Book Club @ The Leeds Library

We’re starting a new early evening Book Club for Members in October. The first three Book Club evenings will be held on Monday 14th October, Monday 11th November and Monday 9th December, 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start. Initially, these will be facilitated by writer Richard Smyth. We will be reading popular fiction and our first three titles are:

October – Kate Atkinson’s first Jackson Brodie novel Case Histories (2005);
November – Hilary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety (2010);
December – Bradford crime thriller writer A.A. Dhand’s Streets of Darkness (2017).

The Book Club is open to all Library Members. No booking is required, just drop in. If you can’t make it and want to find out about what was discussed, Richard will be writing a blog article which you will be able to access on the website and our social media channels after the Book Club meeting. If you have any questions please contact Fiona: The current Tuesday morning book club continues as normal.

Craft Club @ The Leeds Library

The Library is running a monthly Craft Club starting in September. As well as giving you the opportunity to bring your own projects and work on them, you will be able to meet other members in a relaxed and creative atmosphere and share advice and swap ideas.

We welcome knitters, sketchers, felters, beaders, embroiderers, calligraphers, model makers, jewellery makers, cross-stitchers and others at all levels of ability.

We will provide free tea and coffee and all we ask is that your craft is portable as we can’t store things for you.

The first meeting of the Craft Club will be on Monday 23 September from 4.00pm to 7.00pm, so please register your interest by emailing or speaking to: Sarah: or Jane:

Film Club @ The Leeds Library

Our very popular Members’ Film Club is held twice a month (currently on the first Saturday and the middle Wednesday of the month) and is open to all Library Members.

Jane and Aidan select seasons of films and a list of forthcoming movies is available at the Counter.

Using the space in the New Room, we create an intimate setting using the library’s comfiest chairs! We are currently running 2 seasons: The I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley Comedy Season and The Continental Drift Season (where we are showing films about or from each Continent).

Your membership of the Library automatically includes membership of the Film Club, so why not join us? All films are free of charge and refreshments are available at £4.00 per head. Please register your attendance via our Events page.


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John-Pierre Joyce’s launch of ‘Odd Men Out’

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

John-Pierre Joyce is a writer, journalist and teacher. Odd Men Out is his first book and is based on ten years of research. He has written on the subject of male homosexuality for other publications, including History Today (e.g. February 2016 and July 2017 issues:; He also advised on the short film The Colour of His Hair (2017), directed by Sam Ashby, premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and winner of Best Documentary at the London Short…

Tour of The Leeds Library

September 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Visit the historic Leeds Library. The oldest surviving library of its kind in the UK. All welcome but booking essential. If your group is larger than 6 people please contact the library in advance. Charges may apply.

The Leeds Library Members’ Film Club (TTOTSM2019)

September 7 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Members' Film Club: The Continental Drift Season: The Americas Details are only available in the library. Register for FREE now. Refreshments and snacks will be available at £4.00 per head - payable before the screening at the Library Counter. SORRY - LEEDS LIBRARY MEMBERS ONLY!

MODERN GEORGICS with Simon Armitage, Helen Jukes and Jack Thacker

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a special event celebrating the ‘georgic’ in modern literature, and featuring readings of poetry and prose by three of the country’s finest contemporary writers. The Georgics (29 BC), by the Roman poet Virgil, is sometimes described as a ‘farming manual in verse’. Its descriptions of agriculture and exploration of humanity’s relationship with nature have inspired writers for centuries. It is also famous for its tensions and its ability to deal with darker social themes including war. As…

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