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Artizan Street, Barbican and Shoe Lane Libraries

​Artizan Street, Barbican and Shoe Lane Libraries run a diverse range of events and activities, most of which are free.

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  1. A Walk Around Spitalfields
    The first of two guided walks around Spitalfields, as part of Cityread London 2019, which takes place on Tuesday 21st May, 11am - to 1pm. The second walk takes place on Saturday May 25th, 11am to 1pm This event is charged for. Please see event details for further information.
  2. Artizan Library Rhyme Time
    Join us for fun songs and musical activities for little ones aged between 0 and 4 years! Every Thursday from 10:30am to 11:00am in Artizan Children's Library.
  3. Barbican Comic forum - monthly event
    5.30-7pm on the third Thursday of every month at Barbican Library. A group for fans of comic books/graphic novels.
  4. Barbican Writing Group
    A self-led creative writing group suitable for all levels where you can discuss ideas and, if you want, read out work for group feedback. Last Saturday of the month, 2pm to 3:30pm. Free, no booking required
  5. Come and Celebrate World Giraffe Day!
    An illustrated reading of Zarafa - A Beautiful Gift For a King with author Julia Chalkley, illustrator Jane Ostler and guest reader Mark Swan. This talk takes place on Friday 21st June from 12:30 to 1:30pm, it is free and no booking is required.
  6. eAudio Book Drop-In Session
    A drop-in session for people who want help and guidance with setting up and using eAudio books from our online catalogue. This session takes place from 3:30pm to 5pm on Tuesday 4th June. It is free and no booking is required.
  7. Frankensteinia
    On 30th April join lecturer and writer Lester Hillman for a fascinating lunchtime talk on Mary Wollstonecraft, 18th century advocate of women's rights and mother of Mary Shelley the author of Frankenstein. She was born 260 years ago in this very neighbourhood!
  8. It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll
    Music phographer mark Allan exhibits a diverse collection of his work from across the years. Free, no booking required. Barbican Music Library 4 April to 29 June 2019
  9. Kind of Blue
    An arts exihibition in the Barbican Library foyer, featuring ceramics and paintings that are free to view and available to purchase. 3rd May - 29th May
  10. Let's Talk - weekly event
    Barbican Library. Do you want more confidence speaking English? Join us every Tuesday to improve your English. It's free and no booking is required - just turn up!
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