Events at Westminster libraries

Westminster libraries host many events and workshops which differ in each library. View all special events by date in the forthcoming 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. Forthcoming 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

First aid workshop

Wednesday 31 May, 10am to midday

Help yourself and others so you have the skills and confidence to know what to do if a first aid crisis happens. Book your free place at the library or 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 / date Information
Songs and rhymes for under 5s Tuesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
PlayCantonese Second and last Wednesdays of every month, 10.30am to 11.30am An under 5s baby and toddler group with stories and songs in Cantonese.

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date  Information
Healthy lifestyle checks Mondays, midday to 2.30pm Free health checks by the Westminster Health Improvement Team. No need to book a place, just turn up.
 
Free computer training Every other Monday, 2pm to 4pm One-to-one basic computer and internet skills tuition. Email, searching online, completing forms, laptop, tablet and smartphone assistance - hourly places need to be booked at the library.
Chinese painting class  Saturdays, 11am to 1pm £10 per session. To join, please contact Charing Cross Library, email info@orientalgallery.co.uk or phone 07956 227 997.

 

3. Church Street Library

View Church Street library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Journey to health stall with Cycle Confident

Thursday 15 June, midday to 2pm

Free health information available. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

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

Event Time / date Information
French club for kids Every other Tuesday and Wednesday, 4.30pm to 5.15pm Free for 6 to 8 year olds. Games, songs and activities within a small group with a qualified and experienced native French teacher. Booking essential.
Homework club Thursdays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Stories, songs, crafts and fun for under 5s Thursdays, 10.30am to midday Read more about sessions for under 5s
Scratch computer coding club Saturdays, 2.30pm to 3.30pm A fun club for kids aged 8 to 11. Learn to use code to make games, visuals and programmes. Booking is essential - please email 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), please speak to staff beforehand.

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
English speaking club for men and women Every 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.
Shared reading group Tuesdays, midday to 1pm Read more about reading groups
Advice plus session Wednesdays, 10.30am to 12.30pm (not held in August) Drop-in sessions for help and advice on housing, benefits, council tax, etc.
Free health MOTs for residents Fridays, 1pm to 4.30pm A 30-minute healthy lifestyle check for adult residents in Westminster. It may include measurement of blood pressure, cholesterol, waist circumference, height, weight and goal setting. Book an appointment or drop-in. Contact Fabio on 020 7563 6217 or fabio.feca@clch.nhs.uk.
Bengali women's reading and writing group Fridays, 9.30am to 11.30am Provided by the Westminster Libraries Bengali Outreach Project. For more information and to join, contact Mahbuba Khan on 020 7641 5474 or visit the reading groups page.
Reading group Meets monthly on Fridays Read more about reading groups
Knitting group Saturdays, 10.30am to midday Experts and beginners alike are welcome - ask in the library for more information.
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

Spot the heroes and villains

Saturday 27 May to Saturday 3 June
Some famous super heroes are hiding out in the library. Can you find them all and decipher the secret code word?

Monster mouth! 

Tuesday 30 May, 2.30pm to 4pm
Create your very own monster puppet to celebrate National Smile Month. There's no need to book a place, just turn up.

Financial capability drop-in sessions

Wednesday 31 May, 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 7 June, 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 14 June, 2pm to 4pm

Citizens Advice Westminster will be offering information on various topics, including:

  • banking
  • understanding credit and loans
  • energy saving
  • budgeting

No need to book a place, just turn up.

Drawing dinosaurs, monsters and other creatures

Thursday 1 June, 10.30am to midday and 2.30pm to 4pm
Come and unleash your creativity with this fun and free drawing workshop. There's no need to book a place, just turn up.

First aid workshop

Friday 2 June, 2pm to 4pm

Help yourself and others so you have the skills and confidence to know what to do if a first aid crisis happens. Book your free place at the library or contact Maida Vale Library.

From idea to publication and beyond

Monday 19 June, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

To celebrate National Crime Reading Month, we are hosting an event with author, Linda Stratmann. Linda will talk about her crime novel, A True and Faithful Brother, the latest in the Frances Doughty series. She will also talk about the entire process of writing and publishing a book. Book your free place at the library or contact Maida Vale Library.

Journey to health stall

Thursday 22 June, midday to 2pm

Free health information from Stroke Association and Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

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

Event Time / date Information
Tata Isa French music group Mondays, 11.15am An interactive French music group for little ears. Nursery rhymes, puppetry, props and musical instruments bring the sessions alive. Preschoolers from 6-months old are welcome. Read more on the Tata Isa website£5 per session
Homework club Tuesdays and Fridays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Sessions for under 5s Tuesdays and Fridays, 10.30am; third Saturday of the month, 11am to 11.30am. Runs during the year, with a break for Christmas/New Year. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Code club for kids Wednesdays in term time, 4pm to 5pm Free club aimed at children aged 7 to 11 years. Contact Maida Vale Library for more information.

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Share a Book group Wednesdays, 10.30am to midday Read more about reading groups
Metropolitan Police safer neighbourhood team drop-in Monthly on Wednesday evenings, 6pm to 7pm.  The Westbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team will be available for customers to drop in and raise concerns on local crime and discuss home or personal safety.
Reading group Thursday evenings, once a month Read more about reading groups

5. Marylebone Library

View Marylebone library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Book sale

Tuesday 9 May to Saturday 24 June

Hundreds of books for sale including non-fiction, fiction and children's books. Come along and snap up a bargain.

Computer and internet training

Monday 5 June, Tuesday 6 June, Wednesday 7 June and Friday 9 June

We are offering one to one sessions giving an introduction to basic computer and internet skills. We can help with the following:

  • Starting to use email
  • Booking tickets or shopping online
  • Completing forms and applications online
  • Using Microsoft Word to create letters or documents
  • Using Westminster libraries online resources
  • Using smartphones, kindles and tablets

Speak to a member staff to book your free 40 minute session or contact Marylebone Library.

Special under 5s sessions

Tuesday 6 June, 10.30am to 11am
Friday 9 June, 3.45pm to 4.30pm

Come and celebrate National Bookstart Week with us, where we’ll be singing songs and rhymes  and giving out copies of 'Everybunny Dance!' by Ellie Sandall on Tuesday. And on Friday we'll have super storytelling and a beautiful bunny ears craft. These are free events for the under 5s. No need to book a place, just turn up.

First aid workshop

Tuesday 6 June, 2pm to 4pm

Help yourself and others so you have the skills and confidence to know what to do if a first aid crisis happens. Book your free place at the library or contact Marylebone Library.

Poetry workshop

Wednesday 7 June, 6pm to 7.30pm

Interested in writing poetry? Come along to our evening of creativity and exploration with Toni-Ann La-Crette. Free event that is suitable for all ages. No need to book a place, just turn up.

An evening with Barbara Nadel

Wednesday 7 June, 6pm to 7.30pm

To celebrate National Crime Reading Month, we are hosting an event with bestselling crime author, Barbara Nadel. Free event but places are limited, so please book your place in advance, contact Marylebone Library. Refreshments provided.

Introduction to knitting

Thursday 8 June, 2pm to 4pm

Always wanted to learn to knit? Now is your chance, we will even provide the materials. If you would like to take your work home with you, please bring a pair of 4mm knitting needles. No experience needed for this free class for adults, but please arrive early to secure a place. 

Regular events for children

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

Event Time / date Information
Tiny tots Tuesdays,10.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Storytime for under 5s Fridays, 3.45pm Read more about sessions for under 5s
Saturday morning crafts Saturdays, 10.30am to midday Make something new every week!

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Writers' group Mondays, 6.45pm to 7.45pm Read more about the Marylebone Writers' Group
Reading group Monthly on a Tuesday Read more about reading groups
Crime reading group Last Wednesday of the month, 6.15pm Read more about reading groups
Graphic novel club Monthly on a Wednesday Read more about reading groups

6. Mayfair Library

View Mayfair library contact details and opening hours

Special events

None currently scheduled.

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 sessions Tuesdays, 10.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Tuesdays, 3.45pm to 5pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs

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

Bicycle repair workshop

Saturday 3 June, 11am to 3pm

Bring your bicycle along for a free safety check. Expert bike mechanics from Cycle Confident will be on hand to assess what needs doing, adjust anything minor and advise on bigger jobs. If it’s a quick fix, they'll be able to do it there and then. If it’s something more complex, they can advise you on what’s needed, where to go and about how much you can expect to spend. No need to book a place, just turn up.

First aid workshop

Monday 5 June, 10am to midday

Help yourself and others so you have the skills and confidence to know what to do if a first aid crisis happens. Book your free place at the library or contact Paddington Library.

Journey to health stall

Thursday 29 June, midday to 3pm  

Free health information. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

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

Event Time/date Information
Homework club Mondays and Fridays, 3.30pm to 5.15pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Baby rhyme time Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Songs and rhymes followed by baby play time. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Toddler time Fridays, 10.30am to 11.30am Songs and stories followed by simple crafts.
WAES family workshops Occasional Saturdays Westminster Adult Education Service family workshops take place intermittently. For more information, please contact Paddington Library.

Regular events for adults

Event Time/date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Quit smoking Mondays, 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.
"Share a book" group Mondays, 2pm to 3.30pm and Thursdays, 6pm to 7.30pm Read more about reading groups. Pass on your contact details to a librarian or email kgielgud@westminster.gov.uk to register your interest in joining.
One-to-one CV writing, job search sessions and interview skills workshops Mondays and Fridays, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm Get expert advice on how to update your CV and great tips on job searching. There are also free interview skills workshops which last about 2 hours. Places are limited; book by contacting Paddington Library.
Health check surgery Mondays and Fridays, 11am to 4pm Free one-to-one NHS health checks for anyone aged 40 to 74 and who lives or works in Westminster. Get your results in as little as 20 minutes. Members of the public can also book a series of free, one-to-one health trainer sessions for weight loss, mood boosting and increasing physical activity.
Beginners' IT class Tuesdays, 9.55am to 11.55am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm This course is run by Open Age. To book the afternoon class, please call 020 8964 1900. To book the morning class, please contact Paddington Library.
Writers' group Second Tuesday of each month, 6.45pm to 8.15pm Read more about the Paddington writers' group. Contact Paddington Library to confirm the meeting date as it may vary.
Community reading and writing: essential skills Wednesdays, 10am to 12.30pm from 21 September 2016 (contact WAES for exact dates of terms) Run by WAES, this course will help improve your reading and writing skills and develop your spelling, basic sentence structure and grammar in English. The course is free to students who show proof of benefits and status restrictions may apply/ For more information, contact 020 7641 8665.
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 Fridays, 2pm to 4pm Contact Paddington Library for more information.
Readers' group Third Friday of the month, 6.30pm to 8pm Read more about reading groups. Please contact Paddington Library to confirm the date of the meeting as it may vary.
Free health checks for men Saturdays 9.30am to 2pm 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 on 0207 563 6217 / hpgroup@clch.nhs.uk

8. Pimlico Library

View Pimlico library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Breathe: stories and live experiences from Cuba

Tuesday 30 May, 6pm to 7pm

After living in Cuba for several years, Leila Segal decided to put her experiences and the people she met in a collection of short stories full of heartfelt emotion. Meet Leila and hear her tales from the 'Pearl of the Antilles'.

Special under 5s session

Tuesday 6 June 2017, 10.30am to 11.30am

Come and celebrate National Bookstart Week with us - they'll be stories, rhymes and a bunny craft activity. This is a free event for the under 5s. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Journey to health stall with Cycle Confident

Tuesday 20 June, midday to 2pm

Free health information available. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Regular events for children and young people

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

Event Time / date Information
Wiggle and jiggle Mondays, 10am to 11am Music and movement for toddlers between 12 to 30 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Pimlico chess club Mondays, 6pm to 8pm Club for all ages, run in association with 'Chess in Schools and Communities'.
Homework club Tuesdays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Rhyme time rhymes Tuesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Stories and rhymes for under 5s. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Baby bounce and rhyme Wednesdays, 10am to 11am Knee-bouncing songs for babies between 3 to 12 months. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Just for dads First Saturday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30am Under 5s session especially for dads and male carers to bring children for stories and songs. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Lego Club Monthly on Saturdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Club for 5 to 11 year olds. Please note: under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Pimlico chess club Mondays, 6pm to 8pm Club for all ages, run in association with 'Chess in Schools and Communities'.
CV Advice Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm One to one sessions with a National Careers Service advisor.
Please contact the NCS directly to book your place (places cannot be booked through the library): ncsbookings@prospects.co.uk / 0800 100900 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.
Reading group Last Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
English speaking club in partnership with Rotary Club of London Saturdays, 10am to midday (group restarts Saturday 4 February 2017) Are you interested in improving your spoken English as well as reading and writing? Join for free - no booking required. Some sessions may be cancelled occasionally, please confirm with the library beforehand.

9. Queen's Park Library

View Queen's Park library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Monster teeth!

Tuesday 30 May, 11am to midday

Make a snappy monster puppet and get some top tips for keeping your own teeth healthy, you can even have a go at brushing some giant teeth. This free event includes tooth-friendly snacks and is suitable for children aged 3 to 7. There's no need to book a place, just turn up.

Half term games afternoon

Wednesday 31 May, 2.30pm to 4pm

Wii tournament and board games, suitable for children aged 5 and over. Free and no need to book a place, just turn up.

First aid workshop

Friday 2 June, 10am to midday

Help yourself and others so you have the skills and confidence to know what to do if a first aid crisis happens. This is a free event but places must be booked in advance, contact Queen's Park Library.

Wimpy Kid afternoon

Friday 2 June, 2.30pm to 4pm

Join us in celebtating the release of the new 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' film - we have games, activities and a competition. Free event that's suitable for children aged 6 and over. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Assisting people who haven’t been working for a while

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.

Please 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/guardian - please fill in one form and attend any after-school clubs.

Event Time / date Information
Homework club Mondays and Fridays, 3.45pm to 5.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Rhyme time for under 5s Mondays and Fridays, 10.30am to 11.30am (except school holidays) Read more about sessions for under 5s

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster  Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Reading group Third Monday of the month Read more about reading groups
Stop smoking stall Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 3pm This is delivered by our partners, Kick It Stop Smoking services.
"Share a book" group Tuesdays, 3.30pm to 5pm We read short stories, poems, plays and novels aloud, and discuss what we’ve read. There's no pressure to read aloud or join in the discussion; you decide how much you participate. New joiners should contact Queen's Park Library or just turn up. Read more about reading groups

10. St John's Wood Library

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

Special events

None currently scheduled.

Regular events for children and young people

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

Event Time / date Information
Tata Isa French music group Mondays, 10am £6 per session. For more information, visit the Tata Isa website
Storytime Mondays, 4pm to 4.30pm Magical journeys into a world of fantasy, adventure and fun!
Code club Tuesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.15am. Saturdays, 11am. Read more about sessions for under 5s
Homework club Wednesdays during term time, 3.30pm to 4.30pm Ages 7 to 13. Read more about homework clubs
Share a read Thursdays, 4pm to 5pm Join our group to read a story together. We read as a group, one-to-one, and also on our own.
Saturday morning crafts Saturdays, 10.30am to midday Make something new every week!

Regular events for adults

Event Time / date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Crime readers group Third Tuesday of the month Read more about reading groups
Shared reading group Second Monday of the month Read more about reading groups
Information and advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau Wednesdays, 10am to midday Please call 08444 771611 to book an appointment
IT drop-in session Wednesdays 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
Monthly meet-up Last Wednesday of the month, 10.30am to midday A series of informal talks, workshops and book readings with coffee, tea and croissants for seniors. The Penfold Community Hub will have information on activities for the over 50s.
Chair yoga Fridays, 10.30 to 11.30am  
Laptop, tablet and iPad surgery Saturdays, 10.00am to midday Drop-in session. forthcoming dates: 
2016 - 3 Sep, 1 Oct, 5 Nov, 3 Dec
2017 - 4 Feb, 4 Mar, 1 Apr, 6 May, 3 Jun, 1 Jul

11. Victoria Library

View Victoria library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Journey to health stall

Tuesday 27 June, midday to 2pm

Free health information from Stroke Association and Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. No need to book a place, just turn up

Regular events for children and young people

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

Event Time / date Information
Under 5s Wednesdays, 10.30am to 11.30am Read more about sessions for under 5s

Regular events for adults

Event> Time and date Information
Healthy Westminster Regular information and advice sessions Read more about health events
Book gluttons reading group Third Monday of the month, 6pm to 7pm Read more about reading groups
"Share a 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
Writers' group Third Saturday of the month, 11am to midday. Read more about the Victoria writers' group.

12. Westminster Music Library

View Westminster Music Library contact details and opening hours

Special events and news

Make Music Day 2017 - learn to play event

Wednesday 21 June, 11am to 4:30pm

Have you always wanted to learn a musical instrument and play in an orchestra, but not been sure where to start? Now is your chance.
Join us and Making Music for a free one day course for all ages and abilities where you can learn the basics of a playing a musical instrument – and take part in an orchestral performance at the end of the day.
This one day workshop will introduce you to your instrument, and to the basics of notation, allowing you to take part in a group performance of some well-known tunes. With specialist tutors on hand to help you get to grips with your instrument, we’ll help you unlock your inner musician.

Refreshments are included. For more information and to book a free place, go to Making Music

Please note that this event will take place on the first floor to which access is only available by stairs.

Make Music Day 2017 - Oboi

Wednesday 21 June, 6pm to 7pm
Join us on Make Music Day for a programme of works for the oboe family by composers including Beethoven, Haydn and Swindale. Penelope Carter, Vivien Kroner and Anna Pyshkin are students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; they came together to form Oboi in 2016.
Refreshments are included. This event is free, contact Westminster Music Library to book your place.

Please note that this event will take place on the first floor to which access is only available by stairs.

 

Revision to Westminster Music Library opening hours

From 1 April 2017, Westminster Music Library will open each Saturday from 1.30pm to 5pm. 

The Rehearsal Room will still be available for bookings from 10am, and any items of stock that have been reserved - including pre-paid performance sets - may be collected in Victoria Library from 9.30am. 

Weekday opening hours are not affected, the Music Library will remain open Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm.

Read about previous events on Books and the City

13. Westminster Reference Library

View Westminster Reference Library contact details and opening hours

Special events

Journey to health stall

Thursday 1 June, midday to 2pm

Free health information. No need to book a place, just turn up.

Jewellery making workshop - your Liberty style

Monday 19 June, 11am to 2pm

Join us for an exploration of Art Nouveau jewellery by Liberty with a talk by archivist Alison Kenney from Westminster City Archives and a beginners’ workshop using beads to unleash your creative spark.

Places are £6 and all materials are included, please pay in cash when booking. Booking in advance is essential, contact Westminster Reference Library.

 Please note there is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to the building.

Regular events

Event Time / date Information
Drop-in business advice sessions Monthly Business advice sessions with business consultant, Colin Rutt. View details about the session on Eventbrite.
ESOL classes in grammar and conversation Mondays, 4pm to 5pm, 5pm to 6pm Free but class size is limited so please book your place by contacting the library.
Computer training - one-to-one introductions to basic computer and internet skills Wednesdays, 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.
Housing, welfare benefits and debt drop-in sessions Every fortnight on Tuesdays Free 30-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 1.15pm, for a maximum of 6 people so slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
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, please view the Salon for the City website.

14. Exhibitions

All of the following exhibitions are held at the Westminster Reference Library. View library contact details and opening hours

Exhibition space hire

To hire the exhibition space on the first floor of Westminster Reference Library, please contact Nick Alexander on nalexander@westminster.gov.uk, 020 7641 5250 or 07795 336 564. View Facebook for more information

Current and forthcoming exhibitions

Paris Fragments by Susan Reitsis

Monday 15 May to Saturday 27 May 2017

Paris Fragments is a series of collages inspired by the poem “Liberté” by Paul Eluard, written during World War II in occupied Paris. Susan visited Paris in 2010 to find a connection to Eluard’s poem.  Her Parisian adventure included visiting Notre-Dame, the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation, as part of a World War 2 guided walk, Shakespeare and Company bookshop and walking in some of the boulevards.

The outcome of this endeavour is a series of mixed media collages, comprised of fragments of the artist’s own photographs, drawings, paintings and poems.  Susan sees her collages both as a narrative of her stay in Paris and as a small tribute to Paul Eluard’s masterpiece.

Lodger

Wednesday 31 May to Friday 9 June 2017

Visit Lodger, a reading lounge of the exotic, foreign and alien set within the library. The lounge features a selection of books, paintings, objects and plants that together seek to encourage an examination of otherness; further artworks and texts wait to be discovered throughout the library. Works featured range from Rodrigo Meneses’ transformation of the visual cues of emotion into graphic signs, to the journeys between exoticism and belonging in the paintings of Cara Nahaul and James Alfred Hart, and the revision of historic narratives in David Duvshani’s drawings and books.

Artists, curators, writers and other contributors: Cara Nahaul, Mi-Young Choi, James Alfred Hart, Rodrigo Meneses, David Duvshani, Alexandra Ezberova, Antonio García-Acosta, Helena Lugo, Claude-Henri Bartoli, Rosaura, Isaac Olvera, Qian Qian, Justas Santaris, Derzu Campos, Andrés Ordaz, Lanny Walker, Maeve O’Neill, Lelia Acosta, Iván Juárez: x - studio, Norman Mine, Robert Good, BAA, Alexa Phillips, Rossella Black, Asia Fuse and Iván Said.

Previous exhibitions


Last updated: 26 May 2017
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