Barnet Libraries Festival 2017

Author: Nick Griffin


A bumper month of special events is under way as the Barnet Libraries Festival returns this October.

Barnet’s annual libraries festival runs until 31 October with a whole host of activities, free talks and events catering for all ages at libraries across the borough.

Highlights include a range of free talks from bestselling authors, including Ben Aaronovitch - who will be visiting the borough’s brand new Finchley Church End library to discuss his work, answer your questions and sign copies of his new ‘Peter Grant’ novella, ‘The Furthest Station’. This and his other works will be available to purchase at the event.

During the course of the month North Finchley library will welcome Swedish crime author Arne Dahl, crime writers Leigh Russell, Anja De Jager and Sarah Ward, while at Mill Hill library Vaseem Khan will offer an insight into his Baby Ganesh Detective Agency novels.

Get Online Week 2017 is 2 - 8 October and will see a host of digital sessions in our libraries, asking you to Try 1 Thing - use the internet to do just one thing you would normally do in a shop or bank, in a doctor’s or chemist, or even over the phone.

Sim Branaghan will take us on a journey through the history of British literary censorship, historian Tony Warner will discuss African British civil rights heroes, and writer Pam Fox will give a talk about the social history of the Jewish community in Golders Green.

For younger residents events include a one man theatre production from the Booster Cushion Theatre, combining the classic rhyme and story. Designed to make children and adults laugh out loud! Suitable for children aged 2+.

"Making a Roman mosaic" is a craft event aimed at children aged six years and above. Children taking part will design their own mosaic and take the finished creation home.

The ‘Build a Book’ Lego competition for under 14s is running throughout October with the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Councillor Reuben Thompstone, Chairman of the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee, said: “There are some really superb events taking place during this year’s Barnet Libraries Festival which should cater to all tastes, many of them free.

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

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