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Cityread London

To celebrate Cityread London 2014 we have events taking place across our libraries throughout April.

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Cityread London is an annual festival of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the city’s inhabitants, workers and visitors. Taking place each April, Cityread London encourages the capital to simultaneously pick up a book and read it together.

Read more about Cityread London and the chosen books for 2014.

Reclaiming Rose: Rose Dempster Bonnor, portrait painter (1874-1967)

Rose Bonnor was a well-known, accomplished and prolific portrait painter of her day. Between 1894 and 1916 she exhibited thirteen paintings at the Royal Academy, eight at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool and one each at the Manchester City Art Gallery and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

The illustrated talk will include the life and work of Rose and her brother John.

Monday 14 April 3pm Ham Library

Tickets £2 including refreshments. Book online.

A History of Cryptic Crosswords with Alan Connor

The crossword recently celebrated its 100th birthday and local author Alan Connor has written a book about some of the extraordinary things it has got up to as it evolved into the world’s most popular intellectual pastime. Alan will be talking about his book and its people and events, from PG Wodehouse to Stephen Sondheim and a welder's strike to codebreaking at Bletchley Park.

After the talk, there will be a Q&A for all matters wordplay, anagrammatical and cryptically humorous.

Tuesday 6 May 7pm Kew Library

Tickets £2 including refreshments Book online.

The Poupart family of Twickenham

David Rose, local writer and historical researcher talks about the history of market gardening in the local area, and in particular the Poupart family who were involved in a range of related businesses over several generations.

Wednesday 14 May 7pm Whitton Library

Tickets £2 including refreshments.

Book online

Blessed are the Cheesemakers

John Pearson, international cheese judge, shares his passion for cheese and cheesemakers. Having visited dairies throughout Europe, he describes embarrassing and hilarious encounters with various characters in the cheese world, and amusing tales from his experience as a buyer of those complementary products - wine and bread.

There will be a matured cheddar tasting to follow the talk.

Monday 19 May 3pm Ham Library

Free event - Book online

An evening with Wendy Wallace: Award winning journalist and novelist

Wendy Wallace talks about how she moved from journalism to fiction, the inspiration behind her two linked Victorian novels The Painted Bridge and The Sacred River and why she's interested in women's lives at points of crisis and change.

Wendy is interested in the effect of buried secrets, self-deception, and the process of individuals, especially women, breaking free of the expectations of society and others.

The Painted Bridge is the story of Anna Palmer, incarcerated against her will in an asylum in London in 1859. It was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize 2014.

The Sacred River is the story of three women who leave London in 1882 for the light and heat of Egypt, in a bid to escape a prophesied death. A chance encounter on the voyage out and the ensuing events mean that one of them can never go home and none will return unchanged.

Tuesday 20 May 2014 7pm – 8pm Teddington Library

Tickets £2.00 - including refreshments Book online

Craft Fair

Come along to our craft fair for locally run stalls including hand crafted jewellery, cards, quilts, scarves hats, stationary, beauty products, paintings and much more.

Saturday 14 June 11am - 3pm Twickenham Library.

Free admission.

Volunteering Richmond: Inspiring and supporting volunteering

Come along to one of our outreach sessions held in the following libraries and chat to one of our team about volunteering opportunities.

For more information and details of other sessions please visit the Volunteering Richmond website.

Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you manage your well-being using self-help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.

The books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing common conditions, including depression and anxiety.

Download the Books on Prescription leaflet(pdf, 650KB) for more information about the scheme and details of what to do next. A Books on Prescription guide for health professionals(pdf, 244KB) is also available.

Children's events

For details of other library events for children and teens, please see the Young People's Library Service news and events page.


All libraries hold a storytime for the under-5s once a week; see the Storytime page for details.

Tiny Teddies

Most libraries also hold monthly bounce and rhyme sessions for pre-school children, called Tiny Teddies. These sessions are great fun and include songs, rhyme and stories. All these activities are free of charge.

Updated: 16 April 2014