fb-trackingSkip to main content

Library and Children's Centre events

Following the guidance from the government, we are suspending events/activities taking place at our libraries/children's centres until further notice. We will still be running the Community Food Club.

Libraries and Children's Centres offer so much more than books, study spaces, activities. We bring in many different services available in partnership with various partners. Libraries and Children's Centres offer regular activities for families, adults and children. During school holiday periods - we run special activities aimed at family and children.

Online events

Schedule of online activities for libraries, Children's centres and healthy lifestyles.

Health Information Week - 6 to 12 July 2020

Online events 6 to 11 July Toggle accordion

DateActivityStart timeDescription
6 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
6 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
6 JulyLean living - Eat out and party10amOn Microsoft Teams
6 JulyThe Hug Support Group via Zoom11amEmail thehugbarking@gmail.com
6 JulyCommunity Food Club11amWilliam Bellamy Children's Centre
6 JulyStop Smoking Peer Support2pmOn Microsoft Teams
7 JulyLean living - Food is fuel10amOn Microsoft Teams
7 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
7 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
7 JulyCoffee morning10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
7 JulySupple Strength11.30On Microsoft Teams
7 JulyInstagram Live with Be Fit Today 12pmOn Instagram
7 JulyCommunity Food Club12pmBarking Learning Centre
7 JulyKickboxing class12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
8 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
8 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
8 JulyLean living - Build your strength2pm 
9 JulyLean living - Fats and snacks10amOn Microsoft Teams
9 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
9 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
9 JulyLean living - Internal triggers1pmOn Microsoft Teams
9 JulyYoung at heart quiz1pmOn Microsoft Teams
9 JulyStop smoking peer support4pmOn Microsoft Teams
10 JulyHiiT class9.30amOn Microsoft Teams
10 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
10 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
10 JulyGetting started - Microsoft Teams10amOn Microsoft Teams
10 JulyTotal body workout11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
10 JulyCommunity Food Club12pmSue Bramley Children's Centre
10 JulyChair exercise12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
10 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers1pmOn Microsoft Teams
11 JulyCreative writing - Beginners10.30am 
11 JulyPoetry1pm 

 

Online events 13 to 18 July Toggle accordion

DateActivityStart timeDescription
13 JulyLean living - Key to healthy10amOn Microsoft Teams
13 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
13 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
13 JulyThe Hug Support Group via Zoom11amEmail thehugbarking@gmail.com
13 JulyCommunity Food Club11amWilliam Bellamy Children's Centre
13 JulyStop Smoking Peer Support2pmOn Microsoft Teams
14 JulyLean living - External triggers10amOn Microsoft Teams
14 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
14 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
14 JulyCoffee morning10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
14 JulySupple strength11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
14 JulyCommunity Food Club12pmBarking Learning Centre
14 JulyKickboxing class12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
15 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
15 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
15 JulyLean living - Breakfast benefits2pmOn Microsoft Teams
16 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
16 JulyLean living - Physical activity10amOn Microsoft Teams
16 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
16 JulyLean living - Everyday activity1pmOn Microsoft Teams
16 JulyYoung at heart quiz1pmOn Microsoft Teams
16 JulyStop Smoking Peer Support4pmOn Microsoft Teams
17 JulyHiiT class9.30amOn Microsoft Teams
17 JulyGetting started - Microsoft Teams10amOn Microsoft Teams
17 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
17 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
17 JulyTotal body workout11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
17 JulyCommunity Food Club12pmSue Bramley Children's Centre
17 JulyChair exercise12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
17 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers1pmOn Microsoft Teams
18 JulyPlaywriting - Advanced10.30am 

 

Online events 20 to 25 July Toggle accordion

DateActivityStart timeDescription
20 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
20 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
20 JulyLean living - Get your heart rate10amOn Microsoft Teams
20 JulyCommunity Food Club11amWilliam Bellamy Children's Centre
20 JulyThe Hug Support Group via Zoom11amEmail thehugbarking@gmail.com
20 JulyStop Smoking Peer Support2pmOn Microsoft Teams
21 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
21 JulyLean living - Build your strength10am 
21 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
21 JulyCoffee morning10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
21 JulySupple strength11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
21 JulyCommunity Food Club12pmBarking Learning Centre
21 JulyKickboxing class12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
22 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
22 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
22 JulyLean living - Fats under the2pmOn Microsoft Teams
23 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
23 JulyLean living - Quiz10amOn Microsoft Teams
23 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
23 JulyYoung at heart quiz1pmOn Microsoft Teams
23 JulyLean living - Make meals matter1pmOn Microsoft Teams
23 JulyStop Smoking Peer Support4pmOn Microsoft Teams
24 JulyHiiT class9.30amOn Microsoft Teams
24 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
24 JulyGetting started - Microsoft Teams10amOn Microsoft Teams
24 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline 10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
24 JulyTotal body workout11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
24 JulyCommunity Food Club11amSue Bramley Children's Centre
24 JulyChair exercise12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
24 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers1pmOn Microsoft Teams
25 JulyCreative writing - Advanced10.30am 

 

Online events 27 to 31 July Toggle accordion

DateActivityStart timeDescription
27 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
27 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
27 JulyLean living - Food is fuel10amOn Microsoft Teams
27 JulyCommunity Food Club11amWilliam Bellamy Children's Centre
27 JulyThe Hug Support Group via Zoom11amEmail thehugbarking@gmail.com
27 JulyStop Smoking Peer Support2pmOn Microsoft Teams
28 JulyLean living - Breakfast benefits10amOn Microsoft Teams
28 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
28 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
28 JulyCoffee morning11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
28 JulySupple strength11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
28 JulyCommunity Food Club12pmBarking Learning Centre
28 JulyKickboxing class12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
29 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
29 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
29 JulyLean living - Internal triggers2pmOn Microsoft Teams
30 JulyLean living - Sugars under the10amOn Microsoft Teams
30 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
30 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers10.30amOn Microsoft Teams
30 JulyYoung at heart quiz1pmOn Microsoft Teams
30 JulyStop Smoking Peer Support4pmOn Microsoft Teams
31 JulyHiiT class9.30amOn Microsoft Teams
31 JulyCocoon Together via Zoom10amEmail EarlyYearsCocoon@gmail.com
31 JulyHomes and Money Hub Helpline10amEmail homesandmoneyhub@lbbd.gov.uk or call on 020 8724 2115 or 020 8227 2927.
31 JulyGetting started - Microsoft Teams10amOn Microsoft Teams
31 JulyTotal body workout11.30amOn Microsoft Teams
31 JulyCommunity Food Club12pmSue Bramley Children's Centre
31 JulyChair exercise12.45pmOn Microsoft Teams
31 JulyLittle Rhyme Makers1pmOn Microsoft Teams

 

    Regular activities

    Schedule of activities in libraries and children's centres (PDF 204KB)

    Summer Reading Challenge 2020 - Let’s get silly!

    For the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, the theme  is “Silly Squad” - a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, featuring bespoke artwork from award-winning children's author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson.

    The Silly Squad Book Collection comprises a selection of must-have reads for children aged 4 to 11, providing a wealth of inspiration for young readers choosing books for this summer's Challenge and beyond.

    Children can set their reading goal, find book recommendations and access tons of fun resources. There will also be information on how to find your local library service and access e-lending. Children are encouraged to read any books of their choice during the summer holidays (we recommend at least six) with collectable incentives and rewards, plus a certificate for every child who completes the challenge.

    Join the Summer Reading Challenge

    The website is free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in the challenge at home.

    Collections in the Kids Reading Room

    Summer Reading Challenge 2020 - Silly Squad
    Funny books inspired by the Summer Reading Challenge 2020 Silly Squad book collection. 

    Let’s Get Silly! 

    Books that make you LOL 

    The Summer Reading Challenge -  presented by The Reading Agency, is delivered in partnership with public libraries and funded by Arts Council England. Don't forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

    Pen to Print Creative Writing Programme

    We’re passionate about helping people discover what their stories are through free competitions, events, classes and initiatives. See the Pen to Print website for events information.

    Reading and poetry groups

    If you enjoy a good read and a good chat about books and authors, there are several reading groups in the borough where you can do just that.

    • Audio book group at the Barking Learning Centre - first Wednesday of the month 10am to 12pm
    • Barking library reading group - first Monday of the month 6pm to 7pm
    • Dagenham Library reading group - fourth Thursday of the month 10.30am to 11.30am
    • Poetry group at the Barking Learning Centre - every other Wednesday 1pm to 3pm
    • Robert Jeyes Community Library reading club - fourth Monday of the month 7.30pm to 8.30pm
    • Valance Library reading club - first Saturday of the month 10.30am to 12pm

    New members are welcome, please come along.

    Reading & Poetry Websites: useful if you are looking for new books and authors to try, and to share your views about reading with others.

    • Book lore, see how your favourite books and authors are rated on this review site.
    • Fantastic Fiction, find everything fiction-related.
    • Gnooks, an interactive site which allows you to search by your favourite authors to find similar books.
    • Which Book, find books to suit your mood using this fun site. Search by setting, character or plot. Includes large print and audio titles.

    If you enjoy poetry you might find these websites useful.

    • Poetry Archive, the world’s premiere online collection of poets reading their work. Listen free to the voices of current poets and poets from the past.
    • The Poetry Library, the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry since 1912 in Britain.
    • Poetry Magazines, collected by the Poetry Library.
    • Poetry Society, founded in 1909, its mission is to advance the study, use and enjoyment of poetry.
    • Young Poets Network, for young people up to 25, with a special focus on 13 to 19 year-olds, with information on writing and enjoying poetry.

    Reading Beez for children

    Have you heard about our new reading scheme Reading Beez? This is a fun opportunity to improve your reading skills and collect prizes along the way. You will also learn about endangered animals and how you can help save them by taking part in fun activities. There are 5 levels to complete altogether, you can complete each level by reading 20 library books. You will also have the opportunity of being invited to special award ceremonies that celebrate reading.  If you want to take part, please ask at your nearest library to sign up for the challenge. 

    Theme of the scheme is environment and endangered species. There will be 5 zones: 20 books to be read in each zone. Zones to be based on environment.  

    1. Countryside: Hedgehog
    2. Arctic:  Polar Bear 
    3. Jungle: Tiger 
    4. Sea: Narwhal 
    5. Desert: Kit Fox

    Barking Learning Centre

    Monday to Thursday - 3.30pm to 5pm.
    Friday - No session.
    Saturday - 2pm to 4pm.
    Sunday - 1pm to 3pm.

    Dagenham Library

    Monday - No session.
    Tuesday to Thursday - 4pm to 6pm.
    Friday - No session.
    Saturday - 2pm to 4pm.
    Sunday - No session.

    Marks Gate Library

    Monday and Tuesday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
    Wednesday - No session.
    Thursday and Friday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
    Saturday and Sunday - No session.

    Thames View Library

    Monday to Wednesday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
    Thursday - No session.
    Friday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
    Saturday - 11.30am to 2.30pm.
    Sunday - No session.

    Valance Library

    Monday to Thursday - 3pm to 5pm.
    Friday - No session.
    Saturday - 10am to 4pm.
    Sunday - No session.

    Chadwell Heath Community Centre

    Monday to Thursday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
    Friday - No session.
    Saturday - 12pm to 3pm.
    Sunday - No session.

    During the summer holidays, the reading Beez scheme is suspended while children join the national Summer Reading Challenge.

    Free computer training

    Our libraries run free IT and basic computer training sessions that are open to all. You can learn how to set up an email address, use the internet and how to set up and use MyAccount.

    LocationDayTime
    Barking Learning CentreMonday10am to 12 pm
    Thames View LibraryMonday10am to 12pm
    Dagenham LibraryTuesday 10am to 12 pm
    Robert Jeyes LibraryWednesday10am to 12pm
    Dagenham LibraryThursday10am to 12pm
    Barking Learning CentreThursday7pm to 8pm
    Barking Learning CentreSunday12pm to 1pm

    Community learning and jobs

    It is our aim to support as many residents as possible although if we feel the resident would benefit from alternative support we would refer on to other services within the borough. 

    Free Drop In Session 

    Adults 16+ 

    Session may include topics stated below: 

    • 121 Information, advice and guidance sessions  
    • Support in removing employment barriers  
    • CV Writing 
    • Application support  
    • Personal Statement writing 
    • Mock interview practice 
    • Job Search Support 
    • Back to Work Calculations  
    • Confidence Building  
    • Employability Skills workshops  
    • A dedicated employer engagement team  
    • Specialist Apprenticeship / Construction Brokers  
    • Volunteering opportunities  
    • Online training – e.g. Food Hygiene Level 2 / CSCS  
    • Potential support with Interview clothing / travel expenses (dependant on individual circumstances) 
    • Job fairs / events  
    • ‘in work’ support 

    Can sign in 15 minutes before the session starts  

    If you are more than 15 minutes late for the session you may be refused entry 

    For any queries, please contact: 

    Barking Job Shop: 020 8724 8870 

    Dagenham Job Shop: 020 8724 8877 

    The Adult College Job Shop: 020 8227 2809 

    Sensory room

    Come and enjoy our sensory equipment with your child.

    A sensory room is a specially designed room which combines a range of stimuli to help children develop and engage their senses. These can include lights, colours, sounds, sensory soft play objects all within a safe environment that allows children using it to explore and interact.

    Booking required - please call centre to book a time slot.
    No food or drink allowed in the sensory room

    Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer
    (up to 8 year for children with additional needs)

    Opening hours

    Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm

    Marks Gate Children's Centre - 0208 270 6091
    Marks Gate Community Centre, Rose Lane, Marks Gate RM6 5NJ

    Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm
    Sue Bramley Children's Centre - 0208 270 6619
    Bastable Avenue, Barking IG11 0LG

    Holiday activities

    We offer a number of holiday activities for both adults and children. This section will be updated with holiday activities during holidays and festive periods - school half terms, Christmas holidays, Easter holidays, Summer holidays.

    Room hire

    We have modern, comfortably appointed and well-equipped seminar rooms that are perfect for the most sophisticated presentation. There are variety of spaces available including large community meeting rooms, small meeting rooms for hire - suitable meetings and conference.

    If you wish to hire a room and want to know about availability and fees, please contact us at:

    Barking Learning Centre: 020 8724 5135 or email blcroombookings@lbbd.gov.uk

    Dagenham Library: 020 8724 5135 or email dagenhamlibraryroombookings@lbbd.gov.uk

    Marks Gate Community Hall: 020 8270 6091 or email MarksGateChildrensCentre@lbbd.gov.uk

    Sue Bramley Youth Club and Community Centre: 020 8227 5042 or 07812 999620  or email philip.cobham@lbbd.gov.uk
    Chadwell Heath Community Centre: 020 8270 4305 or email chadwellheathcc@gmail.com

    Advice sessions

    We offer a range of advice sessions in partnership with various partners. Please see the details below.

    Homes and money hub

    The duty officer will undertake an initial assessment to identify the  resident’s presenting needs and provide support on the day. If there are complex needs the duty officer will send the assessment to the case screener for allocation as a case. The most common presenting needs are usually a combination of:

    • Rent arrears
    • Council Tax arrears
    • Benefit issues
    • Risk of eviction
    • Homelessness
    • Debt
    • Financial instability
    • Worklessness

    Please bring any relevant documents/letters along with you. It will help us to assess more effectively.

    Hub Volunteers at the Barking Learning Centre

    If there is support required with completion of forms with or without IT support to complete on line forms there are volunteers available who will support each resident.

    The Hub duty officer or Library staff are able to make an appointment. Please note - Hub Volunteers are not available at the Dagenham Library.

    For Adults 16+ Drop-In Session - First Come First Entry When you arrive at the library - please tell the staff that you would like to see the Homes and Money Hub duty officer. The Homes and Money Hub is available for a drop in service, no appointment necessary

    Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm at Barking Learning Centre and Dagenham Library.
    Last Entry Time 3.45pm (if you arrive after 3.45pm - you may not be seen by the Hub duty officer)

    For any queries, please contact Homes and Money Hub Team:
    Email: HomesAndMoneyHub@lbbd.gov.uk.
    Barking Learning Centre - Hub phone number 020 8724 2115.
    Dagenham Library - Hub phone number 020 8227 2927.

    Citizens Advice

    We are not doing any drop ins at BLC at the moment due to COVID-19 but we are offering telephone advice and webchat. Our telephone number is 0300 3309 038 and we are available from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

    Citizens Advice provides information/advice on debt and money, welfare rights and benefits, housing and homelessness, employment, discrimination, family, legal and many other areas of advice.

    When you visit the Citizens Advice, it's important that the adviser you speak to has as much information about your case as possible. If you don't bring the necessary paperwork with you - you might have to come back another time. This means it could take you longer to get the help you need.

    For more information, please see the Citizens Advice website.

    Telephone advice line: 0300 330 9038.
    Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm.

    Help to claim line: 0800 144 8444.
    Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm.

    Legal advice

    By appointment only

    Free legal advice service on homelessness; rent; mortgage; family law etc provided by Sternberg Reed Solicitors. Please bring all the relevant documents with you as appropriate.

    Adults 18+
    By Appointment Only (15 minute slot)
    To make an appointment - please call the Children's Centre during the opening hours (9 am - 5 pm; Monday - Friday)

    Can sign in 15 minutes before the session starts
    If you are more than 15 minutes late for the session you may not be seen.

    For any queries, please contact the Library or the Children's Centre from the details below:

    10am to 12:30pm, 1st Friday of the month
    William Bellamy Children's Centre, Frizlands Lane, RM10 7HX | 0208 724 1924

    1pm to 3pm, 3rd Thursday of the month
    Becontree Children's centre, Stevens Road, Dagenham RM8 2QR | 0208 724 1830

    1.30pm to 3.30pm, 2nd Thursday of the month
    Marks Gate Children's Centre, Rose Lane, Marks Gate RM6 5NR | 0208 270 6091

    1pm to 3pm, 3rd Thursday of the month
    Sue Bramley Children's Centre, Bastable Avenue, Barking IG11 0LG | 0208 270 6619

    Support and advice for Eastern Europeans 

    East European Resource Centre (EERC) is a charity that supports Eastern Europeans in London since 1984. EERC works with Barking and Dagenham council to offer free support to Eastern Europeans in the borough.

    We offer free support and advice for Eastern Europeans:  

    • Job seeking, if they’re unemployed or on low income (applying for jobs, CV writing, interview preparation, rights at work)
    • General advice and support with life in the UK (GP registration, NINO, navigating UK systems and accessing local services)
    • Applying for EU Settled Status (Brexit)
    • Welfare benefits support
    • Housing advice 

    For any queries, please contact the Library or the Children's Centre.

    9.30am to 1.30pm; every Monday
    Barking Learning Centre, Barking Library, 2 Town Square, Barking IG11 7NB | 020 8724 8725 | 020 8724 8722