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Library holiday opening times

The information below applies to all Westminster libraries and the Archives Centre for over the 2021 festive period:

  • Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December, libraries and Archives Centre open 9.30am to 1pm
  • 25 to 28 December, libraries and Archives Centre closed
  • 29 and 30 December, libraries and Archives Centre open as usual
  • New Year's Eve, Friday 31 December, libraries and Archives Centre open 9.30am to 5pm
  • 1 to 3 January 2022, libraries and Archives Centre closed

Libraries and Archives Centre will return to normal opening hours from Tuesday 4 January 2022

Westminster City Council launches Innovation Challenge to engage citizens

 

Westminster City Council’s inaugural Innovation Challenge is calling upon residents, businesses, visitors and schools to submit their innovative ideas to shape the future of the city, as part of Westminster’s Smart City for All programme.

 

Entries will be judged by an expert panel, including representatives from Google, Microsoft and Vodafone. Winning entries will then be helped to be brought to life with support from the Council, in partnership with GovTech accelerator PUBLIC.

 

The challenge is open until 5th December – submit your bright ideas here!

Join the conversation on our Virtual Library
 
Westminster Council have an ambition to create the best virtual library to complement and enhance our physical libraries. We are working with the Royal College of Arts who are running a series of workshops with Westminster residents. We are particularly keen to include residents who already use our physical libraries but don’t use the virtual library and are confident internet users.

The workshops will be taking place at 10am on the 14th December 2021 via Zoom and will last 1.5 hours. A £30 Amazon voucher will be provided as a thank you for your time.

Spaces are limited and we want to ensure a wide range of residents so please get in touch with Neil Samson via email nsamson@westminster.gov.uk to register your interest in taking part.

Episode 7 - Silver Stories

In Episode 7 Elisabeth and David Carney-Haworth talk about their simple, yet genius idea: ‘Silver Stories’. School children read to older people down the phone line. It alleviates loneliness in the elderly and dramatically improves kids’ fluency of reading. And it is forging true intergenerational relationships. They also speak about ‘Operation Encompass’: their pioneering work helping children caught up in instances of domestic abuse. And there are book choices that may surprise.

Available from December 6th.

Click here to see all Westminster Libraries and Archive events
 
Online events

Shaping Identity through Art with Bojana Popovic
Monday 13 December
6.30pm to 7.30pm

 

Explore the work of three artists highlighting racial inequality and social injustice with Bojana Popovic. Book a place on Eventbrite
 
Against the Odds: 30 Years of Writing Black British Histories
Friday 3 December
5pm to 7.30pm

 
Hear Stephen Bourne's talk about his 30 year career writing black British history. Book a place on Eventbrite
Grand Concourse with Anthony Robins
Thursday 9 December
6.30pm to 7.30pm

 
Come along to this virtual tour of the iconic boulevard in the Bronx, New York City with author Anthony Robins! Book a place on Eventbrite
The Turn of the Screw: a question of ghosts
Tuesday 14 December
6.30pm to 7.30pm


Explore the adaptations of Henry James' ghostly novella with music historian Dr Lucy Walker. Book a place on Eventbrite
British film noir: "a parade of frustrated violence" with Adrian Garvey
Wednesday 15 December
6.30pm to 7.30pm


Explore the shadowy world of British noir with film historian Adrian Garvey. Book a place on Eventbrite
 
Live events
Christmas Tea Party for the Over 60s
Tuesday 14 December
2pm to 4pm
Church Street Library


A free afternoon of entertainment and laughter, with dance, music and delicious refreshments for the over 60s. Hosted by professional entertainer Steve Brow.
Lunchtime Recital 
Every Wednesday
12.30am to 1.20pm
Westminster Music Library

Join us every Wednesday lunchtime at Westminster Music Library for recitals by students and recent graduates of London's music schools. All concerts are free, and everyone is warmly welcomed. Register on Eventbrite

Flute Recital by Matas Bagdonavicius Wednesday 1 December

Piano Recital by Kira Frolu
Wednesday 8 December

The Mitsu Trio featuring works by Haydn and Saint-Saens
Wednesday 15 December
Poetry as Protection - poetry workshop with Jenny Mitchell
Saturday 11 December

Charing Cross Library

A workshop to commemorate International Human Rights Day with prize-winning poet Jenny Mitchell . Tickets £5, free for Westminster residents. Book a place on Eventbrite
Jewellery Making Studio
Friday 3 December
5pm to 7.30pm
Church Street Library

 
Design & make your own jewellery using a selection of glass beads and gold/silver plated chains. Free of charge and open to all. Book a place on Eventbrite
Finding a Way - Self-discovery through family research with Diana Dennis
Wednesday 15 December
6pm to 7pm
Mayfair Library

 
We invite you to join us at the Mayfair Library and hear a beautifully researched and insightfully written story about a fascinating family. Book your place on Eventbrite
 
Art Exhibitions
Getting Under the Skin - Masterpieces Redefined
Tuesday 9 December to Saturday 29 January
Westminster Reference library


In this groundbreaking show, Feild and Young have reinvented ten famous art pieces as taxidermy tableau to display in the shelves of Westminster Arts Library. Please note, all animals have come from ethical sources and nothing has been killed for the purpose of taxidery.
Art From Within - Drawing Exhibition
Wednesday 24 Novemeber to Sunday 5 December
Charing Cross Library


Visit Charing Cross Library for a selection of artworks from 365 consequent daily meditative drawings by artist Esra Kizir Gokcen. Book a place on Eventbrite
Action-Reaction
Thursday 25 november to Friday 7 December
Westminster Reference library

Action-Reaction is the first in an independent series unveiling works from eight carefully chosen artists from around the world.

The artists have created a limited-edition collection to be featured in this historic space:a show of transformative and experiential works blending design with art through sculpture, paintings, drawings, NFTs, design and jewellery


Business
Basic Business Skills: Marketing, Operations, Finance Management
Thursday 9 December
9.30am to 2.30pm
Westminster Business library

 
A 3-part course to help early stage start-ups (0 - 36 months) to learn about basic Marketing, plan their Operations and manage their Finance. Book a place on Eventbrite
Managing Energy Bills - Money Management workshop
Wednesday 1 December
10.30am to 12noon

 
Find out how to save money on your energy bills, presented by The Financial Capability project, Citizens Advice Westminster. Book a place on Eventbrite
Personal Budgeting - take control of your financial future
Wednesday 15 December
10.30am to 12noon

 
Budgeting can help control over your money and prioritise your spending. It is the biggest tool you have to change your financial future. Book a place on Eventbrite

Wellbeing events
Relationship Coaching with Ayesha Walker
Wednesday 1 December
6pm to 7pm

 
Why do so many relationships fail? How is it that things can start out so well and end with such hurt and heartache? Book a place on Eventbrite
Breathwork for Wellbeing - Stress Reduction and Anxiety Management
Friday 3 December, 1pm to 1.45pm
Saturday 4 December 1.30 to 2.15pm

 
Breathing is free and always with you. Join us to learn how to use your breath as an invaluable, practical tool in your daily life. Book your place on Eventbrite

Connect
Drama for Elders - Fellini Style (55+)
Wednesday 1, 8, 15, and 22 December
4.30pm to 6.30pm
 
Exploring drama, improvisation, storytelling and the creation of a show based on the world of Italian film maker Federico Fellini. Book your place on Eventbrite
Book of the Week
Every Friday 
2.30pm to 3.30pm

Join the library team for a virtual discussion about The Book of The Week! Every Monday on our social media channels, we will let you know which book we will be discussing the following Friday. Book your place on Eventbrite
Let's Speak English!
Every Thursday
11am to 12noon


Join our weekly online speaking club to practise your English speaking skills with a group of fellow learners. Book your place on Eventbrite
English Conversation for Chinese speakers - 华人英语会话
Wednesday 1 December
10.30am to 12noon
Charing Cross Library


Join us for a friendly conversation session in a small group. Four weekly English conversation sessions in October for Chinese speakers.

查宁阁图书馆提供一个免费学习英语会话的机会

日期 :十月六曰起,逢星期三

Book your place on Eventbrite
Virtual Knitting Meetup
Every Wednesday
3.30pm to 5.30pm

Want to learn to knit or crochet? Why not join us for an informal session? Try new techniques and ask questions. Gillian, our resident knitting expert will do her very best to help. Book your place on Eventbrite
Children activities
Drama Buzz for Children 5+
Every Monday
3.45pm to 5pm
Mayfair Library

Bring your child to Mayfair Library for an after-school club of drama games and lots of laughter. Tickets £5 Register on Eventbrite

Victorian Era Workshops
Thursday 2 December, 4pm to 6pm at Pimlico Library
Sunday 5 December, 1pm to 5pm at Charing Cross Library

Come and have fun looking at images through the Victorian stereoscope, explore our archives and sample Victorian treats and refreshments. Register on Eventbrite

Creative Learning through Art
Thrusday 2 December
2pm to 3pm
Paddington Library

Paddington Children's Library presents a fun, interactive and educational workshop with Saji from Child's World Art to engage and stimulate children's creativity and learning skills from the early years. Register on Eventbrite

Story Time
10am every Monday and Friday 

Watch friendly staff across Westminster libraries read the Children's Book of the Week. Great for under 5's to grow a love for reading!

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Craft of the week
3pm every Tuesday 

Looking for fun filled activities? Then get creative with weekly art and craft sessions for children. Watch out for crafty creations by Claire Flynn from Pimlico library for South West Fest.

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Rhyme time
10am every Wednesday 

Sing along to fantastic rhymes that babies and toddlers love! Help your child develop their concentration, co-ordination and comprehension skills with songs, finger rhymes and nursery rhymes.

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Lego challenge
3pm every Thursday

Calling all Lego masters. Can you make a story come alive with Lego? Be inspired by library staff creations based on their favourite stories. Remember to share your wondrous Lego creations with us!

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