Events in libraries

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

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Cityread London 2016

Cityread London is an annual celebration that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. The chosen Cityread London book for 2016 is Ten Days by Gillian Slovo.

Richmond Libraries will be running a festival of celebratory events throughout April.

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Shakespeareʼs 400th anniversary

Library services and bookshops across the country are taking part in a mass participation event or ʻmomentʼ on Saturday 23 April to celebrate Shakespeareʼs 400th anniversary.

There will be Shakespeare readings by library-based groups:

You can get involved by taking a special 'Shakespeare Selfie' on the day. All our libraries will have ten of Shakespeare’s most famous quotes on card. Simply ask the library staff to lend you a quote card, take a selfie with the card in the library and tweet it using hashtag #shakespeare16.

Spring Online 2016

If you want to make more of the online world, come along to our free Spring Online events where staff will be on hand to show you how.

Fancy swapping photos and news with family and friends? We have sessions to help you do that. What about tracing your family tree or buying and selling on eBay? Know which tablet is right for you? Come along, try a few of ours and see which you like best.

All sessions take place at the Information and Reference Library. Sessions are free but places are limited so booking is essential.

Session timetable
Date Time Session Booking
Monday 25 April 2.30pm Ancestry Book now
Monday 25 April 4.30pm Tablet demonstration Book now
Tuesday 26 April 10.30am Twitter Book now
Wednesday 27 April 2.30pm Buying on eBay Book now
Wednesday 27 April 4.30pm Selling on eBay Book now
Thursday 28 April 10.30am Pinterest Book now
Friday 29 April 2.30pm Facebook Book now
Saturday 30 April 10.30am Instagram Book now

Community volunteering

Do you have a few hours to spare? Come and meet Community Connections Richmond for information on volunteering opportunities for people aged 18 and over.

The sessions will take place on the following dates:

For more information visit the Richmond CVS website.

Teen author event: Sarah Mussi

Sarah Mussi is a Gloucestershire girl who lived in West Africa for many years. She travelled across the Sahara desert and explored lots of weird and wonderful places. Sarah’s YA thriller Siege was nominated for the CILIP Medal and her novel Riot won the Lancashire Book Award, which Bomb has also been shortlisted for just this spring. Her latest novel Here Be Dragons was showcased in The People’s Prize.

Copies of Sarah Mussi’s books will be available for purchase provided by The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop.

The event is free and no booking is required.

Creative Writing: Telling Stories

Join us for a practical creative writing session as part of Festival of Learning 2016. You will learn about the importance of stories for communication and craft a short story drawing on your own life experience.

  • Date: Wednesday 8 June
  • Time: 2 to 4pm
  • Location: East Sheen Library
  • Price: £3 including refreshments

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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.

Upcoming reading groups:

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

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.

Library Craft Markets

Come along to one of our craft markets. Stalls are available for hire.

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

Skills and support

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

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Updated: 26 April 2016