News and events in libraries

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

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Upcoming events

Live life - Be Online 2015

The Be Online campaign takes place from 23 February - 8 March 2015, helping people all over the UK make the most of getting online and using the internet to improve their skills, manage their health and live life to the full!

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Cityread London 2015

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 simultaneously topick up a book and read it together.

To celebrate Cityread London 2015 we have events taking place across our libraries throughout April.

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Twickenham Library Craft Markets

Come along to one of our regular craft markets held on the ground floor of Twickenham Library on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm.Stalls are available for hire - please contact Kim or Maris for further details.

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday 28 March
  • Saturday 23 May

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.

The Life and Legacy of George Bradshaw

In his talk Dr. David Turner will discuss the life and legacy of George Bradshaw, whose company published Bradshaw’s Guide which has been made famous by Michael Portillo’s recent television programme Great British Railway Journeys. Starting with his upbringing and background, Dr. Turner will discuss how Bradshaw’s name became synonymous with railway timetables in the 1840s, Bradshaw’s untimely death in 1853 and how what he started gave rise to a publishing empire.

Dr. David Turner obtained a PhD in Railway Studies from the University of York and National Railway Museum’s Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History in 2013. He is currently Postgraduate Teaching Fellow at the University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning where he supervises its online postgraduate course in Railway Studies.

Historical Kingston

Mike Siegel, Chairman of the Kingston Historical Tour Guides will give an illustrated talk on the history of Kingston.

Regular events

Volunteering Richmond drop-in sessions

Volunteering Richmond will be holding weekly drop in sessions:

These are sessions for organizations wanting to recruit volunteers and for residents to find out about volunteering opportunities.

Healthwatch Richmond drop-in sessions

Healthwatch Richmond will be holding drop-in sessions at the following libraries to provide information on navigating the complex world of Health and Social Care.

Date Time Venue
Thursday 4 December 2pm - 4pm Whitton Library
Tuesday 9 December 2pm - 4pm Hampton Library
Tuesday 20 January 2pm - 4pm Ham Library
Tuesday 3 February 2pm - 4pm Castelnau Library
Thursday 5 February 2pm - 4pm Hampton Hill Library

Work Club: Online job search and application

Help is available to:

  • Set up an email address
  • Set up an Universal Job Match account (UJM)
  • Search for jobs and apply online
  • Create a CV and upload to job sites
  • Use a memory stick to store a CV and email employers
  • Email CVs to employers with covering letter/note

Speak to your Work Coach or just drop in.

Dates and times

Knot Just Knitting

Are you interested in knitting and craft?

Do you like to knit, crochet, or embroider?

Then come along to one of our monthly knitting and craft groups. A place to share ideas and inspiration, swap patterns and have a good natter with like-minded people.

Contact the relevant library for more information.

Library friends groups

Some of our libraries have local friends groups. Please contact your local library for more information.

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 Services page.

Storytime: 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: 2 March 2015