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*Current Events;   




                              Summer Reading Challenge - Activity day* 

                              Friday 19th August from 9.30 to 11.00 am


Parents and carers of children who registered for the Summer Reading Challenge are invited to bring their children to the library on Friday 19th August from 9.30 to 11.00 am for an activity morning.


*Please see details below this page for more information about summer Reading Challenge, and this Activity Morning.




                            Quiz Night 

                            Saturday evening,-13th August- Starts at 19:30.

                            *See details below this page




Weekly Activities;


**  There is no English as a Foreign Language' lessons this week, But the English classes would re-start again from 12th September - 9:30.


Pilates, £6 (10 am)
Knit and Natter (11 am) 
YOGA* 7pm-8pm. 

** No Yoga on 9th and 23rd August 


English classes between 9.30-10.30am
Baby playgroup: Mothers and Toddlers Rhyme time session 11-11:45am 


Computer Classes  9.30-10.30
A playgroup for toddlers from 11-12.30pm
Knitting  from 1pm onwards 

*** The computer lessons will finish on 29 July. 


Computer Classes  9.30-10.30


Pilates on 09:45am

A new creative writing course in the library on Saturdays from 11-12.30.




 Upcoming Events & Classes & Workshops in YOUR Library;




Summer Reading Challenge - Activity. 

Friday 19th August from 9.30 to 11.00 am


Parents and carers of children who registered for the Summer Reading Challenge are invited to bring their children to the library on Friday 19th August from 9.30 to 11.00 am for an activity morning.

If you gave us an email address when you registered, you will automatically be contacted, but in case not, you are cordially invited to bring your children. We can only accept children already registered.

We will have a range of activities related to the reading challenge: drawing, wordsearches and some writing about the books the children have read, so please ensure they bring with them at least one of their chosen books. Juice and biscuits will be available, and tea and coffee for parents/carers.

There will also be time to choose and borrow books.

If you do not receive an email, please contact hughfbcl@gmail.com to confirm your attendance so we have an idea of the number of children we need to prepare for.


We look forward to seeing you!



Summer Reading Challenge, 


In collaboration with Holly Park Primary School, we will be hosting the School Summer Reading Challenge, a national scheme organised by the Reading Agency during the school summer holidays.

To complete the challenge, children will have to register with us and then read six books of their choice. They will receive rewards along the way and a medal and/or certificate when they have read their six books.

The theme for 2016 is the ‘Big Friendly Read’ to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Roald Dahl, and we will have plenty of Roald Dahl books available among the stock of new books ordered specially for the challenge.

To register, children will need to call at the library from the beginning of the summer holidays with their parents/carers to fill in a record card and start choosing their books. They can call in at any time during our opening hours of Monday to Saturday 11am to 7pm.

Staff with special knowledge of the scheme will be available to offer advice at the following times:

Hugh Weldon – Monday 5pm -7pm, Thursday 11am to 1pm, Friday 11am to 1pm
Kate Salinger – Thursday 3pm to 5pm
Joanna Fryer – Thursday 5pm to 7pm

The scheme is not limited to Holly Park School, and children attending other schools in the area are very welcome to attend. We hope as many of you as possible will encourage your children to get involved!


Here is a Link To Reading Agency, for more info About 'Summer Reading Challenge'. 




Quiz in Friern Barnet Community Library.

*Quiz Evening, Saturday 13th August at 7:30 pm.


We are holding a fundraising quiz to raise money for new books for the autumn.   
The quiz will be held at the library on Saturday 13th August at 7:30 pm and the topic will be literature.  Cost £6 per person.  There will be prizes and soft drinks but no food this time.  We are asking people to join tables of 8 for a maximum of 64 people.  Purchase tickets from the desk in advance to avoid disappointment. 
Please bring any fun snacks you wish to share with your friends.  There will also be a number of raffle prizes available.
Please ask staff-desk if you need more information about this event.



10 June Book Group 'Death Comes to Pemberley' by P.D. James.

8 July Book Group 'My Dear I Wanted to Tell You' by Louisa Young.
Friday 19th August Book Group 11-12.  'Chalcott Crescent' by Faye Weldon
Friday 16 September  Book Group 11-12.  'The Hare with Amber Eyes' by Edmund De Waal


Interested in WRITING..?!


We would be Re-Starting  'CREATING WRITING' course by Popular Demand!, So it would be running From; 2nd of July, 11am to 12:30. It is a 6-weeks-course. 

Please register your interest by talking to staff-Desk, or phone; 079 80 53 90 21. 



Want to help? Volunteers are always welcome at FBCL

We are always interested in new volunteers to work two hour shifts on our rota, but have a particular requirement at the moment for people who are able to work on Saturdays to do a two hour shift between 11 am and 7 pm (Normally, 11-1, 1-3, 3-5, 5-7). If you are interested and available at those times, please contact hughweldon@hotmail.com or request a volunteer application form from our desk staff.

Computer Classes 

*** The computer lessons will finish on 29 July. 


Our computer classes will be continuing from 9.30 to 10.30 on Thursdays and Fridays. These are aimed at older people with little or no previous experience and you are welcome to attend regularly or 'drop-in' to work on a particular topic such as producing Word documents, spreadsheets, internet or emails. Individual guidance is offered and the classes are completely free. Leave your name with our desk staff if you would like to attend or contact Hugh on 0784 6045931. Please inform any friends or family members who may be interested and may not see an online advertisement', or similar.

Novel Focus Group: Ever dreamed of writing a novel? If you interested for next term, please contact Greenacre Writers

The session will take place Friern Barnet Community Library, Friern Barnet Road, N11 3DS:

6.30pm to 7.30pm Friday 

If you are interested in joining this group; email: allenashley-writer@hotmail.co.uk




Private musical sessions for babies and toddlers

**will commence on Wednesday 27 July at 10.00.



Police Surgery 2016 at FBCL 


Dear Ward Member,
This is to make you aware of a recent type of crime slowly affecting motor vehicles with keyless technology. Please ensure that you keep the keys of those vehicles away from the front door of your properties so that they cannot be scanned with an electronic device.
The suspects are using a scanning device that scans the frequency of the car keys and then they copy this to be able to gain access to the vehicle and drive it off. This relates to all vehicles fitted with keyless operating systems from 2010 onwards.
Going forward - Crime prevention tactics include:
- Having secondary means to secure the car ...like Krook Locks on steering wheel or similar devices..
- Car keys should also be kept at the back of the house in a drawer or cupboard so that the key is shielded and out of range.
Kindly find attached a crime prevention leaflet on keyless motor vehicle entry.
Many thanks,

Our next Ward Panel Meeting 

Thursday  21st July 2015  from 1530 -1630 hours
Thursday  4th August 2016  from 1530 -1630 hours
Thursday  8th September 2016  from 1530 -1630 hours
Many thanks,
John Timothy Mo .S. KAMARA PCSO 7177SX 
    Coppetts Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team, 
    Barnet Borough 
     29 Friern Barnet  Road, N11 1NE 
MetPhone: 556663  
Mobile:07920 233 744 
Telephone:020 71618019



More arts and community activities in Barnet:

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Need legal advice,

If you want some advice and help with an issue or some legal advice, you can contact the citizen advice bureau, please click here for details click on CAB

Barnet Home Educators on Facebook. 

The group generally meets every 2 weeks from 11:00am-12.30pm on Friday mornings.  The next meeting TBC please contact Eszter for further details on szteln@yahoo.com


Finchley Art Society 

To view the Finchley Art Society gallery, please click here


The Bull Theatre Barnet Museum The Arts Depot


Incognito Theatre

 Click on Barnet Arts for information about the Arts

Finchley Festival; 




The Guardian covered a story about the event and you can click here to read about how libraries

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Sign the petition here and if you are interested, why not join the 'Save Barnet Libraries page on Facebook. But also write to your local councillor to express your interest and support for libraries.

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