We are conducting a phased reopening of our libraries. In the meantime, you can also visit our free online library.

Summer Fun! There is an extensive programme of activities running in Haringey for children and young people during the summer holidays.

Library News and Activities

Check out what we have going on, as well as some useful links to some fun activities for you and your young ones.

Libraries online

Even though our libraries are closed you can still access e-books, audiobooks, newspapers and resources. We are also still operating our home delivery service for vulnerable residents.

Featured Adult Authors

Check out this week's featured adult authors, Hilary Mantel and Zadie Smith. Hilary was the first woman to be awarded the Man Booker Prize, not once, but twice. Zadie's first novel won a Whitbread First Novel Award. You can read all about Hilary's and Zadie's exploits, and even borrow featured books via our digital catalogue.

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Join our Summer Reading Challenge, for children aged 4 to 11 Summer Reading Challenge information (external link).

You can join in four easy steps:

  • Join the silly squad and pick your avatar
  • Discover awesome books to read
  • Play games, earn points and more!
  • Unlock badges throughout the challenge

Don't miss out!

How to make an Octopus Pinwheel (PDF, 720 KB) the craft was inspired by the Octopus illustration created by Author and Illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson for the Summer Reading Challenge 2020: Silly Squad.

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Speaking Stones

A librarian, called Andrew Bence, whom users of Stroud Green library and our other libraries may know, perhaps even like, channels the character of proud Victorian do-gooder Councillor Henry Burt to recall the story of how, over more than a century, our much-loved Stroud Green and Harringay Library has steadfastly served its community.

Speaking Stones is online project consisting of a series of videos celebrating cultural buildings, objects and street art in ‘Harringay and Beyond’. Take a look at a video on the history of Stroud Green Library by Speaking Stones:

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The Young Walter Scott competition

You could win a travel grant of £500, an invitation to the Borders Book Festival, and the chance to see your work in print.

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Activities and stories for children

Storytime videos

Storytime! Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes read by Yvvette Edwards:

Storytime! Lulu Loves The Library - read by Liz Cruz:

Storytime! Simon Sock read by Liz Cruz:

Storytime! The Gruffalo read by Yvvette Edwards:

Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell reads 'How to Train Your Dragon':

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Rhyme Time favourites

Has a little person you know been missing Rhyme Time recently? Andrew will be posting many of our favourites here - as well as on our Haringey Libraries Twitter and Facebook pages - over the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Twinkle twinkle little star

If you're happy and you know it 

She'll be coming round the mountain

The wheels on the bus

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Wind the bobbin up

How much is that doggy in the window?

1,2,3,4,5… once I caught a fish alive 

The grand old Duke of York

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See also the Children's Libraries page.

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Receive details of forthcoming events and news about books and authors and you can also share your news, comments and reviews of books, films and music.
Visit our Twitter page (external link).

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4 August 2020

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