Events in libraries

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

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Get Online Week 12 - 18 October

If you're new to the internet, we're here to help. Why not spend an hour with us and we will help you to develop new skills online.

All sessions will be held at the Information & Reference Library, Old Town Hall, Richmond. Sessions are free, but booking is essential.

Session timetable
Date Time Session Booking
Monday 12 October 2.30pm Laptop Basics Book online
Monday 12 October 4.30pm How to use a Tablet Book online
Tuesday 13 October 10.30am Microsoft Word Book online
Tuesday 13 October 2.30pm Online Shopping Book online
Wednesday 14 October 2.30pm Microsoft Excel Book online
Wednesday 14 October 4.30pm Email Basics Book online
Thursday 15 October 10.30am Staying Safe Online Book online
Thursday 15 October 2.30pm Internet Searching Book online
Friday 16 October 10.30am Files & Folders Book online
Friday 16 October 2.30pm Family History Book online
Saturday 17 October 10.30am How to use a Tablet Book online
Saturday 17 October 2.30pm Social Media Book online

A Brush with Words: Readings from local poets

Beryl Myers, Annie Taylor and Frances White with art by Beryl Myers

This is the third Anthology produced by Words poetry group, originally formed by the late Aeronwy Thomas. This book includes paintings by group member Beryl Myers, who is also a talented artist. The three poets have either written poems directly inspired by a picture, or found a picture by Beryl that chimed with a poem already written. Each discipline enhances the other.

Come to Ham Library and hear the three accomplished poets read from A Brush with Words and admire some of Beryl’s original paintings. Copies of the book will be on sale on the day with profits going to the Richmond and Kingston MS Branch. Original paintings and prints by Beryl Myers will also be on show on the day.

Saturday 10 October 2.30 to 3.30pm Ham Library

Tickets £3 including refreshments. Book online

Celebrating National Poetry Day

Africa’s Great War: An illustrated look at the First World War in Africa

When we think of the Great War, the image that most readily comes to mind is that of trench warfare on the Western Front. However, the war was a World War and the first shots fired by British Troops were fired in Africa.

Nick Dobson tells the fascinating story of Africa's Great War from that first conflict until the German surrender which took place after the war had ended in Europe. We will also see how the war helped shape African nationality and still influences the politics of a continent nearly a century later.

Nick Dobson is a speaker and events organiser as well as being a keen performer of light opera.

Tuesday 20 October 7 to 8pm Hampton Library

Tickets £3 including refreshments. Book online

Part of Black History Month 2015

An Evening with Francis Firebrace: Aboriginal elder, storyteller and artist of the Yorta Yorta people

Francis Firebrace, ‘The Wirrigan Man’, is an Aboriginal elder of the Yorta Yorta people. He is an international storyteller, a philosopher, a poet, an artist and an amazing live performer.

Come to Richmond Lending Library and listen to his stories of Aboriginal culture and see his traditional art for yourself.

It’s a long way to Australia so let Francis bring Aboriginal Australia to you!

This event is intended for adults rather than children.

Thursday 22 October 7 to 8pm Richmond Library

Tickets £3 including refreshments. Book online

Belgium on Thames: Belgian Refugees in Twickenham in the First World War

When Germany invaded Belgium at the start of the First World War, a quarter of a million destitute refugees fled to England and settled here. Six thousand of them came to Twickenham and Richmond, putting us among the very largest of the Belgian communities. They came here to work in the vast Pelabon Munitions Factory in East Twickenham, and they changed the face of our towns so much that we became known as 'The Belgian Village on the Thames'.

Local historian Helen Baker tells the story, illustrated with vivid photos from the time.

The event takes place on Monday 26 October from 7pm at Twickenham Library

Tickets are £3 including refreshments. Book online

Join In! at Whitton Library

Whitton Library and The Friends of Whitton Library invite you to a 'taster' event to experience some of the best entertainment and culture that Whitton has to offer!

  • Live music from well-known local groups the Decibelles and the Lisa Kwei Band
  • Singing by the Whitton Community Choral Choir
  • Yoga tasters
  • Dancing with the Whitton Line Dancers
  • Exhibits from Whitton Floral Group and Whitton Photography
  • Pottery demonstrations

And much much more!

The event takes place on Saturday 21 November from 12 noon to 4pm at Whitton Library. The event is free with refreshments available.

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 7 November
  • Saturday 14 November
  • Saturday 5 December
  • Saturday 12 December

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 the third Friday of every other month.

Upcoming reading groups:

  • 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: 8 October 2015