Events in libraries

A variety of events are held regularly in the borough's libraries.

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Cityread 2017

Cityread London is a celebration of the power of reading to bring communities together. It takes place across all of London's 33 boroughs, with libraries at its heart.

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Be Online Fortnight 2017

Be Online Fortnight is a campaign to help people become more confident using digital technology. This takes place from 27 February to 11 March.

The Information and Reference Library is holding a number of free sessions. From Facebook to tablets, Twitter to cloud storage we’ve got it covered.

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Festival of Local Crafting 2017

Our festival of local crafting is open to everyone. There are a range of craft events taking place at our libraries.

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Play reading group

Our new play reading group will be meeting on the third Thursday of every other month. We will read a different play each time.

  • Date: Third Thursday of every other month from February 2017
  • Time: 2 to 5pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library

Please let the library know if you are interested in coming to one or all of the sessions on 020 8734 3340 or email

Women’s writing group

Meet like-minded people, develop your ideas and pick up some tips.

  • Date: Third Saturday of every other month
  • Time: 10.30am
  • Location: Richmond Library

Please let the library know if you are interested in coming to the sessions on 020 8734 3330 or email

Short Story and Poetry Reading group

Enjoy lively and thought-provoking discussion at our weekly reading group with a difference.

We read a complete short story and poem each week and discuss them in detail.

We often discuss the lives of the authors and poets and relate them to their life and times. In the past year we have read and discussed the work of British, American, Russian, Australian, Irish, Chilean, Indian and Canadian writers.

There is no requirement to read aloud or participate more than you want to, and there's no need to read anything beforehand.

New members are very welcome.

For more information please call in at Twickenham Library or phone 020 8734 3340.

Knot Just Knitting

Join us at one of our knitting, crocheting and embroidery groups. Each group meets once a month between 10am and 12 noon. Just turn up with yarn and needles to join in!

Contact the relevant library for more information.

Make Do and Mend

Our crafty ‘Make Do and Mend’ classes have started up again. Sessions take place from 10am to 12 noon.

Charges may apply - contact your local group facilitator for further details.

Craft Fairs

Craft markets regularly take place at Twickenham Library, East Sheen Library and Ham Library.

The fairs host stalls, run by local people, selling unique hand-crafted goods including jewellery, stationery, beauty products, painting and homewares.

Contact the relevant library for more information.

Teddington Gardening Group

The gardening group does not have a dedicated time to meet, but are regularly at Teddington Library working on the garden.

If you are interested in helping with the garden and/or joining the group, please call 020 8734 3304 or email

Children's events

For information about library events for children and teens visit Young People's Library Services.

Library Friends Group events

The Script Room

The next Script room event is part of the Richmond Music and Drama Festival where this lively partnership looks to stage more original and unperformed scripts. So far Barry Edwards of Optik Theatre has received over 80 contributions so Whitton Library looks forward to this next event with huge anticipation!

For further information contact Barry Edwards on

  • Date: Thursday 23 March
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: Whitton Library

Ham is where the heart is

'Ham is where the heart is' is an exciting new Heritage Lottery Funded oral history project (also supported by Ham Amenities Group and Petersham United Charities) which needs your help to capture unique and fascinating stories.

We need people to be trained to conduct interviews, suggestions for interviewees; volunteers to undertake background research, donations or loans of photographs and memorabilia for copying; help with establishing a website and setting up a learning resource; and much, much more.

For more information contact Jill Lamb by email, phone 07855 065 945 or leave a message c/o Ham Library.

In association with Ham United Group.

Skills and support

Drop in sessions and groups to develop skills and meet new people.

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Updated: 21 February 2017