Fun Palaces Countdown: Serendipity Tours With Stephann Makri

As the 2015 Fun Palaces launch on Saturday 3rd October approaches, Lambeth Libraries are gearing up for their borough-wide, simultaneous 11-venue celebration of arts and sciences.

In the countdown to Lambeth Libraries’ Fun Palaces, I’ll be featuring some of the amazing activities and special guests we’ve got lined up for Londoners this weekend.

Today, it’s the turn of Dr. Stephann Makri of City University. Stephann and his student Shermaine Waugh will be running “serendipity tours” of Clapham Library from 2-3pm and 3-4pm this Saturday.

A Wordle of key terms related to Serendipity

Stephann is a Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction at City University London and self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Serendip.’ His research on the nature of serendipity and how we can design to create opportunities for it has been published in leading academic journals and has also featured widely in the media, including on the BBC, in The Sunday Times and in Reader’s Digest.

On Saturday 3rd October, Stephann will invite Fun Palaceers to step out of their comfort zones, break with old habits, and find new ways to stumble on unexpected and rewarding information within the library. After an introduction to techniques of serendipitous browsing and creative exploration of information, Stephann will send you out into Clapham’s beautiful spiral library to forage for wonder amid the shelves.

Stephann Makri
Stephann Makri

There will also be opportunities to learn about, and even participate in, Stephann’s research.

For more information about Stephann’s work, visit And you can find Clapham Library’s Fun Palace at the Fun Palaces homepage.

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