Lab Central

Lab Central at Redbridge Central Library, is the space to create, learn, collaborate and innovate with new technologies. People of all ages are invited to: discover and test new technologies, learn programming and designing skills, experiment with virtual reality, circuits and robots, explore STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and much more

 Make sure to check this page regularly for updates and bring your family and friends to enjoy learning new digital skills. To receive email updates on the events at Lab Central be sure to join our Meetup group .  


The micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer 70 times smaller and 18 times faster than the
original BBC Micro computers used in schools. And now any adult or child from 8 yrs+ can borrow it for free from any Redbridge Library!

It has 25 red LED lights that can flash messages and be used to create games as well as two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. Create your very own code, compile your own script and let your imagination run wild. The possibilities are endless!

Visit the micro:bit website for projects, challenges and to even find out how to connect it with the micro:bit app for phones and tablets.

Remember to bring back you micro:bit on time to avoid paying any late return fines.


Come along and enjoy a 360° Virtual Reality winter experience at Redbridge Central Library. While sitting at the library feel the magic of Virtual Reality and travel around the world to see how Christmas is celebrated in faraway places or be part of a thrilling winter sports and much more!

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date: Saturday 15 December 

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Cost and Bookings: Free, drop in, first come first served


Create a piece of original music and then film and edit scenes to make a music video that could go viral on Youtube! The music will be in a style of your choice and will include virtual instruments and, if you like, your voice. You can be the musician, cameraperson, editor and publisher, all in two hours. You will receive a copy of your finished video. A family learning activity delivered by A Little Learning / Transformance Music. Unmissable!


Library: Gants Hill Library

Date: Thursday 3 Jan

Time: 10am- 12noon

Cost and Bookings: Free, come early to secure a place (limited spaces)


Library: Fullwell Cross Library

Date: Thursday 3 Jan

Time: 2pm-4pm

Cost and Bookings: Free, come early to secure a place (limited spaces)


Come along to this hands-on session of basic programming with our cool Code-a-Pillars. By arranging and re-arranging the segments of the caterpillars your children will have fun while learning about directions, sequencing and problem solving. An interactive session to give your child their first taste for coding.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Dates and times:

Friday 18 January, 11am to 11:30am

Friday 22 March, 10:30am to 11am

Cost and bookings: Free, first come first served (limited spaces available)


Come and have fun with your child - you will all be trying virtual reality and travel to far away places from your sit at the library! Delivered by tutors from Redbridge Institute of Adult Education

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central 

Date: Saturday 9 February

Time: 2pm to 4pm


Date: Saturday 9 March 

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Cost and booking: Free, but booking is essential at each of the libraries.   


 With the support of tech volunteers, children will have the opportunity to learn the basics of coding with easy to follow step-by-step guides by making animations and games. The club is free but spaces are limited. Please book in advance with the library.

We are looking for volunteers with a tech background to help us run these sessions and encourage a new generation of young programmers. Please contact the libraries for details. 

Gants Hill Library

Saturdays, term-time only 

10am to 11am

Goodmayes Library

Saturdays, term-time only
9:45am to 10:45am

Fullwell Cross Library

Saturdays, term-time only 

10am to 11am

Redbridge Central Library

Saturdays, term-time only
10:15am to 11:15am 

Wanstead Library

Saturdays, term-time only
10am to 11am


Share your skills

A new generation of children are looking for people like you to show them the magic of experimenting with technology, making your own stuff and learning by doing and sharing.

If you are 14 years old plus, come and volunteer to help us deliver an engaging programme of tech activities at this newly created space. Get in contact by emailing  to let us know about your skills.

Use the space

We are in the process of buying equipment to kit this new space and make it as exciting as possible. We will have Raspberry Pi devices, virtual reality technology, digital animation software, robotics and electronics kits, and much more.

Let us know if you would like to run a group at Lab Central focusing on a technical field of your interest. Make us a proposal by emailing We look forward to hearing from you.


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