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This May, Cityread travels from London to Andalucia and back again.  Our events are inspired by ‘The Muse’ by author Jessie Burton.

Join Family History expert and author Paul Crooks to explore the secrets in his quest to trace his own family tree. Monday 14 May 6.30pm at Central Library.


CityRead-Spanish Civil War (SCW in Islington Booklet)

Join Historian Richard Baxell for a talk ‘From the Angel to Aragon: Islington, the International Brigades and the Spanish Civil War. Tuesday 8 May 6pm at the Finsbury Library.

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Join Meirian Jump from the Marx Memorial Library us on a special walk to learn all about Islington played in the Spanish Civil War.  Thursday 24 May 5.30pm start at Finsbury Library.


School Holiday Events for Children

Every school holiday, each of our libraries has at least one event for local families to enjoy free of charge. The events might be seasonal (Christmas, Hallowe’en, Chinese New Year), connected to a theme (Black History, or the Summer Reading Challenge theme) or to satisfy different interests (learning, storytelling or crafts). One thing’s for sure, you’ll have a fun time in your local library.

Click here for more info about the next holiday programme (If the last programme shown has passed, the next programme has not yet been finalised).

To ensure places are allocated fairly and everyone enjoys our events safely, please take a minute to look at the guidance below. 

Our events are free but we ask that children who attend our events are or become library members.  Most events are not ticketed (except where stated) but we may operate a queuing system before the start. For safety, the number of children admitted to events is limited to the advertised number. We give priority to families over organised groups when allocating places. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event. Children who we believe are younger than the advertised minimum age may not be admitted. 


Download our Autism booklist autism 2017.

Download our 100 comics book list put together by Gosh! Comics

100 comics A5 booklet web

Download our LGBT book list put together by Gays the Word.

LGBT History Month book list v3

Download the programme for Banned Books week and the book list for Young Adults.

Banned Books Week 2017

Banned Books Week A4 leaflet 2017

Ten Children’s and Teen Books for International Women’s Day