With all the talk of cuts to local services and cost saving exercises, it is nice to see Hackney Council opening a brand spanking new library in Dalston. The CLR James Library could be mistaken for part of the new flashy flats springing up all over Dalston Junction but don’t let that put you off. Libraries may seem ‘old school’ with all this new fangled digital ebook tomfoolery, but I still find something extremely joyful about a place full of books, music and DVDs that I can borrow for free. The library has been well thought out, with a quick browse section by the door, a good space for quiet study and big bean bags to chill out and read. Although the library opened its doors a few weeks ago, they are celebrating with events all of this week (to Mar 3), which is a great incentive to pop in and take a peek.
Today (Feb 28) is the official launch and writer Nick Hornby (‘Fever Pitch’, ‘About a Boy’) and local comedy poet John Hegley will be joining the Mayor Jules Pipe. Other events include creative writing classes, World Book Day celebrations, film screenings, kids workshops and a chance to contribute to the local archives. Sonya Barber
For info and ways to book, see hackney.gov.uk.