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Programme & Events

At Forest Hill Library we run the following services, functions and events for the community:

Lively Minds

Lively Minds is a group for those aged fifty or over (we have one member rapidly approaching double that age!) who meet on the first working Monday of every month at the library or Louise House community space for a talk about an interesting subject from a local expert and some tea and biscuits. Meetings take place from 10.30am and as we get more of a timetable for what the coming talks will be about we will update the web site accordingly. There will also be a notice in the library.


Origami classes for adults meet on the first Wednesday of every month and are great fun, from 10am to 11am

Rhyme Time & Baby Bounce

Getting children into the library is a great way to get them interested in books. We are very lucky to have a spacious Children’s Library at Forest Hill and twice a week we have a sing along for half an hour with pre-school children. Molly has been hosting Rhyme Time on Tuesday morning at 10am for many years and the kids and parents alike love her singing and guitar playing. Generally the set is aimed at the 2-4 year age group, but all are welcome. On a Thursday afternoon at 2pm we have Baby Bounce, which is for younger children and usually involves giving them a shaker or other instrument to join in with. We are on the look out for someone musical, ideally with an instrument, to host this session, but in the meantime we have some volunteers running the sessions.

Book Club

The reading group meets on the second Tuesday of every month in the Library at 6.30pm.

Summer Reading Challenge 

The Summer Reading Challenge runs throughout the school holidays every summer and is incredibly popular with primary school aged children. Forest Hill library attracts a vast number of children to the scheme, regularly pulling in the same numbers as the hub libraries. All sorts of activities run hand-in-hand with the six-book-challenge, check our social media for the latest details on this and all other library activities.



“I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it.” ― Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov