Events at Westminster libraries

Westminster libraries host many events and workshops which differ in each library. View all special events by date in the upcoming events section or browse through the guide to find events at your local library, including regulars such as book groups and rhyme time sessions. Westminster City Archives also holds regular events.

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View opening times and contact details for all Westminster libraries. Find out about holiday and other closure dates.

1. Upcoming events

Ongoing events, news and exhibitions

Special events and news

2. Charing Cross Library

View Charing Cross library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Exhibition by artist Soledad Bustos

Monday 1 October to Friday 16 November.

'What the Poet Knows' - an art installation celebrating the lyric word: different languages, different aesthetics, different cultures expressing the human experience.

Free entry.

Charing Cross Library is 70!

Charing Cross Library has been open for 70 years and to celebrate we have some amazing events in November and December.

Dead When I Got Here - film screening and Q&A

Monday 26 November, 6pm to 7.45pm.

Dead When I Got Here is an astonishing documentary about a run down mental institution in Juárez, Mexico, home to people that have nowhere else to go. It is managed by Josué, himself a former patient, who asks the filmmaker to help find the daughter he hasn't seen for 22 years. We are really pleased to share a rare screening of this intimate and compassionate film, whose images and questions will stay with you long after you leave.

Mark Aitken is a filmmaker, writer, photographer and Resonance Radio show host. The film lasts 72 minutes and it will be followed by a Q&A with director.

The film is being shown in our basement room which can only be reached down a flight of steps. We regret that there is no wheelchair, ramp or lift access to this building. The film contains some strong content, it has an advised PG rating.

This is a free event, book your place via Eventbrite

Charing Cross Library's 70th birthday exhibition

Monday 26 November to Friday 14 December.

As part of our 70th birthday celebrations, we will host an exhibition of original photographic material detailing the history of this unique public library and cultural space.

Free entry.

An evening with Ben Aaronovitch

Monday 3 December, 6pm to 8pm.

As part of the 70th birthday celebrations of the opening of Charing Cross Library, popular London author, Ben Aaronovitch will be talking about his latest novel Lies Sleeping (due to be published in November 2018), part of his acclaimed Rivers of London series. There will be a chance of buying and signing his latest titles.

This is a free event. To book a place, contact Charing Cross Library

Chinese take away: shaping Chinatowns around the world

Sunday 9 December, 3pm to 4pm.

Charing Cross Library's close neighbour is London's Chinatown - a focal point for the capital's Chinese diaspora and a popular tourist destination. Hear more about how history, urban regeneration and changes in migration and tourist expectations shape the capital's best known ethnic precinct and how the neighbourhood compares with Chinatowns around the world.

Free event, to book a place contact Charing Cross Library

Charing Cross Library is 70 - birthday party

Monday 10 December, 6pm to 7.45pm.

Join us for an evening full of entertainment to help us celebrate our 70th birthday.

  • 6pm to 6.30pm: Music from the East

A performance of traditional Chinese dance and Guzheng music courtesy of the Han Culture Association in London.

  • 6.30pm to 7.10pm: The Lore of Tea

A talk on the traditional art of Chinese tea brewing, performance and tea tasting by Ms Weibo Jiang, Chinese National Certificate on Advance Tea Art and fine wines broker and educator.

  • 7.10pm to 7.40pm: traditional Chinese tea tasting
  • 7.10pm to 7.30pm: Pingshu: the traditional art of Chinese storytelling by Mr Zhang.
  • 7.30pm to 7.45pm: a library through time

Discover the colourful history and secrets of number 4 Charing Cross Road.

The times are approximate as some of the events may overrun.

All events are free, but booking in advance is essential. To book a place, contact Charing Cross Library

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Chatterbooks reading group Second Tuesday of the month, 4.15pm to 5.15pm For children aged 6 to 11. Read more about Chatterbooks
Play Cantonese Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10.30am to 11.30am An under 5s baby and toddler group with stories and songs in Cantonese
Cantonese and Mandarin lessons Saturday, 10.30am to 2pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm Suitable for children aged 3 to 17 years old. For more information, prices and to book contact Miss Chan on 07886 575 467
Chinese parent and child group Monthly on Sunday For more information contact Dr Lingjie Wang by email
lingjiewang@hotmail.com

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date  Information
Healthy lifestyle checks Monday, 12pm to 2.30pm Free health checks by the Westminster Health Improvement Team. No need to book a place, just turn up
 
Learn Mandarin Monday, 6pm to 7.30pm Contact Charing Cross Library for more information and to confirm dates
Union Dance Autumn Residency Sessions Monday, 7.30pm to 9pm £3 per day / £1 concessions. Free for those living and working in Westminster and for young people (16 years upwards). Text Corrine on 07976557415 or email for more information and to confirm times.
Action on Hearing Loss drop-in session Monthly on Tuesday, 11am to 2pm Free one to one sessions with the largest charity in the UK for people with hearing loss. Share your concerns and hearing loss checks are available. Next dates: Tuesday 14 August, Tuesday 11 September and Tuesday 9 October 2018.
Traditional Chinese painting classes 

Tuesday, 11am to 4pm (with a break for lunch)

Saturday, 11am to 1pm

5 classes of traditional Chinese landscape painting starting Tuesday 6 March 2018.

Ten classes of traditional Chinese painting of flowers and birds starting Saturday 3 March 2018.

For more information about fees, email info@orientalgallery.co.uk or phone 07956 227 997

Beautiful Life Chinese reading group Monthly on Friday For more information contact the group's organiser by email yoyochen082010@gmail.com
Painting workshops by London Mandarin Arts Saturday and Sunday afternoons Art classes for people with no previous experience; you will be to complete a picture in an afternoon. For more information, contact London Mandarin Arts
Chinese London Reading Club Monthly This is a lively and friendly Chinese language group which meets once a month for reading discussions. For more information contact the organiser, Ms Bai by email aihaoshu@gmail.com

 

3. Church Street Library

View Church Street library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Dance of Life - tales from Church Street 

Until Friday 30 November.

londonprintstudio's new illustrated book is a collection of 12 stories drawn from the lives of storytellers living in and around Church Street Market, Westminster. Depicting some real life experiences - and some imagined stories, the book is a collaboration between Church Street residents and students studying illustration at the Royal College of Art. 

Brilliantly illustrated by talented young artists, these stories tell tales of drama, mystery and imagination in everyday life at Church Street Market.

Free entry.

Inspirational talk with David Hewett

Tuesday 20 November, 5pm to 6pm.

Join David Hewett for an inspirational, practical and profound talk on the lives of Arthur Stace, Eric Liddell, Viktor Frankl, and Helen Keller.

Book your free place via Eventbrite

Litcraft: explore books with Minecraft

Wednesday 21 November, 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Litcraft is an amazing new programme, developed by Lancaster University working with Microsoft, which gives kids the chance to explore books with Minecraft. Come and dive into classic literature in a whole new way using both the books themselves and important locations recreated in Minecraft.

This is a free event suitable for children aged 8 to 12. Limited places available, book via Eventbrite

Reading Zone picture book workshop

Saturday 8 December, 11am to 12.30pm.

Saturday 15 December, 11am to 12.30pm.

Come and make your very own picture book at our workshop. Meet illustrator Mini Gray and Caroline Hom who will support you with your unique creation and the finished book.

You can also enter it into a competition taking place in January.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

CityWest free employment services

Tuesday 27 November, 2pm to 3pm.

Esther and Shah are here to support you in finding employment, help with your CV, developing your interview skills and help with universal credits. Come along to the event and build your confidence to go for that job.Esther and Shah are very approachable and helpful. And have already helped lots of people in the community.

Book your free place via Eventbrite

Author talk with Jacqueline Maurice

Thursday 29 November, 5pm to 6pm.

Join Jaqueline as she discusses her book, The House on the Hill, an intriguing romantic story of individuals who find themselves drawn into an unexpected world of past events which continue to disrupt and re-shape their futures.

Refreshments will be provided.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

Author Talk: 7 Deadly Dates by Jean-Paul Noel-Cephise

Thursday 13 December, 5.30pm to 7pm.

Jean-Paul will be coming in for a chat about his book “7 Deadly Dates”, a witty take on the realms of online dating from the male perspective.
Jean-Paul offers an insight into the world of dating, his first date disasters and offers advice to those singles hopefully trying to avoid their own deadly dates! Jean- Paul’s book has featured on various radio stations and television, and will be appearing on Blind Date later this year.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Games club Monday, 4.30pm to 6.00pm We play a variety of traditional board games as well as having fun on our Playstation 4! No booking required. For ages 5+
Story time Tuesday, 4.10pm to 4.45pm Storytelling and a craft activity; suitable for children aged 2 to 6.
French club  Every other Tuesday and Wednesday, 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Free for 6 to 8 year olds. Games, songs and activities within a small group with a qualified and experienced native French teacher.

The Tuesday club is for post-beginners and the Wednesday club is for beginners.

Booking essential.

Read to me  Every Wednesday, 3.45pm to 5.15pm Volunteers are available to listen to your child read during 15 minute sessions. Suitable for children aged 6 to 9 to years old. Contact Church Street Library to sign up. 
Homework club Thursday, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Little painters Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am A free arty group for 2-4 year olds. Booking not required, just come along!
Lego Club Friday, 4.30-5.30pm Calling all builders! Come along and create a masterpiece out of Lego, with the best being displayed in the library during the week. No booking required. For ages 5+
Scratch computer coding club Saturday, 12.30pm to 1.30pm A fun club for kids aged 8 to 11. Learn to use code to make games, visuals and programmes. Booking is essential, contact Church Street Library

Regular events for adults

For any of these sessions other than the CV and employment drop-in and IT drop-in sessions (all on Mondays), speak to staff beforehand.

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Look on the health events page for details.
English speaking club Monday, 11.30am to 1.30pm, and Wednesday, midday to 1.30pm Improve your spoken English, as well as reading and writing with this free club. For more information ask in the library or contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474.
IT drop in sessions Monday, 1.30pm to 5pm and Friday, 2pm to 5pm Help with using Word, Excel, email, the internet and completing online forms. We can also help with how to write a CV and search for jobs.
Employment advice session Tuesday 10am to 1pm Are you looking for work? Free advice and support sessions by CityWest Homes for Westminster residents. To book a place call Esther on 07775 027 595
Shared reading group Tuesday, 12pm to 1pm

Find out more on the book groups website

Advice plus session Wednesday, 10.30am to 12.30pm (not held in August)

Drop in sessions for help and advice on housing, benefits, and council tax. Doors open at 10am and available slots are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 

Free health MOTs for residents Friday, 1pm to 4.30pm Book an appointment or drop in. Call Fabio on 020 7563 6217 or fabio.feca@clch.nhs.uk.
Bengali women's reading and writing group Friday, 9.30am to 11.30am Contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474 or visit the reading groups page.
Reading group Meets monthly on Friday Find out more on the book groups website.
Knitting group Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm All experience levels are welcome.
IT, ESOL and other courses Regular courses throughout the year For a wide range of courses, contact Westminster Adult Education Service on 020 7297 7297 or see waes.ac.uk.

4. Maida Vale Library

View Maida Vale library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

There are no special events planned at the moment.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular children's events run during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Sessions for under 5s Tuesday and Friday, 10.30am; third Saturday of the month, 11am to 11.30am Runs during the year, with a break for Christmas/New Year. These sessions will start again from Friday 5 January 2018. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Tuesday and Friday, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Careers advice sessions Every Monday, 10am to 4pm

Get free advice on writing a CV, job search techniques and interview preparation. These sessions are run by the National Careers Service. To arrange an appointment call 020 3714 8350 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) or 0800 100 900 (every day 8am to 10pm).

Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events

Meet the Westbourne Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team

First Monday of the month, 4pm to 5pm

Second and fourth Saturday of the month, 1pm to 2pm

 

No need to book, just turn up

Share a Book group Wednesday, 10.30am to 12pm Read more about reading groups
Reading group Thursday evenings, once a month Read more about reading groups
English speaking club Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm Would you like to speak English with confidence? Then join our free club. No need to book, just turn up.

5. Marylebone Library

View Marylebone library contact details and opening hours

Special events

IT help with tea and cakes

Friday 16 November, 2pm to 4pm.

Tired of having to ask your loved ones with help using digital devices? Are you a senior citizen looking to develop your digital skills. Would you like to learn how to use them more effectively in a relaxed atmosphere with tea and cake?

Please bring along your mobile, laptop, iPad etc - so that you can receive one to one tutoring with your own device.

This is a free event. To book your place contact Steve Spavin from AgeUK Westminster by phone 020 3004 5610 or by email:
Stephen.Spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Regular events for children

Regular events for children are run during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Chatterbooks reading group Third Monday of the month, 4 to 5pm Read more about Chatterbooks
Tiny tots

Tuesday and Friday, 10.30am

Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Wednesday, 3.45pm to 5pm For children up to the age of 11. Read more about our homework clubs
Saturday morning crafts Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm Make something new every week!
Board games and Lego club Saturday, 2pm to 4pm A fun club for children from 5 to 10 years old.

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Writers' group Monday, 6.45pm to 7.45pm Read more about the Marylebone Writers' Group
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday Read more about reading groups

6. Mayfair Library

View Mayfair library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Tarot for the 21st century with Susie Johns

Wednesday 12 December, 6.30pm to 8pm.

Susie Johns, a former actor and presenter, will demonstrate and give a talk about tarot and how it can help you take charge of your life.

This is a free event, advanced booking is essential. Book your place via Eventbrite

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Arabic playgroup for the under 5s Last Monday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30am PlayArabic is a playgroup that encourages spoken Arabic, through songs, music and
play. For more information, email: PlayArabic2018@gmail.com 
Under 5s sessions Tuesday, 10.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Tuesday, 3.45pm to 5pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Lego club Friday, 3.45pm to 4.45pm Calling all builders! Come along and create a masterpiece out of Lego, with the best being displayed in the library during the week. No booking required, just turn up.

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday

Read more about reading groups

Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events

7. Paddington Library

View Paddington library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Christmas crafts

Saturday 17 November, 1pm to 4pm.

Join us for a festive Christmas afternoon where you get to make your own greeting cards with a twist - using upcycled materials. All materials will be provided at the event but feel free to bring anything you might want to upcycle or share with the group.

This event is suitable for children and adults; children must be supervised at all times. To book your free place, contact Paddington Library.

How to stay mind and body positive during the festive season

Monday 26 November, 6.30pm to 8pm.

Like to learn how to stay positive in body and mind during the festive season? Meet Jeryl Scurr, the Weight Debate’s founder, she uses a mixture of humour and empathy to give you practical skills to help you:

  • Fight back against seasonal media images and negative messages about health and bodies
  • Eat mindfully, not mindlessly. No foods are bad foods, especially not mince pies.
  • Deal with negative comments – from yourself and others.
  • Practice body acceptance now, not after that New Year diet
  • Ensure you don’t weigh your self- esteem. You are so much more than a number.

This is a free event, to book your place contact Paddington Library.

Guided walk around Bayswater

Saturday 1 December, 1pm to 3pm.

Join us for a guided walk around Bayswater and Paddington to discover some curious local history, significant landmarks and catch up on intriguing new developments…. and perhaps share some stories of your own! Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Meet at the library at 1pm.

This is a free event, to book a place contact Paddington Library.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children are run during term-time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Homework club Monday and Friday, 3.30pm to 5.15pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Baby rhyme time Wednesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Songs and rhymes followed by baby play time. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Toddler toy time Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am A chance for parents and carers of toddlers aged one and above to meet, mingle and make new friends. With toys and colouring to keep your toddlers entertained.
English club Saturday, 2pm to 3pm Using IXL, an online learning experience that provides comprehensive, curriculum-based maths and English. The English and maths clubs are suitable for children in Year 1 and up to Year 13.
 
Maths club Saturday, 3pm to 4.30pm
Lego club First Saturday of the month, 2.30pm to 3.30pm Club for 5 to 12 year olds. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Regular events for adults

Event Time/date Information
"Share a book" group Monday, 2pm to 4pm and Thursday, 6pm to 8pm Read more about reading groups. Pass on your contact details to a member of staff or email kgielgud@westminster.gov.uk to register your interest in joining.
CV help session Tuesday, 10am to 5pm These sessions are run by the   National Careers Service. To arrange an appointment, call 020 3714 8350 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) or 0800 100 900 (every day 8am to 10pm).
Seniors online IT class Tuesday, 1pm to 3pm Open Age run both a beginners and intermediate course. To book a place on either course, contact Paddington Library.
Improve your English, improve your health course Tuesday, 2pm to 4.30pm until Tuesday 13 March This is run by Open Age. For more information, speak to a member of library staff. To book a place, call Maude on 020 8962 5590, or Russell on 020 8962 5583, or email mail@openage.org.uk
Stop smoking Wednesday, 2.30pm to 5.30pm Kick It Stop Smoking specialists offer carbon monoxide testing and free one-to-one sessions for advice and support in giving up smoking.
Readers' group Third Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm to 8pm Read more about reading groups. Contact Paddington Library to confirm the date of the meeting as it may vary.
Community health event Last Thursday of the month, 12.30pm to 3.30pm Please see publicity in the library for further details.
Go online - beginners' IT training Friday, 2pm to 4pm Contact Paddington Library for more information.
Knitting and crochet group Second and fourth Fridays of the month, 5pm to 7pm This group is for absolute beginners and those that would like to improve their knitting or crochet skills.
Free health checks Saturday 10am to 3pm Do you live in or are you registered with a GP in Westminster? Get a free 30 minute healthy lifestyle check and set your new health improvement goals. Weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and health promotion advice. Just turn up, or book an appointment by calling 020 7563 6217 or emailing hpgroup@clch.nhs.uk
English conversation group Saturday, 10.30am to 12.30pm Would you like to speak English with confidence? Then join our free club. No need to book, just turn up. In partnership with Rotary Club of London.

8. Pimlico Library

View Pimlico library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Get creative for Christmas

Saturday 8 December, 2pm to 4pm.

Make your own Christmas decorations, create homemade Christmas cards and decorate (and eat!) Christmas cookies. This is a fun, practical workshop for children and their parents/carers.

This is a free event and advance booking is essential. To book a place contact Pimlico Library

Christmas party for the under 5s

Monday 17 December, 10.30am to 11.30am.

Christmas songs, stories and a visit from someone very special...!

Tickets are £3 per child and only a limited number of places available. To book a place, contact Pimlico Library

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place in term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Wiggle and jiggle Monday, 10am to 11am Music and movement for toddlers between 12 to 30 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Stories, rhymes and crafts Tuesday, 10.30am to 11.30am Stories and rhymes for under 5s. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Baby bounce and rhyme Wednesday, 10am to 11am Knee-bouncing songs for babies between 3 to 12 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Lego Club Monthly on Saturdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Club for 5 to 11 year olds. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.
Junior Chess Club Every Monday, 6.30pm to 7.45pm. Term time only Free, no booking required. Improve your chess skills - Make new friends and have fun! - All abilities welcome Junior Chess Club is back by popular demand! The sessions are provided by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC), and run by CSC coaches with DBS clearance. Children will receive 15 minutes of coaching followed by 1 hour of play with coaching support.

 

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
CV Advice Tuesday from 10am to 4pm

One to one sessions with a National Careers Service advisor.

Contact the NCS directly to book your place (places cannot be booked through the library) by emailing ncsbookings@prospects.co.uk. Call 0800 100900 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

Reading group Last Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
English conversation club Saturday, 10am to midday during term time Are you interested in improving your practical English conversation? Join for free, no booking required. Some sessions may be cancelled occasionally, so confirm with the library beforehand. In partnership with Rotary Club of London.

9. Queen's Park Library

View Queen's Park library contact details and opening hours

Special events

The ? Book Club for kids

Thursday 22 November, 4pm to 5.15pm

Roll the dice and write a funny story with us - don't be shy, come give it a try.

Book club suitable for children aged 7 and over. Refreshments will be provided.

Helping people who have been out of work

Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Are you over 19, unemployed or on JSA? Interested in exploring your options for training or employment? Find out more with our Employment Advisor, who can help with creating a CV, training opportunities and more.

Drop in or make an appointment by calling Shah Alam on 020 7266 8254.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term time only, unless otherwise stated. Children can join these after-school clubs with a registration form signed by a parent or guardian - fill in one form and attend any after-school clubs.

Event Time and date Information
Rhyme time for under 5s Monday and Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am (except school holidays) Read more about sessions for under 5s
IXL Club Maths and English Wednesday 4pm to 5pm (except school holidays) All ages. We are using IXL Maths and English. Offering great support and lots of fun, come along!
Lego club Friday during term time, 4pm to 5pm A fun club for kids age 5 to 11. Bring your imagination, make Lego creations and new friends. No need to book, just turn up.
 

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster  Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Creative writing group Second Monday of the month, 6pm to 7.30pm

Read more about the Queen's Park creative writing group

The next meeting will be on Monday 10 December 2018.

The theme for this month's session will be: 'I, tennis ball'. We will be writing from the point of view of a tennis ball, fancy coming over for a match?

Reading group Third Monday of the month Read more about reading groups
English speaking club Tuesday 11.30am to 1.30pm Improve your spoken English, as well as reading and writing with this free club. For more information ask in the library or contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474.
Basic computer session Thursday, 11.30am to 1.30pm Do you need any email help with using Microsoft Word, sending emails or searching the internet? Then we can help. No need to book, just drop-in.
Meet your local police officers Thursday, 1pm to 2pm The  Queen's Park Safer Neighbourhood Team are available for customers to drop in and raise concerns on local crime and discuss home or personal safety issues.
Jewellery making class Thursday, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Free class where you can learn how to make bracelets, necklaces and more from wire and beads. Bring your own beads or you can buy some from the class teacher for £2. No need to book, just turn up. Beginners welcome. The date of the next class is: Thursday 13 September 2018.

10. St John's Wood Library

View St John's Wood library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Get creative for Christmas

Saturday 15 December, 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Make your own Christmas decorations, create homemade Christmas cards and decorate (and eat!) Christmas cookies. This is a fun, practical workshop for children and their parents/carers.

One parent/ carer per to 2 children.

This is a free event, to book a place contact St John's Wood Library

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children are held in term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Storytime Monday, 10.15am to 11am Magical journeys into a world of fantasy, adventure and fun!
Code club Tuesday, 4pm to 5pm. Booking required. Teaching children programming by making computer games, animations and websites, following the program at Code Studio. Offering great support and fun for all ages.
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesday, 10.15am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Wednesday, 3.30pm to 4.30pm (just come along) Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Japanese rhyme time for the under 5s Third Thursday of the month, 11.30am to 12pm Read more about sessions for under 5s
Chess club Thursday, 4pm to 5pm Booking required
Maths club Friday, 4pm to 5pm Booking required
Saturday morning crafts Saturday, 10.30am to 12pm Make something new every week!

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Family history group Third Monday of the month, 11am to 12pm Free monthly meeting with refreshments. No need to book, just turn up. If you would like to look at something in particular, contact St John's Wood Library
Crime readers group Third Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
CityWest Homes drop in surgery Wednesday, 10am to 12pm Advice for tenants and lessees
IT drop-in session Wednesday 2pm to 4pm Delivered by WAES, jointly funded by the councillors for Abbey Road and Regent's Park wards. You must be a resident of these wards to attend and you will be asked to record what you have learned each week. Sessions are free; no booking is required, but places are given on a first come, first served basis.
Book club First Wednesday of the month Read more about our book clubs
English conversation club Thursday, 10am to midday

Would you like to speak English with confidence? Then join our free club. No need to book, just turn up. In partnership with Rotary Club of London.
                                      

Chair yoga Friday, 10.30am to 11.30am  
Laptop, tablet and iPad surgery First Saturday of the month, 10am to 12pm Drop in session. Get some help with your portable IT problems and woes. This session is free and there is no need to book.

11. Victoria Library

View Victoria library contact details and opening hours

Special events

The Story Room: creative writing workshops for children

Saturday 8 December, 2pm to 4pm.

Creative writing workshops for children aged 7 to 10, £25 (quote OFFER to get your first session for £15).

Email Helena to find out more.

City of Stories

Monday 19 November, 6pm to 7.30pm.

Living in one of the most diverse and creative cities in the world, City of Stories celebrates libraries as the place where London’s writers and readers can discover and create stories. Since its launch in 2017, over 1,400 people have taken part in City of Stories, creating their own stories and reading and attending events. After a phenomenal response this summer, with over 500 writers participating in 42 free writing workshops across London, we are very excited to announce that the City of Stories is returning this November with a series of open mic events.

At these events, taking place in 21 libraries across the city, Spread the Word and London Libraries are inviting writers and readers alike to come and listen to stories created at the workshops this summer, and share their own.

More about the event can be found on the Bidsha website.

You’ll also have the opportunity to pick up a free copy of the 2018 City of Stories anthology, featuring over 60 brand new stories ranging from the 2018 writers-inresidence Meena Kandasamy, Gary Budden, Olumide Popoola and Leone Ross to the City of Stories competition winners.

Book your free space on Eventbrite.

Regular events for children and young people

Regular events for children take place during term time only, unless otherwise stated.

Event Time and date Information
Under 5s Thursday, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Italian story, play and rhyme time Friday, 11am to 12pm. Weekly playgroup for children under the age of 4 - with stories and rhymes in Italian. £3 donation per session. No need to book, just come along.

Regular events for adults

Event Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Women's only exercise session Monday, 10.30am to 12.30pm

A mixture of tai chi and yoga. For more information and to book a free place, call or text Roxy on 07483 172 128

This group will next meet on Monday 10 September 2018.

Writers' group First Monday of the month, 6pm to 7.15pm Read more about the Victoria writers' group
Book gluttons reading group Third Monday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups
Housing advice Tuesday, 2pm to 5pm

Free sessions from Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Get advice for any housing-related query you may have. Slots are allocated on a first come first served basis, speak to a member of library when you arrive.

Upcoming sessions:

  • 25 September
  • 9 October
  • 23 October
  • 6 November
  • 20 November
  • 4 December
Book group Thursdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm Read more about reading groups
Reading group Last Thursday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups

12. Westminster Music Library

View Westminster Music Library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

There are no special events planned at the moment.

Read about previous events on Books and the City.

13. Westminster Reference Library

View Westminster Reference Library contact details and opening hours

There is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.

Special events

Exploring our expanding universe by Dr Andreu Font Ribera

Thursday 15 November, 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is only one of the billions of galaxies in the Universe. A hundred years ago, Edwin Hubble discovered that most of our neighboring galaxies are receding from us, and suggested for the first time that our Universe could be expanding. This hypothesis was soon confirmed with the observations of more and more distant galaxies, and the theory of the Big Bang was suggested to explain the observed expansion.

In this talk, Dr Andreu Font Ribera will give an overview of what we know about the expansion of the Universe, and how we can use maps of the distribution of galaxies to measure the expansion and learn about the different components of our Universe.

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New style hustle dance class

Saturday 17 November, 2pm to 4pm.

Hustle is mambo inspired partner dance that originated in the 1970s in New York. New style hustle is a modern take on it which made it popular amongst younger audiences worldwide. In the class you will learn the basics of hustle, rhythm, figures, and how to play around with them using new style hustle principles.

The class will be taught by the duo known as T-Boy and Inga Be. They both learnt these dance styles in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver, and they have been teaching regular classes in London since 2014 as well as performing and teaching the dance worldwide.

Come along to learn a few new moves, enjoy yourself and have fun - whatever experience of dance you have.

This is a free event but a £6 refundable deposit is required which will be refunded to your account on attending the event. Book via Eventbrite

The Paper Traveller

Wednesday 21 November to Saturday 24 November.

An immersive theatrical journey across Westminster Reference Library

Tickets: £5. Book online.

Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November: 5pm to 8pm.
Saturday 24 November: 2pm to 5pm.

Show duration: 45 minutes. Over-14s only

What if books could talk? Go on a treasure hunt across library spaces and discover the imaginary worlds concealed inside books.

Through a series of pop-up books, papercut sets, intimate sound installations and live theatre performances, this immersive show takes you on a storytelling journey through books and explores what happens if you get lost in one.

First aid workshop

Thursday 29 November, 2pm to 4pm.

Would you know what to do in an emergency? This workshop from the British Red Cross is designed to give you a few simple but highly effective first aid skills that will help someone that is ill or injured.

The workshop is designed to build upon your existing knowledge and instincts and will give you more confidence to help in a crisis.

This is a free event but a £3 refundable deposit is required. The deposit will be refunded to those that take part in the event.  Book your place via Eventbrite.

Salon no. 60: London Lunacy

Thursday 29 November, 6.30pm to 8pm.

The story of London's treatment of the insane in the 19th Century is often a strange, disturbing one. Yet it was also a time when the understanding of madness moved from seeing it as lunacy to an issue of mental health. Join historians Mike Jay and Sarah Wise as they analyse some of the surprising and secret stories of Victorian metropolitan madness.

Tickets are £9.50 and can only be bought in advance only from the Antiquebeat website

Moon: Art, Science, Culture talk

Thursday 6 December, 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Join art historian, Alexandra Loske and astronomer, Robert Massey for a talk about their new book, 'Moon: Art, Science, Culture', which was published recently.

This is a free event, book a place via Eventbrite

Regular events

Event Time and date Information
ESOL classes in grammar and conversation Monday, 4pm to 5pm, 5pm to 6pm Free but class size is limited so please book your place by contacting the library.
Housing, welfare benefits and debt advice session Every other Tuesday, 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Free 40-minute sessions from Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. Get advice and, if necessary, further appointments for follow-up work.

Bookings can only be made in person on the day at 12.30pm, for a maximum of 5 people so slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Computer training - one-to-one introductions to basic computer and internet skills Wednesday, 10.30am to 12.30pm Speak to staff to book your free 30-minute session on using email, booking tickets or shopping online, completing forms and applications online, using the online library and Westminster libraries' online resources, using Microsoft Office, and using smartphones, kindles and tablets.
Social group for adults who live in Westminster with Asperger syndrome First Thursday of the month, 5pm to 7pm For further information email assistlondon@nas.org.uk  or call 020 8962 3015.
Salon for the City: London at the library Last Thursday of the month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Event series taking a look at London through a different lens each month. For more information, visit the Salon for the City website.
   

 

 

14. Exhibitions

All of the following exhibitions are held at the Westminster Reference Library. 

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Retreevable: Life Findings by Margaret Jennings

Monday 12 to Saturday 24 November.

In the face of looming climate change, predicted increase of urban population density and The Anthropocene, the work is motivated by urgency and deep concern of loss of community spaces and opportunities to connect and flow freely through living space as our own. This loss, the depletion of woodlands, ancient forests, city parks, and inextricably interwoven wild life, plants and species, links together here to critically question "Who we are and where we are going?" in the taken for granted everyday speed of daily consumer life.

Explorations of participative reconnections, potential human empathy for life forms beyond our own kind in the presence of the otherness of trees, their language and intelligence, are investigated in a rich tapestry of materials and processes, of textiles, photographs, videos, ceramics, silent walks, carvings and writings. Engendering deformatting in a 'keen eyed re-sensitised childlike curiosity zone,' focus is on phycological shift and decolonizing our relationship to nature. Recognising connections through archives and libraries, books and paper, and nurturing of growth and fruition. Opportunity is offered here to hand write, display and share tree 'stories'; any personal thoughts about trees.

Arts Territory Exchange Archive Tour

Friday 16 November to Saturday 15 December.

The Arts Territory Exchange works with artists in remote locations across the world, pairing them in creative correspondences and organising exhibitions and events.

The current archive tour is curated by Art Language Location and consists of various artist's books, images and artefacts, an index box containing documentation from artist exchanges and views from artists' home or studio windows, also a soundwork entitled Fictional Territories created by two collaborating artists Didi Hock in Germany and Kim Goldsmith in Australia.

Reperceived by Anupa Sahdev

Monday 26 November to Saturday 8 December.

This exhibition showcases a series of portraits created from life by visual artist, Anupa Sahdev. The artworks emphasise a perceptual response to their respective subjects, allowing space for the sensations and subliminal connections. Anupa embraces the uncertainty that prevails during the creative process and avoids a conscious formulaic method, in order to asymptote towards a connective stillness; working from the same model thus never results in the same outcome. 

Anupa is inspired by the philosophical ideas of John Keats, as well as the paintings and drawings of Modigliani, Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh. The main medium in the show is pastels that the artist feels allows for subliminal explorations and ethereal evocations through chromatic interactions.

The exhibition will close at 3pm on Saturday 8 December.

Space hire

Interested in hiring the exhibition space on the first floor of Westminster Reference Library? For further information, including the full terms and conditions of hire please contact the library

There is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.

Previous exhibitions


Last updated: 19 November 2018
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