    Check out our family activities pack

    Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021

    The Reading Agency and libraries are excited to introduce Wild World Heroes, Summer Reading Challenge 2021

    We are celebrating nature and action for the environment, in partnership with WWF UK. Full details of our summer programme of events are coming soon.

    Visit our Wild World Heroes page for the latest updates.

    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 currently running free regular live online events for babies and toddlers.

    From 14 June 2021 we will also be piloting some free face to face activities at Chipping Barnet Library.

    Early years events

    Baby Rhyme Time (face to face) at Chipping Barnet Library

    We are running a 6 week pilot of Baby Rhyme time sessions in line with current COVID-19 guidelines.

    As we will be singing, we are only allowed 5 adults at each session. This means that:

    • each ticket allows entry for 1 adult. The adult must be accompanied by 1 or 2 children
    • we are operating a waiting list system so if you book a place and are unable to come, please cancel so that we can offer your place to another family

    These sessions are free. Please read the full COVID-19 information when you book.

    2 sessions are running on Mondays. They will take place at 10.45am and 11.45am

    Book Baby Rhyme Time (face to face)

    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 are free to book on:

    1,2,3 Let’s Count!

    Thursday 1 July at 11am

    Counting display for under fives

    A free online rhyme and story event to support early numeracy.

    Book 1, 2, 3 Let's Count

    Story and Craft event

    Wednesday 14 July at 10.30am

    Story and craft event for under fives

    A free face to face Storytime and Craft event at Chipping Barnet Library.

    This is a pilot event run in line with current government guidelines for libraries.

    Places must be booked in advance.

    Book Story and Craft event

    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: 

    • Five Pioneer Airwomen at Hendon
    • 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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