Online events and activities for adults

Special events for adults

All library special events have been postponed until further notice.

Library closures

For information about library closures and services at this time, please visit the Coronavirus service disruptions and updates page.

  • all library events and activities have been suspended
  • we will be waiving all overdue library charges during this time

Our libraries do offer many free online resources, including eBooks and eMagazines - please see the Online resources and digital library page.

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How to hook a reader - Monday 1 June

  • Monday 1 June
  • 6.15pm to 7.45pm

In this creative writing workshop you’ll consider the first five pages of some famous novels, new and old, and review how each writer built that imaginary world in those few lines.

Self-help book club online - Saturday 13 June

  • Saturday 13 June
  • 10am to 12 noon

Our self-help book club now meets online via Zoom. This month, the group will be discussing How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. 

Setting the scene - Monday 15 June

  • Monday 15 June
  • 6.15pm to 7.45pm

During this creative writing workshop we will have a look at how some famous writers used detail and the senses to create evocative setting, and learn how to make setting central to your plot.

Gotham Rising: New York in the 1930s - Tuesday 16 June

  • Tuesday 16 June
  • 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Join us for this virtual talk by Jules Stewart about New York in the 1930s.

New York is often described as the greatest city in the world. Yet much of the iconic architecture and culture which so defines the city as we know it today only came into being in the 1930s, in what was the most significant decade in the city’s history.

The 1930s was the only decade with a clearly delineated beginning and end, from the Stock Market crash and the Great Depression to the outbreak of the Second World War. During this decade the city acquired the landmarks we recognise today: Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, the Waldorf-Astoria and other classic buildings. This talk will shed light on this exciting period in the Big Apple's history.

Jules Stewart is a native New Yorker (born in Gotham Hospital) and a former reporter for Reuters. He has written eleven books on a variety of subjects, from the Anglo-Afghan wars of the 19th century to a biography of Prince Albert, a history of the Khyber Rifles, the Pundit spies of the Raj and a history of Madrid.

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