Islington Reads Week – 26 February – 4 March

A9Ruys4f_1o6cnpj_34kIslington is once again hosting a week of events to celebrate reading – including #Everyoneastoryteller library sessions with stories read by drag queens, a booklist of must-read female authors to celebrate the 100th anniversary of partial suffrage, the announcement of this year’s ‘Teen Read Vote’ winner plus gifting of £1 World Book Day vouchers at our under 5s mornings. Click here to check out the full programme.

International Women’s Day – 8 March

All these events are free. No need to book


Blackguards in Bonnets

Join us for a talk about Jewish suffragettes by Roz Currie curator of the Islington Museum. An event for International Women’s Day.

Tuesday 6 March from 6 – 7 pm Cat and Mouse Library, 277 Camden Road, N7 0JN

Thursday 15 March from 6 – 7 pm West Library, Bridgeman Road, N1 1BD

Phone: 020 7527 7900 (Cat and Mouse); 020 7527 7920 (West)

 Islington Libraries present Esther Freud to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018

Best-selling author Esther Freud will be talking about her life, her career as a writer and how she got started.

Wednesday 7 March from 6.30 – 7.30 pm  Archway Library, Hamlyn House, Highgate Hill, N19 5PH

Phone: 020 7527 7820

 Meet the Authors – an event for International Women’s Day Event

Islington Libraries present Kieran Yates and Wei Ming Kam to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018

Kieran Yates and Wei Ming Kam will be reading from ‘The Good Immigrant’ and talk about their life their career as a writer and, how they got to where they are now.

Thursday 8 March from 6.00-7.00pm           Cat and Mouse Library, 277 Camden Road, N7 0JN

Phone: 020 7527 7900

Booklists for International Women’s day

Inspired by a booklist created by New York Public Library we have selected over 200 books written by women. Click here for the full list.


Strong Girls in Children’s and Teen Fiction – 10 books for ages 0-16 for International Women’s Day

From Lola to Pippi to Katniss – strong girl characters are everywhere in children’s and teen fiction. Check out 10 here plus ideas on where to look for more



LGBT History month

All our libraries have book promotions for LGBT History month. Download the book list here:

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 t he 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. 


Winter Reading Challenge

CutOutParents and children love the Summer Reading Challenge so much they suggested we have a winter one! The Winter Reading Challenge starts on 1 December and ends on 28 February. The Challenge is for 4-11s but younger and older can join in. After each book, tell the staff about the books you’ve read, and collect a sticker on your progress card. Complete 6 books and you’ll get a certificate plus the chance to win a special prize. Click here to see more.



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