Events in libraries

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

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Writing a psychological thriller: A talk with local author Fleur Smithwick

Local author Fleur started writing when her children were tiny. She wrote many romances and considers the time well spent, despite regular rejections. After a hiatus, she started writing for short story competitions and one of her winning short stories became the basis for How to Make a Friend. The book is about Alice and her childhood imaginary friend, who reappears after Alice has an accident in adulthood.

Fleur will talk about her journey from unpublished hopeful to becoming a published author, the pitfalls along the way and where she got the idea for her successful book, which was then published by Random House.

The event takes place on Friday 22 May from 3 to 4pm at East Sheen Library.

Tickets are £3 including refreshments.

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Make a Noise in Libraries (MANIL) 2015

MANIL is an annual campaign that brings public libraries and blind and partially sighted people together in an effort to improve access to books and information.

Richmond Information & Reference Library is taking part by offering a fortnight of free IT sessions demonstrating the super sonic services available online.

Sessions include:

  • Apps and Accessibility
  • Film Online
  • Games
  • Getting Creative with Applications

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Adult Learners' Week

To celebrate Adult Learners’ Week 2015 we have events taking place across our libraries from 16 to 19 June.

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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.

Upcoming craft markets:

  • Saturday 27 June

Stalls are available for hire. For more information contact Kim Hacker or Maris Henderson by email at, or

Play reading group

Our new play reading group will be meeting at Twickenham Library from 2 to 5pm on Fridays.

Upcoming reading groups:

  • Friday 19 June
  • Friday 13 August
  • Friday 16 October
  • Friday 18 December

We will read a different play each time. Please let the library know if you are interested in coming to one or all of the sessions.

Phone 020 8734 3340 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: 19 May 2015