Library activities and events for adults

Events

Regular Events

Aloud in the Cloud shared reading group – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

 

  • Monday, 3pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday, 2pm to 3pm
  • Thursday, 2pm to 3pm

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 for Aloud in the Cloud shared reading group on Mondays via Eventbrite.

Book your free place for Aloud in the Cloud shared reading group on Tuesdays via Eventbrite.

Book your free place for Aloud in the Cloud shared reading group on Thursdays via Eventbrite.

Graphic novel reading group – second Monday of the month

 

  • Second Monday of the month, 7pm to 8pm

The group meets monthly online via Zoom and they talk about adult comics, graphic novels, current events and pop culture. The event is currently chaired by volunteer and long-running member of the group, Mike Belbin. To find out more email: mikelbelbin@gmail.com

North Kensington Library’s reading group – every third Tuesday
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • North Kensington Library

North Kensington Library’s reading group is a friendly relaxed reading group which meets once a month in the library. 

To find out more about the group and what they’ll be reading for their next meeting, pop into the library or email us: libraries@rbkc.gov.uk.

Virtual knitting club – Wednesdays

 

  • Wednesday, 3pm to 4pm

Join our weekly virtual knitting club, led by library staff who are expert knitters. They'll inspire you to try a new knitting project or can help you when you get stuck.

Book your free place for Virtual knitting club via Eventbrite

Chelsea Library’s reading group – every third Thursday

 

  • Every third Thursday, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Chelsea Library’s reading group is a friendly relaxed reading group which meets once a month. The group reads prize-listed and new fiction but will read anything suggested by its group members. Full details of the books they will be discussing each month are on Eventbrite.

Book your place for Chelsea Library’s reading group via Eventbrite

Kensington and Chelsea libraries online book group – Fridays

 

  • Friday, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Join our weekly online book group where we discuss our Books of the Week. Full details of the books we will be discussing each week are on Eventbrite.

Book your place for the RBKC online book group via Eventbrite

Self-Help Book Club on Eventbrite | Multiple Dates

 

  • Once a month on a Saturday, 10am to 12 noon

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. Each month the group meets online and will discuss a different book; full details are on Eventbrite.

Book your place for Self-Help Book Club on Eventbrite | Multiple Dates

Special Events

The Last Witches of England with historian John Callow - Monday 18 October
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Come along to this fascinating online talk by historian, Dr John Callow.

The belief in witchcraft across England lingered on for more than a century after the deaths of three women in Bideford, Devon who were executed for being witches. In turn, ignored, reviled, and extinguished but never more than half-forgotten, it seems that the memory of these three women – and of their deeds and sufferings, both real and imagined – was transformed from canker to regret, and from regret into celebration in our own age.

Indeed, their example was cited during the final Parliamentary debates, in 1951, that saw the last of the witchcraft acts repealed, and their names were chanted, as both inspiration and incantation, by the women beyond the wire at Greenham Common. In this talk, historian John Callow explores this amazing reversal of fate, and the remarkable tale of the Bideford Witches.

Dr John Callow is an author and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Suffolk who has written widely on early modern witchcraft, politics and popular culture.

Book your place for The Last Witches of England with historian John Callow on Eventbrite.

Distorted Lens with Roy Merchant - Tuesday 19 October
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Join us online for Black History Month for this thrilling talk by Roy Merchant presenting his latest work, 'Distorted Lens' about the experience of black people in Britain.

'Distorted Lens' takes us back to 1959 when two people meet and fall in love after being refused a room in Hackney, London. One is Irish, the other is from the Caribbean.

The book looks at the start of multiculturalism in London. Two mothers have to choose between the family that reared them and the new family and children they are creating in the changing metropolis that is London. It tells their story and then delves deeper into the choices they make.

Roy Merchant was born in Jamaica and he came to London in 1961 to join his parents. He joined the Royal Navy, has worked as an electronics engineer and a manager in local government. Since retiring, Roy took a new path and started a health and well-being company catering mainly for the African Caribbean community while dedicating more time to writing and performing poetry across London. 'Distorted Lens' is his fifth book.

Book your place for Distorted Lens with Roy Merchant.

A guide to searching Ancestry online – Tuesday 19 October
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Local studies and archives at Kensington Central Library

As part of Get Online Week 2021, we are celebrating of digital inclusion and aiming to inspire people to do more online and help them learn how. Join us at Local studies and archives at Kensington Central Library to learn how to use our excellent digital resource Ancestry.

Only limited places available, to book a place email: centrallocaenquiries@rbkc.gov.uk.

Coffee time – Friday 22 October
  • 11am to 12pm
  • North Kensington Library

Join us the library for a coffee. It’s a great chance to meet new people in a relaxing atmosphere.

There’s no need to book a place, just turn up. 

Art Deco Metropolis: a virtual tour of New York with Anthony Robins - Monday 25 October
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Come along to this online virtual tour of New York with Art Deco expert and author Anthony Robins.
The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, Rockefeller Center – these are among the hundreds of Art Deco buildings which helped create the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis in the 1920s and ‘30s .

Coined in the 1960s to describe a style of French decorative arts, Art Deco now refers to almost anything from saltcellars to skyscrapers, produced anywhere in the world during the early decades of this century, using abstract, stylised floral, geometric, or streamlined design.

In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city’s chief architectural language. Today, New York’s Deco buildings survive as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still help define the city’s visual identity.

Anthony Robin is a native New Yorker, architectural historian and former long-time staff member of New York’s Landmarks Commission.

Book your place for Art Deco Metropolis: a virtual tour of New York with Anthony Robins on Eventbrite

Positive poetry for people in a pandemic - Wednesday 27 October
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm

An uplifting online event especially for Black History Month.

We're all in the thick of it, surviving a pandemic, but what can help us in the striving to thrive in such a time?

Sharmay Mitchell will lend some positive words from her poetry book 'be the Uplifter: Positive Poems' and share how creativity nurtures her mental well-being.

Book your place for Positive poetry for people in a pandemic on Eventbrite.

Writing a winning CV workshop - Thursday 28 October
  • 2pm to 2.40pm

How confident are you about your CV? Will it support you to get the job you want?

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

In this webinar, we'll talk about the all-important Curriculum Vitae - CV for short. It is the first thing a prospective employer will see of you and you'll get selected or refused an interview on the strength or weakness of your CV. This webinar will cover how you can improve your CV by tailoring and highlighting your skills, knowledge and experience.

Book your place for Writing a winning CV workshop on Eventbrite

Appointments with Fear: horror films on British television – Friday 29 October
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Countless horror fans owe their love of the genre to their first exposure to it on television. Throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, British broadcasters frequently programmed horror films in regular slots, dedicated seasons and occasional theme nights.

Aimed at adult viewers but drawing in vast numbers of children well past their bedtime, they were given generic titles such as Masters of Terror, Appointment with Fear and A Date with the Devil. This ‘branding’ of horror as a distinct televisual zone, defined in part by its late-night scheduling, was unlike the treatment accorded to other film genres.

This online talk by Dr Sheldon Hall, former film journalist and Reader in Film and Television in the Department of Humanities, Sheffield Hallam University, will look at the early history of horror films on British television and examines some examples of scheduling choices made by broadcasters, focussing especially on the crucial year of 1969. It draws on extensive original research of primary documents held in broadcasting archives.

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Hollywood sci-fi talk: flying saucers and Soviet scares in the 1950s – Friday 5 November
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Join us online to explore the amazing world of 1950s sci-fi with acclaimed documentary film-maker, Steven C Smith.

Until the early 1950s, Hollywood considered science fiction stories to be kids’ stuff. No studio would be release an A-picture based on sci-fi material. But after World War Two, that changed dramatically and we’ll find out why.

Using movie classics like The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Thing from Another World and others, Steven will show how and why top filmmakers crafted sophisticated sci-fi thrillers that also served as allegories for American’s fears about the Soviet Union. Steven will also explore real-life espionage inside the Manhattan Project, the building of the first atomic bomb, and hear the true story behind Nevada’s mysterious Area 51, site of a supposed alien crash in 1947.

Steven is an award-winning biographer and Emmy-nominated documentary producer who specializes in Hollywood history.

Book a place for Hollywood sci-fi talk: flying saucers and Soviet scares in the 1950s on Eventbrite.

Bond Undressed: exploring fashion in the world of 007 - Thursday 11 November
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Kensington Central Library

Join author Llewella Chapman at the library and online as she explores the costumes that made James Bond a star.

Launching her first monograph, Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007 (Bloomsbury, 2021), Llewella Chapman will be discussing her journey from researching the history of the costumes and fashions in the James Bond films to the writing and publication of her book.

To inform her research, Llewella drew upon primary sources discovered in archives, interviews with families and employees of key costume personnel, and an analysis of the costumes as well as how they were used in marketing materials in order to tell the story of the agency and creativity of those who worked in James Bond’s wardrobe and how their labour has contributed to the distinctive and impressive visual spectacle throughout Eon Production’s 007 films.

During her talk, Llewella, who is a visiting scholar in the School of History at the University of East Anglia, will reveal some of her research discoveries, including the salary costs of wardrobe personnel, costume and wardrobe budgets, designs, wardrobe anecdotes and malfunctions, stories of how the James Bond costumes have been designed and created from script to screen, and how various lifestyle and fashion companies have attempted to use the ‘Midas touch’ of 007 to promote their branded products.

You can attend this event in person or online.

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Last updated: 15 October 2021