Free fairy tale fun for libraries week

Hackney's libraries offer a full programme all year round

Celebrate Libraries Week in Hackney and enjoy the spooky themes of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales in the lead up to Halloween this October.

Libraries Week is a week-long celebration of Britain’s much-loved libraries. Hackney Libraries will showcase the best they have to offer, encouraging people to discover what libraries can do for them in the week of October 9 to 14.

Families are invited to take part in a programme of events including afternoon tea, children’s reading groups, under 5s rhyme-time and Grimm themed art workshops.

Special events will take place in Stamford Hill and Dalston CLR James Library where visitors will be invited to help create large scale paper based murals based on the stories of Red Riding Hood and Hansel & Gretel. The completed murals will be folded into giant concertina books for public display in Hackney libraries.


Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services
The variety of books and services available from Hackney’s libraries is extensive and the programme of free activities for all ages run across our libraries throughout the year. Libraries are at the heart of our communities, and libraries week highlights to our residents the vast array of what is on offer.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services

For more information about events in Hackney’s libraries visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/libraries-whats-on. For more information on libraries week visit www.librariesweek.org.uk/.

Little Red Riding Hood family art workshop

Stamford Hill Library, Portland Avenue London N16 6SB

Thursday 12 Oct

4.00 - 5pm

Ages 6+

Hansel & Gretel family art workshop

Dalston CLR James Library Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ

Saturday 14 Oct

2 - 3.30pm

Ages 6+

Afternoon Tea with Make Kit

Hackney Central Library, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Thursday 12 October


All ages

Chatterbooks Reading Group for children

Shoreditch Library, Hoxton Street N1 6LP

Monday 9 of October

4 - 5pm

Ages 8 - 12

After-School Club

Shoreditch Library, Hoxton Street N1 6LP

Tuesday 10 October


Ages 8 -12

Stay 'n' Play Rhyme-time

Shoreditch Library, Hoxton Street N1 6LP

Wednesday 11 October

2- 3pm

Under 5s