Events in libraries

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

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Be Online Fortnight

Using a computer to access the internet is easier than you think. Spend an hour with us and we will help you to explore a whole new digital world, and help build your confidence and skills online.

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Agatha Christie: Queen of Crime

Agatha Christie is the world’s best-selling novelist and author of The Mousetrap, the world's longest running play. Despite all the success she enjoyed, Christie's own life included more than a share of mystery and drama. Find out more in this illustrated talk by Nick Dobson looking at her life and works 40 years after her death.

  • Date: Saturday 6 February
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library
  • Price: £3 including refreshments

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French Conversation at the Café Vanille

Come and choose from a range of beverages and a homemade cake whilst brushing up on your French conversation with George. It is an informal group in a unique café setting.

  • Date: Friday 26 February
  • Time: 10.30 to 11.30am
  • Location: Ham Library
  • Price: Free

Please book at the counter in Ham Library.

Writing a psychological thriller: Local author Fleur Smithwick in conversation

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Fleur will talk about her journey from unpublished hopeful to published author, the pitfalls along the way and where she got the idea for her successful book, which was then published by Random House.

  • Date: Thursday 10 March
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Hampton Hill Library
  • Price: £3 including refreshments

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Play reading group

Our new play reading group will be meeting on the third Friday 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: 22 January 2016