Finsbury Library is 50

  • 29
  • Mar

From Monday 27 February to Friday 31 March, visitors to Finsbury Library in St John Street will be able to visit the fantastic ‘Finsbury Library at 50’ exhibition. This captivating collection charts the design and development of Finsbury Library and the Finsbury Estate and explains how the library and the Clerkenwell area have changed since 1967.

There will also be a special collection of the best books, music and films of 1967 available for loan, including the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, Disney’s classic Jungle Book and Agatha Christie’s much-loved (and personal favourite) Endless Night.

A host of famous faces have been spotted in Finsbury Library over the last 50 years – from broadcaster Janet Street-Porter, who reopened the library after its 2003 refurbishment, to cult author Douglas Adams, who used to regularly borrow BBC sound effect LPs.

A full list of events and activities are listed below:

Wednesday 1 – Friday 31 March
1967 Collection
A unique collection for loan of books for all ages, plus music and films which all first saw the light of day 50 years ago.

Tuesday 7 March 6pm
Finsbury Library Talk
Local historian Jiff Bayliss will talk about the planning and construction of the Finsbury Library, the history of the famous library it replaced and the building of the Finsbury Estate. To book your place please register through Eventbrite.

Thursday 9 March 6pm
Teen Reading Group
This reading group will be reading and discussing S.E. Hinton’s classic book The Outsiders – first published in 1967. No need to book, just turn up.

Saturday 11 March 11am – 12noon
Walk – Historic Finsbury

Enjoy a gentle 60-minute walk exploring the rich history of the Finsbury and Clerkenwell area with your guide, local historian Jiff Bayliss.  The walk will take in many of the landmarks of the area including Northampton Square, Finsbury Health Centre, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Finsbury Estate. To book your place please register through Eventbrite.

Saturday 11 March 2.30 – 4pm
‘60s Games Afternoon  – Fun for all the Family!
Come and play ‘60s games in Finsbury Children’s Library and hide behind the sofa while watching a classic episode of Doctor Who from 1967.

Saturday 18 March 2.30 – 4pm
Family Craft Event
Come along to Finsbury Children’s Library and make your own 1960s psychedelic spinner. Design and colour your own version of this classic toy that was all the rage in the ‘60s!

Monday 27 February – Friday 31 March
Under 5s Storytime Sessions
Finsbury Library shares a 50th birthday with children’s classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? We’ll be reading this and other much-loved stories from the ‘60s at our Under 5s Storytime Sessions throughout February and March.

For more information about what’s on at Finsbury Library, follow on Twitter @islingtonlibs, or pop into your local library.

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