Online library events for adults

We have an exciting programme of events and activities for adults online.

Regular events

Day  Activity Details
Thursday, 11am to 1.30pm English Speaking Club

Would you like to speak English with confidence? Then join our weekly session on Microsoft Teams.

For more information and to book a place, email

Thursday, 2pm to 3pm Aloud in the Cloud shared reading group 

Aloud in the Cloud is a weekly shared reading group. Come along to hear us read aloud some of our favourite stories and poems. 

Book your free place via Eventbrite

Special events

Webinars with the National Careers Service 

We've teamed up with the National Careers Service to bring you a series of online workshops to help you get that job.

LinkedIn for job searching

  • Thursday 20 August
  • 2pm to 2.40pm

LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for job searching.

Networking is key to establishing your online presence and contacts with professionals. This overview will help you assess ways to improve your profile and increase your career potential.

Book your free place for LinkedIn for job searching via Eventbrite

Redundancy – how to get back on track

  • Thursday 27 August
  • 2pm to 2.40pm

Facing redundancy or newly redundant? There is hope after redundancy. 

Join us for this webinar where you can explore ways to reflect, research, make decisions and start to think about how to build your strategy for the next season of your career. We offer practical advice on how to return to a similar role, or start something fresh.

Book your free place for Redundancy – how to get back on track via Eventbrite 

Uncover your potential - your transferable skills

  • Thursday 10 September, 2pm to 2.40pm

Time for a career change? You have skills you don't even know you have. 

In this session, we start by asking ‘where do I begin – how do I know what careers suit me and how can I demonstrate to an employer that I am right for their job?' 

Book your free place for Uncover your potential - your transferable skills in September via Eventbrite

Unleash the leader in you masterclass

  • Wednesday 19 August
  • 6pm to 8pm

Join our masterclass with Schnel Hanson to help you reconnect with yourself, identifying your positive traits so you leave with a productive mindset. Mental well-being has never been more important, if you’ve felt a change in your mental health these past few months, now is the time to do something about it. 

In this class you will:

  • experience a live transformational coaching session with Marisa Peer, voted Best British Therapist by Men’s Health Magazine. You will have the opportunity to interact with one of the leaders in the field and well established in the industry. Her results can be life changing, this is your chance to learn from one of the best. 
  • learn to empower and re-programme your inner self by unblocking limiting beliefs. This will help you to examine your life in new ways, enabling you to identify barriers and how to overcome them. The methods you will learn are ones that you can do at home time after time, to help continue your journey.
  • discover ways to improve your mental health and learn how to enjoy success again. Don’t let circumstances hold you back. Learn how to rejuvenate your motivation and drive to succeed. It’s important we learn how to celebrate ourselves and this masterclass will help you do just that. 
  • love the life you live and improve the relationships you have with everyone around you. Having a strong, support network of colleagues, friends and family is vital, and our masterclass will help you ensure you maintain those relationships to thrive and succeed.
  • understand the power of your mind, through meditation and affirmations to reconnect to the inner you. Learning new techniques will open up a new way of thinking, creating a fresh energy. By reprogramming your subconscious mind, we can rejuvenate and open your thoughts to other ways of thinking. All of which ultimately contribute to a more positive and motivated mindset. 

Tickets are £30 per person, but £20 early bird tickets are available until Saturday 1 August.

Book your place for Unleash the leader in you masterclass via Eventbrite

Introduction to GRANTfinder 

•    Wednesday 26 August
•    11am to midday

GRANTfinder is Europe's leading and most advanced grants and policy database which brings together funding opportunities and related policies across the UK.

It is used by private businesses, small and large, as well as consultants and charitable, voluntary and public sector organisations to search for funding or support others.

In this session you will be shown how to:

  • run a search for funding available for your area of interest
  • save a search
  • produce reports
  • set up news alerts

There will also be an opportunity to ask you questions.

Join our free webinar on how to get the best out of GRANTfinder and use it to support your funding needs.

Book your free place for 'Introduction to GRANTfinder' via Eventbrite

World Trade Center with Anthony Robins 

  • Friday 11 September
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm

It's been 19 years to the day since the Twin Towers are no more. Now that almost two decades have passed since the disaster of September 11 2001, and a new World Trade Center rises on the site, we can begin to remember what the original was like — “a city-within-a-city” that housed 50,000 employees, and welcomed 80,000 to 100,000 visitors every day to its Twin Towers, briefly the tallest structures in the world.

This lecture reviews the story of the Trade Center's creation: post-World War II Downtown redevelopment, the origins of the Trade Center concept, the search for an architect, the evolution of the design, the urge to build the world’s tallest buildings, the engineering feats required for the towers’ construction, and the critical response.

Book your free place for World Trade Center with Anthony Robins via Eventbrite

Self-Help Book Club 

  • Saturday 12 September
  • 10am to midday

Self-help books are some of the most popular and most borrowed books of all genres. People love to read about how they can improve their health, their attitudes and their lives in general. So many people read self-improvement books, but how many actually attempt to put some of what they've read into practice?

The Self-Help Book Club aims to do just that - help you help yourself by discussing ways in which theory can be put into practice. This month the group will be discussing: Brilliant Coaching by Julie Starr

Book your free place for Self-Help Book Club via Eventbrite

Not your normal job search: successful job seeking during COVID-19 part 1

  • Tuesday 22 September
  • 6pm to 7pm

Want to get the insider track on how to get a job in this difficult job market? Then this online event with career recruiter and entrepreneur, Mark Martin, is for you.

For the first session, Mark will be joined by writer, Joy Rhoades and marketing expert, Abbie Watson. He will give some valuable insights on how to manage your job search process, from Zoom interviews, to starting work remotely.

Mark will also discuss crafting your best CV, job boards and recruiters. Abbie Watson will guide on creating an outstanding LinkedIn profile. There’ll also be time for questions at the end.

Book your free place for Not your normal job search 22 September via Eventbrite

Seeing is Deceiving with Alison Jackson 

  • Thursday 24 September
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Is seeing really believing?

Alison Jackson, BAFTA and multi award-winning artist, photographer and filmmaker talks about how in today's world, so saturated by different types of media, we can’t distinguish between the real and the fake anymore.

In this online talk, Alison proposes that the very nature of photography created this social phenomena.

Come along and let her take you on a journey through her hilarious, provocative and topical imagery, and hear her explain the narrative of her work and why we can’t seem to get enough of the scenes of celebrities' lifestyles.

Book your free place for Seeing is Deceiving with Alison Jackson via Eventbrite

Decadent London

  • Tuesday 29 September
  • 6.30pm to 7.45pm

As the dawn of the twentieth century loomed, London was undergoing tremendous change, establishing itself as the heart of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. However, a diverse group of writers, artist and poets sought to subvert the oppressive cultural and moral atmosphere of the period. This was the city explored by Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Aubrey Beardsley, Frank Harris and Ernest Dowson, together with their less well-known compatriots Lionel Johnson, John Gray, John Davidson and the mysterious Count Stenbock.

Antony Clayton, author of Decadent London, explores this 'other side' of London in the 1890s. In this illustrated online talk, Antony will examine these main characters and recreate the atmosphere of the pubs, clubs and music halls of the time and examine the underworld of drug-taking, pornography, prostitution and the occult.

Book your free place for Decadent London with Antony Clayton via Eventbrite

Not your normal job search: successful job seeking during COVID-19 part 2

  • Tuesday 6 October
  • 6pm to 7pm

Want to get the insider track on how to get a job in this difficult job market? Then this online event with career recruiter and entrepreneur, Mark Martin, is for you.

In this second session, Mark will discuss preparing for an interview, how to hold your own in the interview, and how to negotiate your package, as well as resilience in the job seeking process of a COVID-19 world.

Mark will be joined by marketing expert, Abbie Watson; she will guide you on creating an outstanding LinkedIn profile. There’ll also be time for questions at the end.

Book your free place for Not your normal job search 6 October via Eventbrite

Last updated: 12 August 2020