Fun family learning in Hackney libraries

As part of this year’s Family Learning Festival (16 to 31 October 2010) families are invited to ‘Be Brilliant’ at a range of events being held in Hackney Council’s libraries.

The Family Learning Festival aims to highlight the wide range of learning opportunities on offer and encourage all members of the family to participate in fun activities together. It is a fantastic opportunity for families to come together and take part in free, fun and informal learning activities.

There is a range of activities including music and poetry workshops, yoga, Spanish taster sessions or you can just brush up on your basic Maths skills. There really is something for everyone!

Hackney Council s libraries in partnership with The Learning Trust, local heritage centres and community organisations have put together a fantastic programme of activities for the whole family. All events are free, however some are age specific and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Check the guide to Family Learning Festival 2010 for more details. There is no need to book unless stated in the programme. Copies are available at or from your local library.

Cllr Jonathan McShane Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “Hackney libraries offer a fun way to learn as a family. There is so much going on throughout the week and there really is something for everyone. So go on, why not pop down to your local library and try something new with your family.”

Events are taking place at libraries throughout the borough, and include

Family Photography Workshop
Saturday 23 October
11.00am – 1.00pm
Hackney Central Library
1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ
A photography workshop with a difference! Check out Fabrizio’s Stefanoni Urban Exhibition in the library and then head out to create your own pictures (disposable camera provided). Fabrizio will be on hand to guide and advise.
Age 6+
Book in advance on 0208 356 3000 and ask for Hackney Central Library

Family Poetry Workshop
Monday 25 October
2.00pm- 3.30pm
Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 OJS

Join Neal Zetter in this exciting interactive workshop. Learn how to write poetry in six simple steps! Find out about rhyming, non-rhyming and rhythm. Have fun learning new words and sounds to write your own poems.
Age 7+
Book in advance on 0208 356 3000 and ask for Stoke Newington Library

Family Fun Food Activities
Tuesday 26 October
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Woodberry Down Community Library
Robin Redmond Centre, 440 Seven Sisters Road, N4 2RD
Have fun making healthy fruit snacks, take part in a quiz and win a prize!
Do you have a food related question which you want answered? Come and speak to an expert from the City and Hackney Nutrition and Dietetic team.
Under 6’s

How Music Tells a Story
Wednesday 27 October
11.00 - 12 noon
Clapton Library
Northwold Road, London E5 8RA
Come along to learn from a professional film composer about how music and songs are used to tell a story. You will explore how music is used in films and cartoons, and learn simple techniques to use in your own storytelling.
Age 6+
Book in advance on 0208 356 3000 and ask for Clapton Library

Friday 29 October
11.00- 12 noon
Homerton Library.
Homerton High Street, London E9 6AS
Learn how to master maths in a fun way. A maths consultant will show parents and children some exciting maths tips and tricks.
Age 6 - 11
Book in advance on 0208 356 3000 and ask for Homerton Library.

Hackney Council’s libraries have lots going on throughout the year, from millions of books and thousands of CDs and DVDs to borrow through to free use of PCs including internet access, help with lifelong learning and English for Speakers of Other Languages, homework clubs and dedicated study areas and sessions babies. Visit for more information on what’s on throughout the year in the council’s seven libraries.