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What’s on? Local libraries October to December…

libraryImageOctober2013You can download a Waltham Forest What’s on at the Library booklet here.Still plenty of time to catch an event for Black History Month, or to get ready for the Words Over Waltham Forest Festival, (WoW).

70 amazing events taking place across the Borough from 26th October, 2013. Don’t forget the This Is Me! exhibition at Walthamstow Library. An exhibition of artwork exploring the themes of identity and celebrating the diversity of Waltham Forest communities.

Look out for the Happy Hour events – creative workshops for parents and children, as well as the Rant & Rave events. Dressing up and becoming another character, let loose with percussion and poetry. Sounds great!

Finally in December there’s a whole range of Crafty Christmas Creations across the Borough. ‘Bring your own little elves down to a workshop to create cards and decorations ready for the arrival of Santa Claus’.

Get more from your local library with the children here…

What’s on at The Library?

librarywhatsonPicApril2013Another edition of the quarterly publication What’s On at the Library is now available from Waltham Forest Library Service.

You can find information about Cityread London 2013, reading groups in LBWF libraries, family arts and craft activities and Rhythm, Rap and Rhyme events.

A great range of stimulating and exciting things to explore within the context of your local library.

Look out for the featured history events – stories of migration, history of your house and Just Like Morris – great activities reminding us of our past and how our experiences now will affect all our futures.

Get to your library, get thinking – get informed and entertained in Waltham Forest!

Download free e-Books


Do you have a Waltham Forest library card? Do you have a PC, Mac or tablet device? Then the library service has a great facility for you.

With you library card you can download free eBooks at any time from the London Libraries Consortium web pages. Simply create an eLibrary account on the web site, using your Waltham Forest library card details.


There’s also a Guided Tour about downloading digital media.

Simply install a small piece of free software to your device, when you log in, and you are ‘good to read’.

Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

History, drama, teenage fiction, current events, short stories and much more. An electronic library the whole family can enjoy and read together on your own device.

What’s on at the library?

lbwfLibraryEventsSpring2013PicThe borough have just published the first in a new series of quarterly guides for events at local libraries.

The current guide, for January to March 2013, gives you information about books, events, courses and web sites that are useful for children, mums and dads too.

Whether you want a course to help you get on top of your finances, a book launch event about Serbian Fairy Tales or a cartoon Comic Lab – then the new guide is for you.

Get the most from your library for the whole family by viewing, printing or downloading your own guide here…

Winter Daze 2013

winterdaze2013PicAnother great publication for the forthcoming holidays – Winter Daze.

Free to view or download from the Waltham Forest borough website, you will find loads of ideas and activities for the whole family during the February break.

See the latest Winter Daze here. (.pdf)

Also remember, there is always a full What’s On section on the web pages of the borough Children & Young Peoples Directory – see more here.

You can download free Adobe pdf software to access our publications here.

School open – Tuesday 22nd January

tractorPic4We are delighted to let you know that school will be open on the morning of Tuesday 22nd. January.

(Did you know that the Borough has a great set of Leisure and Culture pages?)

A great source of things to do in Waltham Forest when the weather is bad, or the holidays are approaching).

Read more here…

A Primary place?

pencilsforschoolPic4The deadline for applications for applying for a primary school place is getting nearer – online and paper applications should be submitted by 15th January 2013.

Waltham Forest has a very comprehensive web page, which gives you information about applying for a primary school place. You can find it here on the borough web site.

The easiest and most secure way to apply is online. There is a link to the online applications website here. Alternatively, a paper application form can be downloaded here (pdf) , requested from the School Admissions Service or from your child’s nursery or early years setting.

The School Admissions Service in the borough can be contacted here…

School Admissions Service, Sycamore House, Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4JF Tel: 0845 200 1551
10am – 4pm, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Waltham Forest 2013 New Year Fireworks

fireworks556PicWhy not celebrate the start of the New Year with a great Borough firework display.

A date for your diary? 2nd January 2013, from 5.30pm to 8.00pm

The events will take place at two venues. See below…

Leyton Jubilee Park, Marsh Lane, Leyton E10 7DE

The Highams Park, The Charter Road, Woodford Green IG8 9RE

These free events will include fantastic firework shows choreographed to music as well as food and drink stalls available during the events.

You can read more details about transport, parking restrictions and parking for those with mobility needs here.

Reading this Autumn

autumnLeafPic89Did you know that children can borrow up to 15 books and 6 junior CD’s for free from the Borough Library Service?

Your local library offers not ony access to books, but also to computer learning facilties, story-telling and craft activities, as well as home work clubs and holiday activities.

For younger children, your local library is a great place to check out the Bookstart programme – designed to offer every child a pack of free books and fun materials about reading.

If you haven’t yet, take a leaf out of our book – get down to your local library this Autumn and join in the fun.

You can find more information about children’s book services in the borough here.

Advice about how to join your library can be found here, including how to join on-line too. Happy reading…

Fantastic Fireworks 2012

lbwfFireworksPic2The Borough are holding a celebratory fireworks event this year on November 5th. You can download an LBWF event poster with the details here.

Date: 5 November 2012 Time: 5pm-10pm
Location: Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF
Admission: Free Event

2012 has been an amazing year, and while we know it’s not over yet we want to help you round off the Olympic Year and our Big 6 celebrations with a BANG!

This year admission to the event is free for you and your family. And as well as a stunning fireworks display there’ll be music, entertainment, fairground rides and a wide range of refreshments to snack on, so come along and join the party!

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