Libraries For Life News from Hackney Libraries

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Hackney Libraries
View this email in your browser
Libraries For Life
News from Hackney Libraries 

October 2016

Welcome to News from Hackney Libraries

This is the place where you will find out about what’s happening in your local Hackney library and all of the services, activities and events that we have to offer.

We are also interested in hearing from you! So feel free to contact us with your feedback and recommendations using the email address provided in the newsletter.

So welcome again and thank you for taking the time to read our news.

Black History Month 2016
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the contribution that Black, African and Caribbean communities have made both on a local level and across the globe, and Hackney Libraries, Archives and Museum are hosting a wide range of events for adults, families and children throughout the month of October to mark the occasion.

A few highlights of the month are:

Fire in Babylon: How the West Indies Cricket Team brought a people to its feet – Dalston CLR James Library

My Hackney: Black British Art and Me – Hackney Museum

Dubbing The Archive: A Dub Poetry Performance Workshop led by Decolonising the Archive (DTA) – Hackney Archives

Broken Roots Book Launch – Hackney Central Library

For full details and all listings click here

Summer the Hackney Libraries way
The Summer Reading Challenge for 2016 was The Big Friendly Read(which celebrated 100 years of Roald Dahl)ended with a bang!

Three parties were organised to ensure that all children who completed the challenge (700) had their achievements recognised. Over 300 of these children attended the parties with their families and enjoyed a range of activities organised by the library staff as well as visiting authors Jo Cotterill and Steve Cole who delivered fully charged sessions to the families.

Jo Cotterill, (author of A Library of Lemonslisted as one of the Summer Reading Challenge recommended books), visited Stamford Hill Library dressed up as her new book character “Electrigirl” and Steve Cole, (author of the very successfulAstrosaurus, Cows in Space and many other titles), visited Hackney Central Library, played the ukulele, sang and read extracts from one of his books.

Summer Fun!

Alongside the Reading Challenge, Hackney’s Libraries again hosted a full programme of free events ranging from designing Robots to art sessions and author performances.

Old time favourites like Mr Creepy Crawly attracted big audiences and children and adults alike were delighted to touch the creepy insects and small animals at the Zoolab and Wild fangs sessions.

One parent commented about the Mr Creepy Crawly event “It was brilliant. We really enjoyed it. All the children were engaged from start to finish! EXCELLENT!”

We would like to thank all of our 60 young volunteers, for being an invaluable help in delivering the challenge, the events and helping at the Summer Reading Challenge parties. We couldn’t have done it without them!

Families soared into summer with Kites at Homerton Library!

Families across Hackney took to the skies during the summer by taking part in a series of free kite making workshops in Homerton Library.
The Soar into Summer with Kites project included kite building and storytelling and poetry writing sessions themed on the history of Kites and the traditions associated with them around the World. The finale was a kite flying day, for all the family, that took place on Hackney Marshes on Saturday 13 August.

Participants learnt how to make a traditional Caribbean Singing Kite, which is traditionally flown in Easter time, six or eight sided and decorated with bright colours and geometric designs.

Homerton Library hosted the activities, as part of the Active People, Active Park programme and Olympic legacy, to encourage people in the borough to be more physically active and make better use of the boroughs outdoor spaces as spending time outdoors is a good way to reduce stress and improve mental health.

The project was a hugely successful collaboration between Hackney Leisure and Libraries, with over 100 Hackney residents taking part over its 3 week span.

Hackney Fixers 
Hackney Fixers were on site again at Hackney Libraries.

The Restart Party took place on Saturday 17th September in Stoke Newington Library Gallery with over 100 people attending. There was electrical fixing, clothing, furniture, craft and bikes.

The next event will be in the Homerton Library Study Area on 19th November. Feel free to bring along your small broken electrical appliances.

What is Hackney Fixers?
Hackney Fixers aim to promote repair in Hackney as an alternative to growing mountains of waste and consumption. For more information click here.

The Vision: Vol 1: Little worse than a Man By Tom King
Reviewed by Kyle Bell, Library Relief Assistant

The Vision: Vol 1: Little worse than a Man is a brand new Graphic Novel written by Tom King and drawn by artist Gabriel Hernandez-Walta, as part of the all new comic book line up from Marvel’s most recent re-launch: “All New, All Different Marvel Universe“.

Following on from the events of last year’s blockbuster comic book event Secret Wars(another recommended title) The Vision takes place after an 8 year gap from that story and focuses on one the eldest members of the Avengers: The Vision (an android), portraying how he along with the family he has created, try to fit in and live a ‘normal’ life alongside humans and how he and his family find humanity as well as see how humanity acts when faced with ‘people’ much different to themselves.

The Vision: Vol 1: Little worse than a Manis dark and chilling, yet remains a wonderful read that I feel Marvel fans new and old will enjoy. It gives older fans a chance to see a new and more intimate side to The Vision, as well as introducing new fans to The Vision in an exciting way.If there is only one Graphic Novel that you pick up to read this year, I would definitely recommend this one!

Thus Bad Begins By Javier Marias
Reviewed by Jamie Mearns, Supervisor at Stoke Newington Library

Thus Bad Begins is the fourteenth novel from the Madrid-based journalist, publisher, translator and all-round heavyweight of literature (all his titles are lifted from Shakespeare). It may plough over familiar terrain, but the soil is as fertile as ever. Marias is preoccupied by the unknowable in relationships, the unreliability of memory, and how the dead hand of the past can exert its influence over our present and future.

Here, the narrator recalls a period from his youth (the early eighties, and the nascent days of Spanish democracy) when he worked for an eccentric film director, who hears some unsavoury rumours about an old friend and asks our hero to investigate discreetly; thus begins a tale of subterfuge, voyeurism, and whether it is better to have your worst fears confirmed, or to remain in blissful ignorance.

Reading Marias is like sitting down for a good gossip with an old friend. His portrait of Madrid in the eighties is that of an uneasy, anxiously hedonistic city where people with unsettled accounts are trying to look the other way and find some kind of normality amidst abnormal circumstances. Thus Bad Begins will ring very true to anyone with experience of post-conflict societies, and the knotted personal lives of the protagonists echo the tension of the wider situation. Recommended for admirers of Proust, Hitchcock, Pinter or Patrick Modiano.

What’s On
Children and Teenagers
Wherefore ART thou?
Get involved with Shakespeare this half term at Shoreditch library where we’ll be creating some of the more iconic lines from Shakespearean plays in calligraphic style, or try your hand at recreating a model of the Globe Theatre and various Lollipop players.

Tuesday 25 October, 12pm – 1pm & 2pm – 3pm

The Globe Project
Saturday 29 October, 12pm – 2pm

Things were getting messy at Shoreditch library with the Arts Award during the summer!
Children were busy learning about different art forms, meeting artists and letting their creative juices flow at our craft events. All of the artistic fun is continuing at our monthly craft club… come along to discover new art forms and express yourself!

Childrens Craft Club
2pm – 4pm. Once a month on a Saturday. All ages welcome, Just drop in.

Next session:
Saturday 12 November

New Manga Teenage Reading Group at Stoke Newington Library (for age 13 – 17 years)

Stoke Newington Library has a brand new teenage Manga Reading Group, running once a month on a Saturday, 2 – 3pm.Ask in the library for more info or to join.

Upcoming Chatterbooks Reading Group sessions

Shoreditch Library 
Second Monday of the month, 4 – 5pm

Next sessions:
Monday 14 November 2016
Monday 12 December 2016

To join the Shoreditch Library Chatterbooks Group

Stoke Newington Library
Third Thursday of the month, 4 – 5pm

Next session:
Thursday 17 November 2016

Ask in the library for more info or to join.

For information about Chatterbooks Reading Group sessions or any other sessions available for children and teenagers in all of Hackney’s Librariesclick here

Become a Reading Hack Volunteer at your local Hackney Library

Want to try something different? Want to gain valuable work experience and contribute to your local community? We are looking for teenagers aged 13 – 17 to become Reading Hack volunteers in any Hackney Library.

You will organise activities, volunteer at sessions and activities and help to shape your library service, your way!

To become a Reading Hack volunteer ask about it in your library of choice or

The Reading Hack group at Shoreditch Library has been busy improving Shoreditch library all year… Here are just a few of the best bits:

  • They ran fun events like our Harry Potter Book Night celebration which gave the children of Shoreditch library a chance to earn their wands and graduate from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • Created fun arts activities for children to help them achieve their Arts Award
  • Raised awareness of mental health issues by promoting the fantastic shelf-help scheme, a dedicated collection of books about mental health for young people
  • Got kids reading this summer by helping library staff deliver this year’s Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Brought all of these exciting opportunities to you by promoting our services externally.
“My experience at the library allows me to communicate with young children and see how they develop in their reading skills by joining up to events that the library has like the summer reading challenge. This gives me the opportunity to give awards to children once they have read books which they’re really happy about which is nice to see. I have really enjoyed participating in events the library hosts which I can be a part of by making displays for and also helping young kids and communicating with them. Another thing I have enjoyed is being able to make friends with other volunteers and doing things with each other for example shelving and helping make things. Volunteering at the library allows you to engage with children, taking part in a range of fun activities with them and encouraging children with their reading.” Hayley – Reading Hack volunteer.

For more information about Reading Hack click here

Shoreditch Library

Shoreditch Library Coffee Morning
11am – 12.30pm
Meet the library staff and other library users, find out about activities in the library, and tell us about your visits. Adults and kids welcome.

Next sessions:
Saturday 22 October
Saturday 19 November

Reed Employment Advice Sessions
Tuesdays, 10.30 – 11.30am
Drop in sessions for those seeking employment advice.

Read Together Reading group
Mondays, 1.30 – 3pm
Time on your hands? Bored? Feeling down or lonely? Why not join an informal reading group at Shoreditch or 020 8692 9137 for more information or come along to a session.

Shoreditch Library Adult Reading Group
Second Thursday of the Month 6.30 – 7.45pm
Contact more information.

Stoke Newington Library

Jamie’s Reading Group
The last Tuesday of the month, 7 – 9pm
The group will be reading ‘Story of the Lost Child’ by Elena Ferrante, and ‘Broken April’ by Ismail Kadare on 25 October. Ask in the library for more details.

Richard’s Reading Group 
The second Tuesday of the month, 7 – 9pm  
Ask in the library for more details.

Poetry Appreciation Group
Meets monthly on a Monday, 6 – 7:30pm 
Ask in the library or for more information.

Classical Music Appreciation Group
Generally meets on the last Monday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm
Ask in the library for more information.

For information about activities for adults in all of Hackney’s Librariesclick here

Word On The Street –
Hackney’s Community Library Service
Have you heard the word that Hackney has the biggest, oldest and best home delivery service for the elderly, disabled and housebound in London? Well it’s true, and if you or someone you know has trouble accessing libraries in the usual way through ill-health, old-age or disability then you/they can receive this great free service each month. You just tell us the sort of thing you like and we bring a selection of books, music or film to your door. Whether you live at home, in a housing scheme or in a residential home we can visit.
We enjoy getting to know your likes and dislikes and hope to use this newsletter to keep you in touch with all that the Community Library Service can offer as we have other strings to our bow apart from home deliveries. For your part be sure to let us know if you, a friend, family member or neighbour would benefit from us calling by your street.Click here to find out more.
Stock Update
We have refreshed our community languages stock as follows:
  • Turkish stock at Dalston C.L.R. James, Hackney Central, Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill libraries
  • The addition of a small amount of Yiddish stock to the Torah collection at Stamford Hill
We also have new Graphic Novels for adults at all libraries and new Graphic Novels for children & teenagers at Dalston and Stamford Hill libraries. The titles cover the Super Hero genre, collected story lines from 2000 AD and Crime, Horror and Thriller, with a couple of them featuring blasts from the past such as Modesty blaze and James Bond.

Health and Wellbeing Collection and Books on Prescription Scheme
All of Hackney’s libraries hold a health and wellbeing collection as well as titles specifically for the Books on Prescription scheme. Click here for more info.

General stock news
We also stock a full range of fiction for both adults and children, as well as non-fiction ranging from travel guides, D.I.Y and cookery books to books that will help you to create your CV or refresh or learn computer skills.
Our range of audio books are ideal for car trips, your commute or just chilling out to at home.  And our CDs and DVDs are free if they have been in stock for over a year.
You can also borrow thousands of eBooks and audiobooks for free using Overdrive, read eBooks for free online, using Public Library Online and read magazines online using Zinio All you need is your Hackney library card. Find out more byclicking here.

And remember, you don’t need to visit a library to access study materials or magazines as it’s all online. Click here to see what online information resourcesare available to you from the comfort of your home or via a library computer.

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours
Saturday 24 December – 
All libraries open until 1pm

Sunday 25 December –
All libraries closed
Monday 26 December –  
All libraries closed
Tuesday 27 December –  
All libraries closed
Wednesday 28 December – 
Hackney Central and Dalston C.L.R. James Libraries open 10am – 5pm, the rest closed
Thursday 29 December – 
Hackney Central and Dalston C.L.R. James Libraries open 10am – 5pm, the rest closed

Friday 30 December – 
Hackney Central and Dalston C.L.R. James Libraries open 10am – 5pm, the rest closed
Saturday 31 December – 
Hackney Central and Dalston C.L.R. James Libraries open 10am – 1pm, the rest closed
Sunday 1 January – 
All libraries closed
Monday 2 January – 
All libraries closed
Tuesday 3 January –
All libraries open as normal
Other News
Volunteering Opportunities at Woodberry Down Library
If you enjoy working with people and would like to learn new skills, we would like to hear from you. Woodberry Down Library is staffed by local volunteers who receive training and learn new skills, while providing the local community with an invaluable service. To find out more about our volunteering opportunities contact

Offers available to Hackney Library members

Every Weekday
Le Ziz Restaurant in Dalston offer a10% discount to Hackney Library members who show their Hackney Library membership Card on any weekday evening.

Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay Dalstonoffer a 10% discount to Hackney Library members who show their Hackney Library membership card.

Arcola Theatre offer Two for One tickets to Hackney Library members when they show their Library card as well as 25% off at the bar from 7pm, again, upon presentation of a Hackney Library membership card.

Rio Cinema in Dalston offerdiscounted tickets to Hackney Library members. Adults pay just £4, children pay £3, when they show their Hackney library membership card. The deal is valid on any film, at any time.

Café Route in Dalston offer a 15% discount to Hackney Library members who show their Hackney Library membership card.

Wednesdays and Sundays
Padron Restaurant Dalston offer a 10% discount to all Hackney Library memberswho show their Hackney Library membership card.

Introduction to PC use Sessions
If you are new to PC use, staff at all seven main libraries can help you to take the first steps on the IT ladder and show you how to surf the internet, set up email and the basics of Microsoft Word during three free sessions.

All libraries offer morning and afternoon sessions, Monday to Friday, just drop into your local Hackney library to book your place.

Themed Walks and Nordic Walking
Hackney Leisure are pleased to announce their new themed walks and Nordic walking taking place, November 2016 – March 2017. Click here for more details.

We welcome your feedback and recommendations..
If you have any feedback or recommendations for us we would love to hear from you!

Drop us a line via

Join Hackney Libraries
Follow us
Forward to a Friend

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s