Islington Reads Week – 26 February – 4 March
Islington 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
Parents 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
Download our LGBT book list put together by Gays the Word.
Download the programme for Banned Books week and the book list for Young Adults.